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6 Ways to be a Great Boss!

Dear Coach Joan, I've just accepted my first role as a manager. 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 best in people? Thank you, Andrea   Dear [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|1 Comment

Local career story – from waitress to renowned ceramic artist

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

I’m being pushed out of my job. HELP!

Dear Coach Joan, I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job. It's not working out with my new manager. I didn't choose him and he didn't choose me. When my former manager left, the company decided to bring in someone from the outside, presumably to inject new ideas. But all he seems to [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

From Tortes to Torts: How Jenna Changed from Cake Caterer to Paralegal

Local Career Story #2: Jenna Cook From Tortes to Torts Cake Caterer to Paralegal   Jenna Cook has always been a problem solver. Growing up in Southern California, loving the surf and sand, she was captured by the importance of the environmental movement. She wanted to study to be an [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Best 8 Interview and Job Seeking Tips

1. Breathe life into your interview:  Strategically delve into your past successes and develop stories and interesting anecdotes, with details, to make your capabilities come alive and become memorable. Practice delivering these stories and highlight the skills they demonstrate that relate to the position you are applying to. 2. Use props: Bring something [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Local career story: Will Bucquoy – from auto industry to photographer

  Sonoma County through the lens of Silicon Valley Profile #1: Will Bucquoy, photographer “Photography is not a job.  I’m telling stories in a single image and I love it.” – Will Bucquoy. The photographer doesn’t realize it but I’m seeing him through a lens of my own -- a Silicon [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|6 Comments

From law office to the farm? A reader wonders if it’s possible.

  Hi Joan, I am 50-something and have always been interested in farm life. I am currently enrolled at Sierra College for a degree in sustainable agriculture. I have been a secretary since I graduated secretarial school in 1978 . I have been a legal secretary for the past 27 [...]

By | January 8th, 2017|2 Comments

Silicon Valley to Sonoma County- LOCAL career stories

  Yes, Joan, you're not in Silicon Valley anymore.  What if I showed you Sonoma County through Silicon Valley eyes? I realize in starting this third year as a Santa Rosan that I'm choosing to stay close to home to enjoy my “Sonoma County lifestyle.” I am crazy about the [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

2 Magic Words for Career Success

Yes, this is an awfully large image, isn't it? And it really gets your attention.  Good. That's my intention. Because the two magic words in career success have a lot to do with attention-getting. And I don't mean the kind of attention you get by wearing bright colors. I mean the [...]

By | December 21st, 2016|2 Comments

Frustrated, overqualified and unemployed in Sonoma County

Dear Joan, My husband and I moved to Sonoma County six months ago for a great job he got at a major corporation in Santa Rosa. We are both professionals from Europe and now have two lovely sons who have settled well into their charter schools in Santa Rosa. We just [...]

By | December 12th, 2016|7 Comments