October 30, 2018

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Why I Love My Laundry Routine: The Marvels of Creating Structure, Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my blog on helping yourself succeed by creating a little structure. (see Part 1)  Whether you are conducting a job search, navigating a major life and career transition or striving for more life work balance, organizing around priorities makes all the difference. Find your own rhythm and style as […]

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October 16, 2018

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Both/And Thinking in Career Change

“I’d love to start my own business, but I can’t because I don’t have any capital.” “I’d love to change careers, but I can’t because it would take too long to get the necessary skills.” Have you ever noticed how considering the plusses and minuses of a big career change can sap the motivation to […]

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October 4, 2018

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Purple Squirrels and Unicorns Need Only Apply

I have a very witty and smart client who keeps me updated on his job search with subject lines such as “Unicorns” and “Purple Squirrel sighting.” I chuckled at both because I knew, without even opening the emails, what they were about. Unicorns and purple squirrels are what many job seekers feel like they are […]

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September 18, 2018

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Making Sense of Passion & Purpose in Career: My Story

 “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”   Mary Oliver Mary Oliver’s question calls us to wake up and live intentionally, connected to the natural world.  Arriving at this “plan for your one life” and living it to the fullest is paramount. Some would call that our inner sense […]

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September 4, 2018

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Why I Love My Laundry Routine: The Marvels of Creating Structure, Part 1

My clients often acknowledge a need for more structure but struggle to set it up.  They’re overwhelmed with the decisions that need to be made to keep a career exploration or job search process alive and feel they’re not making progress.  Priorities are hard to see. There’s a sense that time is slipping away and […]

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August 21, 2018

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Breaking the Decision Stalemate

Have you ever felt stuck when making a tough career decision?  Some years ago I was in a tug of war between what I felt I should do and what I wanted to do.  It felt like  I was in a stalemate – what chess players call a situation where no viable move exists and, […]

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August 7, 2018

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The Career Timeline

A tool for teasing out your lifelong themes While I was talking to a class of counseling students about my focus on career counseling, one student asked, “You said that your desire is to help heal the world; doesn’t your corporate background lead you to guide career counseling clients into corporate America where they wouldn’t help […]

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July 24, 2018

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How Ego Can Get in The Way of Your Career (and Life)

You’re Fired!  Career change often happens to people in an abrupt way—there is an event such as a termination or layoff.  The change event itself is momentary, usually lasting an hour to a day.  But it is the internal process of adjusting to change, dealing with shocked emotions, and managing our way forward—transition—that determines how […]

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July 12, 2018

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A Few Golden Rules of Career Transition

By Aly Anliker Here are seven of my recommended practices to follow when you find yourself in a job or career transition.  Keep your resume updated. This is important for a variety of reasons.  You never know when a great opportunity might come your way.  And you never know when your organization might restructure and […]

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June 12, 2018

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Needed: A Woman’s Voice in Workplace Relations

Menacing and toxic workplaces. We’re hearing a lot these days about some pretty harsh workplaces and the individuals, bosses and employees who build and maintain them. Most employment contracts guarantee basic civil rights and legal protections and imply our safety. Yet we’re reading about some of the worst violations ever; rape, sexual assault, and emotional […]

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