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On or Off?

Frequently clients ask me if they should leave certain optional items off of their resume - community activities, work experience beyond 10 years and dates on education are just a few examples.  Usually there is a worry about being screened out based on assumptions...

Drawing in the Work You Want

Recently, a client in the human resources field came to me for help.  She was confused and frustrated because she wasn’t being considered for the jobs she wanted. At first it seemed like her resume, with its clarity in job duties and quantitative results, should have...

Finding Wonder in Our Work

I just went to a lecture that was part of the Portland Jazz festival. It's one of the things I love about having my office downtown - I can spend a lunch hour taking in cultural events.  Listening to live jazz in the middle of my work day transported me.  For an hour,...

Is it worth the risk?

I’ve had a few conversations with clients this week about taking risks. They were about interpersonal risks (making a cold call) and logistical risks (moving states for a new job). For some, networking felt like a risk.  For others, it was risky to stay in one job for...

Practicality and Possibility

"I'm saving up for when I have a low-paying job that I love." Just one of the many things people say when contemplating having work they are passionate about.  I have mixed feelings about this frame of mind. On one hand, saving up to do what you love is a great thing...

Out With Assumptions, In With Hope

“I can’t find a new job in this economy.  I have to stay where I am.” “I’d love to do that kind of work, but no one will hire me without direct experience in that industry.” “No one gets a job off of online job boards anymore.” We often unconsciously use assumptions...

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