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Staying Professionally Active When Unemployed

February 20, 2017

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How does one stay current when not working in a world that evolves at such a rapid pace? Whether you are actively seeking work at this time or not, it is vitally important to stay updated in your field, even if you don’t plan to return to work right away. For some people, when the […]

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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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The Importance of Remaining Connected to your Network

November 3, 2016

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This morning I woke up thinking of Dr. Frank Wesley, my former Psychology Professor at Portland State. He was an avid beekeeper and one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had. Not so much because of what he said or the questions he asked of us, but because of his gentle and kind way. […]

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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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Leaping Over Your Barrier to Networking

March 2, 2016

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[Picture a teen in a white tee soaring high above blocks of taxis, hood to hood, an ocean of traffic, on his skateboard in New York City. (Painted on The New Yorker’s cover August 3, 2015.)] Now, entertain the notion that your imagined, personal and professional networking options often fall into scenarios about the “correct, […]

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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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Defining Professional Identity

May 16, 2014

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As the market place of work continues to both create and destroy jobs, companies and products, there is something that tends to endure in the midst of all of that swirl – professions. This is why I ask my clients to complete an essential but awkward assignment: defining their professional identity. Definition of Professional Identity: […]

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Design Your Focus of Inquiry for Lower-Stress Networking

January 27, 2014

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Networking can be an indoor sport for some and a stressful mystery for others. No matter where you are along that spectrum, there is a new way to approach networking. It’s more than “informational interviewing” – it’s called Focus of Inquiry. It pre-focuses and then guides you when you enter a networking situation so that […]

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3 Key Skills Which Give Introverts a Networking Advantage

June 20, 2013

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Anne Bryant, MA, LPC http://www.annebryantcounseling.com abccounseling@pobox.com 503-442-6392 Anne has thirty years of experience offering practical skills and support to people experiencing transitions in their careers and personal lives. Openings available for individual and group sessions. 3 Key Skills Which Give Introverts a Networking Advantage Last February I wrote 9 Networking Tips for Introverts, Part I. […]

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Your Work Search Maintenance Check-list Part II

June 10, 2013

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Bruce Hazen, MS Three Questions Consulting http://www.threequestionsconsulting.com bruce@threequestionsconsulting.com 503-280-0151 Bruce is a career and management coach working with professionals who are at career crossroads and wanting answers and action strategies for one or more of The Three Career Questions: 1. When is it time to move up? 2. When is it time to move out? […]

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