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.  […]

Propecia

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 […]

What is cymbalta

Image by Getty Images via @daylife If you’re in the middle of a job search you’ve likely heard the news that the market is tough.  The national unemployment rate in the U.S. may be hovering near 10% and CEOs may be cautious about hiring but during your job search the focus should be on you. […]

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 […]

10 Tips to Power Up Your Job Search

Technology can help or hinder your job search depending on how it is used. Uploading endless resumes to faceless, nameless job boards is not a smart strategy, but using technology to uncover leads to real people is smart. Make a list of targeted companies. Do not worry about posted openings or who you know, simply […]

10 Tips for Interview Success

“If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.” –Florence Scovell Shinn No one wants to wing an interview. You want to prepare for the ultimate success, receiving a job offer. Part of preparing to ace your interview is mental preparation. Believing that you can win […]

Interview with Confidence

Congratulations! You secured an interview and it’s now “show time.” Preparation will help you to interview with confidence and leave your potential employers with a positive impression. In the interview, you want to strike a balance when answering questions.  Your answers should be neither vague nor lengthy.  You want to give honest and succinct answers. […]

Using a Step Back as a Savvy Career Move

Image by Chewy Chua via Flickr Amanda is an attorney. She spent 10 years building a successful solo practice. At what seemed like the pinnacle of her success, her life shifted dramatically. Her husband, Joe,  lost his job and they lived in a state that had been decimated by the down economy long before the […]

Healing Career Dissatisfaction

Are you working longer hours at your job with little to no appreciation for your efforts? Was your  hard work rewarded with a 1% increase during review time because you have reached the top of your salary grade? Do you feel trapped by the rotten economy in a job that makes you miserable? If this […]