Tag Archives | planning

9 Strategies to Create an Effective Resume

In a recent post, Three Keys to a Resume That Works, I mention that resume writing is an art and not a science and that everyone you talk to will give you a different perspective about what makes an effective resume. To expand on the ideas outlined in that post, here are some strategies for what we’ve seen work well for the hundreds of professionals who have partnered with our career coaching team. I’ve included answers to common questions we receive. Document length: No more than two pages. Early career professionals can target a one-page resume and…

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10 Steps to Move Past Self-Imposed Limitations (Part II)

If you are up against something that makes you feel stuck, check out all my steps to help you move toward your goal. This is a continuation from my post last week. You can find steps 1-5, here. 6. Divide your stuck project into baby steps. If there is a particular area in your life that feels super stuck, it can feel like a mountain you are trying to climb. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can divide the project into small chunks, and then with some prioritizing define a pathway to follow to tackle things one…

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Fast Track to a New Career

Can you believe we are more than halfway through summer? You probably don’t want to get out of the summer state-of-mind, yet (just one more beach read and umbrella drink, please), but now is a great time to start thinking about making a career change or polishing up your professional goals. It’s never too soon to make a change that will get you to where you want to go—both in life and in your career—and having a strategy, and creating priorities, makes all the difference in reaching your goals.Many professionals—whether career changers or business owners—step up their…

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Winning The Career Lottery: My Chat With Chris Guillebeau

“Live an unconventional life in a conventional world” – Chris Guillebeau Last week I sat down for a free-ranging conversation with Chris about what it means to find and enjoy work that you are were made for­ and to introduce his forthcoming book, Born for This, How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do. This inspiring man is carving a unique path through life and making a huge difference for others, on his own terms. Chris travels the world and has interviewed hundreds of people across the globe about their careers. He is fascinated by how…

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The All-New Blah to Bliss Program is Here!

Registration is Now Open! Ever feel like your career is just happening to you? Would you love to have a fulfilling career that allows you to share your unique talents and puts YOU in charge of your destiny? Take your Career from Blah to Bliss is for you, if… You know that you’re meant for something more, but have no idea what it is or how to get there. You ever feel like your career is running you, instead of you being in charge of it You’re motivated because your fear of change is less than your fear of staying the same. Most of…

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Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B

Join me for the next installment in my Chat with Mer series with Tess Vigeland, Author, veteran journalist & former host of public radio’s Marketplace: Thurs. 10/29, 12pm PT/3pmET What if not having a plan is key to having what you truly want? Tess has been on an incredible journey. A few years ago, she had achieved significant fame and success anchoring national public radio’s Marketplace Money. At the pinnacle of her career, she left her dream job to leap into the great unknown. For the first time in her life, she did not have a plan for…

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Chat with Mer: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Interviewing For a Job

Do you want to navigate job interviews with confidence and ease? Are you ready to learn the 5 pitfalls to avoid when interviewing for a job? If yes, consider joining me for my interview with Recruiter Celia Stern on Wednesday, 5/13 @ 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET Learn more and RSVP to listen in here. Having screened scores of candidates, Celia knows what a top-notch interview looks and sounds like, and how to impress the decision-makers at a company. This presentation is an insider’s look at how to avoid the typical blunders job candidates make during the interview process. You’ll learn: How to share the right…

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The Secret Ingredient to Making a Change

Here we are, already in March. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that are at risk of falling by the wayside? This year, I resisted setting resolutions and decided instead to focus on a yearly theme. My theme for this year is: relax. If you know me, you know that I don’t exactly relax—most of the time. For me, focusing on the idea of relaxing is a relative concept, allowing me to invite more ease into my life and find ways to both enjoy myself and make things simpler so I have more time and the…

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Stay on Top of Your To-Do List

Do you struggle with overwhelm and feeling behind on your To-Do list? You might not be using the right tools. Do you want a simple, effective tool for getting–and staying–on top of your list? My new favorite tool is Wunderlist. I discovered it through a coaching client and resisted using it, but once I finally downloaded this free application to my laptop and smartphone, it almost instantly changed my life. I tried different task and project tracking systems in the past: Outlook task manager, Asana, written lists, and even putting date-driven tasks on my Google calendar as…

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Building Business Opportunities

Building Business Opportunities

Many of my coaching clients meet with me to develop or refine their business plans, build clientele, modify their models, or solve administrative issues. Occasionally, someone enlists my help with a discrete business challenge. In Dave’s case, that challenge came in the form of a fantastic opportunity to increase his business and enter completely new market. Dave, a chiropractor, ran a successful practice for twenty years. Through a networking contact, he learned about a chance to offer on-site chiropractic services at the contact’s company, but he would have to submit a proposal. Since he’d always worked out…

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