Passion vs. Purpose

I’ve been giving a lot of thought these days to these loaded words: passion and purpose. For some, the words invoke inspiring imagery and motivation — a sense of connecting their work to a higher good. For others, the words cause frustration, possibly anger as they see passion and purpose as nothing more than pipe dream ideals that aren’t practical, and worse, are a... Keep Reading »

The Art of the Thank You Note

People often ask for etiquette guidance on how to handle the thank you note process. What should notes convey? When should they be sent? What format should be used? I dispense this advice frequently. Read on with my hopes that it will help you stand out in the crowded interview landscape. First, a note about great leadership skills. In my talk, Be Bold, Not Bossy, I... Keep Reading »

Deadlines, Not Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The magical turning of the calendar, which yields a new start. I know I’m in good company, cleaning up my diet, getting back to exercising more, and looking at the start of a year as a fresh slate, an opportunity to set new patterns, achieve new goals. But resolutions don’t cut it for me. Resolutions are dreams that fade away when the... Keep Reading »

We Can’t Be Everyone’s Cup of Tea

A frequent part of my role as a job search coach is to help job seekers rewrite their internal stories. When we don’t hear back from companies, we are often left wondering what we did wrong – even if we have yet to have any contact, let alone an interview. As many of you know, I write fiction. I’m at a place with my second novel where I’ve decided to shop it around... Keep Reading »

5 Critical Steps for an Out-of-State Job Search

As a job search coach who works with people across the country, the concept of out-of-state career moves comes up frequently. Whether it’s moving from Chicago to Colorado or Connecticut to San Diego, I’ve supported many job seekers in their cross-country quests. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot. Here’s a collection of some of the best advice I have to offer job... Keep Reading »