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  • by Thomas J. Denham - April 11, 2013
    The bad news is that changing careers is one of the most difficult challenges we face in adulthood. You may be asking: How do I reinvent ourselves after all these years? The good news is that changing career is not only acceptable it may keep you more marketable by further developing your skills sets. More and more Americans are doing it. There is no magic to changing jobs and careers. There is a three step sequential proc...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - April 9, 2013
    One of the most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning is listen: be open to ideas, try to help your student find information, and be nonjudgmental. Here are 10 ways you can help: 1. Encourage your child to visit the career center (and you go too!) Next time you visit campus, drop into the career services office and pick up a business card from one of the career counselors. When you...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - April 9, 2013
    Are you getting what you want out of life? Do you really know what you want? Are you so caught up in the “busy”-ness of mere day to day living that you sometimes feel you are achieving empty victories? Have you ever asked yourself whether or not you have a clear sense of direction and purpose that inspires and energizes you? Or are you uncertain about what you really want out of life and a career? You are not alone. Un...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - April 9, 2013
    An individual will be more prepared to take on the demands of an actual job search only after they have completed the first two stages of the career development process: self-assessment (Who am I?) and career exploration (Where am I going?). Getting started can be the hardest part, but investing your time will be worth the results. Here are my top ten tips for a successful job search campaign. 1. Clarify your short-term an...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - April 9, 2013
    These are typical signs of work life balance gone amuck: Feeling that you are merely trying to get through the day. Barely making it to the end of the week and feeling completely exhausted by the time you get home. Feeling that you are on the merry-go-round of life and just wanting to get off. Feeling like you are falling behind and never catching up in the game of life. If you are not “wicked happy” then there...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - March 19, 2013
    Many people use the classified ads as their sole job search technique. Unfortunately, statistics show that only 10% to 20% of jobs are ever published, which means that 80% to 90% of jobs remain hidden in the job market. For this reason, networking remains the number one job search strategy. Eight Keys to Networking 1.Be Prepared, First, define what information you need and what you are trying to accomplish by networ...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - December 17, 2012
    Are you getting what you want out of life? Do you really know what you want? Are you so caught up in the “busy”-ness of mere day to day living that you sometimes feel you are achieving empty victories? Have you ever asked yourself whether or not you have a clear sense of direction and purpose that inspires and energizes you? Or are you uncertain about what you really want out of life and a career? You are not alone. Un...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - September 17, 2012
    It’s a big risk to leave your job, so clarify that this is what you want. Have you carefully written out and weighted the advantages and disadvantages? Have you discussed it with a career counselor or someone you trust? What advice do they offer? Are you really ready to move on? Think constructively about how you want to handle it in a professional and amicable way. Here’s how to do it. 1. Keep It Private - Don’t tell...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - September 17, 2012
    Congratulations! Finally after a long job search, you have one employer's offer and are waiting to hear from others. After you have spent so much time and effort trying to get an offer, the process of evaluating the offer to see if it is right for you often takes a back seat. A well developed approach is needed at this point and you should consider the following 7 factors before making your final decision. Adjust the percentag...
  • by Thomas J. Denham - September 17, 2012
    Four typical signs of work/life balance gone amok are: 1) Feeling you are merely trying to get through the day; 2) Barely making it to the end of the week and feeling completely exhausted by the time you get home; 3) Feeling that you are on the merry-go-round of life and just wanting to get off; or 4) Feeling like you are falling behind and never catching up. If you are not “wicked happy” then there are a couple of rules yo...