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Career Acceleration Program

 “A survey by the Workforce Solutions Group finds that more than 60% of employers say applicants lack communication and interpersonal skills.  A wide margin of managers also say today’s applicants can’t think critically and creatively, solve problems or write well.”

– Time Magazine article, November 2013

Learn how to stand out during interviews and on the job with The Edge’s Career Acceleration Program. We specialize in getting you prepared with the SKILLS EMPLOYERS ACTUALLY WANT, which are “soft” or interpersonal skills. 

Course instructor Matt Miades, a former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, has 20 years of hiring, coaching and training experience.  He will teach you how to sharpen your skills, find and take advantage of opportunities and how to successfully navigate your way to the top.


Among other key soft skills, in this course you will learn how to:

1. Communicate More Effectively

Being able to communicate clearly and succinctly is essential.  Companies are complaining that new hires can’t write well or deliver effective presentations.  Today’s technologies provide more outlets for communication, each with their own set of opportunities and pitfalls.

You will learn:

  • When to text, email, call or talk to someone face-to-face
  • What style of communication to use (formal or informal)
  • How to develop a “filter” in your communications
  • How to craft a concise email targeted to your audience and who to include
  • The art of “active listening” and how to use that skill to your advantage
  • Effective oral communication skills

2. Manage Co-Workers From Different Generations Effortlessly

It’s hard to interpret what older co-workers or management expects sometimes, but at work you have to be able to deal with people from all age ranges and backgrounds.

You will learn:

  • About the differences in workstyles of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers
  • How to avoid offensive behavior and miscommunication with these generations
  • How to “reverse mentor” to introduce your ideas and increase your value
  • To open your mind to what these generations have to offer
  • How to manage being the boss of an older co-worker

3. Change Your Mindset to Excel in the Corporate World

When you join a new company, the best way to get ahead is to be liked and fit in.  The more aware you are of the “big picture” in your company, and the focus of the management team, the more likely you’ll be to get noticed in a positive way and position yourself for bigger opportunities.

You will learn:

  • You’ll learn how to identify the key players quickly
  • How to manage key players to your advantage
  • The critical importance of understanding the company and it’s goals from management’s perspective
  • Strategies for handling office politics
  • Ways to make changes so that you don’t make accidental enemies
  • The 5 biggest mistakes new hires make and how to avoid them

4. Solve Problems and Diffuse Conflict the Right Way

Explosive tirades have no place in the office.  Problems come up all the time and how you handle them can set you apart from your peers.  You have to learn to remain calm and clear, and be a leader. 

You will learn:

  • How to handle a difficult co-worker
  • How to manage a difficult boss and maintain a good working relationship
  • When to go to human resources and report an issue
  • Ways to handle the conflict diplomatically
  • How to employ active listening to diffuse situations and show respect

5. Interview & Network Skillfully

Interviewing is a skill like any other that can be improved and mastered.  On top of becoming a skilled interviewee, you also need to be networking whether you have a job or not. Getting on LinkedIn and attending networking events are a must for any professional.

You will learn:

  • What impresses a top executive or recruiter during an interview
  • How to get yourself ready for an interview
  • Real examples of bad interviews & what you can learn
  • Ways to maximize LinkedIn to your career benefit
  • How and why to work a room & introduce yourself
  • How to most effectively utilize your network

6. Make Self-Development a Priority

Training budgets are slim these days and layoffs are a daily occurrence.  You need to do more with less and figure out how to expand your skill sets on your own.

You will learn:

  • How to objectively evaluate your strengths and development points
  • Find out where to go to get additional training or skills (eg. cross-functional teams, outside organizations, etc.)
  • How to find and engage a mentors or “sponsors” for guidance
  • The importance of committee membership and volunteering
  • How to master your “change agility”

7. Strengthen Your Leadership Skills in Order to Get Promoted Faster

Everyone has leadership qualities, but individual execution styles differ.  Even a poor work environment can teach you something about leadership.  Watching and noting good and bad leadership styles can enhance your professional and personal development. 

You will learn:

  • How effective leaders communicate and what you can learn from good and bad leaders
  • The art of building consensus and dealing with conflict
  • What characteristics are important to effective leadership and how to delegate
  • How to find more opportunities for leadership positions when you’re starting your career
  • What to do if you fail in your first leadership role

8. Polish Your Personal Brand– It May Be Holding You Back

Are you “that guy” or “that girl” that dresses inappropriately, watches the clock, chews too loudly or is seen as a complainer?  Maybe you are and you don’t know it.  These things can subtly derail your career or ruin an interview or other opportunity.

You will learn:

  • Why self-presentation is so important
  • How to identify your “personal brand” and the message it’s sending to others
  • The importance of executive presence – having poise, leadership, effective communication skills and industry knowledge
  • Mistakes that can damage your personal brand and how to correct them
  • How to manage your online presence 

9. Stop Being the Subject of What Management Talks About Behind Closed Doors

Gossip filters upward.  Actions around the office are noticed.   People are passed over for promotions.  Management talks about you in meetings all the time. 

You will learn:

  • Things management notices about you from rudeness to ignoring the company’s core values  
  • What executives talk about behind closed doors regarding performance and behavior
  • How management determines awards, raises, bonuses and other types of positive feedback
  • How your work ethic is perceived
  • Tips to improve your time management skills
  • How traits like lack of initiative, not respecting diversity, inattention to detail, etc. will ruin your career

10. Use Your Teamwork Skills to Your Advantage

You’re used to teams.  You grew up working in them, but there’s always room for improvement and continual development in this critical area.  Teams at work simply don’t operate like most of the teams you’ve been a part of in the past.

You will learn:

  • How to manage the loner, aggressive leader, naysayer and the “we always do it this way” team member 
  • Tips to virtually manage a team effectively
  • The importance of knowing your role and limits when acting as a team member
  • How to encourage loyalty and a positive dynamic
  • When to abandon or re-organize a dysfunctional team

11. Always Have A Plan for Your Career

There is no stability in corporate America today, and you will have many jobs over the course of your lifetime.  Developing a career plan ensures that all of your job movements make sense and continually move your career forward.

You will learn:

  • How to create a living, breathing Career Plan to chart your course in your terms
  • The S.M.A.R.T. approach to setting career objectives
  • Why a Quarter Life Crisis is really a Quarter Life Opportunity
  • How to understand the in’s and out’s of any performance management system
  • That constructive feedback on your performance helps your career if you listen and implement the suggestions given

Why else should you attend the Career Acceleration Program?

  • 5 weeks (10 hours) of in-person instruction from soft skills expert Matt Miades

  • a FREE 45 minute telephone career coaching session with Matt

  • a FREE expert resume review and critique

  • Entry into a social network of future leaders who have been through CAP as well as the executive instructors leading the program

  • Lifelong membership in the Edge community, including access to networking events, Edge resources and presentations.

Register today to stand out and make a difference in your career!

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