Taking a Retreat from Job Search

Job search can be stressful, no matter what your personal or professional situation. There can be time pressure, financial pressure, identity pressure, family pressure—it’s up there with other events like moving,  planning a wedding or having a new child. If you are on unemployment, there are requirements for search in order to continue to receive[…]

Being a Career Coach Is Just Like Selling Pantyhose

My first job was in retail, at a large department store.  I hoped to get placed in a department I would enjoy, or at least know something about.  I didn’t.  I was assigned to hosiery.  Disappointed, I accepted the job, needing work experience and the money. I avoided pantyhose like the plague up until this[…]

Narrowing the Search Funnel

I think about careers as a funnel shape.  There are narrow areas of focus (being in school, working in a specific role or industry) and wide areas full of possibilities and uncertainty (coming out of school, recreating our work lives, being laid off).  Some people stay in the narrow part of the funnel their entire[…]

Why I Won’t Write Your Resume For You

I get a request at least once a quarter to write someone’s resume for them. My answer is always no. I have strong conviction around this, for many reasons.   I believe that writing your own resume builds ownership in your career.  I believe it creates confidence in your abilities, characteristics and skills.  I believe writing[…]

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 recruiters or hiring mangers might make, sometimes around sensitive issues (age, ability,[…]

Your Uniqueness – It’s Right In Front of You

I had a client who worked in a call center – he had been laid off and was looking for another call center job.  He really enjoyed the work and it was a great fit for him –  which already made him unique in comparison to much of the population!  There was more though. We[…]

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 many years.  While everyone views risk differently,[…]