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’thelp […]

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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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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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