Pull the Plug on Your Pity Party

OK, so you’ve been looking for a new job for some time now, but coming up empty-handed. What do you do? The first instinct is to feel sorry for yourself. “Oh, poor me! Nothing ever works out the way I want!” Those negative messages spring to mind so quickly, don’t they? Being upset at the […]

Gratitude Despite Adversity

It’s the evening before Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so this seems like an especially appropriate topic to cover. Even in the best of times, gratitude for one’s circumstances can be overlooked. But when the going gets rough? There’s precious little gratitude that can be found anywhere! Earlier this week, I came across two examples […]

What Children Can Teach Us About Career Management, Part 3

I’m continuing this series on lessons learned from children about the job hunt and career management. Parts One and Two can be found here and here. 6)  Children are tenacious. Granted, kids get a lot of encouragement from everyone when they are starting to walk or when they approximate words as their speech emerges. But […]

Basic Rules Mom Taught You

Your mom taught you lots of things, right? Well, amazingly enough, some of the wisdom she imparted can also help you on the job search. Here are five kernels of truth, courtesy of dear old Mom: 1. “Be nice.” Early in my career, I was an office manager for a nonprofit organization. We needed to […]

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