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 to Do Successful Information Interviews

One of the very best ways to expand your network and learn more about a specific job, industry, profession, or employer is through the process known as information, or informational, interviewing.  I think Dick Bolles, author of the classic What Color Is Your Parachute book, invented it or, at least, shared the idea widely. What […]

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Should You Quit Your Job? NO!!!!!

Unless your life is in danger or doing your job 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 it is reality. Why not quit?   Until you have another job lined up, quitting is not a […]

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How To Leave Your Job in Good Hands (& Why You Should)

You may find it hard not to smile when you resign from your job, but leaving your employer smiling may be more important in the long run. Here’s why: How you leave a job is the last impression you make on your past employer — one who may be called on in the future to […]

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Starting Career Change

The sub-title for this post should be “Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Made!” My biggest career mistake was when I was leaving my job at Harvard.  It was my second real job, and after working there for 5 years, I was tired of it,  even though it truly was a great place to work.  I wanted to […]

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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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Are You One of The Uncoachables?

A friend sent me an article by Marshall Goldsmith that talks about what he calls “lost causes” – in other words, people who can’t be coached. At least not at the moment. For me, the idea of uncoachable people raises some immediate questions. Is anyone really uncoachable? Shouldn’t a good coach be able to guide the […]

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