Interested In Career Growth? Let’s Chat! #VZWHRChat


Do you currently have a job – or a career? Chances are, you have some version of both, or you’re aspiring to claim them.

Unfortunately, most of us only think about our careers when we’re looking for a J-O-B, but the smart ones (that’s you) know that nurturing a career is an ongoing activity.

One aspect of managing your career is maintaining an attitude of continuous learning. Reading articles, blogs and news related to your industry and your profession will always be helpful – and so is networking and connecting with business leaders, industry experts, and fellow career navigators to learn from and help each other.

I’m excited about co-hosting one such learning and networking opportunity next week on April 22, 2014 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET, and I’d like to invite you to join me!

I’ll be partnering with several HR and Recruiting leaders, job seekers and seasoned career professionals for #VZWHRChat on Twitter.

This Twitter chat is the first in a #VZWHRchat series, where the team from Verizon will be partnering with HR experts across the Midwest to host various Twitter chats related to finding a job that’s more than a job – it’s a career.

Why is the team at Verizon coordinating these Twitter chats?

Because they’re convinced that by sharing information and helping professionals to grow in their careers, a few sharp-minded, solution-oriented folks might be interested in joining their team. They’re growing – and growth fuels careers.

However, you don’t have to be interested in a career with any specific company to receive value from joining in. During the hour-long Twitter chat, we’ll be discussing the following:

  1. During an interview, what should you ask to determine growth opportunities at the company?
  2. Once you start the job, what critical steps should you take to advance your career?
  3. What are examples of career development programs/training that prepare employees for individual success?
  4. You’ve been in the same position for years and haven’t been promoted. What should you do?
  5. What should you avoid doing that could hinder your ability to grow with your company?
  6. What lessons have you learned working for (or with, on the HR side) companies that both provide/don’t provide opportunities to advance?

So drop in on April 22, 2014 and chat with us from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET!

Answer questions, ask questions, share your experiences – and help others. It’s an open event, so please invite anyone that you think may benefit or have something to add to the discussion. (If you’re new to Twitter chats, there are useful tools like that can make following live chats easier.)

I hope to see you on April 22nd! I’d love to hear from you!

Be sure to visit the Verizon Job Center to learn more about career opportunities with Verizon your area.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received compensation from Verizon to partner with them on this initiative. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will add value to my readers. For real. 

I’m excited to be invited back to speak once again at the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition!

This year, the conference will be held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee and I’ll be speaking on the topic of “Talent Shortages & Skills Gaps: 5 Ways to Win the War For Talent” on Tuesday, April 29th at 3:15pm.

If you’ll be attending #SHRMTalent, I’d love to meet you in person and say hello!

Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 03:15-04:30 p.m.
Event: 2014 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition #SHRMTalent
Topic: Talent Shortages & Skills Gaps: 5 Ways to Win the War For Talent
Sponsor: Society for Human Resource Management
(800) 283-SHRM (7476)
Venue: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Location: 2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville Tennessee 37214
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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I’ll be speaking at a private event in NYC on February 11th at the Bloomberg HQ on the topic of “The Future of HR: Delivering Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies.” (Pre-Approved for 1.5 Business Management and Strategy recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification)

The good folks at Bloomberg have decided to open up a limited number of spots to external guests – which makes this a great opportunity to network and connect with talented HR professionals, see the Bloomberg offices and snag some HRCI credits if you need them. Join us!


5 to 6pm Networking

6 to 8pm Presentation & Discussion

To register, send an email to: by Friday, February 7, 2014 

Date: February 11, 2014
Time: 06:00-8:00 p.m.
Event: The Future of HR [Keynote] - Bloomberg NYC - Feb 11 2014
Topic: The Future of HR: Delivering Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies
Sponsor: Bloomberg
Venue: Bloomberg
Location: 731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Public: Public

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When it comes to Employee Recognition, executive buy-in is critical to help drive the adoption and effectiveness of your program. But how do you obtain the support necessary to launch an effective program?

Join Laurie Ruettimann, Derek Irvine and I for a lively discussion in this free webinar sponsored by Globoforce on building a strong business case for Recognition. We’ll discuss how to:

  • Define your recognition program objectives
  • Build a program with measurable results
  • Find an executive champion and evangelize with key stakeholders

Join us on January 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST!

Unable to attend at the scheduled time? Register anyway to receive access to the webinar recording post event.

