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So far Joan Tabb has created 60 blog entries.

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|7 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|1 Comment

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

Holiday Party: Is it OK to dress sexy?

Dear Joan, I am the newbie in the office, a recent college grad, and a trying to decide what to wear to the company holiday party. We tend to dress pretty conservatively in my office,  and do have casual dress Friday, but I'm wondering about the balance between looking festive for [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|9 Comments

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|5 Comments