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Happy Monday! We hope you had a great weekend and are refreshed and ready for a great week ahead. Our intention with these Monday posts is not only to share with you what’s going on in our world…but to expose you to a new perspective and some inspiration for you to carry for your week.

This week’s Musical Musing is inspired by Lesson 11 of our Avoid a Cruel Summer eCourse and will hopefully inspire you to try something new this week….

Lesson 11: Learn. Interesting. Stuff. (A Sneak Peek)

Okay, so do you really make an effort to learn new things? Do you have a favorite source that actually teaches you something new on a regular basis? This is especially important if you are unemployed, underemployed, or planning out your attack for making your dream career come true. Or… if you are in the first or second year of owning your own business… (you get the idea).

Part of what keeps us motivated to Do More Great Work (a fantastic book, by the way) is the stimulation of learning new things. How do you respond to these new ideas? Do you agree or disagree? Can exploring these new and interesting things enrich your social network or your world in general somehow? This truly has the potential to be your secret sauce. (Tracy and I speak from experience on this one!)

We’re not just talking about your career and learning things that will help you with your economic game. We’re talking about the happiness factor, too.

And the eCourse Lesson doesn’t stop there.

When was the last time you challenged yourself to learn something new?

Let us know your favorite sources to learn something new in the comments!

Musical Musing of the Week



Quick note: There is EXACTLY one week left to apply for our Scholarship Contest. We have FIVE scholarships to give away, and we can’t wait to see who we’re going to get to work with this year, so don’t pass up this opportunity to explore your greatest self!



We’re Not Going To Take It!

Welcome to our weekly Musical Musings! (formerly Music Monday) 

Got the Monday blues? Let us help you change that thinking ASAP.

Today’s music inspiration goes along with this week’s eCourse sneak-peek based on Lesson 5: Personal Power – and it’s all about Working With Others.

If you sign up for our eCourse, you’ll get access to the Tracy’s video recording where she discusses managing up, subversive leadership, and being your own PR director in the workplace. There are also a few actions steps listed to help you be on top of your game for your next opportunity  in Working With Others.

So we are here, with Twisted Sister as our backup, asking you:

What Do You Want To Do With Your Life? 

(And there’s a CONTEST in that link above because… WE WANT YOU TO ROCK!)

Also please note – our deadline for our Scholarship Contest has been extended to Labor Day which is Monday, September 3rd at midnight!

So plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, and sing aloud if you can; you know you want to!


For our full Avoid a Cruel Summer youTube song playlist click here.

PS – Already signed up to Avoid a Cruel Summer? We’d love it if you would send us some feedback on questions you have or what you think so far, or simply help us Spread the Love!

Have a fantastic week everyone.


Lesson of the week: Tell Fear to FUDGE OFF

Happy Music Monday (with another eCourse sneak-peak)

We’re ready to get this week started off with a she-BANG! Part of being able to do that is recognizing what works and what doesn’t, as well as recognizing what is standing in the way.

Lesson of the Week: Tell Fear to Fudge Off

Do you sit and wonder about all those “shoulds”, “woulds”, “coulds” and “what ifs” but remain inactive because of the possibility of failure… or even better, SUCCESS?

Say hello to my dear friend, fear (another one of those four-letter words that begins with a capital “F”, if you let it have that power!). I’m personally well acquainted with this one, and we all experience this on one level or another. Tracy and I’ve discussed this before, and she stated, “Anxiety can develop as your ‘world’ increases, too.”

While I know this is true, that seems ridiculously counter productive, doesn’t it?!? In Lesson 10 of our summer eCourse, aptly named Tell Fear to Fudge Off, we are all over this one. We even include a template to help you evaluate some of your most stifling fears to get you moving toward that next step.

If you haven’t signed up to Avoid a Cruel Summer, (we don’t want to admit this but…) time is running out! It’s mid-August already, and we’ll be finishing up this eCourse as the hot, sunny beach season leaves us. So don’t wait: With both audio, and video files to guide you, we’re ready to help prepare you to Up Your Game for 2013 now. We look forward to hearing from you on our Facebook or Twitter regarding your process and your progress!

Career Coaching Scholarship Contest Continues…

We’re excited to have started receiving submissions for our  2012 Scholarship Program and the deadline is Friday, August 24th, just 11 days away.

You do realize there are FIVE opportunities to win, right?

If you (or someone you know) is in need of career coaching to bring your work to the next level, we want to help!

And now for our weekly Music Monday inspired by the frustrations this week’s topic (FEAR) can bring forth, but let’s not take this one too seriously, okay?

