Dilemma: Is my career really over?

  Dear Readers, Lately I've had clients in their 50s and 60s who are facing a dilemma. They've been laid off, their company has been bought or merged,  or they just see signs that their current job is ending. They are not sure what to do next. Some are fortunate [...]

By | February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Economic downturn coming? Career tips to survive and thrive.

Dear Readers, I was recently contacted by a national technology publication to address the issue of how to manage one's career during an economic downturn. I thought that you, my readers, might well be interested in hearing some of the strategies I shared. Having been a corporate manager involved with [...]

By | January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Help! My boss has become a diet and exercise fanatic

Dear Coach Joan, My boss is on an exercise and diet kick. Up until last year she was overweight and out of shape, but when her husband, due to health problems, started a diet and exercise regime, she got on board. In a big way. Now she is a zealot, [...]

By | January 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Want to switch career? What you can learn from Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’

Dear Readers, Did you know that after graduating from Harvard Law School and working in a corporate law firm for several years, Michelle Obama decided she wanted to make a career transition? I learned all this in her new, excellent memoir, BECOMING. As more than 50% of lawyers realize within [...]

By | December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

So you want to be your own boss? Here are three things to consider:

Dear Coach Joan I've been, working for 10 years in a company that provides business-to-business services.  I have great relationships with my management, customers and colleagues. And I have been promoted several times. The problem is, I've reached my ceiling in terms of compensation and responsibilities. And I feel the entrepreneurial [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Can Volunteering Help My Career?

Dear Joan, I'm just starting my professional career and was advised to get involved with volunteer work. I'm wondering if volunteer activities can be a boost to my career in any way? I am quite ambitious and want to use my free time wisely. Yes, I'd like to do community [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Career Impact from North Bay Fire Lingers On

Dear Coach Joan, The fire might have happened a full year ago, but it continues to impact my life and my work. Our family home burned down, we lost everything, and we're still dealing with the insurance company and builders, not sure we can even afford to rebuild. Living in [...]

By | October 28th, 2018|0 Comments

3 Tips for Recruiting Staff to Your Own New Business

Dear Coach Joan, I left the corporate world 3 years ago to run my own consultancy in the publishing world. I felt that with fifteen years of experience, half of that in management, and a good network of colleagues and clients I could go out on my own. I have [...]

By | September 24th, 2018|0 Comments

How to NOT get paranoid during the job search

Dear Coach Joan, Am I the only one getting paranoid during my job search? For the last three months I have sent out over 50 resumes and I have gotten no bites, no interviews. I am applying for jobs I am well qualified for. Should I assume that I have [...]

By | September 15th, 2018|0 Comments

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