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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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Breaking the Decision Stalemate

October 13, 2015

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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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Are You Career Savvy? What Career Counselors Advise

May 26, 2015

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Perhaps you can relate to clients who have reached out to me after a job loss or extended search feeling as if they were caught unawares and with very little in the way of preparation. Or, if you’re currently employed, how well are you prepared for a sudden merger, department downsizing or an increasingly-aggravating boss […]

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Are You Drained, Sustained or Inspired At Work?

January 5, 2015

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There is great power in acknowledging where we are in the present moment of our work lives. When we can see and accept the reality of our situation, we can better identify our needs, make decisions about our next steps and appreciate what is going well. In the spirit of the New Year and reflection […]

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Returning to School Part One : 4 Myths

August 20, 2014

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Have you been thinking about going back to school as a path to advancement in the work you already do, or to launch a new career? If so, you will be joining the 8.7 million older students (ages 25 and over) who returned to college last fall. Your lifetime earning potential will increase by finishing […]

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Decreasing Work Stress Part I

August 5, 2014

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Let’s face it, work can be stressful. Depending on one’s level of resilience and coping strategies learned over time, a person’s ability to manage stress effectively varies. This stress exists no matter which line of work, industry or company you are at. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines stress as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems […]

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Drained?

June 9, 2014

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Ever feel drained after work? We can get drained for a number of reasons – a frustrating interaction, lack of variety, feeling under-appreciated or unfulfilled.  It can be an isolated incident or a recurring theme.  It happens to all of us. Let’s think of this as if we are using an electrical plug, and plugging […]

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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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Using Emotional Intelligence and Non-Violent Communication to Recover from a Toxic Workplace

April 7, 2014

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Do you feel trapped in a job where you are surrounded by people whose work ethic, management style, or poor communication is causing you stress? Have you been either laid off or fired under these circumstances? Over the past thirty years I have worked with hundreds of clients who have been burned by what is […]

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