(Click here for the entire YouTube playlist for the Avoid a Cruel Summer eCourse.)

Have a great week!





Our Summer eCourse, Updates and Music Monday

Summer is definitely a time when “go-go-go” easily becomes the norm. With that in mind, we want you to take a moment and pause with us, as we have three very important things we’d like to share with you today.

eCourse is live!

We are very excited to let you know our eCourse is finally here, Avoid a Cruel Summer: 12 Ways to Up Your Game for 2013. With Tracy’s help, we’ll ensure you take those much needed moments to reflect and move towards your goals this summer, and it’s portable so you can have some fun while doing it (i.e. bring it poolside or to the beach)!

It’s up to each of us to make sure we take a little time to regroup in the midst of all the chaos. We just know this eCourse will help bring you that much closer to aligning your goals for the rest of 2012.

 Congrats, Lauren!

Also, today is the first day of full-time work for our graduating intern, and ‘Cuse ’12 grad Lauren Wannermeyer. For those of you who participated in The Graduation Project webinar series, you know that Lauren did some heavy thinking about risk and reward in her career search the last few months and we are so proud that she took the leap to move to DC and pursue her dream. We hope she gets the flowers we sent to her new office!

Update on Our Lost Friend Hope Reichbach

On a sadder note, our team, especially Tracy, is devastated this morning to hear about the passing of Gus Reichbach, father of Hope Reichbach, one of the first friends of The Opportunities Project and a great force of light that we lost too soon. We loved Gus because Hope did and we know that this not only a loss for her family, but all of Brooklyn and the thousands of people he helped as a judge in the court system. It’s hard to believe that Hope would have only turned 24 on July 24th. If you have some extra funds and believe in internships like we do, please consider donating to the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund. You will not be sorry.

Take a moment and enjoy today’s Music Monday, then go check out Hope’s Fund and register for this summer’s guided journey.

We can’t wait to hear from you on your progress, so join our Facebook community today!



Music Monday – May 7th

Happy Monday, all! We’re busy doing a recruitment project for a client, planning our 2012 Scholarship Launch and recording the videos to accompany The Graduation Project conference (thanks to those who came!).  This week we’re also discussing building your support network on Facebook, and we’d love for you to join us.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the loss of Beastie Boys rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch on Friday, May 4th, after a three-year battle with cancer. While Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston’s deaths were painful, my sadness in hearing about MCA’s passing takes mourning an artist to a whole new level. I’ve seen The Beastie Boys five times since 1994 (best show SummerStage NYC), with all types of friends and loved ones, making their albums the soundtrack to my life for the last 26 years. The Beastie Boys’ music influenced my style and my taste in ways that no other artist did, but more importantly, their work transcended race, age, and class, which few people get to do, even in this day and age.

Observation: On Sunday, none of the song from Paul’s Boutique were in the iTunes Top 100 Singles, but the album was #2. I think that’s exactly right, as you have to appreciate the entirety of that effort to understand how the BBoys changed music. That being said, Check Your Head has become my favorite over time. While I love the rhymes of Hey Ladies and Shake Your Rump, the lyrics on Check Your Head have a sense of maturity that I appreciate. What do you think?

For now, we’re going to leave you with this video to honor a man who moved mountains with his 1979 entrance into the music scene. I am not sure how I missed this video last year (um, maybe because I was running a startup), but I never saw the full 30-minute version of Fight For Your Right Revisited, directed by MCA. It is worth the half hour to view the whole thing.


Oct 18 Announcements, Music Monday

It’s been 90 days since our last Music Monday post and it’s time to bring it back as 2011 speeds to a close. We had developed Music Monday as a quick way to let you know about new opportunities and give you a little music inspiration to start your week. After a season where I retreated to work intensely with clients, we’re balancing that with some new offers, initiatives and events so it’s time to bring our updates back. Here we go!

#YPNYC Tweetup Tonight 10/18

Just a reminder that Julia Moon and I are co-hosting the Young Professionals #YPNYC Tweetup tonight at The Opportunities Project’s favorite and welcoming bar, McAnn’s in mid-town. We have 45+ RSVPs and it’s a mix of young professionals, career experts and entrepreneurs attending. Both Julia and I hope to see you there.

BrazenU Social Recruiting Bootcamp 11/7-11/18

BrazenU Social Recruiting BootcampI am very excited to be one of the speakers in the BrazenU Social Recruiting Bootcamp with my peers and heroes. More on this leading up to event, as well as some more social recruiting oriented blog posts. If you’re a recruiter, or are thinking about becoming a recruiter in the future, you’ll be able to learn a ton through this program. Enroll today (disclosure, this is an affiliate link).

