February 2, 2016

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Practicality and Possibility

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I have a difficult time sorting out how I feel about this cartoon. On one hand, saving up to do what you love is a great thing – it’s a commitment to what you want! On another hand, it implies (and assumes) that if you are to have work you love, you won’t have enough […]

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January 19, 2016

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Career Fit: Organizational Culture

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Do you think about fit when you target companies you want to work for? When recruiters or HR professionals talk about it, they are talking about fit with the position, the team, and the culture. Organizational culture can include things like work\life balance or lack thereof, how people communicate internally and externally, how involved in […]

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January 4, 2016

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Harness the Mistakes You Survived

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Can I admit it? I made a mistake recently, didn’t you? Maybe it was a mistake of omission or commission. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you made it, survived it and can use it now. These mistakes are living proof that you can, and have, survived awkward, embarrassing or inappropriate moments. You’ll survive […]

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December 8, 2015

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Explore Meaningful Work

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Explore meaningful work to realize more of your potential and build a new way of living and working in community. My clients still struggle to support their search for meaningful work, which is becoming more and more openly desired in this country. Media references call us out to work with passion. Yet, we live in […]

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November 24, 2015

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Integrating Career Dreams to Lead the Life You Want

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Do you find yourself saying, “I’ve never known what I really wanted to do” or “Is there some test that will tell me what I am best suited for?”  I hear these comments all too often from clients whose current work seems mediocre or worse, meaningless, and they desperately hope I can help them find […]

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November 10, 2015

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Ponder. Ruminate. Reflect. Process. Contemplate. Muse.

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These are all words that mean a similar thing –  to think about carefully, to reflect. I find that fall is an excellent time to reflect, especially about career and livelihood. Driving to the coast today, the turning and falling leaves reminded me about letting go and change. At some point I will want to […]

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October 27, 2015

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Utilize PAR Statements to Enhance Your Resume’s Wow Factor

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Has this happened to you? Two resumes, one each from equally qualified applicants are submitted to the same posting but only one gets selected for an interview. Aren’t you dying to find out why one applicant did not get invited to interview? Job seekers frequently write most about their job duties. Although employers appreciate knowing […]

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October 13, 2015

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Breaking the Decision Stalemate

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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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September 29, 2015

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Work Hunting With a Gravity Slingshot

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Isn’t this the way career management is supposed to work? You launch a job search and you land a job, right? Only if you’re interested in spending your life finding one-job-in-a-row. Here’s the unfortunate reality that accompanies the conventional “wisdom” of the Launch and Land method. A great deal of time and effort is required […]

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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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