“Help Me Find a Job Fast”

Dear Dr. Civitelli, Can you help me find a job fast? I hate my job so much, I am depressed when I wake up on Monday morning and I stay that way until Friday evening. I’ve used up all my sick days and vacation time and it is early in the year. I don’t like […]

On Happenstance: Wisdom from Dr. John Krumboltz

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. John Krumboltz speak on happenstance and careers. Dr. Krumboltz is one of the best vocational psychologists in the world and I have admired his work since grad school, so this was quite a fun event for me. This article outlines some of my favorite parts of […]

How To Recover From An Online Mistake During A Job Search

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am writing to ask you for career advice about what to do because I made a big online mistake that could hurt my job search. I work in banking and in a burst of anger one night, I posted a rant to a popular banking industry website. I made some statements […]

How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Today’s blog post features expertise by author Artie Lynnworth on how to prepare for a job interview. I asked Mr. Lynnworth the questions my clients most want to know about job interview preparation. Many people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of preparing for an interview. Can you suggest some manageable steps? There are two main […]

Stay-At-Home Dad Resume Advice

Dear VocationVillage.com, I am seeking some stay-at-home dad resume advice. I have been a stay-at-home dad for the last four years. I want to return to paid employment and I’m not sure how I should address my work stoppage. Do I address/ explain this in my cover letter or do I come up with something […]

How To Change Jobs: Advice For An Underemployed English Major

Dear Dr. Civitelli: I live in the Seattle area. I have worked at a bookstore for four years, since I graduated college with an English major. Retail has become more and more stressful for me, and I have told myself many times over the past few years that I should try to find some other […]

Cracking the New Job Market

I interviewed R. William Holland, Ph.D., an expert about job search and author of “Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy.” He is the founder of R. William Holland Consulting, LLC, specializing in HR and career management, and has an extensive background in talent management. Dr. Holland, your […]

Job Search Tips Using Indeed.com

Because I am a fan of doing anything that can save you time and energy while still conducting an effective job search, I recommend setting up personal search agents at my favorite job search site, Indeed.com. The tutorial below shows you how to do this. First, think of specific skills you have that are in […]

Holiday Job Searching 101

If you are unemployed and thinking of avoiding holiday job searching to start again in January, resist the temptation! Here are ten reasons to conduct a holiday job search: 1.  If an organization goes to the trouble of posting a job ad in November or December, their hiring need is likely urgent and they probably want […]

Benefits of E-Coaching

Email-based career coaching (e-coaching) is ideal for some clients. Benefits include: – A writing-based approach for clients who prefer writing to speaking – A complete record of the conversations – Spontaneity as there is no scheduling to consider – Convenience as geographic location and time zone don’t need to be accommodated – Affordability – Great […]