What We Want

Guest Contributor for My L.A. Lifestyle Recent studies show that more than half of all employees are looking forward to leaving their jobs once the economy gets better. But, what would they be leaving for? What would you be leaving for? Overall, what most people want is a way to make meaningful progress in their work. They want to feel like their work matters. Given that we want these changes, and that the better employment picture we’d hoped for may still be limping along for a while longer, what can we do to keep our own happiness, satisfaction and spirit up, in the face of this often WAY frustrating scenario? As a career coach, I see how anxiety is ratcheting up, and how learning various techniques and practices that help with all of this anxiety can truly positively affect my clients. Mindfulness, and the stress-managing principles of this approach,… Read More

7 Actions to Take When You Need an Attitude Adjustment (Particularly during a Job Search)

Guest Contributor for My L.A. Lifestyle We all face those stuck times when anything we do feels futile and discouraging – especially during a job search. Here are seven tips to re-energize you, and bring that authentic you back to the game. With your re-invigorated perspective you’ll see something new, be fresh, open and ready – again. 1.  Watch a TED Talk; Try a talk by Brene Brown, but any talk you watch should open a new door for you. Likewise, you can also listen to a Podcast, or the radio, but it must be a broadcast that informs you about something you’re genuinely interested in. If you can do this while walking, all the better. 2.  Go to a dog park with your, or a friend’s, dog. There’s nothing like watching dogs playing and having a blast, and you might even meet some good people there, too. … Read More

With Tough Times to Enter The Job Market…We Get It

It’s so important to know you aren’t alone in your frustration and disappointment when you’re starting out your career (or ever for that matter). Don’t go it alone. Get together with friends to brainstorm ideas, keep your energy up by doing things you love, and volunteer! Great ideas come from unsuspected places. Read the whole article here… Read More

The Start-Up of You

I’m Mad As Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore!

As I read the newspapers last weekend I got really angry (remember the all important flick Network?). I didn’t read anything about the under employment or unemployment of thousands of people like you – smart, creative, talented in innumerable ways, yet unable to find a ‘real’ job. What is the Washington contingent thinking about unemployment? Doing? And what are we/ you doing to be heard? In the Great Depression there were bread lines, unemployed people seeing each other ever day. Now we have thousands scouring online job boards and sitting in cafes looking at screens but not connecting, not collaborating to be heard by those who do have key resources to start new initiatives that could create new ways of working for those with the education and mindset to do something meaningful.  We know that ‘right brained’ creatives have much to contribute to the changed marketplace…but how? We need help finding these answers.  Shall we band together to be heard? If you want your voice to be heard let me know. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.

The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is truth in both, but I do not believe they are the whole story. I think something else, something new — something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job — is also influencing today’s job market more than people realize.

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A Twitter Response: Interview Horror Stories

I had approximately 10 years of MarCom experience and had replied to an ad in the paper.  I was called and asked to meet for an interview with one of 3 partners that owned the Portland, OR Public Relations-Marketing firm.  I was really excited because the job was a great fit, close to my home and in my field.

I had been requested to meet at a local restaurant for breakfast.  I was there early and he showed up about 20 minutes late, so my nerves were already frazzled. He looks right at me and says, “Oh this is never going to work out! You look just like my ex-wife.” So do I stay for breakfast knowing I am totally deflated and there is no hope…. I decide to stay and work at getting 3 contacts from him.  No such luck! He was arrogant throughout the meal, not helpful, and never even looked at my resume or experience to discuss.  Every time I drive past their offices, I shudder! 

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Liminas Exclusive: L.A. Career Expert Interview

Source:  Liminas.com

Daisy Swan, a career strategist, coach and counselor and head of her own career private practice, knows what it means to be a Liminas woman.  Her career {and passion} was born from the confusion and uncertainty of her days during that time.  We went to Daisy with all the concerns, stress, and questions our readers are struggling with and she shared great career advice and life tips to help all of us Liminas women find the balance and happiness we  seek.

Ashley: First of all, please tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in this line of work. Also, are you familiar with the Liminas concept?  Do you feel that you are/were a Liminas woman? 

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“YOU GOT THE PINK SLIP. NOW WHAT?”

Let’s face it: unless you’re independently wealthy being unemployed is NOT fun. It’s NOT relaxing. It’s NOT a vacation. You’re constantly stressed out, worried about your finances, family, your future, wondering how long you can make it before you have to start making the tough choices. It’s a scary place. Now is the perfect time to turn that incapacitating fear into resolve, strength, and action. Make a shift in your state of mind. Use this time to empower and embolden yourself and explore other career options. And you do have options. They’re out there, just waiting for you to uncover them. Find yourself. Find your path. Find your future. Call us. We can help make this transition easier as you find your way. Read More

Informational Interviewing – Again

When was the last time you did an informational interview? Contacting someone you may not already know to learn about what they do, and how their company works, can be an eye-opening opportunity. You can gain important information about the work you want to do, and learn about the culture of the place you hope to work at. Many of you have already done this kind of interview – from either side of the table – interviewer or interviewee. Some people, like me, love doing these interviews, and others, while they know it could be very valuable for them, are uncomfortable reaching out to talk with a stranger. While I really love doing these, I haven’t done one in a while so I decided to reach out and talk to a variety of people in hiring positions to learn more about what’s happening in hiring, and to be able to share this information with clients and other readers.

I had the opportunity to talk with someone who does a lot of hiring at an advertising agency with offices in Southern California. She graciously talked with me for about 20 minutes, the usual amount of time that we’ll be able to get from a busy professional who’s willing to help out. I was ready with my questions and she with answers. Below, read some of the most pressing questions my clients and I wonder about.

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Sick and Tired and Burnt Out.

Not very inspiring words. But doesn’t speaking the truth help sometimes? I’ve been talking to so many people who are feeling this way lately. Those of you who have been looking for work — I know it can be draining and truly it takes a lot of mental discipline to keep at it. And those who I talk to who are employed are feeling the anxiety of the ‘what if’…what if things change here and my job goes away? What if I don’t get all of this work done — which is so much more now because staff has gotten leaner. Lots of burn out brewing out there one way or another.

So what are we going to do? PRESS RESET.

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Keeping Up with the Changing World of Work

New opportunities continue to appear.  How is your work changing? Let me know if you see trends in your work.

10 Careers That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

BY RACHEL ZUPEK

Every so often, you meet someone with a job title that makes you go, “Huh?” Either it’s too technical to understand, too hard to describe or in some cases, people just may not have heard of it. But, why would someone not have heard about a job’s existence?

Simple: All the changes that have come about in the past 10 years, from environmental policy to emerging technologies to the recession, have contributed to the creation of careers that never could have existed before.

Dom Sagolla, co-creator of Twitter, for example, recently made the switch from working in research and development at Adobe to creating iPhone applications with his company, DollarApp. Sagolla is also authoring a book, “140 Characters,” which demonstrates the effect of hypertext on literature by redefining the concept of “the book” using Twitter and iPhone to start, he says. Could he have done this 10 years ago? Doubtful.

“I’ve noticed that the best-of-breed iPhone apps incorporate Twitter and social networks, and the best Twitter apps seem to be on iPhone,” Sagolla says. “That is no coincidence: The two came to prominence at roughly the same time. I’ve worked hard to position myself at intersection of those two industries, which form a vortex of attention and zeal that is unmatched.”

Here is a little information about 10 careers that didn’t exist a decade ago:

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