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Want to switch career? What you can learn from Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’

Dear Readers, Did you know that after graduating from Harvard Law School and working in a corporate law firm for several years, Michelle Obama decided she wanted to make a career transition? I learned all this in her new, excellent memoir, BECOMING. As more than 50% of lawyers realize within [...]

By | December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

So you want to be your own boss? Here are three things to consider:

Dear Coach Joan I've been, working for 10 years in a company that provides business-to-business services.  I have great relationships with my management, customers and colleagues. And I have been promoted several times. The problem is, I've reached my ceiling in terms of compensation and responsibilities. And I feel the entrepreneurial [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Can Volunteering Help My Career?

Dear Joan, I'm just starting my professional career and was advised to get involved with volunteer work. I'm wondering if volunteer activities can be a boost to my career in any way? I am quite ambitious and want to use my free time wisely. Yes, I'd like to do community [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Career Impact from North Bay Fire Lingers On

Dear Coach Joan, The fire might have happened a full year ago, but it continues to impact my life and my work. Our family home burned down, we lost everything, and we're still dealing with the insurance company and builders, not sure we can even afford to rebuild. Living in [...]

By | October 28th, 2018|0 Comments

3 Tips for Recruiting Staff to Your Own New Business

Dear Coach Joan, I left the corporate world 3 years ago to run my own consultancy in the publishing world. I felt that with fifteen years of experience, half of that in management, and a good network of colleagues and clients I could go out on my own. I have [...]

By | September 24th, 2018|0 Comments

How to NOT get paranoid during the job search

Dear Coach Joan, Am I the only one getting paranoid during my job search? For the last three months I have sent out over 50 resumes and I have gotten no bites, no interviews. I am applying for jobs I am well qualified for. Should I assume that I have [...]

By | September 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Why accepting a job way below your skill level may lead to unexpected success

Dear Coach Joan, I've been really frustrated as my job search stretched out way too long.  So I've taken a contract job, but am bored out of my mind! I know it's better to be employed and have structure and income, but are there ways to make it a better [...]

By | September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

5 tips for networking at work

Dear Coach Joan, After two menial jobs after college, I have finally landed an entry level position at a large company and this should put me on the professional track. I was told to actively network to find new opportunities and make helpful professional connections. But I really don't know [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New job is disappointing. Now what?

Dear Readers, If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you are not alone: * I was promised benefits after three months;  it is now four months later and my manager keeps giving excuses and postponing the sign up date. * I was told there would be very little travel, yet [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Take lower level temp job during your job search?

Dear Joan, I earned my MBA six months ago and have yet to find the right job that will challenge me and allow me to use my new skills and knowledge. However, I  have been offered a 3-month contract position to do work that is in my area of finance, [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|0 Comments