July 19, 2016

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Ask Yourself the Big Questions

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“What’s my purpose in life?”  “What do I want to be when I grow up?” I used to think these were THE big questions.  The big questions, the ones to be pursuing about career and work. Knowing my life purpose or even what I want to do 10 years from now can help set a […]

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July 5, 2016

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The “Work” of Changing Work

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For over 20 years, I kept an anonymous quote clipped from a magazine on my computer monitor as a reminder to myself: It’s one thing to have vision. It’s another thing to make it happen.   Like most Americans I have had my challenges figuring out what I’m called to do in the world of […]

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June 21, 2016

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“Where for art thou, my self-confidence?” she cries.

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Many of the people I talk to about career direction feel they lack the confidence to fully explore their options. They express being overwhelmed by second-guessing, self-doubt, perfectionism and the inability to take action when deemed necessary. Women, in particular, describe discomfort while trying to outline paths beyond what they already know. It seems a […]

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June 7, 2016

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Small Steps Toward a Career Change

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Ever wonder what it would be like to spend your work week doing things you truly enjoy? If so, you’re in good company. In the U.S., 53% of people aren’t happy with their current job.  We’ve heard success stories of people who quit their day job and found something more rewarding. Maybe they went back […]

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May 24, 2016

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Mantra to Overcome Procrastination

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What do the Harvard Business Review and the Navy Seals have in common? A piece of advice for overcoming one of the biggest, insidious blockages to work search and other of life’s onerous tasks. “You don’t have to like it, you just need to do it.” There, I said it. So did Heidi Halvorson in […]

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May 9, 2016

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Sudden and Unexpected Job Loss

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At some point in your career you may experience sudden and unexpected job loss. You may feel overwhelmed with anger, shock, fear, betrayal, numbness and fatigue, or all of these in the span of a minute. Your heart may hurt. These are all common emotions. Even when your job loss is expected or in some […]

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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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