The Question of Age: Part Two

(Last week we tackled part one of the sticky subject of age and the bias that may hold you back as an older job-seeker. Read part one, first.) Take care of yourself. Getting older requires you to pay more attention to your body than when you were younger. It is important to listen to your body’s messages! Move your body, eat well, get enough sleep, drink enough water, and take care to keep your mindset in a positive place. Podcasts and guided meditations are my go-to resources. My current favorite meditation app is Insight Timer. Try any…

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The Question of Age: Part One

The question of age—I get asked about it all the time. It comes in several forms from people in their 40s, 50s and 60s: How do I deal with my age when looking for a job? What is your take on ageism in the career search process? And other related questions. It is a touchy subject, for sure. Yes, age is an issue in the job search/career transition process, though not as much as people think. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with it: Drop all but the last 10 years of experience off your…

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Help! How do I Reinvent my Career Now?

Are you struggling to re-invent your career…or do you know someone who is? I’m happy to announce that on Monday, April 24, 2017, I’ll be conducting a half-day workshop for a wonderful organization, ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women. ReBoot offers a unique set of programs designed by women for women to help them re-enter the workforce after a break in employment to raise children. Their programs help you prepare to compete in today’s connected world, landing a job that makes you feel fulfilled and impactful professionally. I recently conducted this workshop for them and it was so well-received that they have asked…

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Working With Your Spouse: Insights, One Year Later

My husband and I recently celebrated an important milestone: a year of working together. In January 2016 he resigned his last job and began working with me in the coaching and consulting company I have run for the past 13 years. It was a big step, one that we had noodled on and off for a long time and then happened very suddenly when he came home one day announcing he had tendered his resignation. From that moment on, we never looked back. Our life now looks completely different than it did before: we’ve essentially switched roles….

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Have You Picked Your Theme For The Year Yet?

Each year for the past few I have chosen a theme word to represent what I want more of (or less of) in the new year. This year, I have selected two words: flow and community. Flow because it is a continuation of a project we started last year when my husband joined me in the business. It was a decision to consolidate our work and personal lives into one flowing whole. A way to invest in our family in a new way, essentially switching roles so that we can support our children more fully while also…

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Pipe In Inspiration With Podcasts—Check Out my 5 Favorites

Are you interested in improving your work and personal life? Of course you are! If you want to improve your life, an essential ingredient for doing is a steady diet of inspiring material. Some people like to read, and if that is you, terrific! If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of picking up a book, but still want to be inspired, consider piping in inspiration by listening to podcasts. You can subscribe to podcasts on your iPhone or Android by clicking into the podcasts function. Podcasts are free to access, and once you subscribe they fill your…

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A Million Little Things

Over lunch, an executive client of mine and I were reflecting about her past few years of professional and personal development as we closed out the current phase of our work together. One thing she said really struck me. “What I’ve learned is that it’s a million little things, not the big things, that matter.” What did she mean by this? She was referring to all the mindset conversations we had had, the small tweaks to how she becomes more aware of herself and how she shows up in conversations with her in-house and extended team, and…

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Does Your LinkedIn Photo Help or Hurt You?

My team and I spend a lot of time working in LinkedIn, helping clients optimize how they position themselves to get what they want professionally. AND, I’m always surprised by the opportunity people miss to bring their best foot forward on that platform: their photo. Many people either don’t want to put a photo up  or they put one up that isn’t doing them any favors. If you don’t have a photo on LinkedIn, you might as well not have a profile. When people view your profile and there is no photo, it appears that you are…

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Tap Into Your Creativity in The New Year–We Need You!

At this time of great uncertainty, I often feel at a loss as a citizen, entrepreneur, and parent. I find myself wondering how best to walk through my days to make my existence worthwhile on this earth and be of service to others. I often feel sorely lacking in my compass, not sure how best to proceed, almost like I’m driving down a road with no map while feeling my way around curves and corners. Many times I spin off the road, into the gravel, not sure how best to proceed. And then I gather my bearings,…

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Think of Career Missteps as Failing up

It happens to all of us. We all have what we think of as failures, or missteps in our career (and our life). Whether we: Took a job that wasn’t a good fit Stayed too long in a toxic work environment Put out a program that didn’t take off in the market Crossed our boss, or Didn’t perform as expected and therefore got overlooked for promotion or even dismissed We tend to carry the scars – and often, the shame – of these experiences going forward. In fact, they can color how we feel about ourselves in…

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