I’ll also be announcing some exciting stuff about our social recruiting business services and my new plans for them very soon. This is one of the big changes I hinted at last week.


#DCEDU StartupWeekend this Weekend- 10/21

I’ll be pitching an idea at the education edition of StartupWeekend in Washington, DC on 10/21 and hopefully building a prototype with a technical team. I’ve been excited about Startup Weekend since my colleague called me from one in June. Thanks to all the people in my life who have been helping me prepare. I’ll throw up my idea on the blog here on Friday and start talking about it slowly all week on my Education Rebel @ Work Tumblr. Warning: I’m still talking about The Hunger Games over there.

Music Monday

And here is your Music Monday. I saw the new Footloose this weekend. Not only did I not die inside, I thought the acting and story was better than the original’s, though I’ve always been a sucker for a Boston accent. My big complaint is they shouldn’t have changed the music so drastically- the covers sucked. I used to practice my round-off cartwheels to this song in my backyard with the girls from the Wood School.

I certainly can’t do cartwheels any longer, but here’s to a great week of professional accomplishments that make you wish you could!

Where in the World is The Opportunities Project?

Hey there. When we posted our Q&A with Salena on June 1, we certainly did not think that we would be taking a month-long break! It was not because of our premature demise, but because June was a super successful month for our business and it pulled us away from the blog. Here is an update on where we’ve been and more importantly where we’re going.

A Birthday


Tracy celebrated a birthday- 36 years young- at the beginning of June. We were grateful to spend the time with our friends out on Fire Island eating cupcakes, drinking pink beverages, and remotely helping our colleague Steven Francisco from Innovation Teaching win Startup Weekend EDU by providing some key market research for his entry all from my beach blanket. Love the speed of entrepreneurship!

Mashable and Pretty Young Professionals Mentions

At the end of May, we were interviewed for a piece by Mashable on social media resumes and how you must show your results no matter what tools you use to market yourself. We never expected the response that we got! Our internet traffic went up 91% (and keeps going up) and many readers booked us for career coaching for July. It’s the biggest thing that’s happened since we started and we love it.

In June, Pretty Young Professionals also named us to their Top 40 Career Experts on Twitter. We are honored to be on a list that included Forbes Women and best-selling authors Lindsey Pollak and Alexandra Levit. This award ensures we will try even harder to provide Twitter content that is relevant and thought-provoking for young professionals navigating their careers.

New Team Member Lauren Wannermeyer

if you interact with us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll soon be interacting with our new team member, Lauren Wannermeyer. Yes, I’ve hired yet ANOTHER Syracuse person and in this case a fellow sorority sister because Lauren is also an Alpha Gamma Delta. Even if she wasn’t all those things, I would have hired her anyway because she’s awesome. Lauren joined us in June and will soon start managing our Facebook page and interacting in Twitter chats on behalf of the @oppsproject. Read more about Lauren on our Team page. We’ll also get her Q&A up on the blog this week so you can learn more about her.

Cheating on Tumblr

Tracy launched her own Tumblr a few months ago and posted “quick takes” on education, jobs, and the economy in June. It’s a work in progress, and the verdict is still out on whether Tumblr is for us. The community aspect seems hyper-inclusive and there are too many Tumblrs that belong on a private platform like OhLife. So far, my favorite use has been to follow a woman who has inside knowledge about The Hunger Games movie and runs some type of role-playing game about it that I can’t seem to follow but still find absolutely fascinating. #Nerd. Anyway, please check out our Tumblr and let us know what you think and follow us if you’re part of the community. We’ll be implementing some theme changes throughout the month and making it resemble our style more.

Launch of Teach Newark and Social Recruiting Work

And the real reason we’ve been MIA from the blog is because we launched a new social recruiting project for Newark Public Schools and Startup Education in June. Startup: Education is the foundation started by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook. You know… that itty bitty project that was announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show (link brings you to the full announcement on; the AP video from YouTube that features clips is embedded below). When I left my job to start The Opportunities Project about a year ago, I didn’t expect that my company would be commissioned to work on such a high-profile project so soon, but I’ll take it.


