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Want a Job You Love? Read This.

Want a Job You Love? Read This.

I coach people to find their “right fit” work – work that makes you happy. I’ve long known that when I’m happy at work, I’m happy in the rest of my life. And the system I use is one designed to help you find what makes you happiest, so you can find work that allows... ...Continue Reading
Good News on the Hiring Front, At Last

Good News on the Hiring Front, At Last

Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst This headline from Yahoo! Finance is great news for people who’ve been on the job hunt for a while.  Gains were especially high in professional services (+ 70,000 jobs),  manufacturing (+ 50,000), retail (+ 10,000 jobs), and the leisure and hospitality industry – including restaurants and hotels... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: Plan Your First 90 Days

Job Search Basic: Plan Your First 90 Days

Confidence is really attractive in a job candidate. Not arrogance or the assumption that you have the job already. I mean a quiet confidence that you can do the job, you know how to approach its responsibilities, and you’ll deliver on your promises. The tricky part is how to convey confidence when you are nervous... ...Continue Reading

Know Your Personality for a Good Culture Fit at Work

Personality tests. That phrase can drive people crazy. Especially since more companies are asking candidates to take them as part of the interview process. “Those tests don’t really tell you anything.” “I hate taking tests!” “Why do they want to know my personality?” “What are the right answers?” The reality is that these assessment mechanisms... ...Continue Reading

Be Happy at Work: How to Identify the Culture in a Potential Employer

Micro-managing bosses.  Back-stabbing colleagues. Unrealistic performance expectations. Favoritism. Unprofessional behavior.  Unfair, capricious practices.  Lack of respect for expertise. These are some of the reasons people want to leave jobs.  And these are a reflection of a company’s culture. In fact, bad fit with organizational culture is one of the key factors in someone’s decision to... ...Continue Reading

Use negotiation skills at work

Negotiation happens all the time at work. Using principles from such negotiating masters as William Ury (Getting Past No and Getting to Yes), we can be more effective at work. My client S. is a hospital Director of Marketing who is responsible for projects that depend on other people to do things. One example is a Physician... ...Continue Reading

Always Be Winning: Using Negotiation Skills at Work

Negotiation happens all the time at work. Using principles from such negotiating masters as William Ury (Getting Past No and Getting to Yes), we can be more effective at work. My client S. is a hospital Director of Marketing who is responsible for projects that depend on other people to do things. One example is a Physician... ...Continue Reading

How Questions Can Reduce Frustration at Work

A number of people have come to me talking about difficult work environments, and asking for help with coping strategies. The first thing I do is ask them to explain what’s going on. This usually involves some venting of emotions (the topic I addressed yesterday), along with the explanation of certain facts. As Dawn and... ...Continue Reading

Great Leaders Use Active Listening

Active listening is one of the most valuable tools in a leader’s toolbox. Active listening is when one elicits content from another person, gaining their information, skills, perspective, opinion, emotion. Active listening empowers other people, making them feel valued – as in fact they are by a leader who employs the skill of active listening.... ...Continue Reading

As Donald Trump Says: Love Your Work!

People sometimes challenge me when I suggest that they look for their “right fit” work – work they love to do, using their favorite skills and natural talents – work that fits them like a glove and that doesn’t feel like work. “But I need to make money!” is the usual objection. My response: “who... ...Continue Reading

Starting a New Job

I have the happy news that three people have just started new jobs – jobs that meet their Must Have Lists! Because they’ve been out of work for a while (one for almost a year, the others for six+ months), the three people are understandably nervous about how to be successful in this new gig.... ...Continue Reading

A Note Regarding Interviews and Work Transitions

“Helen”* saw a job description for a big job at a non-profit organization and commented: “that’s supposed to be even more dysfunctional than the place I work now!” My response was in the form of a suggestion: “If it’s the kind of work that interests you and the kind of prestigious organization that appeals to... ...Continue Reading