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Prominent HRM Fortune 500 CEO Dave Watkins gives you the steps to getting on high potential lists in your dream career!
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What Will I Learn?
  • Know what to wear in an interview.
  • Understand the different types of interview techniques you face and how to put them to your advantage for dramatic and immediate improvement in your interview skills.
  • Turn the tables with simple but crucial questions you must ask a prospective employer.
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  • No prior knowledge is necessary.

Let Fortune 500 CEO Dave Watkins Gives You the Secrets of Fearless Interviews!

Don’t you loathe it?

The prospect of stepping into a room of strangers, selling yourself to an executive you have never met and facing a job market interview.

 Uncomfortable is natural.  But this may be terror for you. 

Are you making a good impression? Did you just say the right thing?

Don’t feel alone.  Business schools and universities teach hard skills for the completion of complicated tasks.

Soft skills that make you look good, smell good, and sound good in an interview are sadly absent from college classes these days.

Master Any Interview

Despite advanced training even a straight A student from a top school will admit that interviewing and talking with executives is uncomfortable.  This course will turn you into an expert professional — polished for any shark-tank interview.

Soft skills are sadly underestimated.

Those graduates who are comfortable and confident in an interview are the most likely to be selected for the position.  When CEO Dave teaches university students soft skills they experience a dramatic, positive change in their career path.

Now he’s put all of these into this exciting course here on Udemy.  

Just by listening, you will master interpersonal skills you need to deal with any Fortune 500 executive track placement interview.

The payoff? Doors will swing open wide before you.

You won’t hesitate to accept an interview opportunity. Practice makes perfect.

You will never again feel like an outsider in Corporate America.

Success will naturally carry you up the corporate ladder breaking up through your glass ceiling. And with less effort than you ever thought possible.

Winning Strategies

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll discover inside “Land Your 1st High Pay Fortune 500 Executive Fast Track Job!

·         The most powerful mind focus techniques — define your definite major purpose for the next 5 to 10 years.

·         How high potential candidates “work” an interview.

·         The rules of successful interviewing and a huge mistake many job seekers make.

·         How to interview convincingly because you have researched your target employer inside and out.

·         Magic words that win executive trust and goodwill.

·         How to handle difficult interviewers — simple yet powerful techniques to turn any corporate hit-man into your biggest ally. 

·         Is he (or she) actually interested in hiring you? Know the clues.

·         How and when to show that you have one thing in common that all Fortune 500 firms want — commitment.

·         Are executives patting you on the back to send you off or to take you in? Watch for these cues.

·         Spot the right gate-keepers.  How to reach for unreachable interviews

·         Dozens of often-said expressions — none of which you should ever utter in an interview!

·         Get what you want by utilizing shrewd tactics for negotiation, persuasion, and selling your sharper image. Discover powerful formulas to win over employers in any interview.

·         And much, much, much more!

NO-RISK free course, plus great FREE SOFTWARE.

Enroll right now.  Put this course to work and see what happens. 

You’ll receive a special link to free software that will give you the ability to collect sound-bytes of praise from your most coveted allies.  These words of confidence and trust that others place in you are like big bars of gold to tip the scales in your favor BEFORE the interview.

Now you can grab and build soft skills to interview with confidence for your Fortune 500 dream career with anyone, anywhere, any time. You’ll be quick to take the express elevator up the corporate ladder.    Achieve your goals to gain a real difference in your life.  Enroll right now this instant… do it! -Doc Brown

Dr. Scott Brown, Associate Professor of Finance of the AACSB Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico. 

P.S. Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody seeking a job or advancement should study this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
A Big Hug and a Warm Welcome of Shelter in the Job Market Storm You Face Today!
3 Lectures 09:13

Hi I am CEO Dave, and I know that putting your best foot forward in a period of transition can be a challenge. In the following lectures and interactive workshop, we will share best practices in communicating the true you to the outside world: You will learn how to complete your social profile and write resumes and cover letters that will get you a second look.  We will look at your personal interview process: How you prepare before, present yourself during, and what you should do afterwards to ensure success in landing the position you want.  During this course, you will have the opportunity to create a personal competency survey, review your resume, and set up your own staged group mock ‘Boiler Room’ interviews

This process will:

1. Increase your probability of landing the job you want at the pay you want.

2. Project a polished professional image at your next interview.

3. Spot the behavioral clues of your interview that indicate whether you are sailing or sinking.

The feedback we and other Udemy course studnets provide will enable you to revise your profile, enhance your interviewing skills and present yourself in the best possible light.

Course Objectives:

1)     Identify ways to learn more about your prospective employer

2)     Discover the “three C’s” of what employers look for in job applicants behind the scenes

a)     Competency

b)    Commitment

c)     Culture

3)     Practice resume writing and specific accomplishment statements

4)     Review and discuss guidelines for preparing writing, video production

5)     Review commonly asked interview questions and practice behavioral tactics

6)     Give and receive constructive feedback to others

7)     Discuss best practices in appropriate attire for interviews.

