My new job is a nightmare! What should I do?

Dear Joan, After a six- month job search I finally landed the job of my dreams. Or so I thought. It truly is a bait and switch situation. The job is for a non-profit and I'm responsible for managing ten locations, each with its own local supervisor, supposedly. I did [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Profit and Non-Profit Sector- 3 Key Differences

Dear Joan, I've spent the last 15 years working in a management position  for a large corporation. My position came to an end six months ago when the company moved, and I opted not to leave the area. I anticipated a short job search period, but it has turned into [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Professional Associations: Why you should join one and how to get the most out of it

Dear Coach Joan, I have been working as a technical recruiter for high tech companies for the last two years. I had been doing well, and actually enjoyed the work very much, but unfortunately the small  recruiting consultancy I've been working for has closed.  I need to find new employment [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

3 Ways to Stand Out as a Job Seeker

Dear Readers, Getting to the job offer can be a very competitive process. You are often competing against other good candidates. To get the offer, you need to be the stand-out candidate. You need to be not just good or better but best! How do you separate yourself from the [...]

By | January 20th, 2018|1 Comment

Why knowing your natural work style will help you succeed in your job

Dear Readers, I find it so interesting to see the varied management styles that bring the best out of people. Some people flourish when they have a lot of structure and direction. Others do best when they are given a broad mission and left to design a full plan of [...]

By | January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Want to quit your job right now? Why you should wait

Dear Readers, I've had two clients this year who quit their jobs, feeling justified that the environment was so bad, and the boss so outrageously horrible that they just couldn't stay for one more day. In fact, one of them was asked to work in an area with toxic materials [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Top 3 Career Resolutions for 2018 – Get Moving Now!

Dear Coach Joan, I have been at the same job, in the same position, for three years. It's gotten too comfortable,and I'm getting bored. And this year has been a wash for me, like many of us in Sonoma County. Between complacency, perhaps laziness, and then the fire, I've gotten next [...]

By | December 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Let’s Improve the Hiring Process in 2018!

Dear Readers, There is a lot of bellyaching and complaining about the hiring process. I hear it from both job seekers and from employers. Both sides have problems with the 'other side'. Yet, both sides are fully justified in their complaints. The chief compliant from job seekers is that they [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Local Writer’s Fascinating Stories of West Sonoma County

Dear Readers, I'm learning that Sonoma County has a bounty of unique and creative people with unusual career paths and a mix of great talents. One of those is Andrea Granahan, who has been living, writing and working in Sonoma's west county for decades. She just wrote a truly wild [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Holiday parties in these sensitive times

Dear Readers, Last year I wrote about some Do's and Don'ts for your office holiday parties; including some light-hearted and humorous messages about not dressing 'sexy' or drinking too much, not getting stoned or high, or mistakenly thinking you were partying with your friends. But it was written a bit [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|4 Comments