September 20, 2016

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“How may I help?” Focus your call to service by creating work from inner meaning

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Many people I talk with want careers helping others, but don’t know what to do exactly. It’s a frustrating puzzle; the desire is there without a clear focus. There may even be deep angst over a lost sense of meaning in life that will only be restored if one’s cause is revealed. Whether you have […]

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September 9, 2016

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Criminal and Career Recidivism

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Are you a career recidivist? Do you sometimes feel like you’ve returned to searching for work too many times? More times than is necessary? You may be right and the solution doesn’t lie in better networking or reworking your resume for the 34th time. It has to do with your professional identity…..or lack of it. […]

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August 24, 2016

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Body Language Tips for Better Work Communication

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While at work, job hunting, or interviewing for a position, you probably give a lot of thought to what you say and wear. These are important to think about and prepare for. However, what may be even more important is what you are communicating non-verbally through your body language. In fact, a widely-cited study found […]

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August 9, 2016

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Job Search Work Teams

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Have you ever had to look for a job? Many of you have and some of you may be searching for the first time. Most people don’t have work just handed to them on a silver platter, even with a strong network. Job seeking can be an isolating endeavor, especially if you are not actively […]

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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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