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Franchise. An alternative for your next career.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Franchise. An alternative for your next career.

A close friend is considering ditching her job to become a business owner. She’s played the corporate game for a few decades, and now wants more control over her professional destiny. Starting a business can be risky. According to a Washington Post report, fifty percent will fail within five years. Yet there is a strategy that can bump the success rate up to a more comfortable level, and that’s by going the franchise route, rather than starting from scratch. According to alternative career coach Steve Miller with The Entrepreneur’s Source,...

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How to deal with major change.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to deal with major change.

I received a high emotion email from a client, one who is considering retiring from her career of over 25 years. She expressed feeling very anxious about what her future would look like. This was my reply: “You are thinking about leaving a life routine you’ve been used to for more than three decades, without having yet put together a possible plan for what your new life routine might look like. Change is very uncomfortable. Human beings are, for the most part, drawn to certainty in our lives. We want to know where our food will come...

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The power of hashtags and how to use them.

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The power of hashtags and how to use them.

Ten years after they were first introduced, I finally get the professional value of hashtags, or, in the world of social media, #. I have my son JP, a fourth year computer science student, to thank for this. Last summer he worked an internship to gain a better understanding of how to connect to target audiences via technology. Also this past summer, I attended the national salt and pepper shakers club convention, not as a collector, but to support my mother, who owns close to 1,000 sets. However, I’m a marketer at heart, so when the...

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Why you need to take a vacation.

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why you need to take a vacation.

The harder we work, the faster we climb, right? Not so. A Harvard Business Review article reports that people who use all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of getting promoted than those who don’t. This, says Nan Russell, author of “It’s Not About Time”, is just one of many myths that exist regarding filling our days with busy-ness and getting what we want out of life. She’ll be talking on this topic in an upcoming free session in Fort Collins, debunking misconceptions such as these: Myth: the busier we are, the more important...

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The challenge of underemployment

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The challenge of underemployment

A career coaching colleague and I were discussing the ongoing challenge of underemployment. “Why can’t there be an easier way for people with talent to get connected to opportunities that match their strengths?” he asked. I’ve been in this line of work for 25 years, and I’ll confess I’ve become more of a realist than I was at the start of my starry-eyed career. Since then I’ve drawn these conclusions: The world of work is a teeming pool of evolving, inefficient activity. Businesses are continually growing, shrinking, and changing, as do their...

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Perception shifts. Turning negative to positive.

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Perception shifts. Turning negative to positive.

“I’m really stressed out about this, but I’m also kind of excited about it, too!” This came from a friend as he described a big project he’s working on. His eyes were shining and he was noticeably happy. I was happy, too, because just weeks before he’d been complaining about this same project, but had been clearly discouraged about it. He was stressed both times, but once negatively, and the other time, positively. That’s the difference between distress and eustress, and according to performance coach Samantha Attard, Ph.D., we have the power...

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The power of new beginnings

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The power of new beginnings

In the afterglow of the eclipse, I’ve been thinking about William Bridges’ transition model, and the applications it has in our careers and lives. In his book Transitions, Bridges talks about the endings, neutral zones, and new beginnings that come with shifts, and those were all a part of Monday’s experience. The first step in Bridges’ model is endings, where what existed before ceases. As my husband and I stood in the mall parking lot in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska—a location that would deliver the total eclipse opportunity–we watched as...

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Recognition for a job well done.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recognition for a job well done.

My mom had major surgery recently, and I spent a week post-op nearly round the clock by her side. I wanted to be there if she needed me, but mostly it was for my own peace of mind. Was she being well cared for? I needn’t have worried. Never before in my more than five decades have I had such an up-close view of today’s healthcare system. After spending over 140 continuous hours observing the processes and professionals, I was amazed and impressed at the expertise and dedication of people and systems in place to deliver care. The roles they...

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Laid off? Some tips for how to move forward.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Laid off? Some tips for how to move forward.

“A few of my colleagues who have worked for the same company for 30 years are getting laid off. Could you write a column about what they should do? Most of them don’t have any idea.” This comment came from a reader, so here’s a step-by-step plan for them: Catch your breath. Getting laid off can be a huge shock, and it’s likely that you won’t be thinking straight for a while. Rather than updating your LinkedIn profile immediately, go into crisis mode instead, until your head stops spinning. Talking with someone you trust about your feelings...

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Fear and change. How to keep your career edge.

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fear and change. How to keep your career edge.

Worry you’re losing your edge in your career? You’re not alone–there’s even an acronym for that: FOBO – Fear of Becoming Obsolete. Local bestselling author Debra Benton, in partnership with Kylie Write-Ford, tackle this topic in their newly-released book, “The Leadership Mind Switch.” Here are a few compelling data points to get you thinking in more progressive directions: “Every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of man through 2003”, informs Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. An attitude of, “We’ve always...

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