Think Again, Everyone Is Not As Good At This As You!

This cartoon was made by Urvi Mehta as she was learningto say no as one of her first superpowers.See https:facebook.com/MyCartoonJournal for more of her cartoons.This cartoon is reprinted with permission by Urvi Mehta. The term “strengths-based approach” is often seen in the context of social work, but it is also very useful in career development. The main thrust of this ...
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Truth Revealed: Why I Don’t Want To Be President Anymore

Running an event on imposter syndrome forced me to reflect on my own feelings of inadequacy. On March 8, I hosted a free virtual event honoring International Women’s Day (IWD). I invited six female colleagues to join me in presenting Imposter Syndrome: 3 Simple Steps to Overcome It. We had run an IWD event the year before, so we operated ...
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The She-cession: How Economic Downturns Disproportionately Affect Women

Economic difficulty touches millions of lives through job loss, furloughs, and the emotional tolls of uncertainty. While many experience the impact of economic strife, women are often the most adversely affected — particularly women of color. This pattern has become known as the she-cession, and there are a few key reasons for the inequality. In early 2020, part of this ...
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9 Truths & Myths About Networking in Times Like These

The chaos of no more coffee dates | Photo By Paula Brand Many people are struggling with networking right now. Specifically, extroverts who thrive on in-person interaction may have a harder time adjusting to online interactions. Introverts may find it easier because they are often adept at holding a one-to-one conversation and listening intently, two key skills that help with ...
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7 Ways to Progress Your Career, Even During Difficult Times

National Career Development Month is coming this November, so here’s my annual PSA to encourage you to give some thought to where you are in your career right now. It’s a good idea to always be managing your livelihood, no matter where you are in life, no matter what is going on in the world. It’s important to give your ...
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Has COVID Changed Job Search? 10 Reasons I Say Yes and No

During these unusual times, people are still searching for jobs and some companies need more workers. I know folks on both sides of the hiring process, and I can tell you that people are interviewing and starting new jobs as I write this. Since the start of this pandemic, people have been asking me what’s changed about job search during ...
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Customize Your LinkedIn URL in 5 Minutes or Less and Improve Your Personal Brand

With all that is going on in the world, I find more people asking about their LinkedIn presence. They are usually asking how to improve their profile but say they don’t have the time for it. Well, I can share an action that truly only takes a few minutes. Below I share a quick step that can improve the branding ...
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Job Search in the Time of Coronavirus: Top Ten Tips

Work-life balance has a whole new meaning under the current coronavirus pandemic. Things are different for everyone but not the same for all.  People working in some fields are busier than usual such as IT folks helping the rest of us get online and work from home, restaurants scrambling to meet the demand for take-out orders, Amazon continuing to deliver ...
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The Silence around Salary and Why Women Should Break It

It’s important for women to be willing to talk about salary.  Remaining silent keeps us trapped in current limitations.  If we are not comfortable discussing salary, we will avoid initiating negotiations with employers and we won’t share useful data points with those we know, like and trust. This infographic by Turbo (below) shares some of the reasons women don’t talk ...
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4 Steps to a Great Answer for “What is your weakness?”

As a global career coach, the most frequent question I receive on interviewing strategy is my advice on how to answer, “What is a weakness for you?”.  Over the years, I’ve outlined a strategy I call “The Weakness Formula” and this four-step process can help you get through your next interview.  As you’ll see below, all of these steps take ...
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