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Aly is a creative organizational and career consultant with over extensive experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, high technology, manufacturing and non-profit. In her work with career clients, Aly is passionate about brand identity including the resume and what makes people unique in the world of work. Through experience in the outplacement industry, Aly has worked with individuals in career transition for over fifteen years. She has also taught career development classes for Marylhurst University and is a past adjunct instructor for Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and Clark College. Aly delivers training and coaching in a variety of settings including classroom, one-on-one and online. A native Oregonian, Aly is well traveled and has trained and consulted nationally. Strong analytical and problem solving skills allow her to quickly identify problems and suggest approaches for solving those problems using best practices. She holds a Ed.M in Adult Education from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Social Work from Portland State University.

Career Transition Best Practices

February 6, 2017

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There are best practices that come up over and over when you are preparing for or making a career change. One of the first things is assessing your strengths, transferable skills, traits, accomplishments and ideal work preferences.  The results can provide language you can use to market and brand yourself.  This includes the resume career summary […]

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The Importance of Remaining Connected to your Network

November 3, 2016

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This morning I woke up thinking of Dr. Frank Wesley, my former Psychology Professor at Portland State. He was an avid beekeeper and one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had. Not so much because of what he said or the questions he asked of us, but because of his gentle and kind way. […]

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Job Search Work Teams

August 9, 2016

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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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Sudden and Unexpected Job Loss

May 9, 2016

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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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Career Fit: Organizational Culture

January 19, 2016

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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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Ponder. Ruminate. Reflect. Process. Contemplate. Muse.

November 10, 2015

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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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Interview Questions to Ask

April 29, 2015

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Clients, colleagues and friends often ask me what questions to ask in an interview. There are standard questions like: Why is there an opening? What does the new employee need to accomplish during the first 3 to 6 months on the job? What are some of the challenges facing the person in this position? Asking […]

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The Top Five Common Resume Mistakes

January 20, 2015

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

October 13, 2014

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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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Is Virtual Career Counseling Right for You?

June 26, 2014

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What comes to mind when you think of virtual career counseling? If you are like me, I imagine a robotic figure programmed to spit out generic answers to my questions. Or a cardboard cutout of a career counselor who, by the silent nature of being an inanimate object, requires me to discover my own answers […]

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