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The other day a friend asked me how I figured out what I wanted to do in my career. I thought to myself, “It’s amazing what rock-bottom will do to you! I had no choice but to sink or swim.” You don’t always have to hit rock bottom to figure out your career path, but there are some things you need to learn about yourself if you want to find a job you love. The … Read more »
The 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards aired on Nov. 6, and gave me some interesting food for thought about my upcoming job search. After watching three hours of country performances, award winners and losers, here are two insights I gathered to keep us jobseekers motivated and on track! 1. You’re never too old, or too young, to land your dream job.
Adults and children in costume will be everywhere tonight in Portland collecting candy and other treats door-to-door. It’s the culmination of weeks of Halloween holiday events in Oregon, including zombie walks, ghost towns, and corn mazes. It’s also a good time to confront fears about job hunting and our careers. Here are seven things I’ve seen cause hair-raising anxiety among job seekers and what to do.
Advice from United Way’s HR Director, Kathy Grimm You’ve worked at United Way of the Columbia Willamette for 30 years and have been in human resources for the past eight. What are the biggest hiring trends that you’ve seen in the last five years for nonprofits like United Way? The most obvious trend has been the downturn in the economy — as the economic situation has worsened, there’s been a corresponding increase in the need … Read more »
Sometimes it seems like sleek, flexible workplaces are everywhere. We see glossy magazine spreads of people typing in bean-bag chairs with no desks, conference tables or machinery in sight. But the truth is, workplace flexibility is more than a groovy workspace. What IS flexibility, then? Flexibility is when workplace policies and culture make it possible for employees to do great work without sacrificing their family, and to be a great family caregiver without sacrificing their … Read more »
If you’re bored in your job or think there is a better-suited industry for you, it’s never too late to switch fields. The transition can even be easier than you would think—and definitely spark some excitement in your career and your life. Starting your job search in a new field can be intimidating; you might feel like employers won’t be interested in you due to your assumingly irrelevant background.
Fall means a return to campus for college students across Oregon. Whether it’s your freshman or senior year, it’s never too early (or late) for you to begin to think about your career after graduation. College campuses offer lots of opportunities to address one of the most common frustrations of new graduates: how to compete for entry-level jobs that ask for both a bachelor’s degree and professional experience. Here are three steps you can take … Read more »
The landscape of employment as we know it in America is rapidly changing. If you’ve read my previous posts on portfolio careers, encore careers, free agents, and on-call jobs, you’re already aware of some of the employment trends that can make you feel nervously employed such as: A shift to more part-time jobs, jobs that used to be full-time An increase in temporary and project work A trend in your company toward hiring freelancers or consultants … Read more »
An Interview with Penelope Trunk I recently transitioned into digital marketing from retail management. While wondering where to start, I found Penelope Trunk. Her blog offers honest, no-filter advice, which is refreshing and helpful in today’s ever-changing career landscape. Penelope founded three startups, Math.com, eCityDeals, and Brazen Careerist. She is also an author and has been featured in the New York Times, Inc, and Wired. Currently, she lives on a farm in Madison, Wisconsin where … Read more »
Book Review: The Time between Dreams. How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Life and Work by Carol A. Vecchio. Change happens. Some look the other way and deny it. Others embrace change and its new opportunities, adventures, and horizons. However you approach it, change comes to all of us eventually in our careers, in our relationships, and in all areas of our lives. Carol Vecchio has helped people navigate these periods of ambiguity, these times … Read more »