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…]

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…]

B is for breathe

Low, full breaths can help us regain a sense of calm and focus in our most stressful moments.

“But I can’t just call timeout in the middle of a stressful interview and take a couple minutes to close my eyes, make sure I’m breathing right, and get my focus back.”

Last Wednesday, I was teaching stress-reduction techniques to a seminar full of job seekers.  We were focusing on what for most of us is the most stress-inducing piece of the puzzle—the interview.  (I’ll tell you how I handled that question in a moment.) [Read more…]

Titanic rumors? Sea for yourself.

Ignoring rumors can be a life saver at work.

During the recent 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the New York Times told the story of Lawrence Beesley, who was among the mere 14% of male second class passengers to survive.  It’s likely that ignoring a rumor saved his life.  It can do the same for yours—literally, or professionally.

Early in the “women and children first” phase of the evacuation, Beesley “was standing on the top starboard deck of the boat with a large group of men when a rumor went around that [Read more…]

Exposure in the Court: a Lesson in Empathy

One after another, the potential jurors were “thanked and excused.”  For two long days, the proceedings plodded along.  Had the lawyers not finally agreed on the people sitting in the jury in the box, I’d have been in there next.

Last week, I came tantalizingly close to serving on the jury for a DUI (driving under the influence) trial.  As always, jury duty gave me an intimate—and for the most part, edifying—glimpse inside our justice system. [Read more…]