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Garrison Leykam, PhD

Certified Business Coach (Expert Level) and Certified Career Coach at Garrison Leykam

Farmington, CT, United States

5239 Followers

Garrison has had a highly-successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI.

- PhD in Marketing, MA in Psychology
- Certified Business Coach (Expert Level)
- Forbes contributor
- Business Coach, Amazon
- Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Résumé Writer (CPRW), Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Certified Life Coach (Expert Level)
- LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in U.S. and in 4% of LinkedIn members deemed a Super Connector
- Author, Audacious at Any Age (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) from Palace Theater presentation
- Author, Design You (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)
- Commended by Governor of CT for attempting summit of Mt. McKinley (20,310-feet)
- Featured in MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles with Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda, Tom Arnold, Journey, Rush, Foreigner
- Motorcycle trip across Egypt featured in New York Rider magazine
- Fully-equipped home office and expertise utilizing online communication, training, and coaching tools.

CAREER REINVENTION EXPERT
- Senior leader with MCI Telecommunications, Grand Circle Travel, and DSL.net.
- Team building consultant to New York Islanders (NHL)
- Producer, engineer, and A&R exec for industry giant London Records
- President of indie record label and TV production company
- Producer of legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner and Greezy Wheels (Austin Music Hall of Fame)
- Featured on ESPN2’s “Extreme Magazine” TV series
- Performed at CBGBs (NYC's famed venue of punk/new wave) and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe (world's preeminent listening room).
- Performed standup at NYC's iconic Gotham Comedy Club
- AM-News Talk radio Host/Producer for WSTC/WNLK (50k+ listeners)
- Host/Producer "DINERS" for Connecticut Public Television (21M+ viewers, 1.8M+ global podcast listens)
- Author, Classic Diners of Connecticut (History Press)
- Host/Producer TV documentary "Comic on a Half Shell" and TV pilot "Backtrack America"

Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, University of New Haven, and Asnuntuck Community College

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Hartford, CT
Speaking Topics: Career Reinvention (2nd Acts), Career Searching During COVID-19, Protecting Your Business from COVID-19

Garrison Leykam, PhDPoints
Academic60
Author173
Influencer201
Speaker30
Entrepreneur60
Total524

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Certified Business Coach (Expert Level), Certified Career Coach, Certified Remote Work Professional
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 14-years
Last Media Training: 04/27/2020
Last Media Interview: 04/27/2020

Areas of Expertise

Business Continuity 30.78
Business Strategy 30.73
Entrepreneurship 36.20
Future of Work 36.29
Leadership 31.21
Management 31.30
Marketing 30.58
Social 57.63
Diversity and Inclusion 32.58
COVID19 36.94
HR 30.44
Innovation 30.13
Autonomous Vehicles 30.19
AI 30.04
Culture 30.14
Cloud 30.15

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Healthcare
Higher Education & Research
Media
Professional Services
Telecommunications
Travel & Transportation

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Publications

3 Adjunct Professors
Audacious at Any Age
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
October 11, 2019

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Tags: Social

Postcards from the Highway of Life
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
September 13, 2019

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Tags: Social

Classic Diners of Connecticut
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury
September 06, 2019

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Tags: Social

50 Article/Blogs
SHORELINE DINER PARTNERS WITH CAREER COACH TO HELP JOB SEEKERS
Garrison Leykam
July 03, 2021
GUILFORD — Diners have left a huge impression on Garrison Leykam’s life. As an Army brat growing up, Leykam remembers the first time he stepped into a diner in New Rochelle, New York, where his family had decided to set down roots after his father left the military. He has always seen them as centers of the community. “I immediately fell in love with diners,” he said, because these cozy restaurants always helped him feel at home during his years working as a salesperson and being on the road.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, COVID19

THE NEW NORMAL STAFFING AGENCY
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
May 16, 2021
The official number of unemployed Americans is 10.1 million, according to the Labor Department. But there’s another government data source that indicates a much higher number of unemployed at 18.3 million people. As more Americans get vaccinated and we begin to see Covid-19 start to appear in the rearview mirror, we should anticipate almost 20 million people starting to return to the workforce, many leaning heavily on staffing agencies to reenter the career marketplace. How these agencies reposition and rebrand themselves will determine their productivity, profitability, efficiency, growth, and even survival.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, COVID19

