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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).

Work, Life, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

May 15, 2018

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Telling ourselves stories is how we make sense of the world — we all do it, all the time. It’s as if our minds are on automatic story-making-up and re-telling mode. Whether it is some variation of your own history that ends in “things generally work out for me,” or “I don’t have enough time,” […]

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Navigating Performance Improvement Plans with Confidence

February 20, 2018

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Amy didn’t see it coming – first a warning in the fall from her boss about communication issues, then this winter, a full-fledged Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) was pushed across the table to her. While the plan offered specifics for improvement, it also carried the threat that, “Failure to meet or exceed these expectations may […]

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Three Proven Ways to Stick to Your Goals

November 28, 2017

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If you are anything like me, you’re already thinking about the year ahead. How will it be different than the one we just finished? What might be possible? What do I want to accomplish? Now is a great time to start goal setting for 2018!  Goals can be relatively easy to set and difficult to […]

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Stuck Finding First Job or Next Job?

September 19, 2017

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As job security becomes more and more elusive, many jobholders have learned to constantly be on the lookout for training programs to help keep abreast of tech changes. Two groups of millennial jobseekers that I often see languishing in the current job market could benefit similarly from such skills upgrading. One group are early to […]

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Multiple Identities a Sane Approach to Career Choice

June 27, 2017

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Are you troubled by the timeworn question – What do you want to be when you grow up? A surprising number of my clients have a history of wrestling with this question. While asked innocently of children with the openness that you could be or do anything, our culture ups the ante for a single […]

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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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