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Job Search Organization

March 1, 2019

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Part of a successful job search involves getting organized. The same holds true for professional development within your current organization.  A good career counselor can help you sort out the steps to put the right documents together to communicate with potential employers. The first thing is goal setting.  Be clear on the type of role […]

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Myth of Job Security Explodes During Government Shutdown!

February 11, 2019

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The recent government shutdown of 35 days leaves no doubt government jobs don’t hold the security they once did. The 800,000 workers affected suddenly found “a stable job” now high risk. (Julie Bosman New York Times January 27, 2019) Given the intensity of this wake up call, people will continue to reevaluate the government as […]

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Use Curiosity To Open Doors In Your Career

January 28, 2019

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“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.” – Mario Testino When we’re stuck in our work lives, it can feel like we don’t have any possibilities, any choices. This can show up as external roadblocks […]

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Both/And Thinking in Career Change

October 16, 2018

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“I’d love to start my own business, but I can’t because I don’t have any capital.” “I’d love to change careers, but I can’t because it would take too long to get the necessary skills.” Have you ever noticed how considering the plusses and minuses of a big career change can sap the motivation to […]

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Purple Squirrels and Unicorns Need Only Apply

October 4, 2018

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I have a very witty and smart client who keeps me updated on his job search with subject lines such as “Unicorns” and “Purple Squirrel sighting.” I chuckled at both because I knew, without even opening the emails, what they were about. Unicorns and purple squirrels are what many job seekers feel like they are […]

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Breaking the Decision Stalemate

August 21, 2018

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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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A Few Golden Rules of Career Transition

July 12, 2018

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By Aly Anliker Here are seven of my recommended practices to follow when you find yourself in a job or career transition.  Keep your resume updated. This is important for a variety of reasons.  You never know when a great opportunity might come your way.  And you never know when your organization might restructure and […]

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Let Go to Move Forward

May 29, 2018

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Most of us have been there – in a job we hate but can’t quit. All too often it is the catch 22 of not being able to leave a job until you have another one, yet not being able to muster the energy or confidence to take on a search. It can feel like […]

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The Job Search Void

April 3, 2018

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It’s the time in your career transition between “getting clear about your direction” and “landing a job.” The void is when you’re typically sending out resumes, applying for jobs, trying to land interviews by connecting with your network, or interviewing—all without landing a job offer. It’s when you’re trying to get noticed but no one’s […]

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Is it worth the risk?

December 12, 2017

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I’ve had a few conversations with clients this week about taking risks. They were about interpersonal risks (making a cold call) and logistical risks (moving states for a new job). For some, networking felt like a risk.  For others, it was risky to stay in one job for many years.  While everyone views risk differently, […]

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