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 […]

Directory of Houston Professional Associations

Getting involved with a Houston professional association is an excellent way to launch or build your career. Many people who haven’t experienced the power of participation in a professional association don’t realize how beneficial the sense of community can be with others in your industry or field. Members tell each other about job openings, keep […]

Burnout Recovery: Stories of Hope

In the past few years, organizations have reduced staff and increased performance expectations for the remaining employees. Many people seem over-worked, underappreciated, exhausted, and burned out. Given the current work climate, I wondered to a colleague if burnout recovery is truly possible, and she expressed doubt. I decided to find and interview people who have […]

Survey Finds Meaningful Work #1 Reason To Change Jobs

Recently I ran a survey on VocationVillage.com asking visitors their #1 reason to accept a new job. After 128 votes, here are the responses: . Are you surprised? I thought “Flexible work schedule” and “Great boss” would receive more votes than they did. If you are a hiring manager and you are hoping to attract […]

IT Career Advice For A Careful Coder

Dear Dr. Civitelli, Hello and thank you for the opportunity to ask you this question. I’m a good worker with 29 years of IT in both the US Navy (now retired) and the commercial sector. I have solid experience and certifications in Computer Security, Red Hat Linux and VMware virtualization, though I only have an […]

Seattle Resume Writers

Dear Seattle Career Coach, Since your company doesn’t write resumes, can you please recommend some good Seattle resume writers? I tried to write my resume but I gave up. Thank you! Mark Seattle, WA Dear Mark, Sure. I’m a fan of hiring a resume writer because as you experienced, sometimes it can be very difficult […]

Smart Employers Offer Workplace Flexibility

In the Industrial Age, it made sense to tie workers to schedules and specific locations. In the Information Age, work can be done from anywhere and at times that are convenient to workers, clients, and customers. I predict that in the future, the employers who resist this trend will be left in the dust by […]

When To Change Careers Or Jobs

Recently I was quoted in an article about how you know when to change careers. I told the writer that I use a 80% guideline for work satisfaction. This means if a client isn’t at least 80% happy with a career, job, or boss, there is work for us to do to get that number […]