THE POST COVID 19 LEADER
Garrison Leykam
May 03, 2021
Even the most recent articles on management compare this century to the one prior in demonstrating how the principles, processes, and practices of business leadership have evolved. However, Covid-19 has so pervaded the organizational zeitgeist that any student of management must look at the pandemic as a pervasive leadership game changer warranting separate yet equally impactful considerations.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, COVID19

LINKEDIN HELPS YOU ACCOUNT FOR EMPLOYMENT GAPS
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
April 22, 2021
According to LinkedIn, “79% of hiring managers today would hire a candidate with a career gap on their resume.” However, do not interpret that to mean a prospective employer is not going to want to know why. To give you an edge, LinkedIn has added a new feature that allows its members to address career gaps right on their LinkedIn profile. Here is how:

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Tags: Management, Future of Work, COVID19

10 STRATEGIES FOR GETTING YOUR RESUME THROUGH APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS (ATS)
Garrison Leykam
April 14, 2021
With rare exceptions, almost every Fortune 500 company and a rapidly growing number of small and mid-sized businesses filter résumés through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before or if a hiring manager ever looks at them. Jobscan research found that 98% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS while a Kelly OCG survey estimated 66% of large companies and 35% of small organizations rely on recruitment software. Fact: 70% of résumés are never seen by employers. Big companies get thousands of résumés each week (50,000 per week for Microsoft and 75,000 per week for Google). There is no time for a human to go through each one. ATS cuts approximately 70% that do not match the required criteria.

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Tags: Leadership, HR, Business Strategy

MICRO-CREDENTIALS CAN HAVE MACRO IMPACT ON GETTING A JOB FASTER
Garrison Leykam
April 09, 2021
Unlike a traditional college course or workshop in which learning is linear and time-based, the micro-credential learning process is a unique online experience. Participants can self-pace their learning in an authentic, meaningful way. Micro-credentials are mini-qualifications that demonstrate skills, knowledge, and/or experience in a given subject area or capability. Also known as nanodegrees, micro-credentials tend to be narrower in range than traditional qualifications like diplomas or degrees. For job seekers, especially older workers, earning micro-credentials can make your résumé stand out from other candidates and demonstrate how you’ve augmented your skills over time.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

“STAY-AT-HOME MOM” IS NEW LINKEDIN JOB TITLE
Garrison Leykam
April 07, 2021
A shout out to moms! LinkedIn is recognizing your hard work by making its social network more inclusive for stay-at-home parents. It’s official: “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home dad” are new LinkedIn job titles!

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Tags: Management, HR, Future of Work

LINKEDIN PROFILE ADVICE FROM 1944: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Garrison Leykam
April 06, 2021
Harold Samuel coined the phrase “Location, location, location” in 1944 when he founded Land Securities, one of the United Kingdom’s largest property companies. In 2021, his quote is as valid today when it comes to being found and searchable on your LinkedIn Profile.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Marketing

PUT OFF RETIREMENT AND FIND ANOTHER GIG YOU LIKE
Garrison Leykam
April 05, 2021
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024. While earlier generations viewed retirement as a time for rest and relaxation, in the last 10 to 15 years, the retirement age has crept up to 68. As of February 2019, more than 20% of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work, a 57-year high, according to federal data.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, HR

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD UPDATE YOUR RESUME NOW
Garrison Leykam
March 30, 2021
If the most recent version of your resume is on a floppy disc in that lower drawer of your desk that you only venture into when it’s the place of last resort for finding something you’ve lost, it’s definitely time to update it (as well as save it on the Cloud!).

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Tags: Cloud, Management, Leadership

COVID-19 HAS REDEFINED THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
March 20, 2021
American multinational software company Citrix Systems, Inc. partnered with OnePoll to survey 7,250 employees in 12 countries to determine how their attitudes and expectations on work have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Three findings strikingly illustrate how the workplace we formerly took for granted will be unrecognizable in the future of work.

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Tags: HR, Future of Work, COVID19

AGEISM STRATEGIES FOR YOUR 50+ JOB SEARCH
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
March 05, 2021
In states that require helmet use for all riders (operators and passengers), 99% of motorcyclists wear helmets. Nowhere near the same compliance when it comes to age discrimination in the workplace.