Date: January 29, 2014
Time: 01:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Event: How To Get Buy-In For Employee Recognition [webinar Jan 29th]
Topic: How To Get Buy-In For Employee Recognition
Sponsor: Globoforce
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

I’m really excited about kicking off 2014 with my local SHRM chapter, the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association for their first meeting of the year!

I’ve been a member and volunteer for GCHRA for many years, so I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and talking about The Future of HR!

Date: January 9, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Event: Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association: January 2014
Topic: The Future of HR: 4 Keys For Creating Competitive Advantage Through Innovative People Strategies
Sponsor: Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association (GCHRA)
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Blue Ash
(513) 793-4500
Location: 5901 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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30-Day Commitments: The Sexier Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re in the majority, you made some sort of New Year’s resolution. According to this Infographic, 62% of Americans do, but unfortunately less than half maintain those commitments beyond 6 months.


I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I’ve stopped making New Year resolutions.

Why? Because I don’t like to start something I can’t win – and I’ve never crossed the finish line victorious after 365 days of success with a new habit.

Each year, I’ve had good intentions to lose weight, eat better, get more organized and create more margin in my life for spending time doing the things that I love. But so far, those things have not happened consistently for any length of time.

Sure, I’ll be moderately successful for a few days or weeks, but soon the enormity of committing to a life change for such a long time – 365 days – makes the activity seem a bit overwhelming. Once a day gets skipped, the slope becomes very slippery and the likelihood that I’ll slide backwards down the hill of success increases exponentially.

So this year, I’ve decided to try something different. I’m going to make 30-day commitments in three areas of my life – personal, health and business.

Why 30 days? It’s a shorter distance to the goal line. It’s doable and not overwhelming. Plus, I’ll be able to try at least 36 new things in 2014 that I may not have done otherwise!

Part of my inspiration for this idea is this popular and short (3:27 minutes) TED talk  from Google Engineer Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days. (email subscribers click here to view)

I like it. I can do this.

Here are my three 30-Day Commitments for January 2014:

Personal – I will get out of bed by 7am every day for 30 days (even weekends)
Health – I will do some form of exercise every day for 30 days straight (no rest days)
Business – I will create and post content (good stuff) on my blog 5 days per week in January 2014

Want to join me in committing to something for 30 days instead of 365?

I’d love to encourage you in your journey. Leave a comment and share with me your commitment(s)!

Finding My Focus: One Word For 2014

Like many of you, I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks preparing to finish the year strong and dive enthusiastically into the new year.


One outcome of these efforts has been choosing one word to guide and focus my 2014 efforts to educate, equip and empower effective people leaders.

What follows is an excerpt from the December 2013 Unbridled Talent LLC newsletter where I shared my catalyst for this concept, as well as the word I’ve chosen for 2014. Enjoy!

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Recently, I had a conversation with a good friend about the power of choosing one word as a guide and focus point for the year.

The word that he had chosen for 2013 was “Attitude”. As we chatted, he described how focusing on a positive and healthy attitude in all aspects of his life this past year – work, family and personal – had been a life-changing experience for him.

The results are noticeable. 2013 will be a record year for him personally and for his business – and he continues to grow stronger as a son, husband, father and community member.

I didn’t choose a word at the beginning of 2013, but looking back it would have been “Stretch”.

I stretched myself by committing time and resources to business coaching and working with outside partners to identify the areas where I can add the most value to my clients.

I stretched my business by completing a record number of speaking, coaching and consulting engagements and also added a new team member – the lovely and talented virtual assistant Katy Trotta.

All of that stretching in 2013 wasn’t always easy – in fact, sometimes it hurt – but stretching was necessary in order to grow. That growth will enable us to serve our clients even better in 2014!

Following my friend’s lead, I’m going to choose a focus word for 2014 – “Inspire”.

Why “Inspire”?

It’s my goal to educate, encourage and equip the clients that I work with and the people that I meet. To paraphrase a line borrowed from Oprah – I want to help others to be the best version of themselves as Leaders, friends and family members.

Will you join me in choosing a focus word for 2014? What will it be?

Share it with me in the Comments section!


Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of leadership development, executive communication skills and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.

I’ll be the opening keynote speaker at Northern Kentucky University‘s liNKUp Professional Development Symposium in Highland Heights, Kentucky on December 18, 2013.

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to speak to faculty and staff at the University about “Preparing The Students Of Today For Success In The Careers Of Tomorrow”!

Date: December 18, 2013
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: Northern Kentucky University’s liNKUp Professional Development Symposium [Keynote]
Topic: Preparing Students of Today for Success In Careers of Tomorrow
Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University
Location: Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Public: Private

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