8)     Understand how to sell yourself with confidence

Fortune 500 CEO Dave Watkins Warmly Welcomes you to His World ... Literally!

Hello and welcome to this cutting edge course on creating a sharper image to grab your 1st dream job at a Fortune 500 Firm.

I am Scott and I have had the privilege of shaping the lives of hundreds of MBA students who pass through our MBA program here at the AACSB Accredited Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico.

I earned my Ph.D. in Finance from the University of South Carolina.  I also have a strong background globally. 

I hold a Master of International Management degree from The American Graduate School of Business (Thunderbird) ranked #1 in international business routinely in The U.S. News & World Report.

Why are we Teaching This Cutting Edge Course on Landing a Great Job in a Fortune 500 Firm?

A major concern of all universities is job placement of their alumni.  But schools can only do so much.

Your professor can’t stop you from saying something you should not in an interview.  We can’t keep you from giving a limp handshake or averting your gaze.

But with the help of Fortune 500 CEO Dave Watkins we can at least teach you from afar through this course.

Who Is This Course for?

This course is for those individuals seeking executive track employment. Even if you are trying to get a job at a local McDonald’s you will benefit from this course. And that job will build your resume with corporate currency in the form of management experience!

Overview of this Fortune 500 Career Development Course on Udemy

This course is composed of two parts. Each lecture builds on the first so I do not recommend that you skip around.

The first part of this course introduces you to Dave Watkins and me.  In this section we introduce you to the basics.

The second part is a compendium of key lectures regarding many diverse topics from organizing your resume to looking and sounding polished in your interviews.

Your Benefits as a Student of this Udemy Personal Development Course

Dave Watkins has hired thousands of people. He has seen everything

Dave has had the pleasure of interviewing and hiring the most polished and poised graduates. He has also said “no” to misfits and misanthropes

In this amazing program CEO Watkins lays it on the line.  And all you have to do is toe the line

Final Objectives

The end goal of this course is to give you a clear path to become an accomplished and polished job seeker to dramatically increase your odds of high potential employment. 

Dr. Scott Brown Explains How You Can Become Your Very Own Ambassador of Quan!

Daniel’s father is an accomplished chiropractor who operated extensively in Latin America.  Attorney Hall has lived and worked in both the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

He decided to enter health care as a student of nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso

Upon graduation Daniel worked as a lab tech at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  This gave him a reputation of excellence that led to his acceptance into the prestigious Texas Tech Law School.

As a law student Daniel published in the Texas Tech Las Review.

As newly minted attorney Hall, Daniel faced and conquered a highly competitive interview environment in winning a six figure position with a major law firm in Texas the specialized in medical mal-practice.  His publication showed that he was a cut above.

But the industry for Daniel’s services dried up and forced him to make a hard decision. Medical malpractice tort reform at the beginning of the century shifted the burden of proof the patient and medical doctors became invulnerable to all but the most egregious forms of medical malpractice (be careful who you allow to treat your family members). 

This collapsed the medical malpractice law industry.  Daniel exited forming his own online publishing company and is now one of the largest CEOs in his industry.  

Attorney Daniel Hall is the recipient of both Act 20 and 22 Puerto Rico tax decrees.  

Attorney Daniel Hall J.D. Gives Tour of His Texas Tech Law 6 Figure Career Path!
Here's CEO Dave Watkins Proprietary 7 Step Process to Landing your Dream Job!
7 Lectures 01:02:05

My name is Dave Watkins. I built a software company that ran the human capital management function for over 4 million people globally. These professionals work for over 300 global companies today including Nike, Dollar Tree Stores, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs etc.…  

I Know What Fortune 500 Recruiters Want From You!

I have personally reviewed over 20,000 resumes, interviewed over 5,000 people and hired over 1000 to work for my Fortune 500 firm.  Unfortunately, during that time, I also had to dismiss more than 500 people.  I have a clear understanding of what is important when it comes to selling yourself and landing your next great job opportunity.

Here is what we will cover in this lecture …

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. What Employers Really Look For
  3. How to identify the opportunity cost of not changing the manner in which you manage your career
  4. How to project your opportunity costs over a 10-year period of time
  5. How to prioritize the activities that have the most cost effective impact on increasing your payoff.

Whether you are a student or experienced professional, you strive to achieve your maximum career potential.  Upon completion of the specific steps in my special process grounding this course, you will be prepared for those moments where you realize your true potential and achieve the results you deserve.

Seven Solid Steps to a Gilded Fortune 500 Career Path into Your Corporate El Dorado!

  • Step One. Define your Definite Major Purpose (read the bestseller, 'Think and Grow Rich' available on Amazon) to drill down to radio station WIFU ... What is In this For U!
  • Step Two. Discover how to create and produce the self marketing materials and endorsements you require in your career search.
  • Step Three. See how to launch the campaigns that drive opportunities your way
  • Step Four. Identify the characteristics that define you. 
  • Step Five. Craft your pitch
  • Step Six. Practice and refine your pitch in a mock practice ‘Boiler Room Fortune 500 Job Interview Game Show’ you will set up with family and friends. 
  • Step Seven. Seize the moment and identify the organizations that cannot wait to meet you.

