How To Recover From An Online Mistake During A Job Search

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am writing to ask you for career advice about what to do because I made a big online mistake that could hurt my job search. I work in banking and in a burst of anger one night, I posted a rant to a popular banking industry website. I made some statements […]

Prevent Burnout By Changing Your Giving Style

I am frequently asked how to prevent burnout if you work in a helping profession. Recently I read an excellent book, “Give to Your Heart’s Content: Without Giving Yourself Away,” by psychologist Linda R. Harper. Her book discusses giving styles and describes how each style either increases or decreases the risk for burnout. Prevent Burnout […]

How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Today’s blog post features expertise by author Artie Lynnworth on how to prepare for a job interview. I asked Mr. Lynnworth the questions my clients most want to know about job interview preparation. Many people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of preparing for an interview. Can you suggest some manageable steps? There are two main […]

Work From Anywhere: Benefits of Location Independence

Update: I moved to Austin and I meet Austin clients face-to-face for career coaching, but this article focuses on the part of my business where I provide coaching services to clients who don’t live in Austin. Since I began providing career coaching via Skype/Facetime, telephone, and email, I  am an evangelist for the benefits of a […]

How To Ask For A Sabbatical

Today’s article features an interview with Pat Katepoo, author of the ebook, How To Get Six Weeks Off To Travel. What are some of the ways you’ve seen people spend their six weeks of travel? The ways are as varied as the individuals: some have taken time to learn a new language or a new […]

Book Review: Career Solutions for Creative People

“Career Solutions for Creative People: How To Balance Artistic Goals with Career Security” is authored by Dr. Ronda Ormont. I read this book because the tension of creativity vs. security is one of the most common dilemmas in career decision-making. While the book is older (2001), I still found it valuable because this topic is […]

Explore Jobs With “Inside Jobs”

Career counselors frequently instruct clients to explore jobs as part of an overall decision-making process. There is a new online tool that makes the process of job investigation much easier and more fun: Inside Jobs. The site profiles 15,000 jobs and offers a “Career Center” that contains lists of jobs clustered in interesting ways: Jobs […]

Tech Skills In Demand in Austin, TX

With Forbes magazine naming Austin, TX, as the fastest growing city in America for the second year in a row (2011 and 2012), and the tech industry being of interest to so many of my clients, I decided to ask Austin tech insiders which technical skills are in demand in Austin. Aaron Pullman, Senior Director […]

Stay-At-Home Dad Resume Advice

Dear VocationVillage.com, I am seeking some stay-at-home dad resume advice. I have been a stay-at-home dad for the last four years. I want to return to paid employment and I’m not sure how I should address my work stoppage. Do I address/ explain this in my cover letter or do I come up with something […]

Services or Products As Your Career Focus

Have you ever thought about whether you want services or products as your career focus? Understanding the differences between these two possibilities can help you to choose or change to a work direction that is best for your interests, personality, and skills. I interviewed people with both of these types of careers to get their […]