2016 in review + resources for you

As 2017 dawns, I’m reflecting on my busy 2016 and want to share some of the career resources I created along the way.

While I’m more than ready for the fresh start that 2017 portends, 2016 was a busy and exciting year for me. This quick review allows me to share not only my news–but also many of the career advancing resources I created along the way. I hope you and your colleagues find them helpful. [Read more…]

The bravest (and possibly smartest) thing a client’s ever done

A bold move can clear the way to a more confident job search.

A bold move can clear the way to a more confident job search.

Joe didn’t leave his last job under the best of circumstances.  Ok, he was fired.  His company was going through hard times and was on the verge of major layoffs.  Plus, Joe had recently floated the (unpopular, it turned out) idea of his moving to Michigan and working remotely.  When some critical words he spoke about his boss, Katherine, got back to her, that was all she needed.  Bye bye, Joe.

Joe works in a specialized sector of IT in the Midwest.  It’s a pretty small world.  He was concerned that, although he had great skills and a stellar track record, anyone considering him for a job would ultimately find their way to Katherine for her take on Joe. [Read more…]

The guy with 2 LinkedIn connections

In job search, good connections are essential.

Tom, a new client, arrives with a wealth of experience in the financial sector—and two LinkedIn connections.  Plus, as a result of a car accident right after his layoff from a major financial institution, he has been out of the job market for nearly two years.  But now he’s ready to get back in.

An ideal position soon becomes available at a major bank in the area.  Tom knows no one there, and it’s no surprise that his two LinkedIn connections come up empty.  I offer that my 800 connections might turn up something.  [Read more…]

I need a new job. Thanks a lot.

An attitude of gratitude will point your career in the right direction.

Most people don’t like their jobs—by a wide margin.  According to recent data from Gallup, only 13% of employees worldwide are “engaged” in their jobs—meaning they’re emotionally invested in their work and focused on helping their organizations improve.

The picture is a little rosier in the U.S., with 29% reporting that they’re engaged.  But that still leaves most people not committed to the work they’re doing.  What happens then?

Productivity decreases.  Career advancement—and the salary and benefits and personal growth that come with it—stalls.  Stress levels climb.

These statistics don’t even include people who are still looking for work, or more work, as a result of the Great Recession.

For this we’re supposed to be grateful?


Because an “attitude of gratitude” can go a long way toward helping you land your next opportunity, or improving your standing in the one you have. [Read more…]

Career change is hard work. Are you ready?

If you want great things to happen in your career, you can't stand still.

If you want great things to happen in your career, you can’t stand still.

Four clients—we’ll call them Derrick, Julia, CJ, and Lynn. Each trying to leap into new careers. All came to me for help. We brainstormed. We ran assessments. We noticed themes and patterns and identified exciting career paths for further exploration. And we solidified research and networking strategies—so they could get vital information about their new fields, and build the relationships necessary to make the change happen.

The similarities end there. [Read more…]

The Internet Suck

Job seekers must learn to use the internet wisely, and not be used by it.

Most job seekers never escape the “Internet Suck.” But you can.

Several years ago, I coined a phrase to describe what happens to most job seekers the moment they begin their searches.  They get pulled into the desperate vortex I affectionately call “The Internet Suck.”

It looks like this.  You sit down at the computer to check out a job board.  The job board suggests you read an article on what not to wear to an interview.  That gets you curious about what the stars wore to the latest award show.  So why not go to YouTube and see highlights from the Best Short-Subject Documentary nominations?  And on and on until they’re turning off the lights and hosing down the espresso machines, and you look around and think, ‘What happened?”

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The spy who sold me a Rolex on the beach (or 3 tips to help you make great career choices)

Base your career choices on what’s fundamentally important to you.

In the months before I graduated from the University of Virginia, I had three job offers on the table.

  1. Enter Macy’s Buyer’s Training Program in New York.
  2. Work as a drama/swim/scuba instructor at a Club Med somewhere in the Caribbean.
  3. Become a spy for the CIA.

I’m not making this up.  Although these three directions have seemingly little in common, people who knew me then could tell you why it made perfect sense that I would be considering them. [Read more…]

Look back on 2012–now write it down!

Your accomplishments will help you land your next role.

Who knows what 2013 has in store for any of us professionally?  As you look back on last year, could you have predicted the opportunities that came your way, or the challenges you endured?

I know that in 2012, there were readers of this blog who…

  • were unexpectedly presented with an exciting career opportunity—either within or outside their place of employment.
  • decided (or needed) to return to professional life after a short or considerable time off.
  • graduated from school and began looking for work.
  • were laid off.

In this new year, there’s a good chance that one of the above may happen to you.  (If not this year, you know it will happen eventually.)  Don’t get caught unprepared, especially when you may have very little time before an interview! [Read more…]