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Job Hunting Requires Artistry and Science

It’s helpful to be both artist and scientist as you navigate the choppy seas of work transition. Artists are creative, spontaneous, imaginative, sensitive, entertaining, and innovative. Scientists are organized, experimental, procedural, systematic, and follow proven theory. All these qualities come into play with varying amounts, nuances and priorities as the situation dictates–-but [...]

2019-07-06T11:23:08-04:00July 6th, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

We Will All Be Better

Sometimes good comes from adversity. We can all think of examples in our lives where a problem turned into a solution or an obstacle, a victory. Jobs can be like that. We lose or leave a job we really like and with work, help from others and "grace", we find something better. Something we never would [...]

2019-06-08T13:57:18-04:00June 7th, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

The Job Market is Unfair

Although we know this in our head, it rarely makes it to our heart. We keep hoping there’s a recipe and if we mix all the ingredients in the right proportion, we will wind up with that award-winning cake. Understanding this truth can cut down on the heartache when the offer doesn’t come – and [...]

2019-06-08T13:56:35-04:00June 4th, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry, 20th century, poet, novelist and essayist, brings some wisdom (and encouragement) to those who see themselves lost in career/life transition. Career coaches rightfully advise on the value of self-awareness, introspection, and career exploration in order to find meaningful direction. But Mr. Berry goes deeper in his reassurance that we first must realize that [...]

2019-06-08T13:58:11-04:00April 16th, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

Work and Meaning

Embrace the hard "heart work" of achieving meaning, breadth and depth in your life–job, career and retirement contributions are integral to our happiness. In the latest of Thomas Merton's journal books, The Intimate Merton, his secretary and editor Patrick Hart, says that at one point Merton realized that he would not find meaning (or God) [...]

2019-06-08T13:58:21-04:00April 3rd, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

The Web Isn’t the Answer…

It’s a must use tool or resource, of course. Yes, you have to continually bang away on the best job boards and employer websites for you. But most importantly, use the web to research key intelligence about employers and how it relates to you. Sure you have to apply for positions within the electronic systems [...]

2019-06-08T13:58:29-04:00March 22nd, 2019|All, Transitions Reflections|

We Know More Than We Think

“I recall how later in life, I heard my Mom say, 'I like what I know.' The comment caught me by surprise as I reflected on its truth. Our talents are usually the intersection of our interests and our abilities or knowledge. It’s what we do best. It’s why we get hired to do a [...]

2019-03-21T19:43:51-04:00February 6th, 2019|All, TranSpirations|

Respite: Painting a New Image

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, author of the above quote, was revered by many but also confused many, and even angered some, through his choices of expression. His message, however, is applicable for [...]

2019-03-21T19:44:40-04:00August 12th, 2017|All, Respite|