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Retirement: How to Get Off The Work Merry-Go-Round

Retirement – it seems like a million years from now, but for many baby boomers, it is now suddenly looming in the rear-view mirror closer than ever. Consider the following example: Last week, I was providing résumé reviews at an industry conference, and a woman sat down in my booth. She sighed heavily, and said that she has been doing the same job for years, has been very good at it, and used to have a great deal of commitment and invested energy in her career. Now, however, she has reached the point where she will likely retire in the… Read »




The Secret Second Life of Your Career

The secret second life of your career? What does this mean? Let me preface this explanation with this background thought: All of us have experienced a path of our own choosing to arrive where we are currently. Circumstances and people have helped sway and bend the shape of that route, but ultimately, we are the ones who have made decisions that led up to present circumstances. When first starting out, there were a lot of questions in our mind. “Do I know how to do the job?” “Can I do the job?” “Do others trust me to do the job?”… Read »




Career Blueprint to Your Success

A career blueprint secret to your own success already exists. You just have to take the time to discover, develop, and then deploy it. When it comes down to where you want to go and what you need to do to get there, a career blueprint is needed to help provide actionable steps leading the way. If you are not clear on what it is you are pursuing, it will be easy to be distracted and get lost along the way. Creating a career blueprint isn’t easy. But they are easily discoverable. Where the heavy lifting really comes in is… Read »




How to Handle Working for a Younger Boss

I’ll admit it. Personally, I am facing that mid-century mark in a couple of years, and it has not gone unnoticed that suddenly, there sure are a lot of younger people in the workforce these days. And my colleagues and friends are suddenly find ourselves approaching “Old Guard” status. How did that happen?!! Because I run my own business, I don’t have anyone else to report to, but there are a lot of people who are changing jobs that are in this same age bracket, and suddenly, during the interview, they are looking across the table at people who might… Read »




The Biggest Career Challenge that Millennials Face

This is not your parent’s career. You know, the one where they stay in the same job and retire with the gold watch. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that most high schoolers today are going to have at least 10-15 jobs across their entire lifetime. Personally, I think that is a really low number. With millennials, I think we are talking 20-30 jobs… or a whole lot more than that. Some of that number will involve holding multiple jobs concurrently.  Part-time work is becoming more prevalent, and people might have to work 2-4 part-time jobs at the same time… Read »




When Team Spirit Fizzles Your Job Search

Sure, we all want to demonstrate that we have team spirit, but it can fizzle your job search. Say what?!!!!??!! Yes, it’s great to be rah-rah about the team when talking about past projects, but sometimes, this can be a liability, versus an asset. In job searches, I’ve found that people start talking about their accomplishments in “we” and team spirit terms, and don’t use personal language. But that’s not what the employer is interested in… They aren’t hiring the rest of the team. They are interested in what YOU can do. Not the others. When it comes down to… Read »




What You Read Shapes Your Career

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »




The One Word That Can Shatter Your Career

There’s one word that can do more harm than any other when it comes to your career. Using it cuts the legs out from underneath your credibility. It is one that too many people use… and the trouble is that they don’t even know that they are using it. What is this powerful word? It’s the word “think.” As in, “I think I am capable of doing this…” Or, “This is a task I can do, I think.” Too many times when I am interviewing clients about their accomplishments or abilities, they will use “I think.” Really? You think… but… Read »




Personal Brand vs. Company Brand

Personal brand definitions can be tough when you are operating within a corporate environment. But you CAN execute a personal brand right, even despite the lines sometimes being blurred between what is personal and what is corporate. Here’s an example of what I mean: Yesterday, I gave a presentation to a group of professionals where the following question was raised: “If I am creating online content for my company, which is going out under their social media channels, and this content is some of my best work, how do then I build my own personal brand?” This is a real… Read »




Don’t Achieve the “Peter Principle” in Your Career

The Peter Principle. It’s a real thing. Don’t know what it is? Basically, it is the concept that people get promoted to the highest level of their own incompetence. In simple terms, you could be the top sales person who gets promoted to director of sales as a reward… because you are doing so awesome in sales. Chaos then ensues as when you screw everything up because you suck at managing people. Sales you can do. Managing you cannot. Congratulations: You have just met the Peter Principle. Unfortunately, the Peter Principle happens a lot in the workplace.  Bosses want to… Read »





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