How to Make a Great Impression at Your Next Job Interview

Research shows that you have less than 5 seconds to make a good first impression.

If you are interviewing for a new position or networking for career advancement, being able to calm your nerves and represent yourself well from the very first interaction is critical to your job search success.

On this episode of the Career Confidante, host Marie Zimenoff welcomes career expert Diane Hudson who will share her secrets to making a great first impression.

The Career Confidante Interview

Click here to listen: Make a Good Impression at Your Next Interview

Diane Featured in Women of Distinction Magazine

Diane was selected for the front cover of Women of Distinction Magazine in September 2016 highlighting the career coaching industry!

2016-10-17_1011This is a great honor and a tremendous boost to career coaches and resume writers – helping to educate the public about the career coaching industry.

Here is the ebook/magazine. Simply click the pages to turn them.

Here is the press release

Please read the article and pass along to clients and other career coaches.


Recruiting Trends Conference 2015!




Join Diane, Director of the Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) program and Board Member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches, at the Recruiting Trends Conference in Florida this November!!

*All CPCC’s and PARW/CCmembers receive $200 Off!

The Recruiting Trends Conference gathers leaders in recruiting, sourcing, talent acquisition and human resources to network, exchange ideas and share best practices and bold strategies for the hiring process. With a fast-paced mix of engaging presentations, focused workshops, peer-to-peer discussion, and great networking events, the Recruiting Trends Conference is high-energy and high-value. This three-day event will leave you with strong new connections, inspiring ideas and practical, ready-to-implement strategies for success.

Join Diane in Florida in November to learn what recruiters want to see on resumes, how they expect applicants to interview, and how they manage hiring functions (ATS, military hires, and more). Speakers range from a variety of industries: ExecuQuest Corp., IQ Talent, Lockheed Martin, Solar City, Pitney Bowes, Intuit, Thomson Reuters Legal, First Data Corporation, Guidewire Software, Employment Screening Resources, and many more.

The top recruiters. The most innovative strategies.
Disney’s® Grand Floridian Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
November 8-10, 2015

I hope to see you there!


In conjunction with Recruiting Trends, Diane is offering a $200 discount on registration – for CPCCs and PARW/CC members.

*To receive your a $200 discount use the code: CAREER
Simply use this code when you register:

The Latest Job & Career Search Trends, Tips and Tactics

Career Search TrendsAs many of you know, job and career search strategies are changing fast!

A few months back, I attended and spoke at an event called “Brain Day.”

If you’re not familiar with “Brain Day,” it’s an event where career professionals meet to brainstorm trends and best practices in the now, the new, and the next in careers. Events were held in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia. It was an extraordinary day!

The event is presented by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium.

I’ve attached the Event White Paper here.

On this paper, you’ll find hundreds of valuable facts, tips, insights and more.

USA News/Money wrote a nice wrap up of the conference and listed 10 Emerging Job Search Trends

Here are just a few of our favorites from their article:

  • Mobile apps will be the next big thing for applying for jobs. This trend has already emerged and is projected to grow rapidly.
  • Resumes will become an aggregation of social media. Some project less content but with more links to work projects, social media, video bios, contact options, infographics, and other online bio bits.
  • Younger job seekers approach career communications differently. Millennials are more comfortable with video and online representation. They think a paper resume is stagnant; they can’t “post or tweet” it. They are shunning email.
  • People are being hired without an in-person interview. Skype or Facetime may be used to replace face-to-face interviews altogether, saving companies money.
  • Mindvalley is a company that is leading the way in networking. They host large company parties and have all their employees bring their two smartest friends; they routinely poach people from McKinsey and Google. Instead of spending $3K on a job posting, they will spend $3K on a party for their employees.
  • Career professionals project a new economic model where people have multiple revenue streams instead of one job. By 2020, the prediction is that 50% of employees will work project to project; many will be self-employed.

Are you using the latest tips and tactics in your job & career search? By researching and utilizing these strategies, you’ll place yourself at a definite advantage over other job seekers.

Whether you are in the job/career search market, or working to coach others, these insights are extremely valuable and I hope they help you!




Teaching Job Search and Resume Application Procedures for Our Military

Federal job search and resume application procedures - San Diego
Having fun teaching Job Search and Resume Application Procedures for Wounded Warriors at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego

Every month, I work with our military teaching them job search and resume skills.

Often, I travel to bases around the world to do classes in person.