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Tags: Leadership, HR, Future of Work

NETWORKING ON LINKEDIN ~ TAKE THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Garrison Leykam
February 07, 2021
The polar bear plunge is held during the winter when participants enter a body of water despite the extremely low temperature. For LinkedIn members who have used the premier business networking site as just another online place to download their résumé, putting their toes into the networking waters often freezes them into inactivity.

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Tags: Social, HR, Business Strategy

IF JOB DESCRIPTIONS COULD TALK
Garrison Leykam
February 05, 2021
Joel Schwartzberg, in his insightful article, What Job Description Jargon is Actually Saying, makes this important point: A job description (JD) is more than just a summary of a role. A JD may hold more clues than first meets the eye, including hints about corporate culture, the true prioritization of their needs, and what might be secretly negotiable. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Future of Work

IF ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW YOU LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BACK IN YOUR CAREER
Garrison Leykam
January 31, 2021
By 2022, 42% of core skills required to perform existing jobs are expected to change. The solution: develop a continuous learning mindset throughout your career because lifelong learning is more important than ever before.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Continuity

THE KEY TO RESUME KEYWORDS
Garrison Leykam
January 24, 2021
Keyword Density: “On-page SEO” is the practice of optimizing individual web pages in order to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines. When used correctly, it can help attract search engines and boost a page’s visibility on search engine results pages (SERPs). When ignored, it can keep a page from ranking or even result in a search penalty, removing it from SERPs altogether. Keyword density is an element of keyword optimization that refers to the number of times a target keyword is used on a webpage. If you’re an aspiring marketer, learning how to calculate keyword density is fairly easy. You simply take the number of times the target keyword appears on a page and divide it by the total number of words on the page:

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Marketing

11 RESUME TIPS FOR 2021
Garrison Leykam
January 07, 2021
To get the interview for your next career move, your résumé has to communicate that you are the ideal candidate. Here are 11 résumé tips for selling yourself in 2021

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Tags: Management, Leadership, HR

LINKEDIN CAREER EXPLORER: THE SECRET SAUCE FOR CAREER TRANSITIONS
Garrison Leykam
January 03, 2021
The path to a new job isn’t always clear. But, one way to get a handle on figuring out your next move is LinkedIn’s Career Explorer which helps you uncover potential career path transitions and see how your skills match to real job titles.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, HR

TOP TEN 2020 LINKEDIN CHANGES FOR YOUR 2021 CAREER BRANDING
Garrison Leykam
January 02, 2021
TOP TEN 2020 LINKEDIN CHANGES FOR YOUR 2021 CAREER BRANDING

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

NARRATIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND YOUR LINKEDIN CAREER STORY
Garrison Leykam
December 06, 2020
Narrative psychology, a term was introduced by Theodore R. Sarbin in Narrative Psychology: The Storied Nature of Human Conduct , investigates the value of stories and storytelling in giving meaning to individuals’ experiences. It’s an especially relevant topic for job seekers, especially late blooming career changers, when it comes to writing your summary for your LinkedIn About section. According to legendary film professor Howard Suber, “You seek your destiny; you succumb to your fate. Destiny originates within the self; fate comes from outside. Fate is the force that lies beyond individual will and control; it pushes you from behind. Destiny is the attracting force in front of you that acts like a magnet and that you choose to acquire.” Controlling your career destiny should shape the story you tell in your LinkedIn Profile About section.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO FUEL YOUR CAREER SEARCH
Garrison Leykam
December 05, 2020
LinkedIn is unquestionably the social network for job-seeking professionals – even if you’re not looking right now. 92%of recruiters use social media in their work today and LinkedIn is the social network they use most. But, don’t eliminate other social media sites in your online job search toolkit. Here’s how they stack up in terms of recruiters’ use in their candidate hunting:

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Tags: Social, Leadership

ARE YOU A T-SHAPE OR I-SHAPE JOB CANDIDATE?
Garrison Leykam
November 30, 2020
T-shaped skills are referred to in job recruitment to describe the abilities of candidates. The vertical bar of the T refers to expert knowledge and experience in one particular area. The horizontal top of the T refers to an ability to collaborate with experts in other disciplines. Immensely empathetic T-shaped individuals can see through others’ eyes, walk in their shoes, listen actively, and create solutions that build on their ideas. They shine in diverse, collaborative teams and standout among recruiters and hiring managers compared to I-shaped job applicants.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership

