When Should Career Management Start?

Over this past school year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to partner with a local library by meeting with their teen group. We’ve discussed résumés and will soon be getting into job interviews. Working with them, as well as thinking about my own young children, has caused me to reflect on the question posed […]

Illogical Arguments Don’t Make a Bad Job Search Strategy Better

I’ve spoken before about my dislike of the spray and pray job search method. Do I think it should never, ever be done? Nah, I don’t like to say “never.” It can have a small role in a job seeker’s overall job hunt strategy; given the fact that, generally, no more than 20% of all […]

How Do I Handle a Sabbatical?

I was recently asked this question: “I would like to take some time off to spend with my young children. How should I handle this gap on my résumé to minimize my difficulty in reentering the workforce?” With the inquirer’s permission, I am sharing the gist of my response with you all. Taking time off […]

Top Priorities When Job Loss Enters the Picture

Priorities can get so completely messed up when job loss enters the picture. All too often, the fact that a person is now unemployed takes over everything. Don’t get me wrong — a job loss needs to be treated seriously, but the degree to which folks let it dictate their lives can be unhealthy. I […]

Preparation Is the Key to Mastery of Your Career Story

Tom Peters, the author and speaker who (according to his Twitter bio) has been “labeled the Red Bull of management thinking,” put up a tweet a couple months ago that has stuck with me: Mr. Peters thought is one that connects with a previous post, in which I talked about preparation as “allow[ing] you to […]

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