Career Tips & Strategies

Imposter Syndrome (and How to Punch It In Its Stupid Face)

Over dinner, my friend tells me “I’ve been promoted to my level of incompetence.” She goes on to say she feels like she’s faking it – and has for the past 4 years. She’s a Director at a biotech firm making significant strides toward curing cancer. The next day, one of my clients, the VP of a prominent investment firm, is explaining how…

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No! You Don’t Get To Take Off The Whole Month Of December

A few years ago, right around this time of year, I gave you a list of 3 great reasons you shouldn’t put your job search on hold until the new year. I considered simply recycling that post and calling it a day, but despite my lingering tryptophan hangover, I’m going to yell at you in new and original ways! I remain steadfast…

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5 Reasons Burning Man is Good for My Career – and Yours!

This past April, I climbed a ladder with my laptop bag slung over my shoulder. The ladder led to a wobbly loft perched above the outdoor dining area of El Retiro Lodge in Lanquin, Guatemala. This loft was the only spot on the property with Wi-Fi, and guests could pay for it in 15-minute increments. I was there to check…

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The Job Ad is a Lie

Many years ago, I was hired into a part-time position with a large organization. My role was incredibly specific and limited in scope. Within my first month on the job, there was a change to my department’s strategy and budget, and my immediate supervisor suddenly needed a Project Manager. We discussed the position and decided I would be a good fit:…

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Outside My Comfort Zone: Ignite San Diego

In January, a client-turned-friend encouraged me to apply for Ignite San Diego. The premise: a community event where speakers discuss their passions. The format: 18 speakers delivering 5 minute presentations using 20 slides – that auto-advanced every 15 seconds. I applied and was accepted, along with 17 of my fellow brave, talented San Diegans. My topic was Do Not Follow Your Passion….

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Hiring Managers Are Talking About You Behind Your Back

One of the perks of my job is that people like to vent to me about their ridiculous workplace adventures, sometimes after a couple glasses of wine. A few nights ago I got an email from my friend, Periwinkle (alias used to protect the innocent), an HR Manager for a city in California. She was coming off an entire workday spent…

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Things I Write That Live Elsewhere on the Internet

If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen my posts on CAREEREALISM. I’m at 5 and counting, and very happy with the reception they’ve received. Read ’em here! And once you’re on CAREEREALISM, check out the rest of the site. They have great career content that’s balanced, pragmatic, optimistic, and sometimes hilarious.

This is a Post About Depression and Your Career

I’ll be the first to admit that I have struggled with depression on and off throughout my life. My first taste of it was as a teenager and it was very much a by-product of what was going on in my personal/family life. I was able to recover through therapy, medication, and oodles of hard work. The bouts of depression…

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Elbows, Entrepreneurship, and Endurance

In late August 2012, my own career transition imploded. I’d been at my job for almost 9 months, and I was miserably unhappy. It was great organization and I had a great team. I’d had high hopes going in, but the writing was on the wall almost immediately. It was a bad match and I desperately wanted out. After a…

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Why You Need To Chill Out (About Your Job Search)

By the time most people call me for help with their job search, it’s too late. No, not too late to find a great job (it’s never too late for that!), but way too late to find it in the next month or two. This process takes time.

Should You Follow Your Passion?

Are you following your passion? Have you figured out your purpose in life yet? Found your calling? Living up to your full potential? Doing what you love (so you won’t have to work a day in your life)?

In Which I Wax Philosophical About Job Search Strategies

I like to talk. Quite a bit. And luckily for me, people want to hear what I have to say! I recently had the incredibly fun experience of being interviewed by Local Job Network Radio.

The Biggest Mistake People Make With LinkedIn. Are You Doing This?

LinkedIn is a great social media tool and should be an integral part of your professional branding strategy. I absolutely love it and embrace all the rich opportunity it presents. But from a usability standpoint, it kinda sucks.

The #1 Mistake People Make About Recruiters

I get this question – or some variation on it – at least once a week. Usually more. And I would love nothing more than to tell prospective clients that I will shop them around and find a fabulous employer who wants to hire them. That would be the best gig ever: You pay me and I work my matchmaking magic to find you your dream job!

Want a New Career in the New Year? 7 Strategies to Crush Your Competition in 2014

I recently met Joel Libava, the Franchise King, and he invited me to write a guest blog post for his readers who aren’t quite yet ready to take the plunge into franchise ownership, and are looking to make career changes in 2014.

Resumes are dying – finally!

Think your resume is going to win you the interview? Think again. My prediction: within the next 10 years, we will see the resume become obsolete.

So You Want to Reinvent Yourself? 8 Steps to a New Career Path

If you’ve been following along, you know that I held a Q&A session on career topics for an online community. Many of the people who had questions were aspiring entrepreneurs in STEM professions – which is highly representative of my client base here in San Diego.

Getting a Job Through Sheer Force

If you’re in the midst of a job search and concerned that an unconventional strategy may be too risky, remember this: the worst thing that will happen if you try something weird* is that you will continue to not have that job.


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