Have you ever had to analyze why someone you know so well behaved so wrongly?  How about the exact opposite when that same person performed to a higher standard than they ever knew they were capable of.   Companies need people to support their purpose, but people hire people. Your understanding of your ability to assimilate into their culture using your developed soft skills is of the utmost importance.

This process is not complex.  Organizations spend billions on recruiting talent ALL THE TIME.   They are always hiring.  They gather candidates, screen, interview and hire them.  Experienced recruiters and managers are not consistent across companies.  At the end of the hiring process, after passing all the validation tests, skills etc. you have one final hurdle. Are your soft skills aligned with the core values of the organization you wish to join?   Companies spend billions of dollars identifying their future leaders and high potential employees

REQUIRED EXERCISE: But first, let’s identify why this is important to you...

As an exercise, identify the top 10 issues that are inhibiting you from really taking advantage of the job market. 

Are your skills up to snuff? Is the current company you work for restricting your ability to make progress in advancing your career? 

  • Step 1: For each restriction, identify how much money each issue has cost you in your annual paycheck. 
  • Step 2: Add the results up and multiply by 10. 
  • Step 3: Prioritize the issues from 1 to 10.  

This list represents the cost to you if you do nothing.  This course is about to change your destiny.

Lecture 1: Exercise - The Tragic High Opportunity Cost of Status Quo

Here are the key points we will cover in this lecture.  

  • We’ll show you how to create your FeedYak profile to identify allies to approach for testimonial videos talking good about you 
  • These include ...
  • a. Managers 
  • b. Peers/Work Colleagues 
  • c. Friends/Family 
  • d. Internal Customers
  • e. External Customers 
  • How contact allies as feedback providers to arrange meetings to prepare them for talking nice about you on video. 
  • Guidelines for Formatting Resumes 
  • Elements of a Resume (Soft Skills, Profile, Summary, Experience, Education, Affiliations, Awards) 
  • Types of Resumes (Chronological, Functional, Scanned, Online) 
  • Resume development 
  • Guidelines for preparing cover letters 
  • Resume feedback session

Two of the Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask of Those You Love!

To truly understand how you are seen by other people you have to ask them these questions: 

  1. What do you think I excel at? 
  2. What do you think I need to improve upon?    

Receiving positive feedback from others can result in testimonials that can be used to endorse you.  

This section will teach you how to effectively build your online presence such that people can identify you for their next great opportunity! 

First, you need to collect information about yourself.  You need to understand your elevator pitch. The average college alumni will not know this about themselves.  Where did you go to school

What have you achieved? Where do you work?  

Once you have gathered that information, download the FeedYak app from the iOS store and the Play Store. 

Fill out your profile using the prompts provided.

Next we are going to request feedback from people we know.  We are going to use this feedback for a lot of different purposes.  

You need to make a list of people that you have collaborated with including all your past managers of team leaders, 

Peers or work colleagues, close friends and family members, customers that you work with inside your company and customers that you may have interacted with from other organization. Once you have your list, identify the top three people in each category you request feedback from about yourself.  

You will ask one person from each category to identify up to three things you do well.  

You will ask one person from each category what you can improve upon.  Lastly you will ask the third person in each category what about a specific achievement you had which that person witnessed. 

It is always good to reach out to people in person and let them know that they should expect your request.  Using FeedYak, send them a custom request for feedback.  Video feedback is preferable, but voice and text are fine as well. 

Next, it’s time to prepare your resume.  

Resumes are best when written for specific audiences.  It is common for people to have more than one resume in order to address their anticipated audience.  

Format is important as well. 

You will want to prepare both an online version and a scanned (PDF) version The style in which you will create your resume also matters. 

Second, your resume should show the chronology of your experience or be organized by the functional roles you have held in various companies.  For those who have held a lot of different jobs, it is sometimes better to show the company name next to the position you held there. Your resume should be condensed down to two pages and it is most effective when you understand the position or role you are looking for.  

You will want to frame your listed experiences to align with the expectations of the new position that you are aspiring to.  

Lastly, your resume should be organized in several sections: 

  • Your name
  • An overview of your top soft skills
  • The functional roles you have had or companies you have worked for o Your achievements in those various roles
  • Your hobbies or additional interests
  • Your FeedYak and LinkedIn profile.  

When written well, cover letters can make your resume pop.   If you take the time to write a cover letter, include one paragraph which sums up the highlights of why you will make a good leader and have the soft skills necessary to contribute to the innovative culture of the company to which you are applying. 

Lastly, in the bottom most section, organize your endorsements by roles within your resume and hyperlink the most complimentary endorsement you have within your cover letter.  

