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July

8 Ways to Avoid Resume Typos

The irony of the situation slapped me hard across the face, so much so that I knew I had to write a blog post about it. I was obsessively tweaking my Resume Development document, commenting about avoiding resume typos at all costs. I finished making the 2,483rd tweak and ran the spell check. It caught the usual suspects, and I got the self-satisfying “You’re good to go!” message.

That’s when it happened. I went to read it over one more time and found a typo in the first line in the

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11

June

Parts is Parts (Theory)

My favorite work to do with clients during a coaching session is parts work.

There are all kinds of approaches, and I like them all. Parts theory, in my way of thinking, is the idea that all of us can falsely believe, at times, that our actions, feelings, behaviors are being driven by a part of us separate from the whole.

We account for this in our language: “There’s a part of me that just hates socializing at parties, but another part of me absolutely loves it.” “He’s/She’s a man/woman of many

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14

March

Stress and the 4 Fs

I am in New York City March 6-19, 2018, retaking the coaching classes through Erickson Coaching International that I originally completed when I took their coaching program in 2012. I wanted to sharpen my coaching skills before I have to submit three recorded coaching sessions to the International Coach Federation as a requirement to obtain my next credential with them, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

My learning this time around is so much deeper and revealing, now that I have been coaching for six years. I find myself clapping my hands together

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17

January

I am what I say I am

Way back in my college days, I had a desire to be a full-time writer. I didn’t want to be a novelist or even a journalist, though that was my major in school. I was taking a class in creative non-fiction and was obsessing over books of literary journalism from authors like Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson and Norman Mailer.

If he was popular in 1990, I would have aspired to be the next Malcolm Gladwell.

One of my English professors recommended to me the seminal classic for writers, “Writing Down

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06

October

Mrs. Miller was a brain scientist ahead of her time.

 

I’ve always believed in the power of our brain to assist us in a myriad of mysterious ways, if we would just ask for the help.

At least a few times a week I have occasion to practice asking for the answers I need: sometimes, it’s as simple as not remembering a song title or someone’s name. Usually, it involves feeling overwhelmed about a project or assignment. And occasionally, it’s something rather profound and complex – those “meaning of life” questions or other existential inquiries of the Universe.

In each of these

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11

September

When perception is not necessarily reality

As a career coach, to keep myself current, I will often apply for jobs I come across on a job board. I lucked out recently when I had to complete a one-way video interview as my first screening interview with the company. Oh, have you heard of this new form of torture?

It’s when a company uses an online interviewing platform such as Spark Hire or HireVue. You as the applicant sit at your computer with your webcam on. Then, interview questions start showing up on the screen and you have

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30

July

First installment of ‘Horrible interview questions and how to answer them.’

How to answer interview question, what is your greatest weakness?

The secret to answering this question is to think of a genuine example. No one likes to hear, “I work too hard.” And if you think you can get away with saying, “I really can’t think of any weaknesses I have,” then be ready for the interviewer to say, “Oh, take all the time you need. We all have weaknesses. I’ll wait.”

If you really want a very safe answer, then think about some skill you would like to be better at.

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24

June

Once a twit, not always a twit

By twit, I mean the dumb tweets we post on Twitter. Part of the initial work of cleaning up your professional brand includes going back and deleting tweets that a Puritan grandmother living in 1636 would find objectionable.  That’s pretty drastic, but I don’t consider it to be overkill.

I recently did an audit of a client’s online presence. I found a photo he posted on Twitter with a group of his friends, all with beer bottles in hand. It looked like a backyard summer barbecue.  What’s the harm in that? I admit

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24

June

Do I have a choice to leave my job?

 Moz Hussain’s article on LinkedIn, “Should I Leave?” is a pretty spot-on look at the reasons we don’t leave jobs. And the accompanying photo from the movie, Office Space, isn’t bad either. Where’s my stapler?

Rather than regurgitate the points made in the article, I’d like to focus on the point he made almost off-handedly at the very end of the article.

“Assuming, of course, that you have a choice.”

That should probably be point 5 in this article, and it begs for further exploration. Our inertia and utter paralysis often comes about

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27

April

Truth, revealed.

I know, I know.  Everyone and their brother and sister is doing memes.  And now, Facebook makes it possible to post your usual random thoughts as a meme.

Here I am jumping into the fray as well.  I plan to offer weekly bursts of inspiration and reminders to my readers that you are, indeed, fantastic. The series is called ‘revealed.” and the idea is that every so often, the weight of the world can make us forget for a moment the truth that needs to be revealed. Of course, this is

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