How to Land a Job

If you are a job seeker who has applied to a lot of jobs without success, you might wonder about the best strategies about how to land a job. Thanks to Silkroad Technology, a consulting company that specializes in onboarding new employees, we have lots of data to answer that question. Every year, Silkroad publishes […]

10 Lessons About Creativity From a Neuroscientist and a Composer

Recently I read The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World. Here are 10 lessons about creativity from the authors, a neuroscientist (David Eagleman) and a composer (Anthony Brandt): 1. Of all the species, humans are unique in their inventiveness and drive for novelty. While we do have some preferences for the predictable and […]

What Does Science Say About New Year’s Resolutions?

I almost didn’t write this blog post because it is such a cliché for psychologists to write about New Year’s resolutions. However, my curiosity won out because I wanted to know what science says about New Year’s resolutions because there are so many articles claiming to offer good advice but providing no credible sources for […]

How to Find Software Industry Jobs in Seattle

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am a software development manager in New York City. My career is going well but I don’t think NYC is the place for me, long-term. I recently visited Seattle, WA, and I fell in love with it. Seattle is beautiful! If I wanted to move there, could you tell me how […]

Anti-Ageism Job Search Success Stories

Ageism is one of the most frustrating challenges for job seekers age 50+ (or younger in many industries) so I started collecting anti-ageism success stories so that job seekers could study real-life examples of people who launched or continued careers when they were older. The employers are all named to give credit but the job […]

Job Search Tips for Age 50+: Tech Job Search Success Story

Today’s interview is with job search success story Jeff Shaevel. I met Jeff in Austin Digital Jobs. He shared his story as a 58-year-old job seeker and he impressed me so much, I wanted to know all the details. He graciously agreed to share his philosophy and advice about how to navigate a successful job […]

Should You Move for a Job?

A common career decision is whether to move for a job opportunity or to stay in a place where you already have strong ties to family and friends. There isn’t one right answer, of course, as people have different values and priorities, so I interviewed people who made different decisions to hear their perspectives for […]

How to Use Volunteer Work to Make a Career Change

My career change from tech to career counseling started with a volunteer experience. At the beginning of my career change, I had no relevant job experience and I had taken only one undergraduate class that was even slightly relevant to counseling (it was Introductory Psychology). Doing volunteer work is an excellent way to gain experience […]

Personal Branding Has a Branding Problem

After years of job seekers being bombarded with career advice about personal branding, a lot of people are expressing disgust. A new industry is capitalizing on hatred of personal branding and reassuring job seekers that they don’t have to do anything as tawdry as personal branding. If you Google, “I hate personal branding,” there are […]

Ways to Earn Quick Money

There are many reasons why someone might need this list of ways to earn quick money: a bout of unemployment lasts longer than expected, a freelancer has a dry spell, an unplanned bill arrives, or a person wants to save for something specific. This list is provided as a convenience to readers. Please do your own […]