Lecture 2: Identifying Testimonials and References from Your Current Allies

Here is what Dave covers in this lecture.  

  1. Create LinkedIn Profile
  2. Identify and provide minimal required information for LinkedIn
  3. How to create breadcrumb links to your FeedYak profile from your LinkedIn profile
  4. Clean up Facebook, Instagram etcetera profiles to be professional
  5. Train on how to do research in LinkedIn for career paths based on others
  6. Train how to identify candidate companies that are interesting to join
  7. How to research positions and salaries using tools like LinkedIn, Payscale and Salary dot com.

LinkedIn is one of the largest recruiting databases used in the world.  It is important to have a presence that can be used by recruiters that compliments the resume you created for the purpose of nailing the next great job.  

Remember, your online LinkedIn profile should not be a recapitulation of a single version of your resume.  You will have multiple resumes, one for each job you desire.  Companies need to be able to refer to the LinkedIn profile and not be confused that your resume says one thing and your LinkedIn profile says another.  Incorporate basic information about where you worked and what you did at each job.  Be sure to provide contact information and your email.  

Also incorporate your FeedYak link into your profile.

Remember, a background check will most likely go through your social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.) profiles.  Make sure that you have carefully cleaned up any information that may compromise your professional image. 

People are people, but you will be a reflection of the company you are looking to work for; make sure they will be proud of how you would represent them.

LinkedIn serves an additional purpose.  

It is a great source of information about past and present people in the same jobs that you are considering applying for.  Observe and take notes because this information can help you best understand how others have developed their own career paths.  

Once you have identified a potential role to consider, now is the time to research companies that employ that role.  

LinkedIn provides you with the ability to search for roles within a geography [or functionality] so you can identify a city and company that you might want to become a part of.  Start simple, do you like to live in colder or warmer climates?  Do you want to live in a big city or an International location?

Next, use the information you have discovered to identify how much a person gets paid. Make sure you would be satisfied with that salary using PayScale and Salary websites.

Finally, clean any pornography or derogatory material off of your Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Blog, or another social website you control.  Alternatively, you can set your profile to private.  

Lecture 3: Preparing your profile with LinkedIn, Social Media and Resume

This lecture covers,

  1. Exercise to identify the attributes that you feel best Identify yourself.
  2. Use a competency framework to ask soft skill self-calibration questions of allied friends and family.
  3. Review your individual profile after filling out the FeedYak profile assessment instrument (WPAS) or some other Myers-Briggs (or Jung) Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory.
  4. Show how employer uses information gathered during the process (green light to interview, red light – not the right fit).

Leading human resource firms have reported that each person owns approximately 30 competencies that are unique to them.  It is like having an emotional or soft skill fingerprint that help identify what attributes best describe you.  

We all have strengths and weaknesses

Recognizing them helps us better understand whether our chosen direction will be a dead end because of our own professional limitations. This is how we can empower ourselves to overcome our weaknesses so they won’t get in the way of our success and maximum career potential.

Companies typically identify the objectives and skills needed within a framework

This is called the job description.  Job descriptions do not describe the attributes of the people who excelled in those positions once they were hired.  Without a clear understanding of that successful person within a certain company, it is difficult to know whether your soft skill fingerprint identifies you as a person that could succeed in the culture you are about to join.

First you need to assess yourself. 

The results of the FeedYak WPAS show how you well you perform against your peers for various role types.  By using this information, you can be prepared to highlight specific competencies that you have quantified and why you will succeed at a potential job opportunity.

You can also use the competencies to formulate questions to your potential employer to better understand their culture.  The biggest alignment problems I have experienced are related to cultural fit and leadership potential. 

 Companies use these frameworks to see if you fit in.  

It is important for you to understand whether you fit into an organization's culture.  

You will invest between 40 to 80 hours a week for the next 18 months; knowing whether you have a predisposition for success based on your match with the company and the position will save you from wasting a huge investment of your time. 

Lecture 4: Understanding what you are good at = Competency

Here are the steps you need to take right now to develop your elevator pitch for that next V.I.P. encounter. 

  1. Self-Reflection: Work to better understand the how to best tell the story about yourself.
  2. Highlight: Review how to identify personal highlights.  Isolate the sticky statement.
  3. Problem: Show your understanding of the big problem and the industry trends.
  4. Solution: Represent the solution to solving a big problem for your prospective employer and how your position is a key role.
  5. Execution/Traction: Discuss how you have executed your career and how it has prepared you for this very moment and beyond. 
  6. Market: Help the employer understand the depth of your understanding of the market they work in.  Understand exactly what the company does on a global scale and the customers it supports.  Are you interested in working in an International capacity?
  7. Market Niche: Recognize how the role you are interviewing for supports the needs of the corporation in meeting market demands.  What role will you play?
  8. Competition: What is your understanding of the competition in your market and how does the firm you are interviewing for differentiate themselves?  How do you differ from your competition for the job over your peers?
  9. Funding: What is the market rate for the position you are pursuing?  What will it take to bring you on board?  What are you expecting your team to look like?  How many people should you anticipate leading?