We’re one of the first vendors hired by Startup: Education to help improve Newark’s work with teachers and we are committed to showing what you can do when you frame your recruiting right so the ROI is in marketing to the right people. And with four weeks under our belt, we’ve been rocking it with over 1,200 applications started, a shiny new website, and a social media presence where we’re providing a high level of engagement and transparency to every high quality teacher who wants to join Newark’s team. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’re a teacher ready for a big opportunity, apply via our website at


Teach in Newark Public Schools


Launching Teach Newark has been a complex operation so a big thanks to Justin Mathews, Alisha Miranda, Felicia Ramirez, Tanisha Christie, and Dana Leavy, and Shannon Firth for their contributions this far. We’ll still be bringing on two new members in July. While The Opportunities Project’s mission to build capital in people includes recruiting the best for organizations, I believe that we will be bringing our social recruiting work under a new umbrella and brand. The thinking cap is on and emails are going out to our business advisors for their opinions. Stay tuned.

Enroll in our New eCourse

And now let’s talk about the future. Our big July announcement is that we’re giving away a FREE eCourse called Avoid a Cruel Summer: 22 Career Lessons to Take to the Beach. That’s right, we said FREE!

As part of the eCourse, you’ll receive 22 career lessons in your inbox every 1 to 2 days. Each lesson will offer advice and suggested next actions for you to take so when September rolls around, you’re won’t have missed out any opportunities and can start getting the results you want in your career. Since we want you to participate from your favorite mobile device while you’re taking in the rays and waves, we’ve designed each step to take about 30 minutes. Every lesson is also accompanied by a song suggestion to inspire you to take action.  This course is perfect for the recent graduate navigating the job market, the young professional looking to make a change, or anyone who wants a career tuneup. You can check out the playlist below!

We’re still working out a few kinks, but we welcome you to subscribe now.

Our blog posting may still be infrequent for a while, but we’re excited to be back!


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May 16 Announcements, Music Monday

Hope everyone in New York City is surviving the gray and rainy weather. I am not sure about everyone else, but graphics like this for my zip code never make me feel good. Blech. But like you, I have a ton to accomplish this week and we can’t let this get in our way! Some coaching tips for the week? Don’t skimp on artificial light and add some selenium to your diet if it’s not already included. Also, pick up some great books to read while hanging out inside!




Here are some quick announcements from The Opportunities Project for this week.

Group Coaching Start Moved to May 23rd

Due to great demand (graduation and work demands in particular), we’ve moved our spring coaching program start back to May 23rd. That means we are pushing back the course back and will end the week of July Fourth. We’re super excited to get started. Make sure you reserve your spot today or contact us with questions.

Our Guest Blog Post is up on Job Hunt Chat!

We’re excited that our guest post on how we hired Alisha Miranda for our Business Development position is up on Job Hunt Chat’s website for everyone to see as a successful case study in social media job searching. I tried to cover both the small business/recruiter/hiring manager side, as well as the job seeker take. I hope it helps more people understand the power of these tools and how you can use them to make things happen for yourself and your organization.

We’re Included in Marty McDonald’s Awesome New eBook!

We were honored to provide some interview tips for our colleague Marty McDonald’s new eBook Don’t be Scared… Be Prepared. We share our favorite tips and one of our favorite BAD interview stories. Many of you know, I have dozens to pick from, but the one I chose is a personal favorite. Download and read all the other great stories from my fellow contributors, including these good friends of The Opportunities Project- Rich DeMatteo, Steve Levy, Mark Babbitt, and Kate-Madonna Hinds!

Go See Bridesmaids: Music Monday

Seriously, Bridesmaids was fantastic on its own, but it’s also an important movie for women so go see it. Even though it’s 2011, it’s not easy to make a comedy written by women that also features an almost all female cast. The Change The Ratio blog has covered the importance of this movie and here’s a quote they posted on their Tumblr:

“Here’s why it’s actually important to see Bridesmaids. On opening weekend. I don’t know a female screenwriter, TV writer, actor or comedienne who hasn’t heard this statement in the past few months with regards to future projects: “Well, we’ll see how Bridesmaids does…” That sentence means that every creative, brilliant, funny woman in Hollywood is (unfairly) being held hostage to a single film’s opening weekend box office.”
Why Bridesmaids Is Important, by Jamie Denbo

So go see it if you care about sexism in the film industry- you won’t be disappointed.. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know why I chose this song. If you haven’t seen it YET (emphasis on YET), just enjoy a great retro hit.



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May 9 Announcements, Music Monday

Busy, busy week! We have a lot going on and these events deserve their own postings. I hate using the blog space solely for marketing purposes, but I want to make sure that everything gets its focus.

The Opportunities Project’s Upcoming Events

Using Your Competitive Advantage to Find a Teaching Job, presented by SchoolSpring on Tuesday, May 10, 1PM

Webinar, Free

I’m excited to partner with SchooSpring for this free event. I’ll be coaching new teachers on how to make themselves stand out from the crowd when searching for a job. We’ll discuss how to boost your resume, use effective interview strategies, and network your way to a job.

