April 22, 2016

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Being a Career Coach Is Just Like Selling Pantyhose

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My first job was in retail, at a large department store.  I hoped to get placed in a department I would enjoy, or at least know something about.  I didn’t.  I was assigned to hosiery.  Disappointed, I accepted the job, needing work experience and the money. I avoided pantyhose like the plague up until this […]

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March 30, 2016

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The Promise (and Peril) of Career Tests

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a test or two and find your best job fit? Frequently I hear from clients the fervent hope that one or more career tests will point the way to a dream job, or at least one for which they are best-suited. Thinking like this leads to over-rating test results, […]

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March 16, 2016

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Jack of All Trades: How to Find Greater Career Satisfaction

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Is finding satisfying work challenging because you want to pursue many different careers? Are you concerned about having too many professional and personal interests and stressed about potentially not acting on all of them? Do you dread not using your full potential within your lifetime? If these statements describe you well, you may be a […]

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March 2, 2016

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Leaping Over Your Barrier to Networking

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[Picture a teen in a white tee soaring high above blocks of taxis, hood to hood, an ocean of traffic, on his skateboard in New York City. (Painted on The New Yorker’s cover August 3, 2015.)] Now, entertain the notion that your imagined, personal and professional networking options often fall into scenarios about the “correct, […]

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February 2, 2016

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Practicality and Possibility

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“I’m saving up for when I have a low-paying job that I love.” Just one of the many things people say when contemplating having work they are passionate about.  I have mixed feelings about this frame of mind. On one hand, saving up to do what you love is a great thing – it’s a […]

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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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