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Put Yourself First (Even if You Think You Can’t)

Take a moment and think about all the people in your life that you feel some sense of responsibility for. If you were to map out a typical day, how much time would be spent doing things for yourself? Try to go beyond the nuts and bolts of adult responsibilities like bill paying and grocery shopping. I’m talking about experiencing moments where…

Mind the Gap! Bridging the Gap Between Grads and Employers

College students and recent grads, you do not have it easy. The job market is competitive and some potential employers can give off that “you’re lucky to be considered for a job right out of school” attitude. Chances are everyone is asking what makes you different or what sets you apart from your competitors. The reality is, you’ve only just begun to…

Don’t Let Your Distraction Lead to Inaction – Part I

Our lives today are chaotic and filled with distractions, whether you have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis or not. We are receiving more and more calls from clients with these diagnoses, but we have found that, in general, people in career transition have a very hard time maintaining their focus.  Navigating a job search can be challenging enough without ADHD adding its “special sauce”…

Where For Art Thou Confidence?

Today as I write this blog post, I’m smiling ear to ear about a  conversation I just had with a client.  She just landed a job that she is truly excited about.  As I listened to her enthusiasm and gratitude, I reminded her that her new employer is also “winning.”  She is qualified, hard-working, and she is going to bring a unique…

Out of Love with Your Job? 5 Tips for You.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone but finding the right mate is not the only search that strikes at your heart. Let’s face it, the reality of finding that one career that ignites your passion on a daily basis may be an overly idealistic view.  Sure, it’s possible, but as the term “misemployment” gains traction, we see so many people in jobs…

The Art of Accountability

In recent years some of us may, at times, scratch our heads and wonder what happened to accountability. Why is it so difficult an attribute for people to maintain? We have seen this decline in the media, in changing standards for food labeling and it’s certainly no secret that corporate America has suffered in this area. On a more personal level, we’ve all had to commit to something in our lives. Hopefully, we have weathered some challenges along the way but kept our sense of accountability in tact. I realize it is easier said than done. For instance, in the midst of January – a month with a trail of broken New Year’s resolutions, it’s a good time to take a closer look at this subject. If it weren’t for the newly launched gym-pact.com, who knows where my exercise endeavors would be. It is absolutely possible to learn to become more accountable and, particularly, when it comes to a job search, the benefits of accountability are well worth the efforts so let’s explore.

For starters, what goes wrong when people set out to be accountable to themselves or to others? It starts with a strong foundation of realistic goal setting. This is one of the biggest traps that people fall in to. If they begin with a lofty unattainable idea of what they can realistically do, this leads to feeling personally defeated instead of motivated. If you’re a job changer, you should spend some time in the research phase of your goal planning. It would be great to know how many hours (either before work or after work) you can actually devote to a search without being overly exhausted.