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Welcome to the rest of your career...everyone!

If you could gaze into a crystal ball and see the rest of career right now – even if it will look completely different from what you’ve experienced so far – so different, in fact, that you’d also realize how unprepared you are for it – would you: (a...

And now, the 2014 word of the year: “AND”

In the last column of 2011 and the second one of 2012, I emphasized a concept which I believed was central not only to job searching and career development, but to self-development as well: self-definition, creating an identity – solely yours –...

Keeping job search stress under control

There is no way to eliminate job search stress entirely, but here are twelve ways to minimize it. 1. Be realistic – this could take a while. Job searches usually take months, even in an improving market. Being realistic reduces stress. Fooling...

Do you want a return call – or not?

Two out of every three voice mails I receive could be – and should be – a lot better than they are. One of the three is not clear enough for me to understand the message the first time I listen to it and another one begins in an unprofessional,...

Education, training, and your resume

Dear post-high school student, I am writing this letter to you and 17,487,474 of your closest friends. That’s how many of you are enrolled in institutions of higher learning (public, private, 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional), according to...

When the interviewer behaves badly

As long as I’ve been a career coach, I’ve insisted that interviewing strategies far outweigh interviewing skills. Yet precious few candidates develop clear strategies, and then, despite thinking the interview went well, wonder why they haven’t moved...

COMMENTARY, PART 6: The Four Partners

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” (Albert Einstein, who else?) There are times when small problems grow larger than our capacity to solve them, at least at our current...

COMMENTARY, PART 4: Is loyalty extinct?

My father had one job for 44 years. I’ve had 11 in 45 years (plus summer jobs), including the one I have now – working for myself for 16 years. Some difference! The workplace has changed. In this, the fourth of six commentaries on sweeping changes...

COMMENTARY, PART 3: Obsession with technology

“We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.” So observed G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), the inimitable English writer, philosopher, poet, and journalist. His words gain more relevance as the years push them further into history,...

COMMENTARY, PART 2: How we take in the world

Last week began a six-week commentary series on overarching trends and patterns that have emerged – or still are emerging – in the American workplace (and culture) over the decade I’ve been writing this column, the most imminent of which is the up-...

Take the long view.

Remember when you learned to drive a car? The first thing they taught you was to look far ahead of you down the road, not just beyond the hood of the car. Remember? Well, it’s time to apply the same advice to job searching and career planning,...

The leverage you (could) have (if you want)

It has become exceedingly evident that the pivotal issue in today’s (and tomorrow’s) workplace is the skills gap. This is the phenomenon of millions of open jobs for which employers would hire in an instant if candidates with the right skills showed...

It’s that damned privacy thing again!

Here’s a pretty interesting question from a reader. It also could be pretty creepy and could drive George Orwell crazy, were he around today. “The new CEO for my parent company wants all employees with office computers and company e-mail accounts to...