I am so very grateful for our military men & women and their dedication & service to our country!

I’m also grateful for the privilege to be able to work with so many really great people.

I wanted to do a quick post on some of my travels…

Here are just a couple of the classes I’ve been able to teach and the awesome people I’ve met:

– Job Search and Resume Application Procedures for Wounded Warriors at Camp Pendleton in CA Job Search and Resume Application Procedures - Ca

We had a great class & I met many awesome people.

One of my students, Jeremy Jordan, lives in Boise (my home town also) and his wife was there awaiting his return.

When I returned, I was able to go to lunch with his wife Allie.

Jeremy is to my right in the green t-shirt.

I was able to meet and work with other CPCC’s (Certified Professional Career Coaches) here also.

– Networking and Social Media for TAP, ACAP and Airmen and Family Readiness Specialists at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Certified Professional Career Coaching - Germany

In Germany, we went over in depth on how to use LinkedIn to network and for job search success.

I was able to meet three CPCCs at Ramstein Air Force base including Susan Williams, who has worked with Diane on the phone for three years and coordinates all the webinars and CPCC registration I also train the Airmen and Family Readiness Assistance Specialists in monthly webinars with a group of career counselors.

The career counselors are online from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the Azores, and in between. Topics include job search, interviewing, trends in job search, social media, networking, resume writing, career management, and more.

I’m having fun & just wanted to shout out how grateful I am to our military service men and women!

And… the privilege it is to serve you. Thanks! Diane

Writing SES ECQ’s: 3 FREE Webinars!

Diane is offering 3 free 30-minute SES ECQ writing webinars!

Register using the links below:

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

There will be many retirements from the current SES Corps in 2013, so new positions will be opening up.

The Executive Core Qualifications are required narratives for your Senior Executive Services application.

Get ready early by writing your ECQs before the announcements become available.

Diane Hudson Burns, co-author,  Mastering the SES Application will lead 30-minute free webinars to review the important facts for writing your ECQs.

Lessons will be based on the book and the OPM Guide.

If you are planning on applying for SES positions in the future, you will not want to miss this webinar!

Simply click the link below that best fits your schedule to register:

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST 

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Talk to you soon!


2013 Career Thought Leaders Virtual Conference

Hello to all,

I’m hoping your New Year is going great for you!

I’d like to invite you to an event that will give you crucial information for your career success. This is a “Virtual Conference” that you can attend from the comfort of your location! I’ll have a booth in this “Experience” and so will many of my colleagues.

We will be providing extensive information on:

  • Building Your Entrepreneurial Talents & Perfecting Your Performance
  • Writing Powerful & Well-Positioned Resumes, Cover Letters, E-Notes, LinkedIn Profiles & Bios
  • Success Strategies & Techniques in Coaching, Job Search & Career Management

This conference will be available to you January 23rd through June 1st of this year. We will be offering you video seminars, live Q&A, PDF’s, Links and comprehensive information that is sure to give you tremendous value, and help propel your career direction!

Please join me and many other career coaching professionals for:
Live Conference Program: March 18-20, 2013
Online Chats, Calls & Webcasts: January 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013

What makes the Career Thought Leaders Conference so remarkably valuable to you? That’s easy …

1. Conference Structure. Join us on Resume Day, Coaching & Career Management Day, and/or Entrepreneurial Day. You can register for 1, 2, or all 3 days … whatever meets your specific needs and interests.

2. Conference Program. A tremendous amount of thought went into planning the conference program, selecting the speakers, and defining the critical topics to be covered. That way, we’re certain to deliver the information, tools, techniques, resources, and strategies that really matter and will be of most value to you.

There’s a quick summary of the Conference Program further down in this email. Or, click here to go to the website with complete details:

3. Networking Opportunities. With our virtual conference platform, we’re able to provide 6 months of networking, brainstorming calls, webcasts, speaker calls, post-conference wrap-up calls, and more. These will be offered through a combination of video chats, text chats, group chats, private chats, and other networking opportunities.

4. Ease of Technology. We spent months investigating virtual conference platforms so that we would be certain to select the best and the easiest to navigate. With our technology, everything is a click away – the Auditorium, Meeting Rooms, Exhibitor Hall, and Lounge.

One of the best tech tools is “Your Briefcase,” where you can download speaker handouts and slides, exhibitor materials, networking contacts, and more. One click and it’s all there!

