May 30, 2017

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Packaging Your Talent: Consultant vs. Contractor vs. Employee

The Gig Economy is simultaneously destroying and creating work opportunities for workers at all levels and in all occupations. Consequently, workers of all kinds must be aware of the “packaging options” for taking their talent to market as an employee, contractor or consultant. They must consider not just the skill and experience requirement but also […]

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May 17, 2017

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Networking for Introverts

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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May 2, 2017

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Surviving and Thriving When the Work World Overstimulates You – Part II

“Sydney” works as a telephonic advice nurse, providing medical advice to a large group of employees that work for a nationwide company. Although she enjoys helping those she advises in becoming healthier, she finds working in a cubical office with other advice nurses to be overstimulating. It is difficult for her to concentrate when she […]

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April 18, 2017

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Preparing for a Successful Interview

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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April 4, 2017

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Have Trouble Being Productive in Job Search?

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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March 20, 2017

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Perfectionism: Mapping the Vast Interior, Part 1

Clients talk some about their perfectionistic tendencies. They share dilemmas from concrete to spiritual matters as they work hard to set their lives and careers on the right track.  But many are confused and paralyzed by their ideals, those goals that if achieved will make everything all right. It seems to be in our nature […]

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March 7, 2017

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Your Honeymoon Activities as a New Manager

While much attention has been given to helping new employees fit in and do well (onboarding programs, new employee orientation, etc) there is also advice for the unique challenge of new managers. If you are entering into an organization as a manager, you will be gifted with a “honeymoon.” This is the initial period during […]

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February 20, 2017

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Staying Professionally Active When Unemployed

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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February 6, 2017

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Career Transition Best Practices

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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January 11, 2017

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On or Off?

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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