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    Thursday Dec 04, 2014 | 6:30 am

    Defining Your Impact; Articulating Your Value

    Alice (not her real name) came in perplexed. “I’m a social policy researcher at the university. The group I’ve been affiliated with has lost its funding. I need to figure out how to market myself in a way that appeals to new funders.” “Great! Let’s talk about what you’ve done.” “Basically I organized webinars and conferences that brought nationally recognized experts together and defined best practices for practitioners addressing child […]

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    Tuesday Nov 25, 2014 | 9:15 am

    Employers: Key reasons to invest in outplacement services

    Perhaps your company needs to cut costs or the management has decided to go in a different direction—whatever the case may be, the result may call for a layoff. The news will be painful for those impacted and you want to do the right thing for employees who have worked hard and will lose their jobs due to no fault of their own. In an effort to ease your employees’ […]

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    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Say yes to outplacement and here’s why…

    A recent study found that roughly 20% of Americans have been laid off from their jobs during the past five years. So, the chances are high that you or someone you know has been affected by this increasing trend in the marketplace. When you get the word that you no longer have a job, you’re understandably shaken and in shock, so you’re not necessarily taking in all of the information […]

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    Wednesday Nov 05, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Are you at one end of the “I love/hate my job” spectrum?

    “I hate my job” and “My job is destroying me” are two powerful statements clients recently made as they gave me their reasons for coming to their first career counseling session. While not every client expresses such striking disdain for their work, everyone has a story about how it affects them, and that information informs how I will ultimately help them. Depending on the severity of the impact – e.g. […]

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    Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Do you have an inner directive?

    “Do you have any thoughts about what you might want to do?” I asked Alice who had recently been laid off from her job of 12 years. Her former employer offered her career counseling (also called outplacement) with my company, Heart At Work Associates, to help her transition to new work. “I was hoping you’d give me some ideas about what I’m qualified to do”, she responded. Fair enough I […]

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    Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 7:00 am

    My dear niece, why your resume won’t work…

    This is a bit of a departure from many of my posts… During the past week, I received a couple of requests to review resumes from people who had not had to develop one for some time. The first, from a seasoned professional who was a sole practitioner in their own business, needed a resume to post with a service that would refer new clients. The second was from my […]

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Ready for a career change? If not now, when?

    Conclusions of a recent study conducted by the University of Phoenix was consistent with past similar survey results: over half of Americans want to change their careers. Having spent two decades listening to people’s career stories, I have my ideas about why so many Americans are disenchanted with their professions. First, most people don’t feel that they intentionally choose their career direction. Clients often tell me that “opportunities just fell […]

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    Monday Sep 29, 2014 | 6:05 am

    Are You an Agent of Change?

    Last Friday, I attended the annual Agents of Change Digital Marketing conference, organized by Rich Brooks of Flyte Media. This was my second time attending the conference, and like last year, was struck how digital marketing strategies closely resemble success in one’s career. Key takeaways for me as a career coach…the importance of creating value for your audience; the importance of “raving fans” — people who will advocate on your […]

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    Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Transitions call for trust

    A fear of the unknown that’s inherent in any transition can take its toll on the most courageous of us.  There’s just something about a blank slate of possibilities that prompts creative minds to conjure up lists of “what if” scenarios—most of which instill fear in our hearts and minds. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear clients expressing trepidation about their career change that’s based entirely on […]

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