Melissa Washington
Most Recent Book Title
Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move
Book Description
Job hunting: a phrase that might conjure up bleak images of firing off résumés into a void , only to have to wait, and wait, and wait blindly for a catch . . . Well, it’s time to step into today’s smart and savvy real-world strategies to make your next career move!

In this cutting-edge guide, recruiting, career and social media expert Melissa Washington kicks the myth of the “dreaded job hunt” to the curb, and shares the most effective current-day methods that put the unemployed back into the driver’s seat.

Get Back to Work is a no-frills book designed with practical, straightforward, and innovative tips to keep you ahead of the pack

Learn how to effectively use social media to set yourself apart from the crowd.
Leverage your existing network and how to build a stronger network
Find out how to tap into commonly overlooked employment outlets to get a leg up on the competition.
Whether you’re a fresh college graduate, a military veteran, transitioning back into the workforce, or just someone, like so many, who is between jobs, this book lays out the essentials candidly and in a simple, step-by-step fashion to help you maximize your shot at securing your ideal position. Now it’s all about getting you back to work!

BONUS!- LinkedIn Checklist, Looking for Work Checklist, Job and Networking Resource list, Veteran Resource list all included in the book.
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Location (city/state/country)
Northern California
Author bio
Melissa Washington is a Navy veteran,small business owner; speaker, author, corporate event professional and LinkedIn workshop trainer who is passionate about connecting with people to engage, educate and inspire others across the nation.

After proudly serving her country in the United States Navy, Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix and transitioned into a successful career in staffing and recruiting for more than 10 years working for both boutique agencies and global Fortune 500 companies.

Melissa was laid off from her job in 2009 due to a failing economy, marking the beginning of a nearly two-year journey and career reinvention that allowed her to use her passion for helping others. It all started with holding LinkedIn workshops for job seekers at her dining room table and has since exploded into what her business is today.

Melissa wears many hats, including: author of “Get Back to Work, which includes an expanded chapter on using LinkedIn; principle of SmartNet Strategies providing LinkedIn training workshops for individuals and companies and sought-after speaker offering presentations on LinkedIn and job-seeking tools. She is also, executive director of Active Job Seekers of America (ASJA) and board member of Working Women International both based in Sacramento, California.

Melissa has been featured on ABC News 10, Fox News 40 and Capital City Radio, as well as in Style Magazine and the Sacramento Business Journal. She has conducted numerous workshops for people in career transition at Beale Air Force Base, Building Industry Association Members in Transition Group, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association Members in Transition, Veterans Network Reemployment Network, and Employment Development Department.

She is the Sacramento Business Journal 2011 recipient of the prestigious 40 Under 40 award for her work as executive director of Active Job Seekers of America, and has received nominations for Woman of the Year from the California 4th Assembly District in 2012 and California Women Veteran of the Year Leadership in 2013.
Professional Speaker Topics
1. Define your own Success- My story of getting back to work
2. How to build an online brand using LinkedIn
3. Equipping you with the right tools for looking for work
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

1. Get up, Dress up, and Show up!
2. Dream Big and Live it
3. All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney

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