Category: New to Nashville


How To Use LinkedIn

Most people I talk to admit they don’t know how to use LinkedIn to its full potential. I receive comments like, “I have a profile but I’ve done nothing with it.” Or, “I’m on LinkedIn but I don’t really know what to do with it.” Does this sound familiar?

Use LinkedIn to Gain the Competitive Edge

Beginning next week, I’m teaching a two-session course on how job seekers, currently employed professionals, and freelancers/business owners can use LinkedIn to its full potential to find employment opportunities, connections, and sales leads. Once you know how to use LinkedIn, you can easily position yourself head and shoulders above your competition.

Specifically, I’ll be discussing:

  • How to brand your profile and make it competitive and easily searchable
  • How to connect with key people such as recruiters and potential clients
  • How to search for job opportunities related to your interests and qualifications
  • How to become recognized as an expert in your field

The class is only $35 and will be held September 22nd and 29th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Nashville Community Education Commission. To register for the class, click here.

Bonus Class

In addition to the “How Do I Use LinkedIn?” class in September, I’ll be teaching a resume class in October. This class is designed to help you update your resume so that it is in line with the current trends in what recruiters want to see on a resume, therefore opening the door to securing more job interviews.

The “Resumes That Get You The Interview” class is also $35, but if you register for both classes, you’ll receive $10 off.

To learn more about the classes and about myself and why I’m so excited to teach through the Nashville CEC, click here. I hope to see you in class!

Lori Bumgarner, owner of paNASH

Stand Up For Your Worth

What’s your worth? My first year out of grad school, I worked at an institution where my male counterparts got paid A LOT more money for a lot less responsibility than me. I also once worked in an industry where I was often told, “Oh, we can’t pay you for your expertise, but this project will give you great exposure.”

HOLD UP! Am I the only one who sees there’s something clearly wrong with these scenarios? The second scenario mentioned will sound familiar to a lot of people here in Nashville, but it’s one that’s (at least in its particular industry) rarely questioned or challenged.

Know Your Worth

If you work hard and do a good job, shouldn’t you get paid for it??? My grandmother believed so. She was the hardest working person I ever knew. Here’s her story, and how she serves as an encouragement to stand up for your worth. I hope that both men and women will learn from her example and teach their children her example as well:

Know Your Worth And Close The Wage Gap

 

Back to School

I made the mistake of going into Staples the day before school starts. Since I don’t have kids, I just wasn’t thinking. The place was packed! Watching the children brought back memories of when I was a kid. I wasn’t always happy about going back to school, but I relished in stocking up on school supplies! It felt so good to have fresh, colorful notebooks with clean, unmarked pages, and I loved the smell of the crayons and glue!

Back to School (for adults)

Even as adults, the beginning of the school year stirs something in all of us, making us want to begin a new chapter and learn something new. As I stated in my webinar “5 Ways To Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work,” you can discover untapped passions by taking a class on an unfamiliar subject.

Luckily for Nashville residents, the Nashville Community Education Commission gives the public the opportunity to do just that. They offer so many classes on various topics at convenient times for busy schedules, and at super-affordable tuition rates. You can take a foreign language class for $50, a cooking class for $20, or even a copyright law class for free!

I will be teaching two classes:

  • How Do I Use LinkedIn? (Beyond just creating a profile!) = $35
  • Resumes that Get You the Interview = $35
  • Register for both classes for only $60 (an immediate savings of $10!)

Early registration begins this Saturday, August 6th at the NCE Open House from 10am-1pm. Here, you can meet the instructors and learn more about all the class offerings (click here for more details). Online registration begins Monday, August 8th.

I hope to see you back in school!

Resources for Nashville Transplants

photo by Warne Riker, www.wrikerphoto.com

Whenever I meet someone new in Nashville, we always get to talking about where we are originally from (because let’s face it, it’s not often you meet a native Nashvillian) and how we each ended up in Music City. I love hearing people’s stories of how and why they came here.

Moving to Music City

My own story started about 10 years ago. I came to Nashville on vacation with a friend for the CMA Music Festival. In addition to attending the festival on Lower Broadway and at Nissan Stadium, I got to see some other parts of the city and fell in love with it. I could sense Nashville was on the verge of becoming an “it” city, and I wanted to be a part of that.

