Fragrance in office, distracted manager – local readers ask for advice

Dear Readers, I am starting to get some of your work related questions. These first two seemed almost comical but when I checked back with the writers, it turns out they were serious, and real workplace issues. So, thank you, you're taking the time to continue our conversation, and I'm putting my [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

The art of being and finding a good manager

    In my last blog entry I asked you to submit some examples and questions about work relationships. And they're starting to come in. But at this point I'd like to share some of my own experiences, both as a coach hearing from my clients, and experiences based on my [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Annoying Co-Workers. Bad Bosses. And more…

Dear Readers, In my years as a career coach, I thought I'd heard all conceivable stories about annoying co-workers, bad bosses and poorly performing employees. I thought I heard all variations of incompetence, ineffectiveness and inconsideration. I've heard about bosses insisting their employees do all the work and then taking the [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

“I left my job after 20 years – How do I find a new one?”

Dear Coach Joan, I have accepted a separation package and will soon be leaving a company where I have worked for over 20 years. I am new to the job market in general, and to today's employment norms, in specific. Through my network of friends I've received some job leads but [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Getting Hired: Is Ageism Real?

Dear Coach Joan, I have found it impossible to obtain job offers. Upon reflection, given the training, additional education completed, good references, extensive life-experience, etc., that I offer, as an older person, the singular characteristic seeming to prevent being hired is ageism, which, of course is hard to actually confirm. [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|7 Comments

New career column: Tech engineer is dreaming of non-profit jobs

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself. I am Joan Tabb, the new Press Democrat career advice blogger. I am founder and principal of Great in 8 Coaching, now based here in Santa Rosa. My professional focus is on empowering people forward in their careers. I transitioned to this work after [...]

By | May 26th, 2016|1 Comment