Strengths Assessment: 10 Ways To Know What You Are Good At Doing

I receive a large number of emails from readers asking about strengths assessment, usually via a question that looks something like this: “Dr. Civitelli, I need to make some career decisions, and so I am trying to figure out my strengths and/or skills. How can I figure out what I’m good at doing?” Here are […]

Gratitude Book Review: “Thanks!” by Dr. Robert Emmons

One of my favorite books about gratitude is “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier,” by Dr. Robert Emmons. Dr. Emmons is a gratitude guru who has dedicated his life to the study of thankfulness. Positive psychology research finds that there are health and mood benefits to practicing gratitude. Some people are naturally cheerful […]

Job Search Tips Using Indeed.com

Because I am a fan of doing anything that can save you time and energy while still conducting an effective job search, I recommend setting up personal search agents at my favorite job search site, Indeed.com. The tutorial below shows you how to do this. First, think of specific skills you have that are in […]

Holiday Job Searching 101

If you are unemployed and thinking of avoiding holiday job searching to start again in January, resist the temptation! Here are ten reasons to conduct a holiday job search: 1.  If an organization goes to the trouble of posting a job ad in November or December, their hiring need is likely urgent and they probably want […]

Vocational Psychology Career Advice

It has always been surprising to me that so few psychologists choose vocational psychology as a career choice. Given that Sigmund Freud said that love and work were the two most important activities in life, you would think psychologists would be extremely interested in the dynamics of choosing, changing, or advancing careers. However, this has […]

How To Recover From Loss of a Dream Job

Hi, Dr. Civitelli, I’ve been in the same business my entire adult life (mid 40’s now) doing the only job I’ve dreamed about doing since I was 5 years old (sales and marketing/promotion in the music industry for both record companies and music retail). Music is and always has been both my job and my […]

Book Review: “Get A Life, Not A Job”

Recently I read Dr. Paula Caligiuri’s “Get A Life, Not A Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You.” Dr. Caligiuri is a work psychologist, CNN career expert, professor in human resource management at Rutgers University, and career counselor. Here are my favorite parts about this book: Dr. Caligiuri provides evidence […]

Benefits of E-Coaching

Recently I participated in a debate about the benefits of e-coaching (coaching via email). I argued that in some situations, e-coaching is ideal. Soon after that, I e-coached a Seattle area client about her career decisions. We never met face-to-face or talked via telephone. After some e-coaching, she happily accepted a new job, and she […]

Book Review: “Reclaiming The Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout”

Dr. Steven Berglas’ “Reclaiming the Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout” is the type of book that is so useful, I wish I had read it years before I actually did. Dr. Berglas is a clinical psychologist who currently teaches at UCLA and is an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He is a […]

Entrepreneur Success Story: Jellyfish Art

Today’s blog post continues my series of interviews with people who started companies after a failed job search, only to discover that entrepreneurship offers rewards so compelling they wouldn’t accept a salaried job now even if offered one. This interview is with Alex Andon, founder of Jellyfish Art, LLC. In May of 2008, Mr. Andon […]