We live in a world where information about people and organizations are available online in an extremely disorganized and potentially unflattering way. Only 40% of us in the labor force call ourselves entrepreneurs; but the methodologies that we must pursue in the development of our Fortune 500 career (that may start in a cubicle) use a similar approach.  

Developing your personal pitch or your elevator speech allows you to completely describe yourself, your inspiration and your pursuits within a three-minute period.  Just 3 minutes is all you have.  It is the limit of a person’s attention span. 

So you need to capitalize on their attention within that time frame.

Your story needs to be genuine. It needs to be organized and structured and leave breadcrumbs, enabling listeners to ask you clarifying questions.

Lecture 5: Developing your Personal Pitch for your Next Elevator Encounter!

This lecture shows you how to work with your friends and family to practice your interview skills. 

  1. Implement a Boiler Room type of environment for individuals to pitch themselves for jobs similar to the forge-by-fire judgmental environment on the hit T.V. Show 'Shark Tank' on ABC.
  2. Poll your audience as to whether they would hire you; request critique.

The only way to improve your skills is to practice, practice, practice.  Job discovery and interview skills require constant refinement based on the feedback you receive.  You need to form a mock interview team of people challenging your responses and presentation style.

Lecture 6: Build a Boiler Room to Hone Your Interview Skills Under Pressure

These steps will help you in your final approach,

  1. Preparing Yourself for an Interview
  2. Researching the Prospective Company using Social Tools
  3. Other Tips for a Successful Job Search
  4. Guidelines for Appropriate Business Attire
  5. Action Plan, Summary and Evaluation
  6. Follow up – always suggest the next interaction!

Be in the moment when it comes to preparing yourself for an interview.  You have to remember; you are selling yourself to a complete stranger in a speed dating type of atmosphere.  

Make sure you have conducted background research on the company.  

Read the firm's Fortune 500 annual report online; check out Yahoo finance for recent analyst information on the company.  Review what employees have to say on GlassDoor.  Dress for success by wearing clothing styles that your boss’s boss would wear.  Conservative grey is always a reliable color.  Develop a detailed action plan and follow up with all the people you interact with on LinkedIn or from the company’s Human Resource Management  (HRM) department. 

Remember, employees typically are paid for referrals, so do not hesitate in sending email to company employees directly (without spamming).  Most importantly always schedule a follow up event with people you are communicating with, even if it is to just check in or ask a few questions.

Lecture 7: Identify the Positions and the Companies that Expand Your Career Path

What you are about to face has high pay-offs if you get it right. Doing well in an interview means enriching you and yours to the tune of millions in additional income.  

That's because the salaries in Fortune 500 firms are at the very top of even developed country benchmarks.  

And even though a Fortune 500 interview is not televised each has every bit of high potential payoffs as acceptance into the final twenty on American Idol.  Getting it right is everything ... this quiz tests how well you retained what you just studied from CEO Dave Watkins

How Well Prepared Are You for the Speed Dating Fortune 500 Interview Circuit?
10 questions
University of Puerto Rico Distinguished Alumni Interview Series
6 Lectures 01:05:44

Juan E. Figueroa is a Member of the Board of Directors at Edu-Futuro.

From childhood he wished to become an academic.  He wanted to become a physics professor. 

Physicist Juan Figueroa says that “you have to prove that you are adaptable and have an open mind. When they hire you they hire you for life.  They need to get the right guy (or gal).”

When Juan finished school he started at Bell Labs.  They gave him a year to produce the quality required to remain in the organization.  They explained that he would be invited to get another job. Finishing a project is most important because industry is ahead of school. 

Adaptability and the ability to complete a project is critical.   

Juan found his value in network communications in Bell Labs. He was there when the company moved in not networking.  They had to come to him because of his astute career positioning in advance. 

Young physicist Figueroa became an expert in cable modems.  He evolved into the marketing manager for the first chip-sets for Wi-Fi. Positioning yourself as a valuable asset is critical when you look for a job. 

You need to find a niche in the company where you can make a contribution because that is all they want.  Bell Labs was an organization controlled by AT&T to develop whatever to make communications better.  

Distinguished UPR Alumni Juan E. Figueroa Explains His Path to Washington, D.C.

Former Bell Labs physicist Juan E. Figueroa tells UPR students to figure out what they want in life. Once you have boundary conditions on your life then look at the company that gives you the best fit.  Figure out the requirements for the job that gives you the best fit within the life boundaries you want. 

Look at job descriptions.  Find your fit

If you figure out what you want for the next 5 to 10 years and work back this way you are best off.  Writing your resume is the last thing you should do.  In summary Figueroa recommends…

1.       Make a road-map of your life.

2.       Look to see if which companies fit within those boundaries. 

3.       Investigate more about the companies that fit.

4.       Look at the job description to see if it is too restrictive or allows for growth.

5.       Adapt your resume to put you in the best light always showing that you have something to contribute.

Endorsements and recommendations are important. Figueroa is sensitive to letters of recommendation.  When you ask for a letter of reference be specific to what the reference is a about.  Make sure the reference shows you have something to contribute. Make sure you know what you want your endorser to write in your letter of recommendation. 

