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 […]

Human Resources Career Paths

No matter what the job market looks like, human resources may be a good career choice for you. Almost every company, regardless of what they do, has an HR department. You won’t find that kind of variety of potential employers in many other fields. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts […]

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 […]

Assessing Organizational Culture: Will This Be A Good Place For You To Work?

When you’re looking for a job, it’s important to consider an organization’s culture. You need to assess whether you’ll be a good “cultural fit” for the organization, and whether the organization will be a good fit for you. Cultural fit is an important determinant of your success, engagement and even happiness on the job. So […]

Graphic Designer Career Profile

Today’s career profile features Bronson Dunbar, a Graphic Designer and Web Developer. I interviewed Mr. Dunbar to find out what he does at work during a typical day, what skills he uses in his job, and what career advice he has for people considering graphic design and web development as a career. Bronson, how would […]

How To Change Jobs: Advice For An Underemployed English Major

Dear Dr. Civitelli: I live in the Seattle area. I have worked at a bookstore for four years, since I graduated college with an English major. Retail has become more and more stressful for me, and I have told myself many times over the past few years that I should try to find some other […]