Happiness is….Work that you Love

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts found happiness in two kinds of ice cream, pizza and tying your shoe for the very first time but for many of us happiness is doing work we love. As I sipped my morning coffee, I took interest in a new post from MBO Partners, The Key to Happiness is…Work? […]

Land of the Free, Home of the Independents

Last week President Obama outlined a new job creation plan. There was a continued focus on small business and their role in the economy. Yet, long before the economic crisis there was a quiet revolution transforming the workplace. Daniel Pink called it the “freelance nation” and it has now become a steady march of the […]

What the Jobs Report Means for Workers

Depending on whom you listen to, the latest jobs report was a bit of good news in a drab week or another sign of a still shaky economy that could teeter at any moment. Numbers can be dissected and spun to support nearly any viewpoint. The real question is what does it all mean for […]

How to Text Yourself Out of a Job

I get it. We are firmly in the digital age where texting is more common than talking. Our smartphones and gadgets have become an extension of our own limbs. We are communicating more than ever with our fingers and all of this “talk” requires us to adapt for rapid fire updates. So we use text […]

What Does it Take to Get Hired in 2011?

According to economists and experts the recession has been over for some time and we continue to show signs of recovery. Yet, for many average Americans, the recovery has not yet become personal. Some remain unemployed or hanging on to jobs they hate for fear of being unemployed. Employment is expected to grow this year in […]

Employee Resignations Gone Wild

Image by zalgon via Flickr UPDATE: The girl who quit via dry erase board, was a hoax. Jenny is Elyse Porterfield, an LA. actress. The other examples cited are unfortunately not auditions. You can read about Jenny/Elyse here. Last year Jackie Ramos created a YouTube video, Why Bank of America Fired Me,  after being terminated […]

Laid Off in Los Angeles

I have become a statistic.  I am now one of the 5.7% people without a job.   Laid off, reorganized, restructured.  Whatever term you choose, the result is the same – without a steady paycheck.  I survived a merger and two reorganizations and now when I least expected it, the big conference call announcing the end.  […]

10 Tips for Proactive Career Management

Image by Engin Erdogan via Flickr In yesterday’s post I shared the stories of two professionals laid off form their jobs. Crisis career management is always more challenging than proactive, consistent career management. Many mistakenly believe that the only way to manage your career is by doing good work, navigating office politics and developing effective relationships […]

How Inertia Can Impact Your Income

Image by kiddharma via Flickr Six months ago I received a call from Donna*, a former resume client. Two years ago, I had provided resume services to her company when they went through an acquisition and major reorganization. Donna had found work but was laid off again. Fearful of a tight job market and shrinking […]

How to Stop Being a Victim and Own Your Career

I heard the soft shuffle as the man behind me took his place at the counter. The clerk greeted him by name with a smile and he responded in kind. His hair was white and his voice was raspy and tinged with defeat. She asked him about work and I watched as his already sagging […]