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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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    Thursday Sep 04, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Phased retirement: An idea whose time has come

    “The American workforce is aging and this trend will reshape the U.S. workforce for the next decade and beyond.” AARP In 2002, people over 55 accounted for 14% of the American workforce. Today, that percentage has jumped to a whopping 31%, with enormous implications for the nation’s employers. Traditional retirement is fast approaching millions of Americans and there are inadequate numbers of younger workers behind them. Consequently, employers will need […]

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    Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Developing Your Professional Brand: Strategy & Execution

    Your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity.” ~ Dorie Clark Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the cornerstones of your professional brand. So far I’ve addressed Purpose, Clarity and Focus. Today, I’ll address the final cornerstone: Strategy. You will recall that Purpose is about your why – the cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. Clarity […]

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    Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 10:30 am

    What’s your post retirement plan?

    I overheard a conversation at a restaurant recently that went like this: “Jenny is retiring from her teaching career next year, but she doesn’t have a clue about what she’ll do next, because she doesn’t want to stop working altogether.” Does this sound like you or someone you know? Chances are the answer is “yes”. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, comprise 30% of the population in Maine—a significant slice […]

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