Deep End Talent Strategies

Stronger than the Current

About Us


About Us
Deep End Talent Strategies (DETS) works with companies and individuals to keep each connected to what the other side needs in today's employment relationship.

We offer resume writing and career coaching for individuals and provide full-service talent management and HR consulting for businesses of all sizes.

We guide organizations and leaders through the full spectrum of talent management from recruitment and on-boarding to motivation and engagement, rewards, learning and development, succession planning, and exit.

Sometimes we find ourselves in the deep end of business growth, struggles, change and challenge. The deep end can be dark and frightening; we can be the light, life jackets, or even floaties. The deep end is where you have the most space to maneuver, make a splash, and create powerful ripple effects.

The current can be strong-Deep End Talent Strategies is stronger.


Individual Career Services


You're Hired! The Job Search Playbook & Online Course

Finally! Someone put it all in one place for you-end end to end set of materials to help you compete and win in today's job market. This online course includes a downloadable and printable E-Book called You're Hired! The Job Search Playbook.

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Resume & LinkedIn Masterclass

On-demand, in-depth training on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, networking, and job searching. The Masterclass is two hours of in-depth training broken into bite-sized learning sessions.

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Personalized Resume Review

Our Pro, Shawna, will record a video reviewing your resume and send you personalized feedback and suggestions to pass the automated screeners and have a resume that can be seen by actual humans.

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Free Resume Builder

Build a free resume that is modern, crisp, professional, and will pass the automated screeners 100% of the time.

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Resume Writing & Career Services

We offer writing services for resumes, cover letters, CVs, and related career search and advancement materials. Our clients are also invited into our Facebook group for networking, sharing and learning tips, and gaining support from other job seekers.

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Career Coaching & Retained Search Services

In addition to or instead of resume writing and training services, we offer career coaching services as very competitive prices with the utmost flexibility. Buy one hour or a group of hours and use the time in 15-minute increments when and how you need them.

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Job Search Tune-Up

If you car wasn't running properly, you'd take it to a mechanic, right? Not feeling well, you'd see a doctor? Well, if your job search isn't producing the results you'd like to see, perhaps it needs a tune-up, as well?

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Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong, part of the Myers Briggs family of personality assessments, is the only tool deemed valid and reliable to link personality and motivators with possible occupations.

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HR Consulting Services


RETAINED ADVISORY

Set us as one of your favorites on your phone and don’t worry about how much each call will cost for quick HR support and advice.

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CONSULTING

We offer services in the full employment life cycle and ensure talent strategies align to your business strategies. Some services have downloadable templates and even facilitator guides for your in-house team.

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FACILITATION

Certified facilitators can design and lead customized training, workshops, or team development activities.

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HR ON DEMAND

Our HR on Demand program costs less than taking your team out to lunch yet is perceived as a rich employee benefit. Every employee and manager can call for policy interpretations or to just have a confidential resource. We compile the themes of those conversations to empower leadership to continually enhance and monitor the employee experience.

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Articles & Thought Leadership


Working Under Pressure:  Be At Your Best When it Matters

DETS has released our second Ebook. Working Under Pressure dives into what happens to your mind and body under pressure, making better decisions under pressure, psychological solutions to pressure, and tips for being mindful in stressful situations.

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I Can't Believe You Said That?! How to Handle the Awkward/Bad/Inappropriate Interview Questions

When you really want to ask, "Do you know that was your out loud voice?" Dealing with bad/inappropriate/awkward interview questions.

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Learn to Handle Salary Discussions With Confidence

The most challenging part of a job interview for many candidates is the question of salary. Being able to discuss money matters with confidence will help you get the compensation you want and may even improve your job satisfaction. These are some steps to take before you get a job offer, after you get a job offer and in specific circumstances.

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Critical Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer is key to business continuity and developing others within your organization. How do you capture and transfer tacit and explicit organizational knowledge?

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Working ON your Business vs Working IN your Business

Entrepreneurs and small business owners constantly struggle to balance the working on the business vs. in the business. The secret is delegation-but what to delegate and to who is the pivotal question.

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HR Leadership in the Post-Pandemic Recovery

The efficacy of HR departments will be one of the essential factors in determining survival, post-pandemic. These are the crises that strong HR departments prepare for, and the importance of HR representation has become increasingly evident for businesses without them. Here are a few considerations as we start to come out of strict isolation orders and are faced with new challenges, new communication needs, and new ways of working.

