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Seven Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

August 8, 2017

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For those of you who are considering the entrepreneurial route, it is important to consider various factors before making a decision. There are a number of traits that successful entrepreneurs share in common. Do a thorough self-assessment either on your own or with the assistance of a career practitioner to determine if you have what […]

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Networking for Introverts

May 17, 2017

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Are you a reluctant networker? Are you hiding in plain sight?  Are you shy or just afraid to get out there?  Do you fear rejection? You’re not alone. Even extraverts can struggle with the prospect of having to network their way to employment. Yet the fact remains that this is by far and away, the […]

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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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