Balance: The Social Networking Job Search- Build, Engage, Find, presented by YouTern on Wednesday, May 11, 8PM

Webinar, Free

Every day, job and internship candidates – your competition – are being hired for great jobs and internships via social media.

Are you using tools like Twitter, Linkedin, and blogging to build your career – and get noticed?

I’ll help you become a success story by teaching you to:

  • Spend your job search time wisely
  • Master the balance of building your candidacy
  • Engage new communities and influencers
  • Find the right opportunities for you

Group Coaching Starts May 16th

Our Spring Group Coaching Program begins on Monday, May 16! Group coaching is an affordable option for many young professionals. You’ll receive my guidance and expertise through the coaching and consulting process, and develop a new community among your other group members.

Two programs will run every Monday afternoon at 4PM and 7PM until June 27th (we’ll meet on Tuesday during the week of Memorial Day). Each program is limited to 8 participants so register now.  Flexible payment plans are available, also.

Other Updates

Hope Reichbach Podcast Now on ITunes

We promised to update you when we were able to upload Hope Reichbach’s interview with us to ITunes. You can now download it directly from the ITunes Store. We hope the interview will give much comfort to her friends and family.

The Art and Science of Making Things Happen Recap

Brett Kunsch and I conducted our Four Hour Goals: The Art and Science of Making Things Happen workshop this weekend. Next step is to convert it to an eCourse which we’ll likely debut in the second half of June at a the second edition of our Making The Change You Want Networking Series.

Life After College Party

Support my colleague Jenny Blake at the  Life After College Book Launch Party on Thursday, May 12 at 7PM.

I’ll be there, a well as many of my fellow NYC based coaches. The party, sponsored by NYC Creative Interns, will have lots of networking, music, and an open bar.

Music Monday

I was thinking Manic Monday based on everything that’s going in, but this is so much more fun. Girl bands rule… 4eva.

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April 25 Music Monday and Announcements

It’s been a few weeks, but we’re back with Music Monday and our latest announcements. I’m *almost* caught up from our travels earlier this month and am excited for a productive May helping young professionals take advantage of the growing job market in New York City and across the country.

Attend The Four Hour Goals Workshop on May 7th

Ready to make a change, including setting concrete goals and achieving them? On Saturday, May 7, 2011, I’ll be conducting Four Hour Goals:  The Art and Science of Reaching Your Goals with Brett Kunsch of Millennial Coach at the Center for Arts Education (across from Penn Station). At this workshop, we’ll teach you tools for setting long-term vision and short-term goals and how to align them to what you do every day and meet success. We guarantee that you walk out with a clear head, excitement, inspiration and confidence that you know how to get started with making things happen for yourself.

When clicking on the Eventbrite, you’ll see that we have a number of ticket options available to meet your needs. This event will help professionals across the spectrum, not just those starting out in their career.

Also, congratulations to the prize winners from our Make The Change You Want Networking event last week. Two lucky attendees- Cathie and Kesha- each won a free hour of coaching with Brett and I, respectively, and another lucky winner- Roseanne- won a book from our bookstore. We hope to have another event later in the spring.

Download our Free Guide: Get Inspired through Social Media

If you haven’t swung by our new home page (it’s why our blog was dark last week) you may have not noticed that we now have a free guide that we’re giving away called Get Inspired through Social Media. It’s a free three-page guide of exercises that you can do on your own with LinkedIn to generate new ideas on next steps you can take with your career. People forget that LinkedIn is more than a social resume, but a database of professionals and information intended to help you make good decisions about your career.

We’ll do more promotion on this, but as a blog reader, check it out and get it before everyone else! This guide will also be featured as part of The Product Factory, run by Michael Port and Mitch Meyerson, sometime this week.

Tax Day Email Only Sale!

Wondering what to do with your tax refund? I am having a two-week sale on some of my coaching products. The details are only available to people subscribed to my newsletter list. When you register for our free guide, you’ll be added to our list.

New Press Appearances

My interview with the Professional Services Journal on using Twitter chats to recruit young talent was published last week. If you’re not in the Twitter chats, why aren’t you? Also, I was added as the latest expert to My Colleges and Careers, which is exciting!

Scholarship Winners

We selection panel reviewed all the eligible applicants and Justin and I did a next round of reviews and we’re ready to announce the winners this week. Stay tuned!

Music Monday

What are you listening to this week that will get your productivity moving? I have a blog post coming up this week that touches on maintaining your power in the job search so here’s a little James Brown and Soul Power to prep you!

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