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Dream Big – What’s Stopping You?

Just for a moment, I invite you to put a blindfold over your practical side.  What happens when you allow yourself to dream big with regard to your career goals?  Some of the most successful companies began as somebody’s day dream or “ah ha moment.” Why is this important?  Well, because it taps in to your passion and passion equals momentum.  Passion…

Getting Un-Stuck: “Fear of Being Found Out”

This is for the job seeker who has an aspect of their life they may have wanted to keep separate from the career path they are currently pursuing.  I think there is a misconception that potential employers want their ideal candidates to live, eat & breathe everything about the position without any glimpse of non-related skills or interests.  Allow me to use…

The Gift of a Linkedin Connection: Creative Gift Idea #7

Don’t underestimate how you might be able to help someone by inviting them into your network. A Linkedin invitation is ideally a mutually beneficial experience; assuming that both parties are equally invested in their professional networks and they both use Linkedin. So, when you are enjoying the holiday parties of the season, go armed with your business card, and if you don’t…

The Gift of Expressing Thanks:Creative Gift Idea #6

Even though we may often get caught up in our own needs and desires, most of us do genuinely try to help others.  But do we recognize when others have helped us?  And beyond that, do we even think to thank them?  Sometimes the help we receive, an insightful suggestion, a new idea, an encouragement, an opportunity to help another which results…

The Gift of a Positive Attitude. Creative Gift Idea # 3

3. The Gift of a Positive Attitude: You may be in a difficult place with your job search, and understandably so– an ongoing job search, being stuck in a job you hate, or chronic underemployment are all very demoralizing, but an optimistic outlook (ok, not that easy to find at times, but dig up whatever you can), can be beneficial on a…

The Gift of Networking & 7 Other Creative Ways to Give This December!

The holidays can be stressful at the best of times, but these economic times present both a challenge and an opportunity. We’re all getting used to the New Normal, or New New, as one of my friends like to call it. The one consistent is that networking is the most valuable action you can take to help yourself in your job search or in your business. Two years ago I was inspired to think of networking from a different perspective in the face of the harsh new economic realities we faced. Reflecting on the act of networking during a period of time where a lot of opportunities present itself for engaging with new and old friends and colleagues, family and acquaintances, seemed pretty obvious. So, to get you inspired, here is the first of my series of GIFTS you can give to yourself and others, this December.