How to Test Run a New Career Idea Without Risking it All


When clients come to me during a career transition, I often ask them a version of the “genie” question. In other words, if I could wave a magic wand and presto! you could do whatever you want professionally, what would that be? It may take a gentle nudge, but most people come up with an answer – whether it’s a buried dream that’s been gnawing at them since childhood or a more recent yearning. In today’s post, I’m going to provide you with 3 steps to take the seed of a new career idea and make it grow.   […]

Job Hunter’s Guide To Capitalizing On Your Talents

When clients reach out to me during a career transition, they’ve often lost sight of their talents. Maybe it’s been awhile since they got to use their talents at work, or received much praise for their efforts. Knowing your strengths and being able to concisely articulate them (in person and in writing) are essential to creating your next work opportunity. In my Job Hunter’s Guide to capitalizing on your talents, I’ll put you back in touch with what you’re good at, and show you how to position yourself for future employment. […]

How to Tackle Shame While Out of Work

In my version of a perfect world, a person’s value would have nothing to do with their job title. Whether gainfully employed or not, your inherent worth would shine through and be appreciated by everyone. But sometimes the world comes up short. If you find yourself deflated from feeling less valuable than the people around you, it’s time to tackle shame while out of work.   […]

10 Questions to Guide a Successful Career Change

To navigate a successful career change, you’ll need to become a good detective. This is particularly important when you’re unsure of what type of work you want to do next. As a detective, you’ll be tracking down leads, gathering facts and examining evidence. What follows is a series of questions to serve as a catalyst for the process. As you go through the list of questions, try not to overthink them. Your first gut response can be the most revealing. During a career change, I know the stakes are high. But allow yourself to have some fun with this.   […]

How to Ditch the New Year’s Resolution and Achieve Your Career Goals

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For almost a decade, my ongoing New Year’s resolution was to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. I made it a goal because of the common knowledge that consuming this amount of liquid would make me healthier (and my skin more moist) and because well-intentioned friends would say, “You really should drink more water.” So every January 1st, I would try and then fail miserably within the first week. It wasn’t until the 8×8 medical myth was debunked, that I finally felt released. Now that I’m a Career Coach, I understand why New Year’s resolutions rarely work. And that’s why I’m offering a better approach to achieve your career goals.   […]

Your Holiday Guide to Looking for a Job

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You’re looking for a job and it’s the holiday season. On any ordinary given day, it’s hard enough to get prospective employers to return your call. Now, as most commerce slows to a grinding halt, it’s near impossible. But it’s still important to be proactive and maintain momentum. Here are 4 strategies to keep a sense of hope and purpose during this festive time of year.   […]

5 Steps to Getting a Meeting That Will Change Your Career

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When I started a media organization as a relative unknown, I needed allies. So I had to reach out to film people with a lot more stature than me. In the beginning, I had just a few connections and hardly any introductions, but I still got a great response rate. And that’s because of how I worded my request. I challenge you to get a meeting with someone who can change your career. Read more for the blueprint of how to do it.    […]

How to Network for Career Growth and Have Fun at the Same Time

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I’m not a fan of structured networking events. I fully acknowledge that it’s essential to network for career growth. But the idea of walking into a packed room of strangers wearing name tags makes my stomach churn. (Maybe that’s just me.) And so I avoid it. As with exercise, the best networking regimen is the one you’ll actually do. Here are ways to design a plan to match your disposition and build in benchmarks so that you’ll follow through.   […]

How to Improve Your Resume by Answering One Simple Question

question-423604_640 If you’re in a career transition, there’s a good chance you’ll need to update your resume. Maybe you’ve done this recently, or maybe you haven’t looked at it for 20 years. Either way, it can feel like a dreaded task. With so much online noise about how to improve your resume, I want to give you an overview of the basics to position yourself for career change success. I’m going to tackle the questions that I get asked the most. But read all the way through. They build to to the final one, which is the key.   […]