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In The Spirit of Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving! ‘Tis the season for gratitude. Of course, feeling thankful shouldn’t be an annual occurrence – daily is optimal. But, there is something about this time of year when the expressions of gratitude are most abundant that is especially heart warming.  No matter what you celebrate, how you celebrate, or if you celebrate, it just feels good to pause and reflect on…

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…

Navigating the Job Search for Recent College Grads

I spent most of my 20’s living in Manhattan’s East Village.  NYU built a large dormitory right next to my apartment so twice a year the parents were double parked on my street.  In September they sobbed into their steering wheels saying goodbye to their sons and daughters.  It was always a very emotional scene.  Strangers hugging and crying because they shared…

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…

What’s Keeping You Stuck #1: The Art of Self-Promotion

  We notice that there are many barriers to a successful job search and career management. One of the most challenging for people today, because it is still so new is the delicate art of self-promotion.  If you are resistant to the idea of putting yourself out there on the web, as is required for a successful job search and career management…

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.