Freelance While On Other Full-Time Job?

Dear Joan, I was just presented with an an opportunity I've never had before. A vendor that works with my company has asked me to do a freelance project. I'd like to do it but don't know if I should.  This vendor is not a competitor of my full time employer and I would [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Say YES to Face-to-Face with Your Colleagues!

Dear Coach Joan, My new manager asked if I'd like to accompany her to a professional conference in our field of architecture. I'm wondering if there's really any value to meeting up with others in my field. I wonder if my time would be better spent at work? Thank you, Elaine [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|1 Comment

Does work feel like Being in Jail?

  Dear Coach Joan, I have a good job, but honestly, I am bored and ready to quit. I work for a large, well run company and have full benefits. My work is in the financial area and although I'm competent in it, I feel like I'm just counting my [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|1 Comment

How To Ask Family And Friends For Job Search Help

The art of asking family and friends for jobs without feeling awkward. Dear Coach Joan, I'm in an active job search mode and having a hard time finding leads. The people in my employment support group suggest I contact my former co-workers, friends and family to help in making connections to job opportunities. I [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|2 Comments

Confused and Angry Over Bad Performance Review

What to do when your performance review feels unfair? Dear Joan, I am confused and angry over my recent performance review. For the first time in my 10 year career I was judged as not meeting expectations. This came as a total surprise, a disappointment, and a deviation [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|3 Comments

How do I transition from temporary to permanent employment?

Dear Coach Joan, After a year of temping I have finally found a position I really like in an excellent company that is both close to home and in a growing industry. I have been there for three months so far, and I see that there are permanent employees at the [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|1 Comment

How to Explain a Messy Departure and Plan Your References

Dear Coach Joan, I left my last position voluntarily, but not happily, as I really did not respect or get along with the organization's new executive director. I had enjoyed my position at the non profit  for eight  years and built up many supportive relationships both in the agency and  with vendors, partners and [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|5 Comments

How to Re-Build Career Confidence

Dear Joan, I read your blog about how to avoid being laid off but the timing was a bit awkward as I had been laid off the week before your article came out. As you might imagine, I am pretty down as I didn't expect to lose my job and now. I find myself doubting my [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|1 Comment

Negotiating for a New Job And Getting What You Want

Dear Coach Joan, I'll be graduating from college next semester and have already begun on-campus interviewing. I was completely caught off guard when at the end of my first interview  I  was asked what it would take for the company to hire me! I didn't see that question coming and  I [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|1 Comment

Ways to build job security and avoid being laid off. PART II.

Kelly recently wrote in asking for strategies to help secure her job in anticipation of company layoffs. I discussed four smart ways to secure her  job (and yours) in my last blog post  here. In Part II, we are continuing to explore ways to keep your job and position you as a strong, value-add  employee. [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|9 Comments