From Self-Employed To Salaried: Success Stories

When I tell career coaching clients that self-employed freelancing or consulting can be good paths toward landing full-time salaried employment, many people express skepticism that this strategy ever works. Perhaps because many recruiters are unenthusiastic about self-employed job seekers, there is a persistent myth in the workplace that once you are a freelancer or consultant, […]

10 Ways a Job Search Coach Can Help You Land A Job

I am asked all the time how a job search coach can help you land a job, so I decided to blog about the answers I always give. First, as a job search coach, I am often mistaken for a recruiter, so one of the most important things to clarify is what I don’t do: […]

What To Do If You Are Over 50 And You Can’t Land A Job

Recently I published two success stories about a marketing executive and a web editor who are age 50+ and landed new jobs. While I believe ageism is real and problematic, I also wanted to illustrate that there are people who successfully land employment even in their 50s. However, the U.S. Dept. of Labor says that […]

Best Career Advice Websites

With so much information online, it can be tough to identify the best career advice websites. I spend a ton of time reading about career development including job search advice, so here are eight of my favorites (alphabetized rather than ranked): Since 1998, About.com’s Alison Doyle has written about online job searching, social media, professional networking, and […]

Job Search Stress: How To Conquer It

No doubt about it, most people hunting for employment experience job search stress. “I would rather have steak stapled to my body and be thrown into shark-invested waters than have to go through a job search.” – Lilith L., happily employed Senior Computer Specialist, in a posting to a networking forum. Perhaps you feel like […]

Career Choice Advice: Do You Have The Decision-Making Blues?

Career choice advice is one of the main services that clients seek from career counselors and coaches. This is because deciding an occupational focus can be difficult! Sometimes after several weeks of exploring potential industries and jobs, it can feel discouraging if decisions don’t seem crystal clear. Some clients lament that there are no perfect […]

“Help Me Find a Career” Book

Are you undecided about your career? I wrote a book to help you! The book is available via Amazon as a Kindle eBook and can be read on a Kindle, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android smart phone, or on the Kindle Cloud Reader. I interviewed 12 career experts and I asked them to tell me […]

Informational Interview Tips

Career counselors are always telling clients to go talk to people about different career fields if the client is undecided about which career to choose, but many clients say they feel stuck and fearful as soon as they consider how to actually follow this career advice. These specific informational interview tips will help make the […]

10 Ways A Career Coach Can Help You Prepare For A Job Interview

Recently I realized that many people aren’t aware how helpful an hour or two of job interview coaching can be, so I decided to write down 10 ways a career coach can help you prepare for a job interview. In an interviewing coaching session (conducted via Skype or telephone), a career coach can… 1. Evaluate […]

Job Search Tips for Age 50+: New England Executive Becomes CMO

In my exploration of job search tips for age 50+ job seekers, I interviewed New England marketing executive Tom Hart. Tom’s job search is a success story and his career advice is excellent. Tom, what is your current job? Since October of 2012, I am Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Staffing Business Development Leader for […]