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Career Focus: Local Celebrity Chef

Dear Readers, Laurie Figone, a lifelong Sonoma/Marin resident has a career that's taken her to Scotland where she won a Porridge Championship, to appearances on major TV talk shows and reality shows, to winning a cook-off show in LA. Our local Laurie has worked with: Giada, Emerill, and Ray Lampe, [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Career Focus: Winemaking in Sonoma County

  Dean Katzung, a Healdsburg based winemaker says, "There's true magic in winemaking. Each year we create something that didn't exist before, and each harvest year is different. There's both art and science in winemaking, and many decisions to make along the way. Winemaking is my occupation and recreation." Dear [...]

By | July 27th, 2019|0 Comments

You can have it all. Just not all at once.

Dear Readers, Clients often come to me with many aspirations. They want to have a challenging and satisfying career. They want to have a positive impact on the world. They want to help others, and they want to make a good income. They want to have career and life balance. [...]

By | July 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Should I apply to a job without having all the qualifications?

Dear Readers, You may be  reluctant to apply for jobs where you don't have all of the qualifications listed. Should you apply anyway?  Great question.  The answer requires an understanding of how job descriptions are written and the expectations of the hiring team. Let's take a closer look:  How job [...]

By | June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Millennial vs Baby Boomer Speed

Dear Joan, I guess you could call me an ambitious millennial, but I am super hardworking, ambitious and having made key contributions to my company in the first few months of employment, I expect to be rewarded.  Yet, I am expected to wait a full year before getting a promotion [...]

By | June 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Long term unemployed?

Dear Coach Joan, Am I the only laid off person in my late 50s still job hunting after a two year search? It is really disheartening. I had made it up to a mid manager level but was laid off during a merger. I keep reading articles about ageism, and [...]

By | May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

3 tips for new college grads

Dear Joan, I know that as a career coach you've helped many young people launch from college to career. What are some of the best strategies to help make that transition a success? I'll be graduating next month and really want to line up a great first job. Thanks, Kelly [...]

By | May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Radical Ideas for the NEW Retirement

Dear Readers, Lately I've been seeing many clients  facing the end of their career lives and wondering what's next. Most are  looking forward to retirement and ending a career that was once fulfilling, but has become routine, stressful or even boring. Many feel that enough is enough and it's time [...]

By | April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

The NEW: Robo Interviewing

Dear Readers, Yup, automation technology is ever impacting everything! And now it is having an interesting impact on the job seeking process. For the first time, I've heard about a robo interview. A client of mine is a recent college graduate and she's seeking a position in the environmental consulting [...]

By | March 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Help! My low GPA is holding me back

Dear Coach Joan, OK, I blew it. In college I was more into partying than studying. I was immature and had the wrong priorities. I graduated with a GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 out of 4.0. That means I had a lot of Cs, some Ds and perhaps one [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|0 Comments