How to Know When to Change Careers

Dear Career Coach, I work in higher education. I taught chemistry for 8 years at a community college. From there, I moved to a 4-year university to become a professional academic advisor.  I spent 8 years there as well. My first 6 years there as an advisor and the last 2 years as the director […]

How to Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

I am a Texas resident and before I moved to Austin, I lived in Houston for six years. Starting on August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused a devastating amount of destruction and misery in Houston and in other parts of Texas. My heart is heavy so I investigated how to help and I want to share […]

Advice From College Counselors: How to Succeed in College

College counselors wish they could talk to every college student, but since there are an average of 1500 students for every college counselor in America, many students will never talk to one. I asked college counselors what they wish they could tell students. Here is their advice: Tour campus. Before you choose a college, take […]

EVERYTHING You Need to Know to Land the Job

Are you looking to get your job search on track? Need to update your resume, learn how to interview confidently, figure out how to have the dreaded salary negotiation conversation? If this sounds like you, I want to introduce you to a trusted colleague and friend who has just the job search course you need […]

Seven Nonfiction Books That Changed Lives

I asked readers, “What book changed your life?” Here are seven of their responses: . “The book that changed my life (and business) was The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D. The book uses the story of a young man who hears about a manager with an excellent reputation for […]

How to Quickly Land a New Job

There are two types of job seekers: (1) Those who are willing to take a leisurely path because there is no urgency to their job search, and (2) Those who need to know how to quickly land a new job because they are running out of money or patience with a bad job situation. If […]

Book Review: “The Start-Up of You”

The American labor market is changing. Work is often difficult to find and even when job seekers land jobs, those jobs may end after a period of months or years rather than decades as in the past. The old model of “job-hopping is bad” is less true and the need to have well-developed job search […]

Use Detective Skills to Evaluate a Job Offer

When companies recruit you, they often stretch the truth or outright lie. To find out the truth, you have to use detective skills to evaluate a job offer. Here are some strategies to use: * Sign up for accounts at CareerBliss, Glassdoor, and Indeed. While it is true that unhappy people tend to write more […]

Five Fiction Books That Changed Lives

Most people understand that books can be transformative, but it isn’t just self-help and “how to” books that make a difference. Fiction books can also be life-changing through the power of a compelling story. I asked people to share with me which fiction books changed their lives. Here are five of their responses: .“There are […]

Should You Have a Plan B?

When you are setting goals related to your career or business, should you have a Plan B? There are successful people who argue that you absolutely should not. Actor Will Smith says, “There is no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.” (1) Sunny Nunan, founder of Core24, a business […]