Is This The End?

While it’s not unusual to have bad days at work (and some that even lead to dreams of quitting and retiring to a sunny island), deciding to actually resign is a big deal. How can you tell if you’re just going through a tough phase in your job or if it’s time to explore new …

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Switching Careers: Bypass the Bias!

Great to be a part of LinkedIn’s new feature #YouAsked. Here is my full answer about how to successfully get in front of the decision-makers when switching careers: The good news is that the landscape of careers is changing, which is opening up many opportunities for career switchers. The not-so-great news is that hiring practices haven’t …

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My Job Switch is Killing Me!

What do the words “smooth”, “linear”, “rational” and “straightforward” have in common? NONE describes a job search. Whether voluntary or not, the process of seeking a new position is often a sandwich of frustration and ambiguity bookended by excitement and anticipation. Similar to moving to a new home, you know the process will be worth …

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Gaming the System When Networking

If the thought of an evening spent “networking” makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Despite understanding that networking is about building two-way relationships and that positive intentions (e.g., a willingness to help others) can make it feel more natural, many still struggle with motivating themselves to make meeting new contacts a part of daily life. …

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The BEST Time to Look for a Job

For those regular readers of my articles, you’ve likely already guessed where this is heading. Of course, the best time to be looking for a job is always. I don’t mean a full-on job search, but rather keeping yourself “job-change ready” just in case you need (or want) to make a shift. This way, you’re …

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Three People You Need in Your Network

I recently interviewed Carla Harris, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley on my SiriusXM radio show “Career Talk*” where she spoke about the three types of professional relationships you need to succeed. While each role overlaps in certain ways, there are also key differences that can have a major impact on your career. Advisors are those …

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Kill Your Vacation Guilt!

If you’re like many Americans, you forfeited about 50% of your eligible vacation time last year. “Vacation guilt” seems to be indigenous to the US where employees freely walk away from $66.4 billion in benefits (about $604 for the average worker). What’s worse – we have a lower vacation bank to begin with compared to many European …

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Get Out Of Your Head!

Whether you’re a writer, soccer coach, job seeker, or self-employed, there will be points in your life where you’ll find yourself at a crossroads and just feel STUCK. When this happens, many rely on time-honored strategies such as drafting a pro/con list, free-association journaling techniques, or creating complex decision trees — processes that keep us …

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