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 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 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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Is Your Job Search Too Old Fashioned?

I hear from many “older” job seekers these days who are frustrated with today’s job search process.  They are convinced that their “advanced age” (30, 40, 50, 60, or more) is causing them problems.  I think they could be right, but NOT, perhaps, for the reason they think… Although I do not doubt that age […]

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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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