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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Starting Career Change

The sub-title for this post should be “Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Made!” My biggest career mistake was when I was leaving my job at Harvard.  It was my second real job, and after working there for 5 years, I was tired of it,  even though it truly was a great place to work.  I wanted to […]

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7 Things I Learned from Chutes and Ladders

One of my neighbors has a little girl who likes to play Chutes and Ladders with me.  I think it’s because she can beat me. But whether I win or lose, I get a real kick out of seeing the unabashed excitement on her face every time we start a new game. If only we […]

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Are You One of The Uncoachables?

A friend sent me an article by Marshall Goldsmith that talks about what he calls “lost causes” – in other words, people who can’t be coached. At least not at the moment. For me, the idea of uncoachable people raises some immediate questions. Is anyone really uncoachable? Shouldn’t a good coach be able to guide the […]

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Do the Words “Job” and “Security” Go Together Any More?

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about career phrases (yes, I know I live an exciting life), and we came across a phrase that may or may not have any resonance in today’s job market. There was a time – some of you may remember – when people had jobs […]

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How Do You Know When To Say Yes?

I just went through something I want to share with the rest of you. I turned down an opportunity that was very likely to make me good money. Yes…even in this market. For the last few weeks I’ve been speaking to someone who wanted to work with me on a new project he’s thinking of […]

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Why You Don’t Need to Match Everything

I was speaking with someone who’s getting ready to send out a small flurry of cover letters and resumes in response to job descriptions she found on a company website. She’s very interested in this particular company, so she was thrilled to see so many openings in her field just as she’s looking to make […]

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Is Having Back-up Skills a Bad Idea If You Really Want a Dream Career?

Does it help to have absolutely no discernible marketable skills to fall back on if you really and truly want to make it big in a dream career? Maybe. DISCLAIMER: I know this post could send parents of college age students screaming…mostly at me. So please know this is just something I’m throwing out there […]

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How I Got My First Non-Profit Job

Many moons ago, after I got my MBA in Finance, I spent quite a few years looking for the right corporate job. I worked in banking. I worked in the entertainment field. I worked in another area of banking. (So hard to resist an easy answer to a paycheck.) But even though the salary and […]

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What If You Aren’t Good at Something You Love?

I was recently asked to help someone in an area where I have almost no expertise. Luckily, the person understood that and asked me to help anyway. And I loved what I was doing. I mean really LOVED it.

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