June 23, 2015

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From Pink Slip to Red Slip: Improving Performance during Job Interviews Part I

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Before going into a job interview, it is natural to feel somewhat anxious. This is completely normal and it is ok to accept the fact that you will have some level of discomfort. The trick is to reduce anxiety to a level that allows you to perform well enough under pressure. Get Excited! Performance anxiety […]

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June 9, 2015

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Why Not Join a Professional Association Now?

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Are you in work search mode now? You’re probably trying to save money, so you don’t join. Just landed a job? You tell yourself you’re too busy, so you probably don’t join. Mid-career professional? You’ve seen too many professional newbies at those meetings, so you’re reluctant to join. These are all the ways you talk […]

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May 26, 2015

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Are You Career Savvy? What Career Counselors Advise

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Perhaps you can relate to clients who have reached out to me after a job loss or extended search feeling as if they were caught unawares and with very little in the way of preparation. Or, if you’re currently employed, how well are you prepared for a sudden merger, department downsizing or an increasingly-aggravating boss […]

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May 12, 2015

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The Myth of the Big Thing (Notes from the field)

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Shortly after I began career counseling, with the intent of helping people create a deeper, more satisfying direction in their work lives, I noticed a pattern. My clients were not expecting the need for anything beyond a bit of career testing, my expert advise and a new resume. The need for a transition process had […]

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April 29, 2015

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Interview Questions to Ask

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Clients, colleagues and friends often ask me what questions to ask in an interview. There are standard questions like: Why is there an opening? What does the new employee need to accomplish during the first 3 to 6 months on the job? What are some of the challenges facing the person in this position? Asking […]

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April 13, 2015

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The Tap Dancing Monkey (When You’re Trying Too Hard)

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Perhaps you know the feeling – you have targeted an employer you really want to work for and are trying to get in the door.  You’ve set up informational interviews, sent in formal applications, tailored and re-tailored resumes, attended networking events, spent time volunteering – you have tried it all and it is just not […]

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March 16, 2015

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How Do You Choose to Persevere with Life’s Obstacles?

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“If all else fails, perseverance prevails.” This anonymous quote is important to keep in mind, especially those days when you’ve had yet another interview turndown or your job search is not going as you had hoped. We often default to feeling failure, no doubt because our society is especially unforgiving and judgmental when it comes […]

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March 2, 2015

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Three Stories of Hope: It Could Happen to You

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Following up Dave Gallison’s excellent post You Gotta Have Hope, we are offering a two part series of actual success stories from our clients, with changes to guard confidentiality. If you are feeling discouraged about your career transition, may these true stories help you take heart. Margaret – a success story by Anne Bryant, MA, […]

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February 17, 2015

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You Gotta Have Hope

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Consider: In terms of your life and particularly your career, are you a person who tends to be hopeful about your future? Or do you tend more towards despair that things will not improve, no matter what you believe or do? Stay with me here—this is more than pop psychology. In my career counseling practice, […]

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February 2, 2015

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Retirement Stories

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“What are you going to do all day?” was a common question asked of retired friends and colleagues that I interviewed recently about their personal, emotional or psychological approach to retirement. Their answers to the question fit rather neatly into career theorist and author William Bridges’ model of transition. According to Bridges in his book, […]

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