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My New Book For Job Hunters

Write what you know, they say.

So I did.

After 15 years' experience in recruiting, I managed to store up a lot of knowledge about job hunting and resume writing. I reviewed countless resumes, and interviewed multiple people a day. I checked references, made job offers, and followed up on employee performance. I'd say I know a thing or two about how to be a successful job seeker.

Over the years, so many people have asked me for feedback on writing their resume or interviewing at their dream job, so I thought I would put it all together in my new 55-page booklet intended for anyone who needs advice on job hunting. It is perfect for high school and college graduates or someone looking for a refresher course in the basics.

It is available in both paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon.com. 


Get your copy here! 

New Photo, New Direction

As you can see, I have a new photo. It was taken by the wonderful Gabriel Craft. Gabe made a trip up to my tiny house and was kind enough to snap a couple of photos of me that I could to use for my blogging and professional sites.


That being said, I am looking at making some changes to my personal brand after the first of the year. After the success of the first-ever NotMom Summit I want to expand to add speaking and event assisting to my stable of business. But, of course, blogging will still be my bread and butter.

Join me on my Facebook page to help me with some redesign ideas over the next few months.

The First Ever NotMom Summit was a Fantastic Success

I'm still processing all the thoughts and experiences from the first ever conference for women without childen.

We had attendees from all over the world including from Iceland, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, China. Everything went truly beyond my wildest expectations - and my expectations had been high.

I just want to thank everyone involved. All of the speakers - I was so impressed by the maturity of everyone involved. And I want to thank Karen Malone Wright, the founder of the NotMom, who did all of the back-breaking work to make this happen.

Now we will begin the work on future NotMom Summits! 

I am available for speaking engagements on a wide variety of subjects, including NotMom issues, tiny houses, and even beer!  Contact me to learn more.



The First Ever NotMom Summit

What Am I Reading on Facebook?

Facebook gets a lot of bad press these days. Many people have threatened to jump ship but the alternatives haven't proven to be sustainable. Facebook is a machine, for better or for worse, and many of us still use it to not only connect with our friends and family but also for our businesses.


I manage 16 different pages for clients or projects. It was 15 until a couple of months ago when I finally decided to bite the bullet and create a professional page for my writing work. Why did it take me so long? I really have no idea but now that I have created it my job is to keep it updated and grow my audience.

I have noticed that Facebook is becoming inundated with types of content pages. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of them all. For instance, my business page has almost the same name as my personal Facebook timeline. Laura LaVoie and Laura M. LaVoie aren't that much different when you see it quickly scroll past, but for me that M is the distinguishing mark between persona…

Meeting Jen Yates of EPBOT and Cakewrecks

In 2012 I had just begun writing for The NotMom. I pitched an idea to Karen to interview childfree (by choice or by chance) bloggers to get their perspective. I aimed high for my first conversation: Jen Yates of the popular blog Cakewrecks. I was absolutely giddy when she responded to my request and the interview has remained one of the most popular posts on The NotMom.

Jen writes another blog called EPBOT about life as a geek. I knew she and her husband John were my people. Every year we both go to Dragon Con but never had a chance to run into one another, until this year.

I found Jen during her official Meet and Greet but my friends and I also ran into her and her wonderful husband, John, every other day of Con. Sometimes twice. They are such fantastic people I was so happy to get to know them, even during such brief encounters.

You can read the original interview here.

Writing for Exposure: How To Just Say No

Recently I received an email from a gentleman who owns a website presumably about "man caves." He wanted to know if I was interested in contributing to his site. He referred to my involvement in the tiny house community as his reason for reaching out.

At first I told him that I didn't have any experience with man caves and that I might not be the best resource.

But he asked again. He said that he was envisioning a piece that shared what I had learned about living in a small space that someone could use when designing their back yard retreat. So I said certainly, and I gave him a quote.

His response?

"I'm sorry, I should have been more clear. I'm not able to pay but this blog post should get you lots of exposure."

Exposure

Yes, that is a word that professional writers hear a lot. Many companies look for writers to contribute content to their own blogs or websites for 100% free and only the promise of "exposure."

These sites tend to prey upon in…

International Childfree Day and Honoring Men and Women Who Choose Not to be Parents