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Dave Gallison, MS, LPC favors an action-oriented approach to career management that puts you in control of your future. Together we will identify your unique needs, strengths, and career alternatives, then develop a plan that gives you the tools and confidence to achieve the greater work and life satisfaction you know is possible. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dave considers the whole person, not just your career. His approach and experience can assist you with any personal growth and relationship issues that may hold back career fulfillment. For an estimate of how long career counseling might take, it depends on what you want to accomplish, how much time and energy you can devote to homework between sessions, and how big the leap is between your present situation and your new career. Generally, •Single career issue: 2- 4 meetings (e.g. résumé upgrade, interview prep) •Job change: 5-8 meetings •Career choice/change: 6-12 meetings Dave has over fifteen years experience in career counseling, job search consulting, and executive coaching and works with all ages from college to retirement. His unique strength as a career counselor is preparing you for informational interviews and directly assisting you in gaining access to employed contacts within desired organizations. Dave’s private career counseling practice is complemented by experience with sizable organizations. He has directed a university career center, provided outplacement services for large employers like US Bank, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola, and managed a private vocational rehabilitation office. He has also held director-level positions in non-profit social services, higher education, healthcare administration, and worked as a provider in behavioral health. Dave attained a Masters Degree from the University of Oregon with a combined emphasis in Counseling, Psychology & Health Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, Oregon #CO697).

Have Trouble Being Productive in Job Search?

April 4, 2017

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Do you have trouble being productive in job search and feeling like you are getting anywhere? Working full-time and finding time to fit in search activities is one thing. But when you have lost your job, it can seem like your routine and sense of productivity are going nowhere fast. Adopt a new structure. One […]

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Networking Plus, Part II

December 30, 2016

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In Part I, the essential task of networking was newly defined as engaging in a dance of reciprocity.  The person with whom you are conducting the informational interview gives you ideas, leads, and connections. In turn, reciprocity requires that you offer them something in return. So what do you have to offer?  According to The Heart […]

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Taking it a Step Further: Networking Plus, Part I

October 4, 2016

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When people seek out career counseling, they are often looking to choose, change or advance their careers. Networking is key to this, especially with people who are currently employed in their area of interest. However, to succeed in maximizing networking contacts requires something of them—they have to learn to change their approach and search tactics. […]

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The “Work” of Changing Work

July 5, 2016

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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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The Promise (and Peril) of Career Tests

March 30, 2016

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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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Integrating Career Dreams to Lead the Life You Want

November 24, 2015

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Do you find yourself saying, “I’ve never known what I really wanted to do” or “Is there some test that will tell me what I am best suited for?”  I hear these comments all too often from clients whose current work seems mediocre or worse, meaningless, and they desperately hope I can help them find […]

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On Not Letting Work Pre-Occupy Our Lives

September 1, 2015

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How many of you who read the newspaper — be ready to symbolically raise your hand — read the obituaries? Hand-raisers don’t worry, you’re actually in good company, as over half of newspaper readers do. I do, and for me, these abbreviated biographies, the time and place of a person’s beginnings, their educational and career […]

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Are You Career Savvy? What Career Counselors Advise

May 26, 2015

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Perhaps you can relate to clients who have reached out to me after a job loss or extended search feeling as if they were caught unawares and with very little in the way of preparation. Or, if you’re currently employed, how well are you prepared for a sudden merger, department downsizing or an increasingly-aggravating boss […]

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You Gotta Have Hope

February 17, 2015

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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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Getting Past “No” in Job Search

November 10, 2014

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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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