The Career and Retirement Tango

Perhaps you are about to embark on your second or third phase of your life, one where you want your career and retirement to co-exist. You are not ready to enter full retirement – just yet – because of financial reasons or you yearn to follow your passions and do something completely different. When faced with this type of decision, advance planning helps ease you into the right ratio of career and retirement. Just as dancing the...

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Preparing for an Interview: An example

Preparing for an interview is one of the most difficult parts of a job search. There is no wiggle room for error. If you blow it, you will know it immediately, likewise preparing for an interview well leaves you with a great feeling! Recently, April Miller shared her story on a networking group that I belong to in Rochester NY and gave me permission to share it with the Elephants at Work readers. April’s monologue on preparing for...

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Can Clients Record Coaching Sessions?
May31

Can Clients Record Coaching Sessions?

It’s happened two times in the last few years where clients want to record coaching sessions. The first time, the client asked upfront and plopped a recording device on the table. His rationale was it was easier for him to record than to take notes. He liked to review the recordings afterward in private. Personally, I did not have a problem with him recording the sessions. The coaching advice I gave him would be the same no matter...

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Unavailable Boss Derailing Project Completion

Reader: Six months ago, my husband left a job with a controlling bully of a boss to work for a kind but overwhelmed, unavailable boss. He is frustrated with the cancelled/not rescheduled touch base meetings he requested. Also his boss does not answer emails/calls requesting budgetary approval to finalize his projects. Responses can take up to a month or more of repeated attempts at discussions. Others in this billion-dollar...

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Job Hunting Lessons: Remember What is Important
Feb11

Job Hunting Lessons: Remember What is Important

This is Kathy Marcus’s final post on job hunting lessons that was first shared at the end of 2012. While the holidays may be behind us, her message is timeless. While careers are important and provide for our families or help to define who we are…there’s always more to your story. Thank you Kathy for sharing your insights over the last several months – your future employer is lucky to have you! Day 12:  Remember What Is Important The...

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Job Hunting Lessons: Pay it Forward
Feb04

Job Hunting Lessons: Pay it Forward

We’re almost at the end of Kathy Marcus’s 12 days of insights. Here’s an important lesson reminder about paying it forward to your network because receiving and giving help is what makes the world a better place. Day 11 – Pay It Forward When you land after being in transition, it’s a very exciting time – a time for celebration and a time to feel validated once again. All of those days, weeks and months of networking,...

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