Happy Franchise Owners

A reader wrote to me asking me how to decide whether to buy a franchise and whether there are any happy franchise owners. I investigated and found 11 franchise owners who are happy and willing to share information about their businesses. Franchise owners profiled below are from Anytime Fitness, CruiseOne, Elevation Burger, Fetch! Pet Care, […]

Should I Buy A Franchise?

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I would like to own my own business but I am overwhelmed when I think about starting one completely from zero. I have some money from an inheritance and I am thinking about investing it in franchise ownership, but I don’t know how to decide if this is a good idea or […]

“Help Me Find a Job Fast”

Dear Dr. Civitelli, Can you help me find a job fast? I hate my job so much, I am depressed when I wake up on Monday morning and I stay that way until Friday evening. I’ve used up all my sick days and vacation time and it is early in the year. I don’t like […]

10 Career Advancement Strategies by Emily Bennington

This week I read the book, “Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide To Corporate Domination,” by Emily Bennington. The book offers Ms. Bennington’s career advancement advice to help more women reach positions of leadership. On her website, Ms. Bennington describes herself as a “career author, speaker, and space invader.” Her book is […]

On Happenstance: Wisdom from Dr. John Krumboltz

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. John Krumboltz speak on happenstance and careers. Dr. Krumboltz is one of the best vocational psychologists in the world and I have admired his work since grad school, so this was quite a fun event for me. This article outlines some of my favorite parts of […]

Calling and Vocation: A Book Review

“Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work” by Bryan J. Dik, Ph.D. and Ryan D. Duffy, Ph.D. is is a book about exploring, discovering, and creating a sense of calling at work. By “calling,” Drs. Dik and Duffy mean a summons by God and/or a universal […]

Moving Beyond The Impostor Syndrome

For many years I’ve recommended Dr. Valerie Young’s work each time I’ve discovered that a client suffers from the Impostor Syndrome. Because this happens so frequently, I decided to write about Dr. Young’s recent book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite […]

10 Things I Learned At A Joyfully Jobless Weekend

I have been recommending Barbara Winter’s book, “Making A Living Without A Job,” for years, so when I discovered that she was coming to the city where I live for a Joyfully Jobless weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in her event. I wanted to learn new resources for self-employed clients and also […]

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 […]