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 […]

Cracking the New Job Market

Today’s article is an interview with author, R. William Holland, Ph.D. Dr. Holland is the author of, “Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy.” He is the founder of R. William Holland Consulting, LLC, specializing in HR and career management, and has an extensive background in talent management. […]

Seattle Career Counselor: Personality Type and Career

I interviewed Seattle career counselor Kate Nelson about personality type and career. Ms. Nelson is an expert in using the personality assessment, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to assist people with choosing work that is a good fit for their personality. Kate, for readers not familiar with the MBTI, please tell us what the […]

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 […]