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…

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…

Age Discrimination: Job Search Advice For Those At Age 60+

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There is a growing segment of those at age 60+ who are making the concept of retirement outdated. They either have no desire to stop working or they don’t have the luxury of retiring because they tied up their retirement money in 401Ks that went south with the stock market during the recession. Among the key issues that seem to be challenging this group include: worries about age discrimination; concerns about privacy in building an online presence…

Attitude, Passion, Selling It & Acing The Interview

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This week I spoke to a gentleman on the west coast who told me that at the age of 51 and having struggling with health issues for the last year, he’s ready to just get a job – forget what he’s passionate about. Mmmm…. Well, if you’re familiar with my take on things, you know I didn’t let that pass. I told him about a…

Part III. Cultivating Your Individual Brand

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In part one and two I talked about the first ingredient of your brand – your skills, talents and traits. In part three, I’m going to tell you about the last two ingredients that go into making your individual brand… Passion and Accomplishments. So, you have the whole recipe now. Take your Skills/Talents/Traits, add in your Passion and top it off with your Accomplishments. Okay, so you do know what you’re passionate about, right? Hey, maybe you’re not. I’ve learned to not make assumptions that folks know this stuff. I mean, it’s hard to find the time to sit around and self-reflect. Life is busy. Life is distracting. I asked someone recently what she enjoys doing in her spare time, and she remarked, “What spare time?” If you don’t know what you’re passionate about…

“I wanna hold your hand…”

To optimize a client’s investment, I give homework during personal consultation sessions. So when a client comes to me for my expertise, he or she will definitely walk away with some action steps to create forward momentum.

However, sometimes I work with clients who get stuck. They have trouble getting their homework done. This can happen with folks who are doing a straightforward job search, but, more commonly, the stuck clients are the ones trying to change careers.

Why does this happen?
For some…

Our “Power Years” Give Us A Second Chance To Pursue Happiness

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A friend recommended a very interesting book called The Power Years: A User’s Guide to Rest of Your Life. The primary contributor, Dr. Ken Dychtwald, is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues.

In my first perusal of the book, the following main points really stood out for me.

We’ll be living longer and healthier than we used to.
In 1800 the average life expectancy was less than 40 years. Today, the average lifespan is…

Ignatius’ resume didn’t hold him back, nor should yours!

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I’m reading Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney, which is about the founding and subsequent success of the 450 year old “company” of the Jesuits. Beyond simply feeding my love of history, this book is opening my eyes to how leadership principles of the business world compare with what Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Catholic religious order, used as pillars in the forming of his organization in the 16th century.

But even more fascinating to me is learning about Ignatius’ meandering career path and how it didn’t come together for him until what was then considered the twilight of a man’s life. Did you know…

Canfield’s great advice on choosing a career

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By Angela Loëb My youngest sister recently told me about a book that has literally changed her perspective about her life and career – Jack Canfield’s Success Principles.  Since I haven’t had time to read it, I’ve been checking out … Continued

A Finance Guy Finds The Work He Loves

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Jared Gossett was living in Dallas, TX. In his late 20’s and well-educated, he was working in the financial industry as an investment banker. He was quite successful at turning small piles of money into large ones. He should have been enjoying his career, but something was missing.