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Is it Selfish to Quit?

Nearly every week it seems, I hear from someone in this community asking some form of this question: Is it selfish to quit my job? On the one hand, this tells me that the people who connect with my work are nice. They worry about putting their colleagues in a difficult situation. They don’t want to focus so deeply on their own career goals that they harm others in the process. But on the other hand, there’s a point at which niceness goes too far…

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How to Hide Your Age in a Virtual Interview

Age discrimination is real, but there’s only so much you can do. You can’t change your age! But it doesn’t have to be a hinderance to your job search! Here are some things you can do to present yourself in a way where you feel more confident during a virtual interview.

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Is Loyalty Hurting Your Salary?

Most of us were raised to believe that loyalty is a good thing that will be rewarded. But in the professional world, this often isn’t true. In fact, the longer you stay with one employer, the more you could be missing out financially. Keep reading to learn more.

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Is a Two-Week Notice Necessary When You Quit?

Recently, I’ve seen some discussion around the topic of the traditional two-week notice period given when you quit a job. Some folks are saying it’s no longer necessary. Some argue it is. So, as a career coach, I wanted to weigh in on the topic and offer my professional opinion. Simply put: YES,...

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Considering Working with a Resume Writer? Read This First

For many years, as a career coach, I offered resume writing services. And I don’t mind telling you that I was a darned fine resume writer. But I no longer offer these services—and I want to take a few minutes to explain why and to help those of you who might be considering working with a resume writer in the future.

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The New Rules of Modern Job Search

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “The New Rules of Modern Job Search.” In my role as a career coach, I’ve helped a lot of people navigate the complex world of job search. Often, when people come to me for help writing a resume or practicing for an interview, they’re really...

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How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Past work experience is, of course, the most important part of your resume. It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for...

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5 Job Search Red Flags to Watch Out For

Job seekers are notoriously eager to believe things. They’re not necessarily gullible or naïve, but they often want to think optimistically about every “opportunity” that crosses their path. Sometimes, they’re just so desperate to find a job, that they ignore critical job search red flags—clear...

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How to Hide Your Age on Your Resume

As a career coach and professional resume writer, I work with a lot of “older” job seekers. I use quotes there because age is relative. It always surprises me that the people most concerned with age discrimination are usually women in their mid- to late-forties. I hardly consider...

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How Long Should a Job Search Take?

This is a question I get quite frequently in my monthly “Ask the Career Coach” sessions. It's not surprising; people who are in the midst of a job search are always anxious. They want the process to be much faster than it (usually) is. The longer it takes to land that new gig, the more self-doubt...

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Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Members of the Free Career Resource Library can attend for free and...

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