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3 ways to approach retirement – First, can you afford it?

Dear Readers, Several clients, friends and family members are approaching retirement. When sharing the news, their eyes widen with delight, but beyond delight, I see mixed emotions. I sense tremendous excitement, plus a noticeable glimmer of apprehension.  It's similar to the look on people's face as they approach a big roller coaster ride. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

Career: Success stories often paved with obstacles

  Dear Readers, You may know that I split my work hours several ways. Some of my favorite hours are in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms in Santa Rosa low income areas, where I design and deliver literacy and art programs. I try to empower, enliven and enlarge the scope of possibilities for the kids. [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

3 Ways to Make the Most of a Job Fair

Dear Readers, Calling on all Sonoma County job seekers.... This Thursday, May 4 is the Sonoma County Job Connections event. It runs from 4- 7 pm at the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park. The event is free. Visit pressdemocrat.com/sonomajobseekers to register or you can register on site. There will be nearly 50 [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|1 Comment

Anita Hill. She spoke truth to power. I wish I had.

Anita Hill and Coach Joan (Joan Tabb) meeting, 2017 Dear Readers, I had one of the most amazing experiences in my career last week. I had the opportunity to personally meet with Anita Hill for a private talk for about ten minutes when she was in San Francisco for a speaking engagement. [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|5 Comments

I have a new job – and I’m lost!

Dear Coach Joan, HELP! I'M LOST!  I am committed to my new  job and was told it would be a challenge. But without guidance and instruction I feel like I am blindfolded and headed for real trouble. The good news is that I've landed a very challenging new job with a [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

3 Steps to Your Ideal Career Niche

Dear Joan, I'm confused. I've had 4 jobs in the last 15 years and none of them seem right to me. I'm in my late 30s and I feel there must be a better way for me to spend my working hours. I have a bachelor's degree and always earned [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Is it time to get a new job?

  Dear Coach Joan, I'm running scared. I thought I had the perfect job. I'm in my mid-20s, working full time, and completing my college degree online. I'm in luxury sales for a European car company and have been #1 in sales for almost the last two years.  The job was the [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

3 secrets to successful salary negotiations

Dear Readers, I just have to share this current scenario with you. Last week one of my career coaching  clients, in search of new and better employment, received a good job offer. It was good, but not great. But he didn't want to risk losing the offer and was afraid that [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

6 Ways to be a Great Manager!

Dear Coach Joan, I've just accepted my first role as a manager after years of being an individual contributor . Any tips on how to do a great job? How do I best on-board my new employees for a great working relationship? Are there best practices in bringing out the [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|1 Comment

Local career story – Nationally recognized ceramic artist in Guernville

Marge Margulies in her Guernville studio (top) Marge's exhibit at The American Craft Council Show, Baltimore (middle) and Marge out standing in her field (bottom image) Local Career Story #3 MARGE MARGULIES: A Nationally Recognized Ceramic Artist, Here in Sonoma County Little did I know when I received a fruit bowl [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|1 Comment