5. Exhibitor Hall. Our exhibitor hall is filling fast with a diverse group of vendors offering training, products, services, partnerships, business opportunities, and other great resources. The exhibitor hall is open for months so you have the opportunity to get to know these companies and learn how you can benefit from working with them. No more rushing past a booth, grabbing materials, throwing them in a bag, and never looking at them again. This experience is totally different!

For exhibitors, the benefits are obvious … months of exposure with a captive audience. What could be a better or more efficient use of your marketing dollars?

Complete Details:


Monday, March 18, 2013

Building Your Entrepreneurial Talents & Perfecting Your Performance

  • Netweaving: Thought Leadership in Networking & Paying It Forward (Bob Littell, Netweaving International)
  • 3 Essentials for Business Success: Sales, Marketing & Business Development (Denise Hedges, Business Breakthrough Institute)
  • 4 P’s of Profitability: Pricing, Packaging, Partnerships & Product Development (Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark, Career Thought Leaders, with Amy Gubser, CareerlaunchUSA)
  • Colleague-to-Colleague Discussion Groups on Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Writing Powerful & Well-Positioned Resumes, Cover Letters, E-Notes, LinkedIn Profiles, Bios & More

  • Writing Resumes for Graduating Students: Traditional & Not-So-Traditional (Chrystal McArthur, Rutgers University)
  • Writing Resumes for the “Average Joe & Jane” (Cathy Alfandre, Catherine A. Alfandre, LLC)
  • Writing Resumes for Technology Professionals (Stephen Van Vreede, ITtechExec)
  • Writing Resumes for Career Changers (Michael Kranes, Resume Slayer)
  • Writing Resumes for Senior Management & C-Level Executives (Cheryl Simpson, Executive Resume Rescue)
  • Writing Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions & Federal Opportunities (Diane Hudson Burns, Career Marketing Techniques)
  • Colleague-to-Colleague Discussion Groups on Writing Resumes, Letters, LinkedIn Profiles, and Other Career Communications

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Success Strategies & Techniques in Coaching, Job Search & Career Management

  • 5 Latest HR/OD Trends Every Career Professional Must Know (Orlando Ashford, Managing Partner & President of Talent, Mercer; Former SVP & Chief HR Officer, The Marsh & McLennan Companies)
  • Thought Leadership in Social Media for Career Professionals (Joshua Waldman, Author of “Social Media for Dummies”)
  • Career Planning, Development, Reinvention & Renewal (Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life & Career Renewal)
  • Thought Leadership in Personal Branding for Your Clients & Yourself (Susan Chritton, Pathways Career & Life Strategies)
  • Necessary Endings in Jobs, Careers, Industries, Professions & Life (Michelle Carroll, Carroll Consultants & Career Development Alliance)
  • Colleague-to-Colleague Discussion Groups on Coaching, Job Search, and Career Management

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me...

I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity and be a part of the 2013 CTL Conference!

To your success,


Free ebook Helps Job Hunters During the Holidays

“What Color Is Your Parachute?” author Richard N. (Dick) Bolles and 26 other Job-Hunt Experts contributed over 100 tips to help job seekers leverage the year-end holidays for their job hunt in an ebook that willl be free from Thanksgiving Day through midnight on Monday, November 26.


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Job hunters who are tempted to take a break during the holidays can learn how to leverage the holidays for their job hunt.

It’s a great time to job hunt when there is less competition for interviews at the same time that many companies step up their hiring to prepare for the New Year.

Job seekers can find over one hundred holiday job-hunting tips in the new eBook “New Year, New Job! 101 Top Tips from Job-Hunt Experts for Your Holiday Job Search” from respected jobs portal

The book will be FREE on Amazon from Thanksgiving Day until midnight on Monday, Nov. 26.

Otherwise, it will cost ninety-nine cents per copy making it an ideal stocking stuffer for the job seeker on anyone’s list. Find it at

Diane Hudson Burns is one of the contributing authors.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 4,188,000 jobs were filled in December, 2011. That’s 30,000 MORE jobs than were filled in January of 2012. That’s a lot of hiring! Yes, people do land permanent, full-time jobs during the holidays.

With a preface by “What Color Is Your Parachute?” author Richard N. (Dick) Bolles, and practical and inspiring tips from the expert career writers of, “New Year, New Job!” is available now in’s Kindle store at

Topics covered include handling awkward questions at family and holiday gatherings, sending holiday cards that benefit the job search, painless networking, beating the blahs, and much more.

