May 24, 2016


Mantra to Overcome Procrastination


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


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


Being a Career Coach Is Just Like Selling Pantyhose


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


Jack of All Trades: How to Find Greater Career Satisfaction


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


Leaping Over Your Barrier to Networking


[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


Practicality and Possibility


“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


Career Fit: Organizational Culture


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


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


Explore Meaningful Work


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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