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Should One Quit a Job to Get a Job?

Busy, busy, busy.  Is anyone not busy these days?  Has anybody mastered the life simplification and/or zenlike practices needed to get by in the modern world and still enjoy an abundance of free time? I bring this up because there’s a wrinkle in job hunting that doesn’t apply to everyone out there, but is a […]

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The Value of Education + Where To Get Some (Free!)

Recently, I came across an interesting article on Glassdoor.com that talks about the current (and potentially changing) value of education in the workplace.  The conclusions reached in this article not only resonate strongly with my own observations about how employers view formal education these days, but also hold profound implications for many people in the […]

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The Career/Happiness Correlation

Okay, let’s kick off the blog here in 2014 with a bang.  Recently, I came across a Dilbert comic strip that got a laugh out of me, I almost hate to say, based on a wry observation it makes about the correlation between career success and happiness.  And while I’d love to paste the cartoon […]

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Running a “Questionable” Job Search: Part 1

I’ll admit it.  I’m not very mechanically-oriented and my few attempts to study computer programming were a dismal failure.  But if I had the means to invent a job-seeking robot, I’d probably program it to spend 24 hours a day chasing leads, contacting organizations, and boldly asking “do you know of any jobs I could […]

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Passion: Key Career Ingredient or Silly Indulgence?

One of the new memes that seems to be rapidly gaining traction within the business world is the notion that passion is an overrated aspect of picking one’s career path. As unemployment rates remain historically high, and many Americans continue to feel the pain of not receiving a paycheck, a growing chorus of experts are […]

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Book Review: So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Cal Newport)

Sick of your current occupational path?  Looking to make a change?  Racking your brain trying to figure out what you’re passionate about, so you can build a successful career around it? If so, I’ve got news for you — Georgetown University professor Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You, thinks you’re going […]

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Investing in Adult Education: 7 Questions to Ask

Let’s face it.  There’s a world of difference between going to school when you’re 21 years old and investing in education when you’re a bit farther along in life’s journey.  Compared to somebody just starting out on their professional career path, middle-age adults often need to examine their training options with greater care, not only […]

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Everybody Rotate One Job to the Left

I saw a great bumper sticker the other day.  It said: Teachers: We’re Focused on Outcomes, Not Incomes! This leads me into my soliloquy for the day. When you pull back and look at today’s world of work from high altitude, and contemplate the way in which our careers intersect with our lives, you could […]

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Guest Blog: Tips for Adults Returning to College

In this final posting of the month, I’m passing along an article that was sent to me by Erin Palmer of U.S. News University Directory, who noticed one of my recent articles on mid-career educational decisions and thought this additional information might be useful to some of you out there considering this possibility! Tips for […]

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Book Review: StandOut (Marcus Buckingham)

As many of you know, I’m not a terribly huge fan of most personality assessments — at least not for “career planning” purposes — since I find that many of them are either 1) extremely out of date, in terms of the career options they suggest or b) ridiculously boxy, in terms of suggesting that […]

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