The Career Development Carnival 2014 Calendar

The Career Development Carnival is entering its third year of highlighting world-wide career experts’ advice and tips. Last year we decided to have a few theme months and it worked so well that we will be doing it again in 2014.

Hannah Morgan and I met this week to talk about the success of the Career Development Carnival for 2012 (thanks to all of you!) and how we might infuse some fun and variety into 2013. We’ll be introducing a career related theme for four of the months.

March 2014 – Which came First? The Chicken or the Egg?

Think about the conversations you have with people who believe that one action or thought has to come first…does it really? We would love to hear your views of what comes first in career development.

June 2014 – Tips to get Someone You don’t Know to Respond to your Request

One of the things job hunters and career navigators struggle with is how to connect and get a response from and prospective employer or network contact. Do you have a secret formula or tip that you can share?

September 2014 – Clarity/Direction/Focus

How important does having clarity, direction or focus during your career? Are there circumstances where lacking abilities interfere with career trajectory? How do you help your clients with gaining a clearer path?

December 2014 – Top 10 Resources for 2015 and the Future

It’s time to look ahead – what do you see coming down the pipeline that is innovative or on target for preparing career minded individuals for the coming year?

 How to Submit Your Career Post:

  1. Use The Career Development Carnival Submission Page.
  2. Review that your post is current content which means you published your post/article in the same month of the carnival.
  3. One submission per author or blogger.
  4. Your post fits one of our career categories
  • Career Management
  • Job Search Resources
  • Career Exploration
  • Networking Tips
  • Personal Branding
  • Reputation Management

We look forward to hosting your expert career advice in 2014!

 

Lynn Dessert                                         Hannah Morgan

Executive Career Coach                   Job Search, Career and Social Media Strategist       

Elephants at Work                              CareerSherpa.net  

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The Career Development Carnival 2013 Calendar

Hannah Morgan and I met this week to talk about the success of the Career Development Carnival for 2012 (thanks to all of you!) and how we might infuse some fun and variety into 2013. We’ll be introducing a career related theme for four of the months.

Some career experts asked for advance notice to plan your writing and posting schedules, so here’s a sneak peek of the Career Development Carnival themes for 2013:

February 2013 – Your Favorite Inspiration Quote and Why

Tell us what quote sends shivers up your spine or moves to you action. What’s the story behind it? How has it affected you? Why are you drawn to your favorite quote?

May 2013 – Top 10 Blogs That Help Your Career

You’ve got full latitude on creating your top 10 blog list because the blogs don’t have to be about career development per se. Perhaps your favorite blogs share information on marketing, social media, technology, personal development, interests or hobbies. Tell us where you get your inspiration and spend your valuable time.

September 2013 – What is a Career “Ah Ha” Moment?

We are interested in your career “Ah Ha” moment or a story about someone you know who had an “Ah Ha” moment that blew you away.

December 2013 – Top 2013 Career Posts

No doubt you review your top career related posts each year – we want to know what was your #1 post for 2013.

How to Submit Your Career Post:

  1. Use the The Career Development Carnival Submission Page.
  2. Review that your post is current content which means you published your post/article in the same month of the carnival.
  3. One submission per author or blogger.
  4. Your post fits one of our career categories
    • Career Management
    • Job Search Resources
    • Career Exploration
    • Networking Tips
    • Personal Branding
    • Reputation Management

We look forward to hosting your expert career advice in 2013!

Lynn Dessert                                         Hannah Morgan
Executive and Career Coach               Job Search , Career and Social Media Strategist       
Elephants at Work                               CareerSherpa.net  
 

New Post Submission Process for the Career Development Carnival

The process for accepting blog posts has been cumbersome for the Career Development Carnival with some of the posts being misdirected by spam filters. Your carnival hosts – Hannah Morgan at Career Sherpa and Lynn Dessert at Elephants at Work developed a form on the Career Development Carnival website to reduce those occurrences. Carnival post submissions will not longer be accepted by email.

Career Development Submission Page

The newly designed Career Development Carnival submission form prompts you for the information Hannah and I need to put together a great carnival each month.

Most of the fields are required; the exception is the brief description. When you provide a description or brief summary, you help us with developing your marketing teaser.

Access to the form is easy. You access it from:

  1. The Career Development Carnival Submission Page
  2. The reminder we send out monthly – sign up on the right hand side of this page!
  3. Submit Your Blog Post Here – located at the top navigation of any page on the website

Carnival Guidelines

The same guidelines apply for post consideration:

  • Current posts only – which means you published your post/article in the same month of the carnival
  • One submission per author/blogger
  • Stay on topic – your post fits one of our career categories
    • Career Management
    • Job Search Resources
    • Career Exploration
    • Networking Tips
    • Personal Branding
    • Reputation Management

We look forward to receiving your submissions using our new process in August!

 

Why was my post not published in the Career Development Carnival?

