Power Tools for Career Success





Navigating your career journey will lead you to new and exciting places, and it's helpful to have a coach who will guide your way to success. Melissa Reitkopp has been a professional recruiter for 30 years and is an active LGW member. She has delivered her career development workshops to Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala, academic leaders, and to university students. Over 800 professionals have mastered the skills for career success through Melissa's coaching and interactive training.

LGW is excited to host this careers expert in a four-part virtual series designed for leaders, aspiring leaders, and professionals who want to level up! Participants will learn how to nurture their networks, boost visibility online with LinkedIn tools and a great resume, demonstrate their value-add in a powerful pitch, and prepare STAR Stories as they anticipate interview questions guaranteed to land them the job or career of their dreams.

Join Melissa Reitkopp with LGW for a powered-up series on career success skills and strategies!


A pitch captures someone's attention in person or on paper/social media. The components of a pitch include; a showcase of your skills, highlights of your knowledge areas, and a translation of how you add value to an organization. It also will open your resume and Linkedin page, and you will develop a verbal version to share when you have an opportunity in person. The pitch becomes your “mission statement” and helps clarify your strengths, preferences, and goals while translating them into results for any organization. Workshop outcomes: • Deliver information about your many talents in an engaging way • Express in concise, powerful terms what you do & where you do it • Translate your abilities into how you add value to an organization


Networking is a two-way street where you must invest time and energy to nurture and grow it. Being intentional about your interactions can mean the difference between opening and closing doors. You can build something invaluable if you are selective and curate who/what you want to learn more about through informational interviews. A network is for collaborative activities like publishing, presenting, and partnering on work. We learn about an industry or sector through informational interviews (an opportunity to gather information and share your pitch), do market research, and find areas to collaborate. A genuine connection can organically lead to anything and everything. Workshop Outcomes: • Understand why and how to build a network • Leverage the power of LinkedIn to identify and communicate with professionals • Learn to build a network, manage it, and use a tracking tool


Social media is powerful, and you should use it to your advantage. A resume is fixed (still invaluable), and your social media is fluid. Both are important and represent you and are your marketing tools to open conversations. There are several ways to make your Linkedin page attract attention, including the content and your interactions with others online. There are excellent tools to update your resume, leverage hyperlinks, and more. We will use Canva.com to demonstrate various formats. Workshop Outcomes: • Develop a powerful, effective resume • Identify the best way to present your LinkedIn presence • Learn out to effectively use Linkedin & expand your network


The FAB Presentation (Features, Accomplishments, Benefits) method is crucial for interviewing preparation and works effectively with a well-orchestrated interview prep that includes closing questions. If we think of interviews as marketing presentations of ourselves, we will be more effective in preparing. Gauging our audience, anticipating questions, and sharing concise, robust information with a company are critical components to having a successful interview. Integrating the behavioral interview technique called a STAR to “show, not tell” (Situation, Task, Action, Results) is incredibly effective. Confidence increases, and interview responses are more informative when you prepare in advance. Workshop Outcomes: • Use the FAB technique to prep for the interview illustrating expertise by using STAR • Fine-tune and practice concise, robust possible responses to interview questions • Craft and close conversations with substantial questions & how to discuss salary