Meaningfulness vs Happiness

I help professionals who feel stuck: stuck in a career because that’s what they trained for, stuck in a job because of the pay, stuck in a project because they don’t know how to say “no,” stuck without a job because they can’t overcome what makes them feel stuck. So it’s ironic that I found myself stuck. All the post-election news …

GRATITUDE: The Quality of Being Thankful

I'm Thankful for You

Readiness to Show Appreciation for and to Return Kindness.  At Thanksgiving I reflect upon the many blessings I have enjoyed over the year including a loving family, comfortable home, and plentiful food. It is also a time for me to be grateful for new things in my life, in particular new friends. Our community’s name begins with the word Connect because …

Your Key to Success is ACTION!

Your Key to Success is Action

Action Tips for Success Re-entering the Workforce or Changing Careers Are you seeking success, re-entering the workforce after a career break or changing careers? Do you feel that you will no longer have enough time for your family, volunteer opportunities, or hobbies? Do you fear that since others have been working in that industry for years and are more experienced, you will not be …

Make That All-Important Connection

Do you reach out to friends and colleagues, incredibly excited about connecting or contributing to their cause, only to receive a lukewarm response? When someone reaches out to you unexpectedly, do you react in a less-than-welcoming manner? The reasons for these reactions are endless: you are in the middle of a meeting or conversation and do not want to be …

The Art of Acing the First Impression

The Art of Acing the First Impression

You’re ready to make a midlife career change or return to work after a career break. You are excited to attend a back to work program that offers individual career transition coaching, as well as an agenda filled with workshop choices all devoted to career transformation, including how to enhance your skills and write that perfect changing careers resume. You’re …

Jump Start Your Career Transformation with LinkedIn

If you are an executive or business owner searching for a new career, perhaps interested in a midlife career change, LinkedIn is a valuable resource in your search. Unlike a traditional changing careers resume, LinkedIn affords users the opportunity to let their personality shine through in addition to listing their job experience, skills, qualifications, interests, and other credentials. One of …

Why Attend a Career Transformation Return to Work Program?

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Making a midlife career change or deciding to return to work after a career gap can be overwhelming. But there are opportunities and advice available to make your job change or career transformation a smooth one. Consider attending a return to work program or back to work program. In addition to providing you with ideas about what types of career choices …

Leverage Your Opportunities!

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Do you miss opportunities to grow your business or find a new and exciting job at little or no cost for no good reason? Do you miss opportunities to leverage free or low cost resources? Have you read Adam Grant’s book Give and Take? His thesis is that the world is made up of Givers, Takers, and Matchers. Givers (like me) garner joy by sharing their gifts …

No One Told Me I Could Be Anything I Wanted

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“I always had the naive confidence that I’d be successful, so I just put one foot in front of the other, built my network, and made the best long-term decisions I could.” — Tim Draper, San Francisco Bay Area Venture Capitalist, founder of DFJ (formerly Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and founder of Draper University. As a child, no one told me I …

What is Holding You Back?

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Pat* called me after carrying my business card for over a year. She had found it on a bulletin board, along with an invitation to a Connect•Work•Thrive Return-to-Work Career Relaunch Conference. During the year, Pat read and reread the card and invitation, checked the website regularly wanting to connect, but just not feeling ready. She had been out of the workforce …