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Now is the time to (Re)assess your Employee Experience

After years of juggling everything from compliance to company culture, it is now evident that you may have focused less on company culture and more on company appearance. You’ve now realized there are two target audiences: the customer and the employee.

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How to pursue agility and development during uncertainty

Near the end of World War II, Winston Churchill declared, "Never waste a good crisis." He had just formed an alliance with Stalin and Roosevelt that would eventually become the United Nations, and Churchill’s quip summed up the ability—perhaps the need—during crises to exploit unexpected opportunities. Although life is a bit unsettled for many, it's also an opportunity to reset, including how you invest in yourself and your professional development. Victoria Swisher, author of Becoming an Agile Leader (2012), put it succinctly: "Learning Agility is an insurance policy for an uncertain future."

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There's a New Sponge in Town

Keys to leadership success when you're new to an organization- be a sponge, observe, and stay curious.

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Don't be an Asterisk

Ambiguous statements and sandwiched feedback leave imaginary asterisks hanging in the air. Asterisks take ways from the good and water down the bad.

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Dive In

You can maneuver and be most creative in the deep end.

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Helicopter Parents in Today's Job Search

Practical advice to partner with your young adult for career success (without showing up to new hire orientation).

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Meet DETS


Shawna Lake

Founder

Shawna started Deep End Talent Strategies to bring over 20 years of HR experience to companies and job seekers alike with a passion for keeping both sides of the employment relationship connected to what each other needs wants in today's job market.

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ARTICLES FOR JOB SEEKERS


COVID-19 Employer Resources


Time to Adapt Recruiting Practices

As and we adopt new approaches to business, employment, and customer interactions, we also need to refocus and adapt recruiting practices. Here are 5 tips to balance company needs and the candidate experience going forward.

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Returning to Work Part 4-Learning & Development

This is part 4 of our series Returning to Work. We talk about the interconnectedness of all areas of HR and talent management and the implications for learning and development in our post-pandemic work environment.

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Returning to Work Part 3-Policies & Resetting Expectations

This is part 3 of our series Returning to Work, with a focus on updating policies and procedures and resetting expectations in our post-pandemic work environment.

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Returning to Work Part 2-Workplace Safety & Physical Space

In part two of our series Returning to Work, we talk about considerations leaders and owners should make at the door, at the desk, and in gathering areas related to social distancing, cleaning, scheduling, events, meetings, and more.

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Returning to Work-Part 1: Health

The first in our series, we follow Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to discuss the physiological, safety, and social needs to consider when you plan to reopen and have employees return to work following the pandemic.

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Returning Work Video Series Introduction

We're excited to launch a new video series called Returning to Work. This introductory video provides an overview of what's the come as we begin to reopen businesses and return employees on-site.

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Recorded Webinar for FFCRA Compliance

This is a recorded webinar delivered for Boone County Chamber members on 3/27/20. It is free for anyone to watch. The guidance around this legislation and the new CARES Act is evolving quickly.

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Outplacement Services

Deep End Talent Strategies (DETS) offers outplacement services for employees who have experienced job loss for economic or other reasons. This is employer-paid as part of a severance package and can last for a few weeks up to six months.

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Mental Health and Counseling Resources for Staff

We've built a list of mental health and counseling resources for you and your team.

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Leadership Adaptablity in Uncertain Times

As business leaders, we always try to plan and prepare for unknown situations. Today, we are long past preparation and are in full adaptability mode. We’re setting strategic plans aside to figure out how to stay in business and take care of our people. This will end, we don’t know when or how, but social distancing will end, and life will begin to resume. How you treated your employees during this time will transcend the crisis.

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Required Poster for FFCRA Compliance

Employees should display this poster where they keep labor law posters currently. It is suggested that you share it electronically during this time of mostly remote work.

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Sample Leave Policies

Employers subject to Emergency FMLA Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave need written policies and must share those with their employees. Sample policies are here for your reference and customization.

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The Current


Some of our recent favorites

THE POWER OF MOMENTS

THE POWER OF MOMENTS

Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Switch and Made to Stick

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CREATIVE CHANGE

CREATIVE CHANGE

Creative Change by Jennifer Mueller, Ph.D. offers a new way of thinking about creativity and why we reject new ideas.

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THE MOTIVE

THE MOTIVE

Patrick Lencioni has yet another leadership fable, this one tackling why so many leaders avoid or sidestep important responsibilities.

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TALKING TO STRANGERS

TALKING TO STRANGERS

Malcolm Gladwell's latest brilliance explores psychology and communication through historical events and presents lessons learned for all facets of our lives.

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Succession Planning Toolkits


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