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Are You Drained, Sustained or Inspired At Work?

January 5, 2015



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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June 9, 2014



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



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



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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Work-Life Balance: Making it Real

March 26, 2014

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When career counseling clients identify their work values, there is one value that invariably finds itself in everyone’s top 5 – Work-Life Balance. Makes sense, though lately I’ve begun to wonder if there is more to this “balance” than what meets the eye. Have you pondered what exactly does work-life balance mean and how is […]

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Four Steps toward Making 2014 Your Best Year Ever

December 30, 2013



No doubt you’ve heard the old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I believe the road to failure is paved with unrealistic New Year’s resolutions.  Without a strategy, it is difficult to sustain the behavior it takes to achieve our goals. Have you ever promised yourself that this will be the […]

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Down-Shifting: 4 Lessons from a Career Counselor and Marketing Coach

October 8, 2013

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Vicki Lind is a co-founder of Career Transitions: The Inside Job, and due to a recent shift in her priorities, she is creating the next chapter in her own career which leads her away from our blog.  To glean some useful lessons from a career professional making her own transition, I decided to interview Vicki. […]

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The Technology and “Noise” of Job Search Communication

April 20, 2013


Aly Anliker, Ed.M 503-891-1108 Aly is a creative organizational and career consultant with over fifteen years of experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, high technology, manufacturing and non-profit. The Technology and “Noise” […]

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