Transition Cafe

How To Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

Think about how you might react when meeting someone new. Many people fall into the trap of seriously down-playing their strengths and business skills. Or – would you be the type of person who could launch into a detailed account of your job seeking status? That’s the type of person you should aspire to be.

Track Your Accomplishments To Advance Your Career

By Kurt Kirton During the time I worked in the music business—for two record labels and two music dot-com’s—I had a great boss I worked for at three of those four companies. I remember during a walk around our block of downtown Nashville one day his encouraging me to always log my accomplishments. Sometimes after

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Creating an Effective Elevator Pitch

When networking probably one of the most hated exercises is standing up and giving your elevator pitch or commercial.  Even when given guidance on what to say, we seem to mumble through a bunch of words that tend to go on, and on, and on.  Trust me, I’ve been there, and you probably have to. 


Have you ever said to yourself that you are not an artist because you cannot draw a thing…not even a straight line? Well guess what? I say there is an artist in each of us. The art expressed by an artist is and should be unique. Often art is judged based upon some predetermined set

Career Decisions?

CAREER DECISIONS? I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR is a U2 song with a very poignant meaning when it comes to career choice and transition. Experience and data show that many struggle with defining their passion, purpose and dreams. Why is it so difficult to make career and life decisions? Here are some

Negotiating Your Salary

Most of us were not born to negotiate. However, if you don’t negotiate something in the interview process, you will forever wonder if you could have gotten more. Most jobs do offer some room for negotiation which, of course, includes talking about the numbers but there is more to getting the best deal including: your

James Sherer, Greater Nashville Area

“When I made the decision to move back to Nashville and transition, I sought out an outplacement service in Indiana that specialized in career transition. I had help from a couple coaches with how to network, resume revision and informational interviewing. It was very helpful, however the one thing I would guard against is choosing

Create & Find an Accountability Group

Being in career transition can be lonely and frustrating. Just know that you are not alone. If you have spent time perusing this website, you have quickly learned that there are ample opportunities to network. One way to shift your networking into high gear is to start and/or join an accountability group. Accountability groups are

Have You Always Wanted To Own A Small Business?

If the answer is yes, you are not alone. It’s one of the most exciting ways to take control of your career destiny. Millions of Americans dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Career transition – whether it’s planned or unplanned – is the perfect time explore those dreams. Don’t let them lie dormant any longer! FranNet