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Hillary Clinton – All Eyes on the Glass Ceiling

  Post-election all eyes are on the glass ceiling. Many were expecting to see Hillary Clinton head to the Oval Office. But you don't have to seek the most powerful job on the planet to shatter the glass ceiling. There's plenty of shattering to do in everyone's world, whether you're [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|4 Comments

Interview Tips for the Shy and Introverted

Dear Coach Joan, It was delightful meeting you on the plane when we were both flying East. And thank you for suggesting that I write in with my concern. My husband is an engineer and in the last few years he's worked as a contractor which has required him to interview [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|2 Comments

Can I now get stoned at work?

Dear Coach Joan, Now that pot has been legalized in California, can we light up at work? It might make work a whole lot more fun! Best, Johnny Dear Johnny, Per this week's passage of Proposition 64, adults in California can now lawfully consume marijuana for fun and people age [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|38 Comments

French Laundry lawsuit – Why you always should put agreements in writing

Dear Readers, Many of you have  read the recent lawsuit against the upscale restaurant in Napa, The French Laundry. Thomas Keller, the owner of the restaurant is being sued by an employee who worked for him at his NY restaurant who had a verbal offer to move to California and [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|3 Comments

Do I need a written job offer?

Dear Coach Joan, The good news is that I just got a job offer after a long, six month job search. I am in professional sales with a strong track record, but have a 10 year gap due to taking time to raise my children, while doing part time work in a family [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Should I Finish My College Degree?

Dear Coach Joan, I guess you could say I blew it the first couple of tries - college that is. I admit that I was immature and a party guy, but I ended up getting a great job in professional sales.  I've been with it for 3 years so far. My [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|2 Comments

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? Here’s how to get out of it.

  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