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  • by Stacey Lane - September 17, 2015
    My clients ask great questions. And sometimes I find the perfect article or resource that says exactly what I want to say. So here are three of my frequently asked questions, and spot-on answers from my colleagues:How do I know if I’m making the right career decision? Whether you’re wondering about quitting a job without having another one, turning down a perfectly good job offer because it doesn’t “feel right,” or putti...
  • by Stacey Lane - September 17, 2015
    In talking with a couple of hiring managers this week, we got on the topic of marketing materials. I heard the good, the bad and the ugly.The good? A cover letter from an under-qualified candidate that landed him an interview. You see, he’d done his homework and realized that his background in construction operations could benefit a creative services operations team. Smart.The bad?The candidate with less than five years of...
  • by Stacey Lane - June 11, 2015
    We know from ecology that a tree planted in a clearing of an old forest will be stronger than one planted in an open field. This is because the roots of the new tree are able to follow the pathways created by former trees and embed themselves more deeply. Over time, the roots of trees graft themselves together forming a system underground. The older trees help the younger ones mature and become stronger. The same principle...
  • by Stacey Lane - June 11, 2015
    “We’re moving forward with another candidate.” “It was really great to meet you, but we’ve found someone who has more direct-to-consumer experience.” “You’re just not a cultural fit for our team.” “At this point, we won’t be extending a job offer to you.”Actual rejection quotes from this week. Clearly, it was Rejection Week and I missed the official notice.Three clients got rejected for jobs they really, really wanted....
  • by Stacey Lane - April 17, 2015
    Maybe it’s because the job market has improved. Or they’re just tired of feeling so unsatisfied. Or that it’s spring. Or my clients have known for a while that they’re mismatched with their current career. Whatever the reason, reinvention is on their minds.When I surveyed my list about what they’d like to hear about, Reinvention was the number one webinar topic they said they’d like to see. Let me tell you a little bit more...
  • by Stacey Lane - April 1, 2015
    “I just need to know how to do it” said a new client. She was referring to how to quit her job. I’ve blogged about this in the past but her request, and what we discussed got me thinking – maybe you, too, are wondering about how to part ways with your employer.If you’re just embarking on a job search, my advice can be summed up in two words. Horse. Cart. Remember – they go in that order. Don’t worry about how you’re goin...
  • by Stacey Lane - March 2, 2015
    It’s hard for me to quit something. I keep trying to make things work – jobs, relationships, a broken door handle, whatever. I stay focused on making things work way too long past the freshness expiration date. I guess this makes me a bad quitter.Despite me knowing this about myself, I find it hard to give up on something. “If I just try doing it this way, it might work…” Great if you’re doing a team building challenge with...
  • by Stacey Lane - February 10, 2015
    Let’s talk about the other F word. Fear. As you can probably imagine, there are days when I need a Teflon suit to deflect my clients’ fears. Even the most self-aware clients have moments of sheer panic. Fear shows up. It’s just part of careers. It’s that simple.On good days, I’m a curious and non-attached observer of fear. On bad days, I get sucked into the fear vortex and find myself obsessing about my own career successe...
  • by Stacey Lane - October 13, 2014
    There’s so much that’s uncomfortable about this whole career thing. Facing rejection as you interview, embarrassing yourself when networking, coming across as a desperate job seeker, having to ask your network for help, being unclear about your career direction when you think everyone else is clear, or desiring a career reinvention but being unsure about even where to start.Yuck. Uncomfortable terrain.I don’t care if you’...
  • by Stacey Lane - August 13, 2014
    When is the very best time to look for a job?a) When you have a job (so don’t quit before you find a new one).b) When you have time to devote to finding a job.c) When you’re “ready” and focused to look.d) Once your resume gets updated.e) Only after two years in the same job.f) None of the above.The correct answer is (f) none of the above. The ideal time to look for your next job is the day you start a new job. If you’re li...