Job Change
Exploring New Job & Career Options:  How to Begin

Exploring New Job & Career Options: How to Begin

I often get people asking me how they can move into another field, or how to identify other occupations and careers that will use their skills. Be forewarned: this exploration takes time and effort, and you may feel like you are in the dark for quite a while.  You will learn a lot, and you can’t... ...Continue Reading
Coding as a Second Language:  An In-Demand Skill to Learn

Coding as a Second Language: An In-Demand Skill to Learn

If you can code, you can get work.  Coding is one of the most in-demand skills there is. Why learn coding?  Because more and more computers are in use in our modern lives.  Computers are in everything from phones to cars to thermostats and refrigerators.  So if you know the language of computers, you will... ...Continue Reading
11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

We move from one career to another by choice and because we have to.  Perhaps we’ve become bored with what we’re doing or we realize we never liked doing it in the first place – “I just fell into it” or “my parent did it, so I followed that example.”  Or maybe the work we’ve... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

You can help prepare yourself to pursue a promotion by taking actions in the 4 areas leaders consider when deciding who to promote. SKILLS: Your boss assesses what you do now and what you could do in the future. Do your current job extremely well, exceeding expectations and goals. Show you’re capable of doing more.... ...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
7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

If you’ve been unemployed for many months, it’s difficult to overcome the perception that your skills aren’t up-to-date. Here are 7 ways to keep current and showcase your value to potential employers. Take classes. Going to school is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and fill in skills gaps. There are endless learning... ...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
Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Photo Credit: Julia Manzerova via Compfight cc A reader asked whether I thought it made sense for him to take a severance offer and pursue his dream work.  My response focuses on gathering more information and offering some guidance to how to think things through. Start by asking yourself these questions: Do you already know exactly what your dream... ...Continue Reading
How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

A client wrote that she had gotten congratulations on her new job from a couple of people, after we updated her LinkedIn profile.  Apparently, even though we disabled the notices setting, logged off, then logged back on and turned on the notices, LinkedIn somehow registered the change in the previous session and broadcast it to... ...Continue Reading
Be in Action to Find Your "Right Fit" Job

Be in Action to Find Your “Right Fit” Job

“Leave no stone unturned” is the usual rule for a successful job search. Being in action is what works for you to find a job.  Stop searching and start finding by being out and about, visible, engaging, asking people to help you reach your goal, and applying for “right fit” jobs. I urge my clients... ...Continue Reading
How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Without Sending Updates to Your Network

How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Without Sending Updates to Your Network

“Soandso just updated their profile” appears in my LinkedIn Updates feed. If I know them, I might click to see what’s new. That’s the point of letting your network know you’ve updated your profile.  To get people to visit your profile and refamiliarize themselves with your skills, background, face. That’s great if you want people... ...Continue Reading