How to Leave Your Old Job Gracefully

Finally it’s time to move on. The rest of your career is with a new and different employer. You can very happily kiss this old job good bye after you follow these steps. Skip the Drama Particularly if you hate your job and/or your boss, you may find yourself contemplating making a very satisfying and memorable exit, […]

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New Career Success Requirement and Responsibility: Stay Current

If you are over 30 years old, you know that many things around you have changed substantially since you were young(er). And, if you are paying attention, you know that the velocity of change has increased dramatically in the last few years. Change Is Everywhere; Technology Is Everywhere MUCH is new in our personal environments today! From how […]

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Career Lessons Learned from Two Layoffs

If you read my first WorkCoachCafe post, you know I’ve been laid off twice in my career.  And, strange as it may sound, those layoffs really ended up helping my career, even though they threw me into a panic both times. No paycheck?!? YIKES! Five very important things that those two layoffs taught me: 1. A “career” […]

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The Key to Career Security — Lifelong Learning

The velocity of change has dramatically increased in the last couple of decades. Technology becomes more embedded in our lives every day. Think of the last time you used a paper map or a public pay phone. Lifelong Learning In the “old days” (50’s through 90’s),  you graduated from high school and/or college, and you were done taking […]

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Involuntary Change Can Be GREAT!

Sometimes change we don’t want, change we may even fear and dread — like a layoff — can be very good for us in the long run. Because we have stayed too long in a job that we’ve outgrown or too long working in a dysfunctional organization or a million other things. Layoff Recovery Stories […]

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Modern Job Search Methods: 21st Century Career Management

Most of us have many phases to our careers, from the typical entry level jobs through mid-career to retirement. In the 20th Century, this seemed to run in a predictable series of stages, and often involved working for the same employer, in the same industry or profession, for decades. Not any more. Now, it is […]

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3 Dangerous Assumptions About Layoffs

If your employer has recently begun laying off staff, time to pay attention to your salary continuation plan (and career self-preservation, as well). As anyone who has been through a series of layoffs can tell you, things do not generally improve. A large study was done in the 1980’s that showed that once the layoffs […]

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Fired! For a Stupid Reason! Can They Do That?

Often, in the USA, yes, you can be fired for a stupid reason, in fact, for almost any reason. Proof? An interesting news item – two part-time security guards who worked at a Houston football stadium were fired after having their photos taken with NFL quarterback Tom Brady following the Houston team’s loss to Brady’s […]

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How Information Interviews Work Best

Information, or informational, interviewing is one of the very best ways to expand your network and learn more about a specific job, industry, profession, or employer.  I think Dick Bolles, author of the classic What Color Is Your Parachute book, first made it visible as a part of job search and career management. What Are Information […]

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Should You Quit Your Job Before You Have a New One? NO!!!!!

Unless your life is in danger or doing your job is bad for your health or requires you to do something illegal, don’t quit your current job until you have a new job! I know that’s not what you want to hear, but, in this job market, it is reality. You are more appealing — […]

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