The Job-Hunt Experts contributing their tips to this book are (in alphabetical order): Jason Alba, Diane Hudson Burns, Dr. Jan Cannon, Laura DeCarlo, Dr. Kate Duttro, Parmelee Eastman, Megan Fitzgerald, Wendy Gelberg, Don Goodman, Meg Guiseppi, Stephen Hinton. Rosalind Joffe, Susan P. Joyce, Laura Labovich, Carol McClelland, Jeff Lipschultz, Hannah Morgan, Phyllis Mufson, Camille Roberts, Nan S. Russell, Barbara Safani, Miriam Salpeter, Laura Smith-Proulx, Harry Urschel, Joshua Waldman, and Daisy Wright.

Established in 1995 and owned by NETability, Inc. since 1998, was selected by US News as a “top site for finding work” and is described the Reader’s Digest as “vacuum-packed with solid information.” Job-Hunt has been referenced in “What Color Is Your Parachute?” “Resumes for Dummies” and “Guide to Internet Job Search,” as well as in TIME, FORTUNE, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, BusinessWeek, and hundreds of other books, publications, and Websites.

Diane Taught SES & ECQ Writing and Interviewing at the Defense Acquisition University

Career Coach Certification Program - Certified Career Coaching and TrainingDiane Hudson Burns, co-author of The New SES Application trained Fellows at the Defense Acquisition University in Huntsville in March. In this interactive class, Diane provided comprehensive instruction on the Senior Executive Service application requirements, SES resume writing, Executive Core Qualification statement writing, and provided mock interview training for the executive level structured / behavior-based interview.

Diane to Lead Senior Executive Service Workshop, January 17-18, 2012 Nomination

Cesler – – The Missing in America Project

Diane Received First Annual Industry Award 2010

CMA Career Industry Mentor Award

New Orleans, LA — May 1, 2010. At the 2010 Career Management Alliance event, The Alliance Master Team selected Diane Hudson Burns, Career Coach & Resume Writer; Director, Certified Professional Career Coach Program, Professional Association of Resume Writers; Federal Resources Expert; expert at; and principal of Career Marketing Techniques, as a distinguished recipient of the Mentor Award.

The Mentor Award honors individuals who have guided others in tradecraft, entrepreneurship, and community building.

“It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to be called a ‘mentor’.” says Liz Sumner, Director, Career Management Alliance. “Through her dedicated teachings and contemporary wisdom, Ms. Hudson Burns has inspired her colleagues to step up their own levels of career management. She leads via her excellence.”

Ms. Hudson Burns has an especially strong record of writing career change and Federal government resumes with successful results for career transition and position placement. She has been quoted in major national newspapers’, including the Career Builder sections of The Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dayton Daily News.

Ms. Hudson Burns is an alumni of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

About Career Management Alliance

Founded in 1999, Career Management Alliance (formerly Career Masters Institute) is trusted as the world’s leading professional association dedicated to linking all divisions within the careers industry.

A distinctive community that values the strength of diverse knowledge, the Alliance attracts members from assorted career backgrounds, such as resume writing, career coaching, career counseling, college and university career development, government and military career transition, outplacement, recruiting, and HR.

The Alliance mission is to bridge all sectors of the industry and provide the connections, the content, and the credibility that contribute to each of our members’ success and the overall visibility and of the careers industry as a whole.

Announcing exciting news – Diane is co-author of a new book: “The New SES Application”

Diane Hudson Burns is co-author of the new book: “The New Senior Executive Service Application” due in book stores in August 2011.

Meet Diane in Baltimore at the Federal Career training Institute from September 8-9 for the SES Application Writing Course:

SES ECQ & Applications Book Reviews

“The SES application process is very complex and changed recently, so I wanted to read about how to apply now. This book streamlined and explained the process in an easy to understand format. I was particularly interested in the Leadership Journey chart and as I read the chart, I was wishing that I had seen that information years ago as I moved up the career ladder. I learned that this process is a great basis for applying for GS 13/14/15 positions, so I will lend this book to my friends.”

“The case studies are a good visual and it describes the differences between the resume types – and I really liked the before and after examples.”

“I also liked that there are exercises, and samples of resumes, ECQ’s, TQ’s and keyword exercises as well as tips from the disapproval letters. This was a very helpful book!”

Learn more about The New SES Application Book here…

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