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Career Decisions Are Complex: How to Organize Your Thoughts

October 31, 2017

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Career decisions are often difficult because they require us to juggle so much information all at the same time. There’s no limit to the number of career paths out there, and each of them has so many different consequences: costs, potential rewards, uncertainties, etc. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that information whirling around […]

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Taking a Retreat from Job Search

October 3, 2017

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Job search can be stressful, no matter what your personal or professional situation. There can be time pressure, financial pressure, identity pressure, family pressure—it’s up there with other events like moving,  planning a wedding or having a new child. If you are on unemployment, there are requirements for search in order to continue to receive […]

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Going to the Hardware Store for Milk

July 11, 2017

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One day many years ago, I was complaining about my work to a wise friend of mine.   I wanted the corporation I worked for to care more about people than profits.  “Why won’t they step up?”, I pondered in self-righteous irritation.   She replied with a very wise and simple comment – “It sounds like you are […]

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part II/Heading South

June 20, 2017

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This is a continuation of a blog about perfectionism that began with a posting March 21, 2017: “Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior Part I/Facing East.” Read it before starting Part II/Heading South if you can. Glad to welcome you all as we resume our journey around the Sacred Medicine Wheel, visiting the Four Directions and […]

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Preparing for a Successful Interview

April 18, 2017

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When I follow up with clients to see how an interview went, I often hear  – “I think it went well, but I’m not really sure!  I will know when I hear back from them.” Waiting to hear back from employers can cause a lot of anxiety, and while I’m a proponent of getting feedback […]

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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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Career Transition Best Practices

February 6, 2017

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There are best practices that come up over and over when you are preparing for or making a career change. One of the first things is assessing your strengths, transferable skills, traits, accomplishments and ideal work preferences.  The results can provide language you can use to market and brand yourself.  This includes the resume career summary […]

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On or Off?

January 11, 2017

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Frequently clients ask me if they should leave certain optional items off of their resume – community activities, work experience beyond 10 years and dates on education are just a few examples.  Usually there is a worry about being screened out based on assumptions recruiters or hiring mangers might make, sometimes around sensitive issues (age, ability, […]

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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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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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