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 […]

Career Choice: Using A Weighted Decision Matrix

(Note: This article refers to a decision-making matrix that is fee-based. For a free but less fully functioned matrix, please visit How to Use a Decision-Making Matrix.) You’ve worked hard at school and college was fun but now it is time to make some hard decisions about your future direction in life.  Shock, horror!  It’s […]

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 […]