There are always some kinks when you start something new and it is no exception with the Career Development Carnival. The guidelines for submissions are available in this post: Career Development Carnival – Welcome! It is everyone’s best interest to keep standards high because readers demand the best!

If your article or post was not included in a recent Career Development Carnival, it is probably due to one or more of these reasons:

Post is not Relevant

Only on-topic posts are accepted. Your post should reflect a point a view with valuable information for the reader. If your site is predominately about generating affiliate income or is a landing site for links, you probably won’t make our cut.

Early Submission

I know the early bird usually catches the worm, however, in this case, early means your post is too old. If you are not sure what old means, read the next reason. If a reminder would help you make a timely submission, sign up to receive notices on the right hand side of the page – Carnival Submitters: Receive Notices for Upcoming Carnivals.

Post is too old

What makes a carnival interesting to readers is they get to see new information and read something that is fresh. Rules of thumb, if your post is not published within the same month of the carnival, consider your submission old. Simply write something else and submit it.

Post is not dated

Submissions that lack a publish date are often very old posts. We won’t be spending time trying to figure it out so make it easy to see when the article was published.

Too Many Submissions

In our first carnival we had several people submit multiple articles, in fact, one writer submitted eight posts! Only submit your ONE best post – that’s what the readers want to see from you.

Missed Deadline

The Career Development Carnival submission site has a deadline for accepting submissions for the current carnival. If you submit something after the deadline, the current carnival host will not receive your information.

What Will You Contribute?

You have written some sweet posts on the topic of careers in the past two weeks!  (Or, if not, you still have time to post one!) Don’t you want more readers to crave your content like they do cotton candy?carnival cotton candy

You’ve written about:

  • How to manage a career (tips for getting along with others in the workplace, being a good leader, communicating better and a host of other tips)
  • Great job search resources (tools, sites, and other information job seekers need)
  • How to Explore a New Career (assessments, questions to ask yourself, researching new industries and occupations)
  • How to Network (advice on overcoming fears, logic behind the intent of networking, conversation starters, stories of success)
  • Building and Maintaining a Personal Brand (why this important, how to do it, examples and stories of great personal brands)
  • Reputation Management (perhaps this isn’t as obvious, but how does one go about monitoring and protecting their personal brand?)

Recent, Non-Salesy Posts Only

I know, you want to push your new product or free webinar.  Please, not in the posts you submit for this carnival.  Once someone clicks through on your post, they can peruse your site. If you’ve done a good job promoting your value and you’ve got your site laid out correctly, then they should find your products and services, right?

Your post needs to be recent.  In other words, it has been published/posted within the previous two weeks.  Why? We want this carnival to have current and relevant information.  If you wrote a super post a year ago, let me ask you this? Is all the information still up to date?  Here’s a suggestion, re-purpose that great post and share other links to useful past content within it.

Practice What You Preach

Are you looking for a way to gain more exposure, help more people or build new peer/partner relationships?

Promoting your brand and developing your network are vital to your success. Carnivals allow you to do both of these.

Participating Means…

Add your URL and brief summary of the post you’ve written on The Career Carnival link collection site.

Sign up for the notifications/reminders of when posts are due and future topics.

Once the carnival goes live, help promote it among your readers by tweeting the hosted post. Stumble it. Add it to your Facebook fan page.  Make it a discussion on Google +.

And let me also encourage you to get to know your fellow contributors.   Comment on their post.  Isn’t that one of the best parts about blogging?

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions, please, contact Lynn Dessert or Hannah Morgan and we will be happy to answer them!

Deadline

All links must be submitted by January 16th.  The carnival goes live on Lynn Dessert’s “Elephants at Work” on January 19, 2012!

Career Development Carnival – Welcome!

The Career Development Carnival was developed to showcase the best blog posts from career experts who are dishing the latest advice, tips and resources for the career minded.

The Career Development Carnival will go live on January, 2011 and is hosted by Lynn Dessert and Hannah Morgan. Each month, one of us will be the host at our blogs:

Elephants at Work – Lynn Dessert

Career Sherpa – Hannah Morgan

Career Development Post Guidelines and Deadlines

One post is accepted per blog or author. We do not accept posts directly advertising your products or services, including job postings. We reserve the right to screen all submissions for relevancy, timing and professional writing standards.

Posts on career development will be accepted from the first of the month until two days before publication. Your post should have been published on your blog within the last two weeks.

Submitting a Career Development Post

All articles are to be submitted to the Career Development Carnival through the Blog Carnival website.

We are no longer using the Blog Carnival website – join our notification email service on the right column to receive notifications of each month’s carnival and where to send your post.

When you submit a post, select the category that best describes your topic. The career topics available are:

  • Career Management
  • Job Search Resources
  • Career Exploration
  • Networking Tips
  • Personal Branding
  • Reputation Management

There is an option to include a brief one line description – which we highly recommend. There is good chance this will be your tag line on the Career Development Carnival post, including your name and link back to the article.

We look forward to seeing the career development information that will WOW your readers!