SENIOR JOB SEEKERS: ARE YOU FUELING YOUR CANDIDACY WITH GF, GC OR A MIX?
Garrison Leykam
November 24, 2020
With the exception of diesel fuel, the choice of train engineers, truck drivers and automobile owners who are indifferent to this highly corrosive fuel causing serious damage to a car’s paint job if left unwashed, most drivers select from three octane levels: regular (87), mid-grade (89) and premium (93). Today’s vehicles are technologically advanced enough to tell the difference between lower octane gas and higher octane gas. The electronic fuel management systems detect the switch and adjust the ignition timing and fuel injection to cope. Similarly, Applicant Tracking Software aka ATS can match a resume against a posting and determine whether a candidate match is regular, mid-grade or premium.

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Tags: Leadership, Autonomous Vehicles, Business Strategy

IS YOUR CAREER A SELF-DRIVING CAR OR AN OPEN ROAD MOTORCYCLE
Garrison Leykam
November 23, 2020
I love motorcycling. Riding has been a passion of mine since I was a teenager. The joy of traversing the terra firma on two wheels has continued well into my adulthood and motivated me to ride over twenty thousand miles of highways and main streets crisscrossing the state of Connecticut to research Classic Diners of Connecticut for The History Press.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

CHALLENGE TO UP & OUT EMPLOYERS
Garrison Leykam
November 21, 2020
Robotics and AI are rapidly changing the way goods are manufactured today but the typical career is still stuck in 20th century assembly line thinking. Employees take an entry level job, move up the ranks, get promoted, make more money and then are forcibly put out to pasture as part of the up & out employer attitude as to how business works. Up & out is based on the principle that older workers become a liability in their 50s and 60s and that younger employees have more to offer. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Tags: AI, Innovation, Leadership

NOW IS THE TIME FOR LATE BLOOMING
Garrison Leykam
November 09, 2020
Let’s pretend for a moment you and I are taking a road trip. The luggage is secured, snacks are within reach, the GPS is plugged in and the gas tank is filled. You lean over to me and ask, “Are you ready?” I respond, “No” and proceed to get out of the car, select the screwdriver from my Swiss army knife and remove the side mirrors. I reenter the cabin and you yell, “Are you crazy?” to which I unaffectedly respond with, “Oops, forgot this one” and remove the inside rearview mirror as well. You have now deemed me certifiably crazy as well as a significant safety hazard. I account for my actions with, “We’re not here to look back and see where we’ve been but rather to experience where we’re going” and I toss the GPS out the window.

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HEADS UP ON RESUME HEADERS
Garrison Leykam
November 08, 2020
You may not be familiar with names like iCIMS, Bullhorn and Ascendify, but these software gatekeepers decide whether your resume or online application is passed through to a hiring manager or discarded. Commonly referred to by their acronym, ATS, Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) compares submitted resumes and online applications to job postings to determine whether there is a strong candidate match to what the employer is looking for. Resumes and online applications are stored in a database and recruiters can search submissions using keywords and phrases to identify who to advance through the hiring process based upon applicant rankings. Avoid this one critical mistake so many job seekers make on their resume!

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THE NEW INTERVIEW QUESTION: BE PREPARED TO ANSWER IT
Garrison Leykam
November 07, 2020
There is a new interview question that is rapidly becoming standard during Covid-19: “What did you learn during the pandemic of 2020?”

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THE ART OF BLOOMING LATE
Garrison Leykam
November 02, 2020
My idol for as long as I can remember is George Plimpton, American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman. Plimpton is renowned for “participatory journalism” which included competing in professional sporting events, acting in a Western, performing a comedy act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His influence on me spanned my career and inspired me to be a career coach; producer, engineer and talent scout for London Records; host my own radio show on WSTC/WNLK; produce and host for public television; write several books; perform at iconic venues like CBGBs and Nashville’s Bluebird Café; head-up my own record label; serve as a senior leader for companies including MCI, Cablevision and Cablevision; and even take a motorcycle trip across Egypt featured in New York Rider. I am a staunch believer that you can achieve fulfillment and do meaningful work at any age.

