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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May 29, 2018

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Let Go to Move Forward

Most of us have been there – in a job we hate but can’t quit. All too often it is the catch 22 of not being able to leave a job until you have another one, yet not being able to muster the energy or confidence to take on a search. It can feel like […]

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May 15, 2018

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Work, Life, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Telling ourselves stories is how we make sense of the world — we all do it, all the time. It’s as if our minds are on automatic story-making-up and re-telling mode. Whether it is some variation of your own history that ends in “things generally work out for me,” or “I don’t have enough time,” […]

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April 17, 2018

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Job Spotlight: Career Counselor

Do you have an absolute love of humanity and the sometimes messy work of career and personal development? Do you worry about people conducting fruitless job searches?  Does it keep you up at night? Would you rather teach people how to fish than give them a fish? These are a few of the requirements needed […]

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April 3, 2018

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The Job Search Void

It’s the time in your career transition between “getting clear about your direction” and “landing a job.” The void is when you’re typically sending out resumes, applying for jobs, trying to land interviews by connecting with your network, or interviewing—all without landing a job offer. It’s when you’re trying to get noticed but no one’s […]

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March 20, 2018

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Thinking in Opposites for Social Innovation

Photo used with permission Thinking in opposites for social innovation was the theme of this years’ Elevating Impact Summit 2018 presented by Impact Entrepreneurs, an initiative of Portland State University’s School of Business.  Now an annual event, the conference highlights new approaches to solving social, environmental and economic issues  across sectors.  The 2018 Summit challenged […]

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March 6, 2018

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Making Space in Difficult Times

  When there have been troubling situations at work (a Performance Improvement Plan, harassment, layoffs), it can be hard to find a neutral place from which to make decisions. Should you quit? Should you stick it out? Often there is a pull to take action to get the pain of the situation to stop.   While […]

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February 20, 2018

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Navigating Performance Improvement Plans with Confidence

Amy didn’t see it coming – first a warning in the fall from her boss about communication issues, then this winter, a full-fledged Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) was pushed across the table to her. While the plan offered specifics for improvement, it also carried the threat that, “Failure to meet or exceed these expectations may […]

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February 6, 2018

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Three Things to Consider Before Starting Your Own Business

As you dive deeper into your job search, you may consider going out on your own. You are not alone. It is expected that within the next decade more than 50% of U.S. workers will be freelancers or self-employed. You may be ready to join this army of freelancers, but before taking the leap, there […]

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January 9, 2018

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Why College?

This blog is primarily addressed to anyone unsure of the value of a college degree or who knows someone struggling with the decision to go to college. The following points may also apply to those weighing the time and investment in graduate or continuing education. A college education can be expensive, though there are ways […]

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