September 1, 2015

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On Not Letting Work Pre-Occupy Our Lives

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How many of you who read the newspaper — be ready to symbolically raise your hand — read the obituaries? Hand-raisers don’t worry, you’re actually in good company, as over half of newspaper readers do. I do, and for me, these abbreviated biographies, the time and place of a person’s beginnings, their educational and career […]

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August 18, 2015

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What’s Missing? Find Your Link to Career Satisfaction

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Would you like to have a job that fits? We spend so much time there. How can you afford to waste it on non-fulfilling experiences, let alone those that dull or even damage your sense of self and what’s possible in life? Human beings want to feel effective, useful to others in some way; it’s […]

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August 5, 2015

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

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In Part One, I gave three pointers on improving job interview performance. Below are three additional tips focusing specifically on confidence-building. Are you ready to rock your upcoming interviews? There’s even an undercover strategy for getting beyond that “pink slip” of rejection. Let’s get started. Change Your Story It may be obvious, but the more confident […]

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July 21, 2015

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Filling the Well

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Imagine drawing your energy for your work life as if you were drawing water from a well.  You lower the bucket and pull up the fresh, clean water you need each day to feel sustained through the ups and downs. When your work is fulfilling, the well can feel like it is practically overflowing!  No […]

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July 8, 2015

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Two More Success Stories and Two Life-Changing Questions

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In March I shared three real-life stories that reflected internal shifts, as well as outward changes, that enabled these clients to become unstuck in their careers and their lives. Even if you don’t share these same circumstances, perhaps the stories will help you take steps to invest your future with a little help from an […]

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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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