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TELL ME ABOUT A TIME WHEN
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
October 17, 2020
The hiring manager is impressed with your resume and you did well enough on the Zoom prescreen interview that the company wants to bring you in for an in-person meeting. You depart early and arrive on time. You remembered to bring extra copies of your resume and are prepared to take notes

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Tags: Leadership, HR

SKILLS MAKE YOU RETRIEVABLE AND RECOMMENDATIONS MAKE YOU BELIEVABLE
Garrison Leykam
September 25, 2020
When you want to be found by recruiters and hiring managers on LinkedIn remember that Skills = Keywords and play a significant role in matching you to what a prospective employer is looking for. So, make sure you are taking advantage of all 50 Skills slots on your LinkedIn Profile and that your Skills are targeted to the positions you want to be found for

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Tags: Management, Leadership

ERROLL GARNER’S MESSAGE ABOUT MEANINGFUL WORK
Garrison Leykam
September 19, 2020
I had the honor and pleasure of handling production for legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner for London Records. Known for his signature playing style that involved his right hand playing behind the beat while his left strummed a steady rhythm and punctuation, his words were music to my ears and continue to inspire me: “Playing is like life. Either you feel it or you don’t. Nobody can hear you read music.” So, too, others can’t see our dreams but if we live our calling and serve others our work has purpose.

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DON’T LEAVE DIVERSITY OFF YOUR RESUME
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
September 19, 2020
Don’t leave off diversity in your resume. Diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnicity, generations, religion, sexual orientation, life and work experiences, language, and anything else that gives you an expanded perspective. Employers look for key abilities and attributes that demonstrate a candidate’s diversity experience

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Tags: Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

WHAT DOES YOUR LINKEDIN ACTIVITY CONVEY TO EMPLOYERS
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
September 10, 2020
Your LinkedIn Profile Activity section will only appear IF you create and post content. Think of your Activity section as a highway billboard. The average driver will only have about 5 to 10 seconds to view a billboard, read any text and comprehend the message. What do you want the recruiter (driver) to see in your Activity (billboard) that strengthens your job candidate potential? Your goal should be to increase your visibility, not only in your field and with your peers but with recruiters and hiring managers. You’d be well-served career-wise to post content on LinkedIn that continuously promotes you as an expert in your target next career step.

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy

CREATE THE RÉSUMÉ TRAILER TO THE MOVIE OF YOUR CAREER
LinkedIn
May 20, 2020

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Tags: Social, Future of Work, COVID19

HOW-TO NOT SELF-SABOTAGE YOUR REMOTE JOB INTERVIEW
Garrison Leykam Career Blog
May 07, 2020
Remote interviewing has taken center stage with employers who are looking to screen job applicants. It’s a trend that has been increasing in recent years but has escalated dramatically with COVID-19’s impact on being unable to travel for in-person interviews. Social distancing has quickly made virtual interviewing a recruiting staple so it’s to your benefit to master it.

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Tags: Future of Work, COVID19

Tips for Adding a Visumé to your Job Search Branding Package
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April 16, 2020
Video resumes were first introduced in the 1980s for use and distribution on VHS tape, but the laborious technology dampened the idea and it never took off. However, with the modern capabilities of transmitting streaming video via the internet, video resumes aka  visumés are taking on new populari

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Keep Your Career Search in Perpetual Forward Motion During COVID-19
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April 14, 2020
The Beverly clock is the closest anyone will ever see to a “perpetual motion machine.” Invented in 1864 by Arthur Beverly and located in the foyer of the Department of Physics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand this clock has yet to be wound and dependably keeps running on atmosp

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Tags: Leadership, Future of Work, Business Strategy, COVID19

Working from Home without Losing Your Mind
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April 13, 2020
COVID-19 has made working from home an inescapable reality, especially challenging for straphangers, rail riders, and road warriors who’ve made commuting to and working from an office part and parcel of their daily work life. The new distractions and absence of familiar job routines can be especia

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, COVID19

You Have to Thrive, Not Simply Survive, During COVID-19
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April 06, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in every facet of our personal and professional lives. It’s quite easy right now to live in survival mode. And, while it is necessary to take care of ourselves and our significant others, when it comes to managing your career you have to not just survi

