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Are you doing the work that was born in you?

“No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him.” -James Russell Lowell. A few months ago, a woman at one my workshops was stumped with a series of questions during the group-sharing portion of the module. The answer to these questions would reveal her childhood gifts and early interests, which would point the way to her work and the way she would…

Navigating the Currents of a Career Change

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Sometimes making a change of direction can be daunting. So daunting that you sort of freeze up and say to yourself… well, maybe I’ll tackle this next month. Then next month becomes 6 months. And maybe even a year goes by before you look up and notice that you’re still drifting. You still haven’t made that career shift you were dreaming about. The solution is to create a plan to move forward. Last night I led a group of career explorers through a discussion of how to create such a plan. I took…

To Act On True Callings Requires Courage & Faith In Yourself

I’ve been skimming through a book called Callings: Finding and following an authentic Life by Gregg Levoy. It’s about vocational callings. The dictionary definition says that a vocation is “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.” Being “called,” as Levoy puts it, is to be summoned away…

Attitude Strategies – because “Attitude is everything!”

Staying upbeat and positive during your job search or a career change can be extremely challenging. Doubts can creep in at every turn. It all seems like a series of rejections and actions without results. Yesterday, my friend and fellow career expert, Regina Moser observed that her clients who have a positive attitude, a “it’s going to happen no matter what” belief, seem to be doing much better in this employer’s job market…

The Basics of Blogging, An Advanced Job Search Strategy

If you enjoy “talking” shop about your field or craft and if you’re a pretty decent writer, then you might want to give blogging a try. It’s a great strategy for career development in general, and it could be an excellent strategy to increase your online presence during your career transition. My favorite blogger who has combined his passion for his profession with his observations about…

Job Interview: 9 Etiquette Tips For A Great 1st Impression Handshake

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This is basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the basic things that will make or break you. So, if you already know these things, great! Consider this a review! 1. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well-clipped and manicured. 2. You don’t want to offer a cold hand, so be sure…

“The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations”

Recently picked up the latest revised edition of one of my favorite career books of all time, Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt. Boldt offers what he calls “The Quest for Life’s Work Affirmations,” which is a list of affirming statementss that are meant to inspire you to keep working toward your goal of obtaining the work you love… the work you’re called to do. So, if you haven’t yet had your Recommended Daily Allowance of affirmations today, here you go!…

Throw yourself at the ground and miss

I’m convinced that finding the positive spin is THE key to having strong emotional resilience. Some might accuse me of having a pure “Pollyanna” outlook because of this. You know, like I always look for the “silver lining” and all that. Well, I do look for the silver lining, but I didn’t always. I’ve worked hard to get into the habit of finding the positive spin because there have been many times in my life where it’s worked to help me be happier. About 13 years ago, I took a job with a company that recruited me (I was very flattered, of course), but I didn’t know then what I know now, and I realized 30 or so days into…

3 Attitudes You’ll Need to Survive the Adventure

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1. Be courageous… Christopher Robin to Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A. A. Milne | “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson…

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