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Why accepting a job way below your skill level may lead to unexpected success

Dear Coach Joan, I've been really frustrated as my job search stretched out way too long.  So I've taken a contract job, but am bored out of my mind! I know it's better to be employed and have structure and income, but are there ways to make it a better [...]

By | September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

5 tips for networking at work

Dear Coach Joan, After two menial jobs after college, I have finally landed an entry level position at a large company and this should put me on the professional track. I was told to actively network to find new opportunities and make helpful professional connections. But I really don't know [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|0 Comments

New job is disappointing. Now what?

Dear Readers, If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you are not alone: * I was promised benefits after three months;  it is now four months later and my manager keeps giving excuses and postponing the sign up date. * I was told there would be very little travel, yet [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Take lower level temp job during your job search?

Dear Joan, I earned my MBA six months ago and have yet to find the right job that will challenge me and allow me to use my new skills and knowledge. However, I  have been offered a 3-month contract position to do work that is in my area of finance, [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Big changes at work. Now what?

News Flash: Your company has been bought, sold or merged, Will there be changes in the  leadership? How will the changes impact you? Will you still have a job? Will the work environment change? Will you have a new manager, new co-workers? What will it all mean? Change can be [...]

By | July 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Exercise your ‘confidence muscle’ for career success

Yes, confidence does make all the difference in the world, especially in the world of career development and management. And I don't mean false confidence and bravado. That is never attractive and never a winning stance, in any area of life. But I do mean the kind of confidence that [...]

By | July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

How to make the most of a new job

Dear Readers, Whether it's your first job fresh out of school, a new job mid-career, or the last position in your career, there are ripe opportunities for you when you are starting a new job. It's a new beginning and you don't  need not bring any negative baggage from your [...]

By | June 25th, 2018|0 Comments

The NEW Retirement – ReVitalment!

Dear Readers, Many of us living in the Sonoma County area are thinking about retirement or  we might already be in the midst of it. Our society has given us images of retirement that I believe are outdated for many of us. They are images of being out of the [...]

By | June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

How to begin a career change

Dear Joan, I've been working in banking for over 25 years. I started as a teller right out of high school and am proud to say I've had several promotions, and even moved to a new bank for a better position a few years back. At this point I am [...]

By | June 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Juggling job offers and not sure which one to take

  Dear Coach Joan, I had an incredibly frustrating six month job search. I followed my wife to Sonoma County for her job opportunity but have had trouble securing a job here myself. Sometimes I'd be asked back for five interviews only to lose out to another candidate. Then I'd [...]

By | May 24th, 2018|0 Comments