Category Archives: Our Students

LinkedIn Job Application: Resume and CV for Success

As promised, in this third blog post in the series of how I got my perfect job on LinkedIn right away, I will share with you my LinkedIn job application: Resume and CV.




Job Posting Screen Shot

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Cover Letter Screen Shot



Resume of Anna Stevens, JD, MBA

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The statistics indicate that on average a job seeker spends about 45-60 SECONDS reading a job description before sending his / her resume. I can tell you frankly that 45-60 minutes was what I spent per a job application, which included attentive reading of the description for 2-3 times, checking of the company’s website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, tailoring of my cover letter, ย sending over, and tweeting about it. One example of such a tweet to a potential employer is below. He responded that the position was filled, but by that time I already had a contract myself. One of my job interviews was scheduled right after they saw my tweet.

Hope I was able to help you. Good luck!






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How to Stand Out on LinkedIn [You Have 225+ Million Competitors There Today]

In my previous post I promised to share some details about how I found a job on LinkedIn right away. Let’s talk about how to actually stand out on LinkedIn when you have 225+ million competitors there today. So, I already showed you my profile stats. Here’s more about my LinkedIn – the so-called secrets of success:

  • My LinkedIn profile URL is my actual name [see the screenshot below]
  • I have 2034 connections 95% of which are in the Atlanta area,
  • I belong to 52 relevant to my interests groups and I’m active there,
  • I update my status regularly with interesting articles, blogs I write, and other information about what I do,
  • I have a professionally-done profile picture with a friendly smile on it,
  • I have a comprehensive summary as a plain text and in bullet points for those who don’t have time to read through,
  • I have projects I accomplished and courses / certifications I completed listed under an appropriate category,
  • My tagline is very specific and targeted and speaks out for me,
  • I’ve been endorsed for my skills as well as recommended nearly 40 times by people,
  • and finally I have ACCOMPLISHMENTS area for each of my positions.

My profile’s strength is rates as “ALL STARS ”

Anna Stevens' LinkedIn

Anna Stevens' LinkedIn

How to Stand Out on LinkedIn

Anna Stevens

How to Stand Out on LinkedIn

The secret is this: you don’t build your LinkedIn profile in a day. It takes time and the trust of people. But if you stay consistent and do what it takes, keep your profile professional, relevant, fresh, and unique, you will stand out in the 225+ million members LinkedIn community.

On Wed next week I will show you my Accomplishments-Based Resume and the EXACT cover letter I submitted, after which I got a call from a decision maker in 15 min. Stay tuned!

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Pictures from the Commencement Brunch

It’s Saturday! As promised, here is a series of very cool commencement brunch pictures for you. LIKE / comment if enjoy those!


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GSU Spring 2013 Commencement Video

This is the moment! I promised to find a full video of the GSU Spring 2013 Commencement for you and here it is.

Also, there is a videos taken by attendees. People who recorded the video speak the language that I do not understand. Hopefully nobody says any bad words ๐Ÿ™‚ I share the video because of the unique perspective these people captured.

Enjoy and leave me your comments below ๐Ÿ™‚ On Saturday I’ll post lots of pictures for you!


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Last Semester for PMBA Students

Welcome to the last semester of PMBA!

This will be the 8 weeks of news and “behind the scene” type of pictures – promise ๐Ÿ™‚

On Wed, you’ll get the images from our commencement ceremony at the GA Dome as well as the breakfast at the WCC in May.

Also, I will try to find the full HD video for you to watch.

Here’s just a quick sneak pick for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for more!

Anna Stevens, PMBA, Robinson College

Family Time for PMBA Students

What a great family day event was organized last Saturday for PMBA students! Fun time!!!! Here are some pictures.






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How PMBA at Robinson Adds Value

I’ve been asked so many times: “How does PMBA at Robinson add value to you, Anna?”, “Did you get anything out of it at all?” and the like. Let me share with you just one single thing that blows my mind today, and you will know exactly whether or not PMBA at Robinson adds value…

I think I told you that I wrote a book. In the past month or so, I’ve been sending my manuscript out for people to read and endorse the book, so that it can be viewed as a credible source of information with a wide range of social support.

