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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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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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Harness the Mistakes You Survived

January 4, 2016

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Can I admit it? I made a mistake recently, didn’t you? Maybe it was a mistake of omission or commission. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you made it, survived it and can use it now. These mistakes are living proof that you can, and have, survived awkward, embarrassing or inappropriate moments. You’ll survive […]

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Utilize PAR Statements to Enhance Your Resume’s Wow Factor

October 27, 2015

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Has this happened to you? Two resumes, one each from equally qualified applicants are submitted to the same posting but only one gets selected for an interview. Aren’t you dying to find out why one applicant did not get invited to interview? Job seekers frequently write most about their job duties. Although employers appreciate knowing […]

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Two More Success Stories and Two Life-Changing Questions

July 8, 2015

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In March I shared three real-life stories that reflected internal shifts, as well as outward changes, that enabled these clients to become unstuck in their careers and their lives. Even if you don’t share these same circumstances, perhaps the stories will help you take steps to invest your future with a little help from an […]

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From Pink Slip to Red Slip: Improving Performance during Job Interviews Part I

June 23, 2015

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Before going into a job interview, it is natural to feel somewhat anxious. This is completely normal and it is ok to accept the fact that you will have some level of discomfort. The trick is to reduce anxiety to a level that allows you to perform well enough under pressure. Get Excited! Performance anxiety […]

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Why Not Join a Professional Association Now?

June 9, 2015

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Are you in work search mode now? You’re probably trying to save money, so you don’t join. Just landed a job? You tell yourself you’re too busy, so you probably don’t join. Mid-career professional? You’ve seen too many professional newbies at those meetings, so you’re reluctant to join. These are all the ways you talk […]

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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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Three Stories of Hope: It Could Happen to You

March 2, 2015

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Following up Dave Gallison’s excellent post You Gotta Have Hope, we are offering a two part series of actual success stories from our clients, with changes to guard confidentiality. If you are feeling discouraged about your career transition, may these true stories help you take heart. Margaret – a success story by Anne Bryant, MA, […]

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Retirement Stories

February 2, 2015

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“What are you going to do all day?” was a common question asked of retired friends and colleagues that I interviewed recently about their personal, emotional or psychological approach to retirement. Their answers to the question fit rather neatly into career theorist and author William Bridges’ model of transition. According to Bridges in his book, […]

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