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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Do the Words “Job” and “Security” Go Together Any More?

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about career phrases (yes, I know I live an exciting life), and we came across a phrase that may or may not have any resonance in today’s job market. There was a time – some of you may remember – when people had jobs […]

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How Do You Know When To Say Yes?

I just went through something I want to share with the rest of you. I turned down an opportunity that was very likely to make me good money. Yes…even in this market. For the last few weeks I’ve been speaking to someone who wanted to work with me on a new project he’s thinking of […]

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Why You Don’t Need to Match Everything

I was speaking with someone who’s getting ready to send out a small flurry of cover letters and resumes in response to job descriptions she found on a company website. She’s very interested in this particular company, so she was thrilled to see so many openings in her field just as she’s looking to make […]

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