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Job Search Affirmations #2

Job Search Affirmations #2

Born from hard experience, these affirmations do two main things for job seekers: offer hope, confidence and comfort, helping you escape the anxiety and desperation that so often accompany job search guide you to actions you can take to be more effective in your job search I developed many of these for myself when I... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Affirmations

Job Search Affirmations

Searching for a new job is a bit lonely, and full of ups and downs – the excitement of getting an interview, the discouragement of not hearing back from an employer, the confidence-building that comes from having a great informational or networking meeting, the fear over how long it is taking to find that “right... ...Continue Reading
9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

“Cats have 9 lives.” “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” Cats want to know about everything.  I have 2.  They are always looking out the windows to see what’s going on outside.  And both sniff and paw at grocery bags, packages, boxes, flowers, and other things I bring in from the outside.  Sometimes they... ...Continue Reading
The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search:  Confidence

The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search: Confidence

Every person who has gotten a job they want tells me that they had confidence. Confidence in their skills, talents and abilities Confidence in their story Confidence in their fit for the job at hand Confidence in their ability to step into and start the job immediately Confidence certainly feels better than insecurity – both... ...Continue Reading
Finding That "Right Fit" Job:  Good News, Bad News

Finding That “Right Fit” Job: Good News, Bad News

The good news:  many job seekers, including my clients, get interviews for jobs.  The market is opening up a bit, and employers are replacing or adding to their staff. The bad news:  Many interviews don’t turn into job offers. Or is it really bad news? I think it’s GREAT news when interviews don’t turn into... ...Continue Reading
The Most Underused Job Search Tool:  Appreciation

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

Recently, I led a workshop for women (and 1 man) who are looking for their “right fit” job. The discussion yielded solid consensus on one thing: there is not very much acknowledgement and appreciation in the workplace today. Around the room, I heard people feel under-appreciated – for their efforts, results, talent, and contributions. Some... ...Continue Reading
Square Pegs into Square Holes:  This is What "Right Fit" Job Means

Square Pegs into Square Holes: This is What “Right Fit” Job Means

I began using the term “right fit” job about 6 years ago, referring to work that fits you well.  Work that uses your skills, talents, gifts, abilities.  That demands your best effort.  That feels rewarding and satisfying.  Work that makes mornings great, where you wake up and say “oh good! I get to go to... ...Continue Reading
How to Sustain The Long Job Search

How to Sustain The Long Job Search

Today, I spoke to three people who are getting exhausted by their job search. Two are on the East Coast, one on the West Coast.  All are very good at what they do, and have marketable skills.  Well-spoken, articulate and bright, these people (one a man, two are women) are experienced, skilled, and effective.  They... ...Continue Reading
What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work

What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work

To reignite my passion for what I do every day: Sometimes I need a nap. Sometimes I need to take a walk. Sometimes I need to play and totally forget about work for a while. Sometimes I need to talk to someone who reminds me that what I do is valuable. Sometimes I need to... ...Continue Reading
4 Characteristics of Successful Job Seekers / Finders

4 Characteristics of Successful Job Seekers / Finders

Some people seem to get a new job pretty easily, while others seem to get stuck. Why are some people Job Finders, instead of always Job Seekers? After talking with many job seekers over the years, I’ve identified some of the characteristics of those who succeed. Here they are in no particular order: 1) Persistence. The people... ...Continue Reading
How Improv Can Improve Your Job Search

How Improv Can Improve Your Job Search

This is a guest post by Sarah Holt, a friend and client who has experienced job search armed with the special weapon of being a teacher and performer of improvisational theater, also known as improv. I hope this helps others! As a long-time improv teacher and performer, I am constantly struck by how applicable its... ...Continue Reading
How to Deal With Weight Discrimination

How to Deal With Weight Discrimination

It’s a rising form of discrimination: body size bias. More and more, people who are visibly overweight get fewer job offers, are paid less, and asked to pay a larger share of their health insurance premiums. A recent article on Monster.com tells us that workplace weight discrimination increased 66% from mid-1990s to mid-2000s. Why is... ...Continue Reading