Part 2 of Interview with Former Bell Labs Physicist Juan E. Figueroa

In an interview don’t play your gender, ethnicity, or flashy personality. Just be positive, careful, and very, very professional.  Don't be "happy to be here" just be serious and professional

New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago are the best sources for alumni associations of native-born Puerto Ricans seeking placement off island.  Sharing your focused resume with these groups is an excellent source of networking opportunities. 

The company you work for will train you to their way. 

Look at the big companies like Boeing, Raytheon, IBM and also have a lot of trade shows and recruiting trips. Call the HR office and ask if they are going to recruit from Puerto Rico. 

Find out where they are going to recruit.  You have to make the investment of visiting the company personally.  If they are going to Cornell and they tell you go there to meet them.  

Part 3 of Interview with Former Bell Labs Physicist Juan E. Figueroa

Edmundo Garza, MBA is a high potential Fortune 500 career candidate who is Puerto Rican.  He describes the challenges and solutions that MBA students from the University of Puerto Rico face.

This is a candid discussion you are sure to enjoy! 

High Potential Candidate Edmundo Garza MBA Speaks with Dave Watkins on Job Paths

Mr. Marrero is a Fortune 500 manager who is an alumni of the AACSB Accredited Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico.  Luis describes how he pummeled the job market with emails and any other tactic he could find to assertively push for an interview.

He fought for and won that interview.

Today he is a manager in a Fortune 500 insurance company. Listen to this inspirational journey by a fearless young executive unafraid to think independently and act out of the box! 

Luis Marrero, UPR MBA Interview by CEO Dave Watkins

Dave explains the difficulty of recruiting high potential employees in Puerto Rico.  A primary problem is that university students on the island do not have their information cataloged in a central data base

CEO Watkins dives into deep detail regarding the solutions he is putting in place that include the creation of this Udemy course. 

Understanding the problems and solutions Puerto Rican students face helps students worldwide who are seeking Fortune 500 high potential career opportunities.  

CEO Dave Watkins is Interviewed by Dr. Scott Brown Regarding Puerto Rico Today
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About the Instructor
Dave Watkins
4.4 Average rating
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Serial Entrepreneur

Dave Watkins is a successful serial entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Streakfire®PR, a firm where hands on co-founders build disruptive technologies for millions of corporate and consumer users by sourcing new ideas using an accelerator business model. Within the last year, Streakfire®PR has been active in Puerto Rico and has created FeedYak®, an Android and iOS app that is a do-it-yourself video platform disrupting the way people request and give feedback, endorsements and recommendations about individuals and businesses. Streakfire®PR also cofounded Fund.PR an equity, debt and real estate crowdfunding, a talent recruiting platform, and Indicanto, a data visualization platform.

After working at Accenture, Ernst & Young and Interleaf, he started Softscape in 1995 and helped over 4.1 million workers in over 300 Global 2000 companies across 156 countries be more successful at performing their jobs while contributing to bottom-line results called Human Capital Management. Softscape employed 250 people with offices in the US, UK, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and was sold in 2010. He is credited with inventing Integrated Talent Management, a global multi-billion-dollar market.

Dave is a frequent lecturer at Northeastern University and business mentor for Grupo Guayacán, Piloto151 and Parallel18 and contributing instructor for the Udemy Act20/22 course, Zero Taxes Earning Money from Tropical Beach in Puerto Rico!

He oversees the WatkinsValls Family Foundation that provides financial support to organizations engaged in scientific research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all types of cancer, educational programs, and scholarship programs.

Mr. Watkins received a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Personal Life

Dave and his wife Lilly have four children, David, Jonathan, Matthew and Emelie and lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico. David is a senior at Columbia University and Jonathan is a freshman at St. Michael’s College.

Dr. Scott Brown
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Major State University Finance Professor, Investments Expert

"There is no one like you that I know of who is this transparent, that is what makes your service and education so valuable. Please keep on." -L.B. A Washington State Stock Investor

Dr. Scott Brown and “Intelligent Investing” — helping you get the most out of your hard earned investment capital.

As an investor, I have spent over 35 years reading anecdotal accounts of the greatest investors and traders in history. My net worth has grown dramatically by applying the distilled wisdom of past giants.

I have researched and tested what works in the world’s most challenging capital markets — and I teach you every trick I know in my Udemy courses!

>>>Learn from leading financial experts!

>>> How about discovering how I have tripled family member’s accounts in six years with simple stock picks?

>>> Want to master set and forget limit stop loss tactics for sound sleep?

>>> Does Forexinterest you?

>>>Is your employer sponsored 401(k) plan optimized?