Remember I wrote two blogs about our Leadership class presenter W. Frank Blount, whom we read a case study about and whom I personally admire greatly? Well, imagine if you wrote a book. What is the chance that someone like W. Frank Blount, who’s so well-respected and famous worldwide, would support your book? Not much of a chance, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess what? Everything is possible when you’re a part of a huge professional network, such as PMBA at Robinson. Do you already understand where I’m going with this? Yes! You’re right!!!ย  W. Frank Blount was so kind and nice that he actually invested his valuable time into reading my book and he also wrote a statement of support for me!!! Can you believe it? Ok, if not, here it is:

W. Frank blount, SMART goals Book

Frank wrote this statement of support to be placed on the back cover of my new book, and so I did:

W. Frank Blount, SMART goals Book

So, now you can conclude for yourself whether or not PMBA at Robinson adds value – I don’t need to persuade you, right? If you’re looking for great opportunities, strong and wide network, and advanced progress for yourself –ย  PMBA at Robinson is THE place to be! You should check out how to enroll on the program: the sooner you start, the sooner you will advance your level of success. Good luck!

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I feel so lucky this semester!

I feel so lucky this semester! Why? Simply because I was able to accomplish so much in my own business while taking classes as a PMBA student at GA State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The third class this semester had not started until just recently, so from January until now I had only two classes, one of which is my internship. I feel lucky because Raise Global – my internship company – allowed me to do my work at my own convenience on the days I chose, the time that works perfectly for me, and – hear this – if I don’t feel good, I can work from home. Even though I really love their location at the Queen and Kind in Ashford-Dunwoody area ๐Ÿ™‚ How great!

This has been a super-awesome experience, and I feel very happy that I had made my decision to join PMBA two years ago. It has been a pleasure, not a struggle at all. I can’t believe the program is almost over… Time flies! Check back next time for the details about our graduation ๐Ÿ™‚

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Developing a new website for Raise Global Services

I am so excited to share with you that Raise’ CEO Carol liked all my suggestions and the overall approach to having a customer-centered website that is attention-catching and reduces the learning curve of the visitor, turning him or her into a pre-qualified customer. With the new banner, side widgets, clear updated message and build-in social media buttons, the website is now becoming a platform for an engaging conversation between Raise and its community. The contact info is easy to find. The pages and sub-pages are strategically aligned with the overall message and have clear names and a great straightforward content.

As a reminder, I’m working with Raise as an intern now, which is a part of my class called Entrepreneurial Field Study I’m taking this semester. I’m so proud of the team’s ability to listen and take the feedback and apply it instantly!


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Teaching Strategies for Success with LinkedIn

When I started my internship at Raise, my goal became to integrate the company’s overall strategy with its media, particularly, social media strategy. Just recently I worked with the staff-member Logan, who has just recently joined Raise and is now responsible for PR, media and social media. My job is to teach Logan everything I know, so when I leave, she can move forward on her own. Interestingly, Logan had no recommendations on LinkedIn and only 75 connections. It’s hard to be viewed as a credible expert in social media and PR in a situation like this. Simply put, if you position yourself as a great tailor, but your own clothes do not fit, what else can I say???…. You know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚

In just one day, working with Logan on her LinkedIn profile, we created a comprehensive copy that speaks for Logan’s achievements! We developed a section called ACCOMPLISHMENT for each of her previous experiences, and now she has several recommendations instead of zero! Great results!

Below are the screenshots Logan allowed me to share, so you can see how in just one day we added credibility to her professional profile. The picture of us was taken the minute Logan got her second recommendation!

Anna Stevens and Logan Hooks

Anna Stevens and Logan Hooks

I also wanted to share with you the template for a request of a recommendation that I developed for Logan. You can use it for yourself – never ever send a generic LinkedIn recommendation request: always make it personal and warm.


Your opinion is very important to me, so, I thought, perhaps, you could recommend me for YOUR SKILLS. I was also wondering if you could comment on my work ethic and time management skills OR ANY OTHER QUALITIES YOU’d LIKE TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR.

If you would like to share anything else about working with me, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much in advance.


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