My Own Career Change: Leaving Work Coach Cafe

After five years of blogging about career change, job search, job interviews, and work in general, I’ve decided it’s time for my own career transition. And so this will be my last post on Work Coach Cafe … at least for the foreseeable future. Luckily, cafes are warm places where one can drop by if […]

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Job Interview Prep Tips: Success Moments

I’ve had  some comments lately from job seekers who got ambushed by their own work history. Or to be more precise, their inability during an interview to remember strong examples of things they actually did that would show their aptitude for the new job. Most job seekers at least have some inkling that they may […]

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Recruiter Comment on How To Handle an Interview

I love it when people contribute to this blog based on their real world experience. That’s what Work Coach Cafe is all about. So I’d like to share some words of wisdom from a recruiter who is in the middle of his or her own job search and left a comment on 18 Practical Tips […]

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Thank You Notes: Pardon Me But Your Attitude Is Showing

I know that job search is one of the most frustrating, at times ego-shattering, things a person can go through. You know you’re good. You know you will work hard. Why can’t they see that? So by the time you actually get to an interview, many job seekers are already stretched thin when it comes […]

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Please Keep Looking While Waiting to Hear Back From an Interview

I know that waiting to hear back from an interview is one of the hardest parts of the interview process, not only from personal experience but from all the comments readers have shared with us on Work Coach Cafe. Unfortunately, there are only so many actions you can take at that point related to the […]

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Help Wanted: Only Clones Need Apply

I just saw this quote: “When two people in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” Why? Because without disagreement or different ways of looking at things, effectively one person becomes a clone of the other. Very little extra value added, even if work gets done. And yet, in the world of recruiting and […]

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6 Ways to Make the Most of This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving so close and Christmas less than 6 weeks away, a lot of job seekers think this is the time to slow down. Great. That leaves more room for you! Why You Should NOT Slow Down (1)  People are still hiring. It’s true, as we head toward December, some places do start to hold […]

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Talking About Former Employers in Interviews

In one form or another, readers often write to ask what to say about former employers. Just how far can you go to let the interviewer know it’s not you, it’s them?  On that topic, I want to share a recent Q & A from a comment by Lisa on  How to Answer Why You […]

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Is Self-Talk Hurting Your Job Search?

When we think of job search, we probably think about our resumes, where to find employers with job openings, and hopefully networking.  All key elements, for sure. But there’s also a key element many job seekers overlook: something called “self-talk”. That “small” piece of the puzzle can make or break even the (otherwise) strongest candidate. […]

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7 Things I Learned from Chutes and Ladders

One of my neighbors has a little girl who likes to play Chutes and Ladders with me.  I think it’s because she can beat me. But whether I win or lose, I get a real kick out of seeing the unabashed excitement on her face every time we start a new game. If only we […]

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