>>>Do you know the fastest rising highest dividend yielding common stock shares in the market today?

>>> High roller? How would you like to know how to dramatically lever your savings with deep-in-the-money call options?

Enrollin my Udemy courses — you can prosper from all of this — plus much, much more now!

(In the last six years we have exploded our net worth and are absolutely debt free, we live a semi-retired Caribbeanlifestyle in atriple gatedupscale planned community from a spacious low maintenance condo looking down on our tropical beach paradise below).

My Curriculum Vitae:

Investment Writing and Speaking:

I am an internationalspeaker oninvestments. In 2010 I gave a series of lectures onboard Brilliance of the Seas as a guest speaker on their Mediterranean cruise. Financial topics are normally forbidden for cruise speakers. But with me they make an exception because of my financial pedigree.

On day 6 the topic I discussed was “Free and Clear: Secrets of Safely Investing in Real Estate!“ The day 7 topic was “Investment Style and Category: How the Stock Market Really Works!” Then on day 8 I spoke about “The 20% Solution: How to Survive and Thrive Financially in any Market!” The final talk on day 11 was “Value Investing for Dummies: When Dumb Money is Smart!

Gina Verteouris is the Cruise Programs Administrator of the Brilliance of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Regarding my on-board teachings she writes on June 19th, “You have really gone above and beyond expectations with your lectures and we have received many positive comments from our Guests.”

I sponsored and organized an investing conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2011 under my Wallet Doctor brand. This intimate conference was attended by 14 paying attendees.

As such many strides were made in financial education that week. For instance I met a woman who is a retired engineer from the Reno, Nevada area.

She made a fortune on deep in the money calls during the bull markets of the 90s.

This humble and retired engineer inspired me to look more seriously at deep in the money calls with far expiration. She also gave me an important clue regarding trading volume.

Her call option and volume insights have been confirmed in the Journal of Finance.

In 2012 I gave a workshop at the FreedomFest Global Financial Summit on stock investing at the Atlantis Bahamas Resort. I was also a panelist on a discussion of capital markets.

My course “How to Build a Million Dollar Portfolio from Scratch" at the Oxford Club is an international bestseller. In 2014 I co-authored “Tax Advantaged Wealth” with leading IRS expert Jack Cohen, CPA. This was the crown jewel of the Oxford Club Wealth Survival Summit.

I have been a regular speaker at the Investment U Conferences.

In 2012 I gave a workshop entitled “How to Increase Oxford Club Newsletter Returns by 10 Fold!” The conference was held at the Grand Del Mar Resort in San Diego, California. This resort destination is rated #1 on TripAdvisor.

In 2013 I spoke at the Oxford Club’s Investment U Conference in San Diego California. The talk was entitled “The Best Buy Signal in 103 Years!” Later in the summer I spoke at the Oxford Club Private Wealth Conference at the Ojai Valley Inn.

This was at the same time that Jimmy Kimmel married Molly McNearney in the posh California celebrity resort. It was fun to watch some of the celebrities who lingered.

I also operate a live weekly investment mentorship subscription service under the Bullet-Proof brand every Monday night by GoToWebinar.

Academic Research:

I am an associate professor of finance of the AACSB Accredited Graduate School of Business at the University of Puerto Rico. My research appears in some of the most prestigious academic journals in the field of investments including the Journal of Financial Research and Financial Management. This work is highly regarded on both Main Street and Wall Street. My research on investment newsletter returns was considered so important to investors that it was featured in the CFA Digest.

The Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)is the most prestigious practitioner credential in investments on Wall Street.

Prestigious finance professor Bill Christie of the Owen School of Business of Vanderbilt University and then editor of Financial Management felt that our study was valuable to financial society. We showed that the average investment newsletter is not worth the cost of subscription.

I am the lead researcher on the Puerto Rico Act 20 and 22 job impact study. This was signed between DDEC secretary Alberto Bacó and Chancellor Severino of the University of Puerto Rico.

(See Brown, S., Cao-Alvira, J. & Powers, E. (2013). Do Investment Newsletters Move Markets? Financial Management, Vol. XXXXII, (2), 315-338. And see Brown, S., Powers, E., & Koch, T. (2009). Slippage and the Choice of Market or Limit orders in Futures Trading. Journal of Financial Research, Vol. XXXII (3), 305-309)

Graduate Degrees:

I hold a Ph.D. in Finance from the AACSB Accredited Darla Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina. My dissertation on futures market slippage was sponsored by The Chicago Board of Trade. Eric Powers, Tim Koch, and Glenn Harrison composed my dissertation committee. Professor Powers holds his Ph.D. in finance from the Sloan School of Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. Eric is a leading researcher in corporate finance and is a thought leader in spin offs and carve outs.

Dr. Harrison is the C.V. Starr economics professor at the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University.

He holds his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Glenn is a thought leader in experimental economics and is the director of the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk.

Tim Koch is a professor of banking. Dr. Koch holds his Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University and is a major influence in the industry.