So, right after my vacation in June of 2006, I started casually looking around for jobs in Nashville. My job search kicked into high-gear a month later after breaking up with my then-boyfriend. I of course used all the job search tools and skills I teach my clients, and by late September I had two job offers on the table, one in the Vanderbilt Career Center and one in Vandy’s Owen School of Business’s career center.

Luckily, I was able to negotiate a mid-November start-date for my new job in the VCC, giving me enough time to fulfill previous work commitments at my old job, sell my condo in NC and find a place to live in Nashville (boy am I glad I got in on some Nashville real estate when I did!).

Pursuing Your Passions

I can’t explain the foresight I had on what this city was going to become. It was just something I felt deep down to my core, and I had such a desire to be here. Was it a little scary the thought of moving some place where I knew no one? It was A LOT scary! But it was even scarier to me to stay stuck where I was. My story along with so many others’ stories is a testament to listening to your gut and pursuing your passions.

Transplant Nashville

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! It’s amazing all the changes and growth I’ve witnessed over the past 10 years. One of the things recently taking shape here in Nashville is a movement created just for people who have relocated to Nashville called Transplant Nashville.

“Transplant Nashville is a movement of people seeking to build community and establish roots,” says co-founder Jordan Minton. “We all come from different places, and each of us has a different path. This movement is about finding where those paths intersect.”

Minton believes that when we tell people our stories, amazing things can happen, and I agree! Transplant Nashville is a real-life version of social media. It exists to help people find community in Nashville, whether you’ve been here 10 days or 10 years.

“Your story has the ability to impact other people, and we would love to share it,” says Minton. “We created this company to be a conversation-starter. Our hope is you would invite people to engage with you. So many of us are looking for a place to belong. The purpose of Transplant Nashville is to help people find their place.”

Transplant Nashville’s purpose is to help people find their place, and paNASH is here to help people (including those new to Nashville) find their purpose. It’s only natural for Transplant Nashville and paNASH to come together to create a strategic alliance. I am so impressed with all three founders of this organization and their heart for what they are doing. Check out their own stories at www.transplantnashville.com!

New to Nashville?

Nashville’s paNASH Announces Integrative Services for New Residents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 22nd, 2016) – Passion and Career Specialist Lori Bumgarner announced her company, paNASH, will now offer relocation support through a new program entitled the New To Nashville Track.

This program provides a myriad of focused sessions meant to limit the time it takes for new residents of the Nashville Metro Area to acclimate to their newly adopted hometown.

“It can sometimes take up to two years to feel like you really live in a new city: what neighborhood you favor, where to plug in with professional and social networks, how to earmark city resources to explore,” Bumgarner explained, “I looked around the city’s landscape and realized that the increase of available jobs would create demand for an integrative program for these new residents.”

From 2010-2015, the Nashville Metro Area saw a 20% rise in job growth. That trajectory continues to rise right along with a 10% overall population increase and many businesses are increasing focus on attracting talent and professional workforce while maintaining low turnover rates. Large companies are encouraged to take advantage of paNASH’s services as an added benefit to internal human resources initiatives.

“Essentially, while many larger corporations can provide the jobs, many do not have the resources necessary to encourage those employees new to the city to plug in and find their niche within the community,” Bumgarner said, “the New to Nashville Track meets that need.”

She continues: “moving to a new city, starting a new job and meeting all these new people can be stressful. With this program, local businesses can provide a program to help their employees acclimate.”

Studies prove that happy employees are 12% more productive than those that do not feel supported or engaged in their environments*. The New To Nashville Track from paNASH will include support for job search, new job entry, relocation support, exploration of city resources and recreation, networking skills and many other integrative learning skills. This instant support system and increased environment awareness program is available for human resource firms, large corporations and individuals.

For more information, please visit www.yourpassioninlife.com

*statistic via Fast Company, July 22nd, 2015

About paNASH:

Based in Nashville, TN, paNASH’s mission is to serve, educate and encourage others by assisting them with the discovery and pursuit of their passions in a way that honors their purpose and their own vision for success while amplifying who the client is personally and advancing them professionally.

paNASH is owned by Lori Bumgarner, a certified coach with 15 years of experience as a career consultant. Lori is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book Advance Your Image. paNASH clients include Girlilla Marketing, recording artist Corey Smith, and author and speaker Kori Yates.

Don’t believe us. Ask the clients:

“Even before we began our training sessions, I felt I had learned a very important lesson. Lori’s process led us to many positive changes that we would have not made or even thought of without Lori’s expertise.”  Jennie Smythe – CEO, Girlilla Marketing

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