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Your LinkedIn Profile is a “Behavior,” not a “Place”
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April 02, 2020
Having a successful LinkedIn profile means being findable and searchable by recruiters and hiring managers. That means having and maintaining the mindset that your profile is a “behavior,” not a “place.” Once you’ve created powerful, keywords-filled Headline, About and

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Cracking the Code for Hidden Job Market Opportunities
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April 01, 2020
The “hidden job market” is where recruiters are actively searching for candidates to fill job openings that are not publicly advertised. While most of these opportunities are filled internally through employee referrals, a significant number of them are not. And, that means you have a shot at th

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Tags: Leadership, Future of Work, Business Strategy

5 Questions to Ask Yourself about Remote Work
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March 30, 2020
1. What are the differences between remote work, distributed workforce, work from home, virtual job, work from anywhere, telecommute, and agile workforce? Your answer is crucial to targeting your job search and using the right keywords. 2. Does my concept of remote work allow for business trips and

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Prepare for Your Video Job Interview
linkedin
March 21, 2020
Video interviews have become an increasingly common part of the hiring process. With the transformational influence of COVID-19 on the job market and economy, video interviewing is already an all-pervasive social distancing and interview engagement tool. Here are 10 tips to quickly help you master the medium:

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, COVID19

Job Searching During the COVID-19 Pandemic
linkedin
March 20, 2020
While the world comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, the job search landscape is being redefined and redrafted in real time. There's no YouTube "how-to" manual for dealing with this all-pervasive new challenge as it impacts your career search. However, I can offer you some constructive feedback from my most recent conversations with hiring managers and recruiters:

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Tags: Future of Work, Business Strategy, COVID19

Eric Clapton, the Pentatonic Scale, and your Transferable Career Skills
linkedin
December 21, 2019
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll guitarists of all time and an icon of musical career reinvention. In 1963, he joined the Yardbirds in which his blues-influenced style and commanding technique began to attract attention. Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965 and joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers where his guitar playing soon became the group’s principal drawing card on the London club scene. Continuously reinventing his musical career, Clapton formed a new band in 1966 with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker called Cream, a sophisticated, high-volume fusion of rock and blues featuring improvisational solos. Clapton’s high energy and the emotional intensity of his playing on such songs as “Crossroads” and “White Room” set the standard for the rock guitar solo.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Business Continuity

Five Ways To Tame Your Fear Of Public Speaking
Forbes
September 13, 2019
igh school, I was so afraid of being called on to speak that I would sit in the back of the classroom. In college, I so dreaded taking the mandatory public speaking course that I put it off every semester for three years, upon which I transferred to another school where it was no longer required. In my early business career, I never wanted to respond to questions in staff meetings and was terrified of having to make presentations (and I was in sales!). As a certified professional career coach, public speaking has become key in establishing myself as a thought leader, building my client base and helping others develop strong public speaking skills to add value to their own careers. So, how did I go from cowering in the back of a classroom to most recently presenting in a theater that seats more than 2,500 people? I did it by taking several roads less traveled and picking up a few tips along the way.

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Tags: Leadership

Five LinkedIn Profile Tips From A Successful Career Chameleon
Forbes
August 15, 2019
My personal LinkedIn profile is in the top 25 MA, Ph.D. profiles in the United States, is in the top 1% LinkedIn industry social selling index (SSI) and has the highest rating (All-Star), and I’m in the 4% of LinkedIn members statistically deemed Super Connectors. It didn’t get that way by accident or complacency. The biggest surprise to me, however, when I recently took stock of my profile, is just how much of its strength reflects the chameleon-like diversity of my colorful career path. Here's how you can enhance your own profile.

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Tags: Social, Leadership

10 Lessons From The Music Industry On How To Rise Up In The Gig Economy
Forbes
July 30, 2019
Midway through my decade as a producer, songwriter, engineer, performer, and artists and repertoire executive for London Records during the height of the British wave, I was an analog guy struggling to escape the undertow of receding vinyl LPs, 24-track tape machines, cassettes and 8-tracks as CDs and digital recording were quickly revolutionizing the recording business. But, as I reflect back on the 70s a half-century later, and the fact that according to Intuit, 43% of Americans are projected to be working in the gig economy by next year, the success lessons I learned from music while “gigging” are timelessly relevant to the emerging future of independent gig work.