My dissertation proved that under normal conditions traders and investors are better off entering on market while protectingwith stop limit orders. The subsequent article was published in the prestigious Journal of Financial Research now domiciled at Texas Tech University — a leading research institution.

I earned a masters in international financial management from the Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Business. Thunderbird consistently ranks as the #1 international business school in the U.S. News & World Report, and BloombergBusinessWeek.

Academic Conferences:

I spoke at the 2010 annual conference of the International Association of Business and Economics (IABE) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The research presented facts regarding price changes as orders flow increases in the stock market by advisory services.

I spoke at the 2010 Financial Management Association [FMA] annual conference in New York on investment newsletters. The paper was later published in the prestigious journal “Financial Management.”

I presented an important study named “Do Investment Newsletters Move Markets?” at the XLVI Annual Meeting of the Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración (CLADEA) in 2011 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The year before that I presented my futures slippage research at a major renewable energy conference in Ubatuba, Brazil.

I spoke at the Clute International Conferences in 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The research dealt with the price impact of newsletter recommendations in the stock market.

I presented a working paper entitled “The Life Cycle of Make-whole Call Provisions” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Southern Finance Association in Fajardo, Puerto Rico in session B.2 Debt Issues chaired by Professor LeRoy D. Brooks of John Carroll University. Luis Garcia-Feijoo of Florida Atlantic University was the discussant. I chaired the session entitled “Credit And Default Risk: Origins And Resolution.” Then I was the discussant for research entitled "NPL Resolution: Bank-Level Evidence From A Low Income Country" by finance professor Lucy Chernykh of Clemson University and Abu S Amin of Sacred Heart University and Mahmood Osman Imam of the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

That same year I presented the same study to the Annual Meeting of the Financial Management Association in Chicago, Illinois. I did so in session 183 – Topics in Mergers and Acquisitions chaired by James Conover of the University of North Texas with Teresa Conover as discussant. I chaired session 075 – Financial Crisis: Bank Debt Issuance and Fund Allocation. Then I was the discussant for TARP Funds Distribution: Evidence from Bank Internal Capital Markets by Elisabeta Pana of Illinois Wesleyan University and Tarun Mukherjee of the University of New Orleans.

Academic Service:

I am a member of the MBA Curriculum Review Committee, the MBA Admissions Committee, The Doctoral Finance Admissions Committee, the Graduate School Personnel Committee, and the Doctoral Program Committee of the School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico.

Financial Journalism:

I am the editor of Momentum Investor Magazine. I co-founded the magazine with publisher Daniel Hall, J.D. We have published three issues so far. Momentum Investor Magazine allows me to interview very important people in the finance industry. I interview sub director Suarez of the DDEC responsible for the assignment of Puerto Rico act 20 and 22 licenses for corporate and portfolio tax reduction in the third edition. Then I interview renowned value investor Mohnish Prabia in the upcoming fourth edition — to be made available via Udemy. Valuable stock market information will be taught throughout.


In October of 2010 I arranged for the donation to The Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico of $67,248 worth of financial software to the department that has been used in different courses. This was graciously awarded by Gecko Software.

I have guided thousands of investors to superior returns. I very much look forward to mentoring you as to managing your investments to your optima! –Scott

Dr. Scott Brown, Associate Professor of Finance of the AACSB Accredited Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico.

Daniel Hall
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7-Figure Publisher

Daniel Hall is an author, speaker, consultant, coach, lawyer (JD from Texas Tech University), nurse (BSN from University of Texas at El Paso)and sometimes blogger. He is also the creator of the popular “Real Fast" training programs designed to help authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, trainers, Internet marketers and entrepreneurs effectively grow their businesses faster and profit more effortlessly.

Daniel's first product was the super-successful and very popular Speak on Cruise Ships program which is designed to help speakers trade their public speaking talents on luxury cruise ships worldwide. Now Daniel conducts special “self-selecting" auditions to help speakers determine whether the cruise speaker opportunity is right for them or not.

Daniel had learned so much about writing, publishing and marketing in the launching and growing of “Speak on Cruise Ships" as well as many other books that he began to develop other products based on his new skill sets. For example, his next super-successful product was Real Fast Book which teaches folks how to write, publish and profit from a book real fast. In fact, you can learn his number one secret for fast book writing free by clicking here.

Thereafter, he created a number of other products under the “Real Fast" brand including – Real Fast Book Marketing (with John Kremer), Real Fast Book Distribution (with Elaine Wilkes), Real Fast Affiliate Profits, Real Fast Webinars (with Tom Antion), Real Fast DVD (with Mike Stewart) and Real Fast Traffic Plan.

Along the way Daniel has kept a very active speaking schedule sharing the stage with folks like Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Tom Antion, Barbara DeAngelis and many others at events all over the country. He has also continued to speak internationally as an enrichment speaker for Celebrity Cruise Lines “Beyond the Podium" program and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines enrichment program.