The “Little Fun” List

Just for the heck of it, I started making a list of the little things that I find fun about my current life and lifestyle. I was fascinated to see that once I got on a roll, it got easier and easier to think of things until I ended up with well over a hundred… [...]

How Much Vacation is Enough?

In the U.S., we’re all accustomed to working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks of the year. But is this the way it has to be? In his best-selling book, “The 4-Hour Work Week,” author Timothy Ferris challenges us to think about what life would be like if we only worked 4 hours per week [...]

Don’t Take My Advice…

How often do you take the advice of experts? I’ve been asking random people this question and have been greeted with similar reactions — a little giggle, and a glancing away in embarrassment. It seems that many of us are in the business of ignoring the experts and going gung-ho, willy-nilly in the direction we [...]

What’s Haunting You?

There’s no way around it… You have a past and its contents are haunting you! Question is, how spooked are you? On the general subject of what’s slowing you down, standing in your way, or stopping you altogether from having the career of your dreams… Your past is most likely the number one culprit. Maybe [...]

5 Great Reasons to Be Fired

You’re Fired! In most cultures, this is a bone-chilling phrase… and I know that there are times when this is the absolute last thing you want to hear… …believe me, I know! But wait! Could there be more than a few times when it’s the best news possible? Here’s a list of 5 great reasons [...]

What’s the Antidote to Boredom and Apathy?

Have you written down what you want to experience and/or achieve with the time you have left? I met with a 16-year-old last week who mentioned that she has a bucket list! At 16 !!! Some people might feel a bucket list is a bit pessimistic (since it’s acknowledging your eventual death) but I think [...]

Winning at the Values and Lifestyle Game

Here we go with the 4th installment of Jeff’s Wisdom: Do you dislike your career or do you dislike the place you’re doing it at? For me, it was only the latter. And maybe that’s true for others. Sometimes its hard to separate the two. Even if I someday get tired of my position, I [...]

Are Interview Question Books Outdated?

Here we go with round 3 of Jeff’s job-change insights: Interview question books are outdated. In my opinion, it’s far more important to think about the THOUGHT PROCESS the way you work daily, not so much memorizing 100 potential interview questions. What are your motivations? Why did you complete that project the way you did? [...]

Do You Stay In Touch?

Ready for some more real-world feedback from Jeff? Here’s round 2: I was able to get an informational interview with the hiring manager months before the job posted. It was a low-pressure way to find out more about the position and company. After that, I made it a point to stay in touch with her. [...]

Yes, It’s True. It’s All About Who You Know…

Could you use a little real-world feedback  from someone who’s succeeded at making the leap to a job he loves? Meet Jeff.  A while back, he attended my series of career classes at Portland Community College. Just before the holidays, I sent him an email –  checking in to see how things were going. Here’s [...]