February 17, 2015

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You Gotta Have Hope

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Consider: In terms of your life and particularly your career, are you a person who tends to be hopeful about your future? Or do you tend more towards despair that things will not improve, no matter what you believe or do? Stay with me here—this is more than pop psychology. In my career counseling practice, […]

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February 2, 2015

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Retirement Stories

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“What are you going to do all day?” was a common question asked of retired friends and colleagues that I interviewed recently about their personal, emotional or psychological approach to retirement. Their answers to the question fit rather neatly into career theorist and author William Bridges’ model of transition. According to Bridges in his book, […]

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January 20, 2015

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The Top Five Common Resume Mistakes

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In my private practice I review resumes every day and every day I see the same mistakes being made. These mistakes may seem minor but they are easy to correct, once you know to look for them. These five mistakes are not in any particular order of importance, and are as follows: Including an Objective […]

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January 5, 2015

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Are You Drained, Sustained or Inspired At Work?

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There is great power in acknowledging where we are in the present moment of our work lives. When we can see and accept the reality of our situation, we can better identify our needs, make decisions about our next steps and appreciate what is going well. In the spirit of the New Year and reflection […]

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December 22, 2014

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Decreasing Work Stress Part II

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In Part I I gave three tips to decrease work stress: wake up on time, eat lunch, and learn to say “no”. Here are a few additional tips to help you achieve greater ease in your workday. 4. Take care of yourself physically and mentally. When stress at work interferes with your ability to perform well […]

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December 8, 2014

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Caught Between “Nervous Narcissist” and “Market Maniac”

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Perhaps you can relate to a recurring dilemma in the quest to construct a search for meaningful work. We find ourselves dealing with the feelings of being a “nervous narcissist” or a “market maniac”. These two characters are often having an argument in our head (and our subconscious) as we sit at our desk and […]

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November 24, 2014

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How to Pay for Your Education – Part 2 of Returning to School

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Part 1 explored how returning to school can help you advance in the work you already do or launch a new career. Part II will complete the planning cycle and address how to overcome external barriers, mainly financing the education expenses while supporting yourself/your family. Let’s say that you have already chosen an exciting new […]

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November 10, 2014

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Getting Past “No” in Job Search

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Application in – check.  Interview – check.  Offer – ‘No.’   Not getting the nod stuns and hurts, and when repeated, can be depressing.  All the build-up of how right you were for the job and the company, and how financially relieving that paycheck will be … comes crashing down with that abrupt two-letter word. […]

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October 26, 2014

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Collaborative Approach to Divorce Empowers Stay-at-Home Spouse Re-Entering the Workplace

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Increasingly in recent years, couples seeking an amicable divorce have chosen mediation as a way to avoid a nasty escalation into an expensive, attorney driven legal battle. This works for many families. However, anecdotal research shows that other folks still want more than a neutral mediator; an advocate in their corner. In a collaborative divorce, […]

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October 13, 2014

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Job Search Zen – Part One: Perspective for an Oftentimes Hard Journey

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  Take out a white piece of paper. Breathe. What are your gifts? What have you accomplished? What is the work of your hands? Place this on the paper. Breathe. This is the hardest thing. There is help if you are stuck. A counselor. Breathe. Send your paper into the cloud. Push and pull from […]

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