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Phasing Out: the new way to retire

As an HR business partner, I have noticed how many employees were opting to gradually move toward retirement rather than immediate retirement. Over the years, I have seen many of my peers experience uncertainty when closing this chapter. Gradually closing this phase of life or transitioning out of the workforce seems to alleviate much of this angst. This phasing out or transitioning out of the workforce is commonly called a phased-out retirement. Phased-out retirements are a broad range of employment arrangements that allow an employee who is approaching retirement age to continue working with a reduced workload and eventually transition from full-time work to full-time retirement. Continue Reading →

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Twelve questions to take into 2014

 What’s so good about you?  

Recently, I searched through my library for tips on creating the perfect “elevator speech.” An elevator speech is a brief delivery of memorable facts about yourself. Typically, the elevator speech is given to someone you want to impress, but you rarely encounter them except for the occasional elevator ride. Many of us have said or thought, “I got on the elevator with the chairman and didn’t know what to say. It was my big chance, and I blew it!” Or, “I was in a meeting and the head of another division asked me my name. Continue Reading →

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Strategies for developing leaders of color in the workplace

Recently, I participated in a discussion on how to develop leaders of color in today’s workplace environment. While times have certainly changed, there are some strategies and tips that have been time-tested, and each yields opportunities for professional success. In addition, when one finds fulfilling work, it is easier to withstand established obstacles that many people of color face in the advancement of their careers. According to the website “The Multicultural Advantage,” a website designed to help minorities excel in the workplace, below are several strategies that should be put into action if one desires to move into the executive ranks at work.  

Create an adaptable strategic plan for success 

Do not sit passively waiting to be noticed or for opportunities to drop in your lap. Continue Reading →

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Create your dream job

Second of a three-part series
“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” — Arnold Toynbee


As noted in Toynbee’s quote, finding the juncture where work becomes as enjoyable as play is the ultimate goal of creating your own position. Many would say that when they dream, it is not about work. Rather, they dream of doing what they find enjoyable and worthwhile. This is a new way of reframing how we view “work” or our jobs. In the first installment of this series, I defined components of a well-written job description. Continue Reading →

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Communicating your personal brand — Identifying your brand statement

As you campaign to obtain your target job or launch a business, your personal brand statement should be communicated. According to Career Distinction: Standing out by Building Your Brand by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson, your brand statement should possess three qualities:

1) It consists of just one sentence. 2) It can be easily understood by a 12-year-old. 3) You could recite it from memory. A well-written personal branding campaign creates a strong, consistent and specific association between the individual and the perceived value that individual offers. Continue Reading →

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The power of informational interviews


As a career changer, I can say that I owe much of my career transition success to informational interviewing. An informational interview is a meeting in which a job seeker asks for career and industry advice rather than employment. The job seeker uses the interview to gather information on the field and to find employment leads and expand their professional network. This differs from a job interview, because the job seeker asks the questions. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of informational interviewing. Continue Reading →

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Encore careers: They’re not just for seniors anymore

Upon entering my 40th year, I decided that I needed a mid-life career change. I knew that it would be something drastically different from the course that I had embarked on in 1988 as a bright-eyed, newly graduated genetics student. My growing concern for the economic advancement of women, workforce development, and a desire to be my own boss urged me to move in a new and different direction. While working in a corporate setting for 22 years, I went back to school and obtained a master’s degree in human resource development. For years, I did pro bono work to gain experience. Continue Reading →

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The growing contingent workforce: Contract work can present new opportunities

With 35 percent of U.S. companies relying on smaller staffs since the recession, the landscape of the labor market is changing substantially and more employers are beginning to emphasize the contingent, flexible workforce. A recent survey from CareerBuilder finds that this trend is fully expected to continue through 2012, as 36 percent of responding companies said they planned to hire temporary or contract workers this year. This number is up from 34 percent last year, 30 percent for 2010 and 28 percent for 2009. In addition to demonstrating the idea that the flexible workforce is beginning to take hold, the results of the survey are also positive for the individual workers themselves as 35 percent of these employers said they ultimately planned to hire their temporary employees on a permanent basis. Why has there been such expanded use of contingent workers by U.S. business? Continue Reading →

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Volunteer to learn new career skills










If you are thinking of starting a new career, you may be wondering where to begin. Often, when we decide to transition or take a leap into a new adventure, we are faced with the issue of experience or lack thereof. This hurdle can be daunting and discouraging, but there are many ways to gain new skills and experience while doing good. Why should you consider volunteering? Well, you would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while meeting contacts in your prospective career field. Continue Reading →

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Your authentic vocation: finding career success and satisfaction








If you ask six people the meaning of career success, you will probably get six different answers. One dictionary defines success as “the satisfactory accomplishment of a goal sought for.”

To be successful, you must achieve the goal and be satisfied with the outcome. With this definition, one wonders if “success” that does not include personal satisfaction — a sense of well-being — is really true success at all. As a career coach, I assist my clients on their journey to finding their authentic vocation. The word authentic, as used here, means real or aligned with one’s essential self; vocation denotes a calling, a profession to which one is particularly suited for, or a life’s work. Continue Reading →

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