January 16, 2019

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Achieve Your 2019 Career Goals: Make A LOT of Mistakes

Seems like more and more of us are foregoing New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s because we’ve learned that resolutions, however well-intended, aren’t easy to sustain once the freshness of the new year has worn off. Or perhaps we’ve discovered that setting bite-sized goals is more effective when most of us have something we’d like to […]

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December 11, 2018

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Four Things You Can Do When Your Job is Going Well

The words "Four things you can do when your job is going well" and four icons: a pencil and paper, shaking hands, a mountain with a flag on it, and a book.

Even when your job is going well – you feel engaged, you can see opportunities for advancement, and you feel well compensated for your work – it’s important to perform what I call “ongoing career maintenance.” These are little things you can do to keep yourself primed and ready should you find yourself wanting a […]

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November 27, 2018

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We Don’t Arrive, We Grow

It’s common for any of us to become dissatisfied with work.   Whether we’re simply no longer happy or there is a longing for more meaning, it behooves us to address unhappiness at work and prevent it from spilling over to the rest of our lives. While work will never meet all our needs for personal […]

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November 16, 2018

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Skill Gaposis

Have you been diagnosed with Skill Gaposis? Hiring is moving at a fast pace in the United States. Employees looking for work have never had it so good.  There are seemingly endless opportunities everywhere, yet why is it that companies complain of skill gaps? In other words, for certain positions there is more demand for […]

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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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