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Aubrie is a Career Coach in her own private practice, Coaching for Clarity. She worked for Lee Hecht Harrison (an industry-leading talent development organization) for 4.5 years, and her career history spans corporate, non-profit and self employment, giving her a wide perspective on the world of work. Core to Aubrie’s approach is the belief that it is possible to have the work you want. The key lies in finding and genuinely communicating the foundational pieces you uniquely bring to the workplace. It’s always been with you. It will always be there. There’s a consistent confidence that comes from this knowledge. Overall, Aubrie is known for being highly inspirational and deeply practical, and loves bringing these qualities to sessions with groups and individuals. She has an unending curiosity about people and an innate capacity for supporting others in going after what brings them joy. Most of all, she is passionate about helping people of all ages and phases of life get the most out of their work life. Aubrie De Clerck, CPC Coaching for Clarity www.coachingforclarity.net aubrie@coachingforclarity.net 503-810-2907

Going to the Hardware Store for Milk

July 11, 2017

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One day many years ago, I was complaining about my work to a wise friend of mine.   I wanted the corporation I worked for to care more about people than profits.  “Why won’t they step up?”, I pondered in self-righteous irritation.   She replied with a very wise and simple comment – “It sounds like you are […]

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Preparing for a Successful Interview

April 18, 2017

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When I follow up with clients to see how an interview went, I often hear  – “I think it went well, but I’m not really sure!  I will know when I hear back from them.” Waiting to hear back from employers can cause a lot of anxiety, and while I’m a proponent of getting feedback […]

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On or Off?

January 11, 2017

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Frequently clients ask me if they should leave certain optional items off of their resume – community activities, work experience beyond 10 years and dates on education are just a few examples.  Usually there is a worry about being screened out based on assumptions recruiters or hiring mangers might make, sometimes around sensitive issues (age, ability, […]

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Know Your Career Phase

October 18, 2016

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“Wisdom consists in knowing one’s place in any given cycle, and what kinds of action (or restraint of action) are appropriate for that phase.” – Richard Heinberg  The natural world gives us good cues about cycles.  The change of seasons, tides and phases of the moon are among the reliable processes that our ancestors were […]

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Ask Yourself the Big Questions

July 19, 2016

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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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Being a Career Coach Is Just Like Selling Pantyhose

April 22, 2016

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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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Practicality and Possibility

February 2, 2016

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“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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Breaking the Decision Stalemate

October 13, 2015

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Have you ever felt stuck when making a tough career decision?  Some years ago I was in a tug of war between what I felt I should do and what I wanted to do.  It felt like  I was in a stalemate – what chess players call a situation where no viable move exists and, […]

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Filling the Well

July 21, 2015

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Imagine drawing your energy for your work life as if you were drawing water from a well.  You lower the bucket and pull up the fresh, clean water you need each day to feel sustained through the ups and downs. When your work is fulfilling, the well can feel like it is practically overflowing!  No […]

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The Tap Dancing Monkey (When You’re Trying Too Hard)

April 13, 2015

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Perhaps you know the feeling – you have targeted an employer you really want to work for and are trying to get in the door.  You’ve set up informational interviews, sent in formal applications, tailored and re-tailored resumes, attended networking events, spent time volunteering – you have tried it all and it is just not […]

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