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Tags: Social, Marketing, Business Strategy

Defining Success And Failure Precedes Career Reinvention
Forbes
July 05, 2019
When Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, co-writers of the Oscar-winning screenplay Annie Hall, were interviewed in 1977 by journalist Susan Braudy for the New York Times, Woody would be credited with telling the world that, “80% of life is just showing up.” Woody’s often quoted comment actually reflected the post-World War II stage in the evolution of the American worker when paternalistic employers were still offering their workers job security and retirement in exchange for loyalty. But, today, “just showing up” no longer generates job security nor is it the path to finding the elusive meaning in work that so many yearn for.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

2 Books
Audacious at Any Age: Second Act Strategies from a Career Chameleon
PublishDrive
May 18, 2019
Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Business Coach (Expert Level), Certified Remote Work Professional, and Forbes contributor, Garrison Leykam doesn’t just believe that everyone is capable of creating their own second act careers. This AARP card-carrying motorcyclist and “career chameleon” has proved it himself many times over. Garrison has been a successful record producer for industry giant London Records, performed as a singer-songwriter at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café and CBGBs, president of his own record label, held leadership positions at major corporations, been an AM radio news-talk personality, a stand-up comic at NYC’s legendary Gotham Comedy Club, and a documentary host and producer for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). In Audacious at Any Age, Garrison shares his career reinvention lessons learned and motivates readers to find and follow their own dreams no matter what their age.

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DESIGN YOU
Booklocker.com, Inc.
January 05, 2017
Seventy percent of people surveyed in a Gallup poll either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged. A Harris survey revealed that only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers. According to the Labor Department, the average person born in the later years of the baby boom held 10.5 jobs from age 18 to 40. Fifty-four million Americans, or 40 percent of the work force, have left their jobs looking for something better.

We are living in a time when Americans and, in fact, everyone of working age, are career hopscotching, looking to make sense of their lives and careers in search of fulfillment without a map to guide them. Until now.

Applying the principles of Industrial Design to living an authentic life based upon one's true talents, abilities and passion, DESIGN YOU provides readers with the motivation, confidence and a road map to reclaim their true identity, and live the life they are meant to live. DESIGN is for every one of the millions of Americans who want to blaze their own life trail, and do work that is meaningful to themselves and others.

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6 Industry Certifications
Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC)
CPCC/PARWHQ
May 02, 2020

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Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
CPCC/PARWHQ
May 02, 2020

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Certified Remote Work Professional
WorkPlaceLess
April 21, 2020

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Certified Life Coach - Expert Rating
ExpertRating Inc.
December 16, 2019

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Certified Remote Work Professional
WorkPlaceLess
December 16, 2019

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Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches
June 30, 2018

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2 Keynotes
2nd Act: Garrison Leykam
The Palace Theater
March 26, 2019

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Live Your Passion
Rotary Club of West Hartford
January 14, 2016

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8 Media Interviews
GARRISON TALKS ABOUT 2ND ACTS WITH RADIO ICON BRAD DAVIS
WDRC Radio
March 21, 2019

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Garrison’s amazing life journey from music producer to corporate podium
Valley Life
November 12, 2018

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An Expert's Top 5 Diners
Connecticut Magazine
June 01, 2017

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Connecticut's Best Diners: 22 Great Greasy Spoons
Connecticut Magazine
June 01, 2017

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Special Guests on Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys
Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys podcast
September 05, 2015

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Author Writes Book On Classic Connecticut Diners
FOX 61 TV
November 21, 2013

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New book about Connecticut diners
WTNH TV
October 30, 2013

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How To Be A Standup Comedian
filmfestivals.com
February 06, 2012

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1 Panel
Touring Connecticut Panel
The Big Book Club Getaway
February 21, 2014

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3 Speaking Engagements
Food, Frogs, And Fondue At Hall Memorial Library
Hartford Courant
January 15, 2014

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‘Classic Diners of Connecticut’ author talks in Guilford, West Haven
New Haven Register
January 11, 2014

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GARRISON LEYKAM: CLASSIC DINERS OF CONNECTICUT
patch
December 14, 2013

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1 Video
The Resume Leg of Your Career Branding Stool
Post
May 11, 2020
Helpful hints for improving your résumé, one of 3 legs of your career branding stool

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Location: Farmington, CT    Date Available: April 25th, 2020    Fees: Contact for quote

