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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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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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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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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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Small Steps Toward a Career Change

June 7, 2016

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Ever wonder what it would be like to spend your work week doing things you truly enjoy? If so, you’re in good company. In the U.S., 53% of people aren’t happy with their current job.  We’ve heard success stories of people who quit their day job and found something more rewarding. Maybe they went back […]

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Mantra to Overcome Procrastination

May 24, 2016

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What do the Harvard Business Review and the Navy Seals have in common? A piece of advice for overcoming one of the biggest, insidious blockages to work search and other of life’s onerous tasks. “You don’t have to like it, you just need to do it.” There, I said it. So did Heidi Halvorson in […]

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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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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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