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Lessons from Marie Curie

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

Lessons from Marie Curie

Would you sign up for this career? For years before you could even begin your profession, you would have to, as a member of a discriminated-against population, work much harder than others in your field to be taken seriously. Then, when an opportunity presents itself—one that you yourself have uncovered through diligence and persistence—you would need to execute three years of tedious, dangerous, unpaid labor to produce one quarter of a teaspoon of a substance that proves your worthiness. You will then share your trade secrets and give away...

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Planning your Encore Career

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Planning your Encore Career

Over Thanksgiving I took an airboat tour through a section of the Florida Everglades. On the ride, I experienced a career insight that hit me like the tail of a 10-foot alligator. The way it happened was this: my husband, daughter and I paid for our ticket, climbed aboard the boat, and soon we were gliding into mangrove alleys in search of wildlife. Our hunt was rewarded with up-close views of gators, dolphins, raccoons, and several glorious birds. The guide, Captain Mike, appeared to be in his early 60’s. He educated us about the habitat and...

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Holiday Job Searching. Give Yourself A Gift This Year.

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holiday Job Searching. Give Yourself A Gift This Year.

As Thanksgiving leftovers dwindle, job seekers wonder if opportunities for the year are dwindling, too. While in some cases businesses do slow down in December, others are ramping up. Closing the year with maximizing deductions is a goal for many, so often companies aim to get new hires in place to be able to write off recruiting expenses in the previous year. If you’re in the middle of a search, or considering starting one, this may be an ideal time to put in some extra effort for these reasons: The majority of job seekers view December as a...

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Using Rock Star Success Stories To Land Your Next Job!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Using Rock Star Success Stories To Land Your Next Job!

Lucky you, you’ve been selected to interview for what may be your dream job. But then you discover you’ll be up against nine other hopefuls, and you ask yourself, “How can I be the chosen one?” My favorite strategy for standing out to is arm yourself with a handful of rock-star success stories relevant to the position you’re targeting, and be ready to share them in the interview. For example, talking with a machinist on the hunt for a new job, I asked him to describe a time when he’d demonstrated his expertise in that specialty. Soon he was...

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Shifting to something new. The pain and the reward is worth it.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shifting to something new. The pain and the reward is worth it.

After ten years working in high tech as a marketing manager, I made a change and retrained to become a career counselor. That involved getting a masters degree–an effort that took 18 months full time–before I was qualified to dive into my first job working for a career management company. Getting the masters was mostly fun, but my first paid career counseling gig was harder. Many times in the initial two years on that job I asked myself, “Are you really capable of doing this?”, to which I typically answered, “It doesn’t feel like...

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Supporting adult children with their career development. How to help but not hover.

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Supporting adult children with their career development. How to help but not hover.

I occasionally get calls from parents of adult children who want advice on how to support their offspring toward better career success.  Most calls are from parents with kids between the ages of 22 – 30. I have two children, both of them adults, so I can relate to this desire to help. Our daughter, age 29, is launched in a career; the other, 21, is finishing college. I’ll admit I’ve been a helicopter parent at times, which is the practice of hovering above (similar to a helicopter) our kids to keep an eye on their progress. When my daughter...

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In a Slump? Tips for getting back in the game!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Career Change, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Searching, LinkedIn, Resumes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a Slump? Tips for getting back in the game!

Brandon McManus (also known as B-Mac), kicker for the Denver Broncos, has been in a bit of a slump lately.  After a perfect pre-season record, B-Mac has missed more than a few of this year’s regular season attempts. Chances are, you can relate to being in a work slump… making more errors, goofing up on decisions, and generally being off your game. Working full time from age 20 to 65, you will have put in close to 100,000 hours on the job, so experiencing some low spots along the way is to be expected. Still, they can be frustrating and...

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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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