November 23, 2014

If you think you can ditch the cover letter, it's probably because you haven't seen a really good cover letter do its magic. In any event, we don't

November 13, 2014

I coach, teach and mentor others about work, jobs and careers for a living. There is a lot of good career advice out there, but also a lot of bad. One variant of the latter category is this idea that everyone should follow his or her passion, be ”true to themselves,” and mount a Steve Jobs-like mission to create and do work you love. Advice that creates impossible expectations is...

October 28, 2014

Having a hard time? Here’s how to get some perspective and find out what motivates you.

Looking for work is hard. Being in a job you don’t like is hard. Being in a job you like, but struggling to work full-time, raise kids, and find time for laundry is hard. Basically, life is hard.

But it’s also beautiful and creative. And there are lots of ways to make it work and make it joyful.


July 24, 2014

Now that we’re heading into the last two to three weeks of summer internships, it’s time to figure out what your chances are to convert that internship into an offer for a full-time position. It is extremely important that you give this serious thought now, because even if it turns out that you don’t want to continue, or you sense that you may not be getting an offer, you still w...

December 4, 2013

The latest survey data says a full 94% of recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts. And that is across the board for short order cooks to financial analysts. And yet people are puzzled, or at least, skeptical as to why tools like LinkedIn are such a game changer.

Think of it like this: it used to be that only the demand side of the labor market was organ...

June 26, 2013

 Work sucks. Universal truth. But why is something the majority of the planet does, for 8 to 12 hours per day (adding up to about two thirds of one's life) so oddly tenuous?

At least part of the answer is that many of us are engaged in doing work that bears no correlation to who we really are. Our unique talents and abilities are not matched to our jobs.

We are stuck in careers and...

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