“I Was Fired”

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I was fired from my last job. Do prospective employers have the right to ask about this? How do I handle this in my job search? What do I say about it if I am asked if I have ever been fired? Signed, Worried Dear Worried, To answer your questions, I consulted […]

What Do Career Counselors Do?

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What do career counselors do?” Usually people ask this question for one of two reasons: (1) They are considering becoming a career counselor themselves and they want to know what the day-to-day job is like, or (2) They are considering hiring a career counselor and […]

How to Calm Your Job Interview Anxiety

If you have a job interview coming up, these strategies will help you to calm your job interview anxiety so that you can perform at your best. Reassure yourself that there are always other job opportunities so that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking this is your last chance ever to land a […]

How to Lose a Job: Rescinded Job Offer Horror Stories

During a job search, a rescinded job offer can be a bad thing if a job seeker really wanted a specific job, or it can be the best outcome if an employer and a job seeker discover that they really aren’t a good fit to work together after all. I asked employers if they would ever […]

How to Become A Career Counselor or Career Coach

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I think I might want to do the same type of work you do, but I don’t know how to become a career counselor or career coach. Can you please tell me how to get started? Thank you, Future Career Counselor or Career Coach Dear Future Career Counselor or Career Coach, One […]

How to Get Wild About Work, Part 2

In the first part of this two-part article, I explored how to create an internal compass that points the way to a career that leaves you feeling energized and alive. In this post I want to take a deeper look at how to put that compass to use. Your internal compass is made of the […]

Career Envy: Embrace It!

As one of the seven deadly sins, envy has a bad rap. Envy makes us feel bad so we usually try to squelch it. But what if instead of trying to stamp out feelings of envy, you used envy as a terrific source of information? If noticing someone else’s career success feels like a punch […]

How To Get Wild About Work, Part 1

Are you at a career crossroads? Feeling like it’s time for a change to a career that lights you up, but not quite sure what that is or how to get there? Read on! In this two-part article, I want to explore a different way of thinking about pursuing your passion, one that both clarifies […]

The Role of the Unconscious in Career Development

Today’s interview is with Dr. Lynn Friedman, a psychologist / psychoanalyst who is an expert on the role of the unconscious in career development. I talked with Dr. Friedman about how people can know when the unconscious is affecting their career and workplace behavior, and what they can do about it. Dr. Friedman, what are ways […]

The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life

The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life – A Creative and Practical Guide is a wonderful book for all the people in the world who feel frustrated by the expectation that they should pick just ONE career focus. If it sounds much better to you to follow many (and frequently changing) interests, […]