• Talking to a friend over the weekend, I found myself saying that it's almost easier to plan a career change when you're already working at a job/in a career that you can tolerate.  I think the thought struck me because it flies in the face of the common practice of "taking the leap", "cutting the cord", or any other number of metaphors for leaving your current job so you can focus on your next step. Now before going any further its important to say that this approach can work for some people. In fact, there are probably some individuals for whom the only way to make a drastic change is to take drastic action. But my guess is that this

    Aug 25,
  • From time to time I want to call out resources that I have found useful.  There are probably a million career help sites out there (google guesses that there are actually 1,020,000,000), but O Net Online is probably one of the best free career resources in terms of research support and access to real data. Developed by the Department of Labor and the National Center for O*NET Development, it has a lot of self-service tools that can help you gather helpful career information. Take a look.

    May 20,
  • Work Values in Four points If you've ever been talking with a coworker and discovered that you hate the very things that they like about your work, you have some idea of how work values operate.  Read on for the summary: Your work values are like a personal scorecard that you use to rate your work.  They are like a scorecard because they form our basis for making positive/negative judgments about our work.  If you love independence, then Job X would get a high score if it allows for some flexibility.  But if you want heavy structure, you wouldn't find Job X as appealing.  In this example, "independence" and "structure" are work values.  Work values are personal,  we each can think about them

    May 05,