Dawn Rasmussen is a high-energy, engaging speaker and enthusiastic teacher specializing in career management and the development of career tools. She has a genuine desire to help job seekers and working professionals understand the tools and techniques needed to move forward in their careers.


For the past 8 years, Dawn has been helping people build literacy in building an effective résumé, positioning themselves for career advancement, and enhancing their individual subject matter expertise, while also taking the mystery out of the job search process.

As a national and international speaker, Dawn delivers impactful presentations that provide attendees with concrete takeaways and the inspiration to make it happen.

Speaking topics include:

Taking the Tiger by the Tail: Seizing Control of Your Career Destiny +

The very nature of how we manage our professional career and go about finding new/additional work has radically shifted due to emerging technologies and constantly changing economic conditions. There is no such thing as ‘job security' in today's workplace– it's now all about employability. Building this mindset will allow anyone to be able to navigate quickly (and be in control of) future job transitions. Knowing where you want to go and preparing accordingly adds purpose and paves the way to more fulfilling work.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Write an effective resume.
  2. Build a targeted job search.
  3. Network like a pro.
Cover Letters: The Icing on The Cake +

Many applicants wonder: Should I even bother with a cover letter? Find out how cover letters can help build the case for an employer to hire you. There's a lot more to a cover letter than what meets the eye, and you'll discover how to more effectively use one to capture prospective employer interest.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand purpose of a cover letter.
  2. Pinpoint the different elements inside a cover letter.
  3. Develop effective tactics to attract employer interest.
10 Resume Writing Mistakes You Don't Want to Make +

Think you know everything you need to about writing an effective resume? Think again. The strategies behind writing your most important career asset are changing so quickly that even professional resume writers are scrambling to stay ahead of the technology curve. Find out what it takes to make it to the top of the stack and stand out competitively over everyone else applying for the same job.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Do's and don'ts from employer perspective.
  2. How to get noticed.
  3. Give the employer what they want.
Interview Like A CEO +

It is a rare day to find someone who actually ENJOYS being interviewed. Learn valuable tips to take the nervousness out of this very personal review of your accomplishments, abilities and experience. You'll earn confidence and be truly able to make yourself shine.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify key factors that contribute to feeling insecure about interviews.
  2. Understand different types of interview techniques.
  3. How to prepare for an interview.
Building Up Your Success Stories that Tell Your Career Narrative +

Let's face it: most of us do a lot of work day in, day out, and we don't really stop to think about what the overall impact is of what it is that we are doing and how it fits into the bigger picture. But what you do DOES matter and an important step in taking ownership of your daily successes can be the stepping stones to positioning yourself for a pay increase, career advancement, or being considered for a job opening.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define yourself.
  2. Find out how to keep track of your accomplishments.
  3. Build bridges between your current position and your goals.
Job Search Strategies +

Learn from a professional résumé writer and job search coach the top strategies you need to incorporate into your job search. Hint: It is a sea full of sharks out there, and it's up to you to find out how to be one of them too.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Get motivated.
  2. Get the tools.
  3. Get structured.
Networking: Building Your Career Future: What you do today makes a difference tomorrow +

Did you know that 80 percent of all jobs are found through someone you know? Networking these days means a lot more than just going to an event and trading business cards with someone you just met. It now means a careful cultivation of meaningful relationships that can pay off in the future. Learn insights as well as tricks and tips in making the most of your connections which can pave the way to new opportunities to you in the future both personally and professionally.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Overcome fear of networking situations.
  2. Key ways to network.
  3. Building relationships not contacts.
  4. Appropriate way to tap into relationships.
Career Management 2.0: Building A Long-Term Career Strategy +

Career management is the active process of strategizing your next move and positioning yourself for higher earning potential. Besides the usual updating of one’s résumé on a regular basis, career management entails specific steps that can transform your ability to move forward. In this session, you’ll learn tips that enable professionals to consciously think about what they do on a daily basis and fit into a larger plan to either move up or achieve a more rewarding and enjoyable career. Hear from career management coach Dawn Rasmussen on specific, actionable tips on how to plan ahead so you can always be on top of your next career move, and be flexible enough to adapt to changing employment conditions to reach your career goals!

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand how to plan for the future.
  2. Control the direction of your career and understand how what you’re doing today fits into your plan for tomorrow.
  3. Plan ahead and gain traction in your career development momentum.
You 2.0: The Brave New World of Social Media and Reputation Management +

With so many social media channels growing and evolving, how you manage your own content and what people say about you is going to be key to your career destiny. This session will provide reputation management and job search tips using these important online tools while also delivering insights about what’s coming next in reputation management.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn which social media channels that are essential to reputation management and how to use them.
  2. Tactics to take online to protect your reputation.
  3. How to handle negativity and turn it into positivity.
"Dawn is an enthusiastic and informative presenter who is an expert in her subject matter. Her presentation on the "Top 10 Resume Writing Mistakes that You Don't Want to Make" provided me with practical pointers for making my resume stand out to prospective employers. I look forward to future presentations!"
— Ilene K., Attendee
"Dawn is fabulous! She teaches you succinctly how to present your best self. I have had the pleasure of attending two of her sessions plus a personal consultation. She is accurate, to the point, and encouraging all at the same time. During her presentations everyone is at the edge of their seat listening to every suggestion. We are all valuable and Dawn helps us see this and present our strengths. It is without hesitation that I recommend Dawn for any speaking, training or personal consultation for you or your team. She will lift you and inspire you to present your best self."
— Deb G., Chapter Membership Director