I frequently encounter job seekers who wish to change career fields or industries/sectors. I have found, though, that even within fields that would seem to be very similar, there can be significant differences in how terminology is used, often to refer to the same thing. Because employers–including human beings like hiring managers or recruiters, as … Continue reading
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Making Big Decisions
When faced with a big decision, like whether to accept a new job, there are many factors to consider. What does the new job entail, in terms of job function? What salary and benefits are offered (including retirement matching, health insurance, dental coverage, commuting assistance, etc.)? What is the work-life balance like? Are there options … Continue reading
When offered 3 choices, choose the fourth
The Fourth Option One of my alumni recently had “the good problem”—too many job offers. She had three offers to choose from, each with different job functions, missions, salaries, and benefits. She sent me a note asking for my advice: The first job was in a professional association for the insurance industry—a mission she … Continue reading
Emotions in the Job Search
It’s a little like dating. You have found your dream job or organization– but will they like you back, enough to hire you? If they reject you, does that make you a bad person or a failure? Putting yourself out there by networking, applying, and interviewing for jobs makes you very vulnerable to rejection, the … Continue reading
Push Me, Pull You: Handling Multiple Offers and Interviews
Timing is everything in the job search. This statement is true when it comes to applying before a job deadline, applying early and often, getting your references to reply quickly, and most of all when dealing with job interviews and offers. If you are lucky enough to have had multiple job interviews, you will likely … Continue reading
Will your future employer work you to death?
Will your future employer work you to death? How to assess workplace culture before accepting a job offer If you have a young family, an important avocation or hobby, or otherwise just want to leave work at 5pm and not work weekends and evenings, it’s important to find a way to investigate the culture of … Continue reading
Happy Mother’s Day: Now, Back to Work!
As a new mom, I understand the amazing challenges and joys of being a parent. As a career coach with 13+ years’ experience, I also have worked with many parents and others who took time off to raise a family, take care of an ill or aging family member, recover from an illness or injury, … Continue reading
Tips for Transition from Private to Nonprofit Sector
A few books have been written about this subject, most notably Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector by Laura Gassner-Otting and The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Jobs for Sector Switchers by Steven Joiner. (My book, Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service, touches on this as well). The main … Continue reading