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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.”  – Anonymous   Ever feel like holding out for the right job is a little crazy?   Your unemployment is running down, your bank account has sprung a leak, your confidence is heading south, and yet, you persist in insisting upon ‘the perfect match.’   No?  Maybe you just want ‘a job’, something, just about anything – as long as it’s available NOW, or yesterday.  Either way, there’s a waiting game.  Job searching usually involves more than a comfortable amount of patience – and persistence.   Read More





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What would you like to do if money was no object?

  Alan Watts, British born world renowned Zen & other Eastern view philosopher, writer, and speaker had what I consider wise and straightfoward advice for recent college grads that rings true both four decades later, and for anyone at any stage of their career.   Take the three minutes to listen to the video for full effect, but here are a few highlight points in summary: “What would you like to do if money was no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life…? …If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend Read More





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A Job You LOVE

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” – Rumi   Any idea of what this short list of activities has in common? — Police visits in the middle of the night — Reading Dr. Seuss books out loud, with full animation and enthusiasm — Checking heads for lice — Playing hour upon hour of fuse ball and cards (and learning “the bridge” style of shuffling them!) — Knowing which colors and clothing styles were for which gang   Any guesses?  No?  Unless you’ve known me for a Read More





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Grateful to Remember

  November, the month of Thanksgiving.  The best kind of attitude is gratitude, right? What about your job, or job search, do you feel grateful for? What are you learning, what’s been valuable for your professionally/personally through the experience?  Where have you experienced kindness, support, recognition? For me, I’ll give a big shout out to supervisors I’ve had, like Darrell & Sondi at the runaway shelter, an early job out of college for me.  They were the first to actively see and develop my potential as a mentor and facilitator, skills I skill use today. I also will also always be Read More





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Don’t Be a Fool

  “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” — Bruce Lee Be curious.  Ask around in your network (and outside of it!) to see who might be able to help or refer you in your job search, even if you think it could be quite silly or unlikely to be fruitful. What do you have to lose?  You could preface your question with, “I know it may seem (or be) unlikely, but I’m really talking to everyone I know about my job search, just in case someone unexpected Read More