About the Authors

Fred Coon

Fred Coon is founder, CEO and President of Stewart, Cooper & Coon. He started SC&C as an Executive Search firm and grew the company into five divisions. In that process he has advised thousands of executives on their job search campaigns. Fred is quoted in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Success Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other major national publications, and appears on affiliate stations of ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on the job and employment market. His SC&C online article and podcast series, Workplace-Strategies, has over 5,000 monthly subscribers worldwide.

Fred was on the senior team of two different companies, in two different industries, achieving multiple listings in Inc. Magazine’s top 500 fastest growing companies in America. One of those companies, Certified Collateral Corporation, was in the top 100 fastest growing companies in the United States. CCC was number 31 on the 1986 Inc. Magazine 100 List and number 54 on the 1987 Inc. Magazine 100 List, as well as first in
profitability among all the listed companies in both years.

He is a Licensed Employment Agent, a Nationally Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, a Behavioral Consultant and a Certified Disc Administrator. Mr. Coon is a member of the Arizona Technology Council – Policy Advisory Committee, the Workforce Business Intelligence Board, and The Forbes Coaching Council. He is a founding member of The Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers. This is a collaboration of companies focused on maximizing career opportunities for all service members, veterans and their family members statewide. The corporate council works in
partnership with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families and other key stakeholders in support of the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment.

He is author of two best-selling career books, Ready Aim Hired, and Leveraging LinkedIn For Job Search Success. At this writing his first edition of Leveraging LinkedIn has over 49,000 copies in the marketplace. Mr. Coon is a contributing author to the book, Business Model You, by Tim Clark, which is currently printed in seven languages. His latest book, Hire The EQ, Not The IQ, was released in 2018. This book focuses on hiring the right “fit” for any given job using behavioral interviewing tactics that he and his co-author, Ron Venckus, spent 10 years researching and developing behavioral questions that will help managers hire the right fit for any Concurrently, he is authoring a military transition book specifically directed at anyone leaving the Armed Forces who would like to better understand how to make a personally meaningful and financially
rewarding transition.

He loves to conduct workshops that train the career teams at universities and help them to better position their students on securing meaningful jobs in today’s marketplace. He also visits military bases around the U.S. and conducts hand-on workshops with senior military leaders to assist them with their transition from the military to the civilian sector of America’s job force.

On a personal note, he is also a well-known 5-string Appalachian claw-hammer style banjo player with concert performances in Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, and throughout the United States, with media appearances on local, regional, and international radio and television programs, both in the U.S. and overseas, for over five decades.

Andrew Ko

Andrew is an executive recruiter and executive career coach. He is a credentialed Global Career Development Facilitator. He also has a certification in Training Gamification as well as holds certifications from Dale Carnegie Training and a certificate in Emotional Intelligence. He has experience leading career development, training and development, outplacement, and leadership development. Andrew pulls back the curtain on job search with his clients and helps them land their next job faster. Andrew’s professional background includes over 10 years with a Fortune 500 company and he leverages this corporate experience to better serve his clients.

Andrew also has a background working with the military veteran community and has been awarded for his work with a well-known and respected non-profit  focused on working with veterans to help them find employment. He is credited for creating and developing a career development training program to better serve their veteran clients.

He is a member of the Association of Talent Development and a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals where he has been a primary presenter for several of their national conventions on subjects such as Career Development and LinkedIn.

Andrew is also a published artist. When not working in recruiting and career development he enjoys art and has sold his artwork in several solo exhibits around Los Angeles. He also has several certifications in search and rescue and has spent four years on a volunteer search and rescue team and enjoys hiking.

Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart contributed to this book, not only in the narrative, but also was responsible for the accompanying 13 webinars that support the book. She has been in the ‘people’ field for more than 20 years. Her background combines personal branding and corporate human resources expertise plus best-in-class certifications. Her clients benefit by maximizing their strengths, understanding their unique value, and attracting the opportunities they deserve throughout their careers.

Kelly began to use LinkedIn in its infancy in 2007. At that time, the tool had only 10M users. Kelly understood the value of LinkedIn as the new ‘professional’ Rolodex. She created classes and began teaching LinkedIn to outplacement audiences and other groups in 2008 and has since been a ‘power user’ of this networking imperative.

Currently, there are over 570M (Q3, 2018) users worldwide, and it is the #1 resource for online professional networking. Kelly has worked with thousands of professionals to authentically establish their online presence and teach them to utilize LinkedIn as a vital carrier of their value-proposition and branding message. Kelly began to use LinkedIn in its infancy in 2007. At that time, the tool had only 10M users. Kelly understood the value of LinkedIn as the new ‘professional’ Rolodex. She created classes and began teaching LinkedIn to outplacement audiences and other groups in 2008 and has since been a ‘power user’ of this networking imperative. Currently, there are over 570M (Q3, 2018) users worldwide, and it is the #1 resource for online professional networking. Kelly has
worked with thousands of professionals to authentically establish their online presence and teach them to utilize LinkedIn as a vital career development tool.

Kelly’s career encompasses more than 14 years of success in Human Resources for Fortune 500 firms. She possesses core competencies in coaching, recruiting, talent management, leadership development, employer branding, and as an HR Business Partner. In 2008, Kelly leveraged this rich foundational experience by launched her own firm. She is known for applying personal branding techniques in coaching career successes and developing impressive branded career-marketing materials.

She holds an MA, Human Resource Management, and a BA in Communications and English. Her certifications include: Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Associate Certified Coach, (ACC), Leadership and Talent Management Coach, (CLTMC), Career Coach (CCMC), Certified Personal Brand, Strategist (CPBS), Online Identity Strategist (COIS), and as a professional résumé writer (CPRW).