Submission Date: April 25th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

As a Certified Business Coach and Certified Life Coach, I can assist and guide you in successfully running your business by helping you to clarify the vision of your business and how it holistically fits in with both your professional and personal goals. if your business is not linked to your personal dreams, goals and plans, there is no burning reason why getting to that business goal is critical. Collaboratively, we’ll stoke your entrepreneurial fire and I will:

1. Help you define and define a vision of your desired business outcome and create a brand story for it.
2. Provide an objective and frank view of your current situation and the external and internal factors impacting your business.
3. Use a systematic process to analyze the situation and identify actions that will move the organization to your desired outcomes.
4. Guide your business to commit to actions to be executed, and set measurable goals that will be used to evaluate progress to the optimum state.
5. Establish accountability of you and your business stakeholders to perform the actions they are responsible for.

As your business coach, I will provide you with:
• A clear view of what is important and what is not in order to laser focus organizational change in your business and direct resources in the most efficient way.
• A results-focused environment where politics, personality, and opinions are replaced by fact based analysis, open communication, decisive decision making, and focused action.
• Insights from a perspective from outside the organization based on my broad and diverse experience.
• A system that measures results and provides feedback on what is and is not working.

I am a small business owner myself. I’ve also had a highly successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B. with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI. I understand the challenges you face in today’s challenging marketplace and can help, whether it’s increasing revenue, becoming a more effective leader, thriving in hard times, or recruiting and retaining top talent. Let’s chat about what’s most important to you. Our initial discussion will be on me.

Olympic athletes to business & political leaders, the best of the best have a coach. A coach isn’t just there to help you achieve your initial goals. I will be with you along the way, continually pushing you and your team to achieve even greater results. You’ll uncover and break through any limitations that hold you and your business back.

LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in the U.S.
Top 1% LinkedIn Industry Social Selling Index (SSI), a tool measuring effectiveness at establishing professional brand, finding the right people, engaging with insights, and building relationships.
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Certified Business Coach (Expert Level)

Location: Farmington, CT    Date Available: April 25th, 2020    Fees: Contact for quote

Submission Date: April 25th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

As a Certified Business Coach and Certified Life Coach, I can assist and guide you in successfully running your business by helping you to clarify the vision of your business and how it holistically fits in with both your professional and personal goals. if your business is not linked to your personal dreams, goals and plans, there is no burning reason why getting to that business goal is critical. Collaboratively, we’ll stoke your entrepreneurial fire and I will:

1. Help you define and define a vision of your desired business outcome and create a brand story for it.
2. Provide an objective and frank view of your current situation and the external and internal factors impacting your business.
3. Use a systematic process to analyze the situation and identify actions that will move the organization to your desired outcomes.
4. Guide your business to commit to actions to be executed, and set measurable goals that will be used to evaluate progress to the optimum state.
5. Establish accountability of you and your business stakeholders to perform the actions they are responsible for.

As your business coach, I will provide you with:
• A clear view of what is important and what is not in order to laser focus organizational change in your business and direct resources in the most efficient way.
• A results-focused environment where politics, personality, and opinions are replaced by fact based analysis, open communication, decisive decision making, and focused action.
• Insights from a perspective from outside the organization based on my broad and diverse experience.
• A system that measures results and provides feedback on what is and is not working.

I am a small business owner myself. I’ve also had a highly successful corporate career in businesses ranging from $2.5M to $34.7B. with 25+ years of experience driving business performance, enhancing corporate valuation, and delivering superior ROI. I understand the challenges you face in today’s challenging marketplace and can help, whether it’s increasing revenue, becoming a more effective leader, thriving in hard times, or recruiting and retaining top talent. Let’s chat about what’s most important to you. Our initial discussion will be on me.

Olympic athletes to business & political leaders, the best of the best have a coach. A coach isn’t just there to help you achieve your initial goals. I will be with you along the way, continually pushing you and your team to achieve even greater results. You’ll uncover and break through any limitations that hold you and your business back.

LinkedIn profile in Top 25 MA, PhD profiles in the U.S.
Top 1% LinkedIn Industry Social Selling Index (SSI), a tool measuring effectiveness at establishing professional brand, finding the right people, engaging with insights, and building relationships.
Top 4% of LinkedIn members deemed a Super Connector.
PhD in Marketing, Masters in Psychology

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