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    You’re Fired! What Now?

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    I hate to sound like Donald Trump, but what happens if you get fired? or laid off? or downsized? Whatever term you use doesn’t matter. The thing is that come Monday, you have nowhere to go and you feel angry, guilty, puzzled, confused, and a hundred other feelings. You’re panicking because suddenly, it’s not business …

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    Avoiding the Black Hole

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    In this context the black hole is not a scientific term but rather the annoying condition when people apply for posted job openings and they never hear back.  It is very frustrating because applying for positions is a time consuming effort often with no results.  But why is this so prevalent?  The answer is simple; …

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    Six Steps Out of In-Transition

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    Losing your job can happen instantly, or you might be told ahead of time because the company is restructuring, moving out of town, or the like. Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital to attempt to quickly regain equilibrium and find another suitable position—fast. Typically, though, your reaction to the new situation is not logical …

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    Employed But Frightened

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    David, a recent client, is not looking for help to get a job. He has one—for the past 20 years. The job started way back then as a week long gig after he graduated from college but didn’t yet know what he wanted to do. David seemed—in the eyes of his supervisor, then a vice …

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    In-Transition: The Spouse’s Vantage Point

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    My intent in using the word spouse is more inclusive, so as to refer to significant other or life partner as well. I’m unfortunately qualified to write on this subject by being a married practicing career coach who has personally experienced a 30-month transition.

    Although I never ask my clients for personal information, many times …

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    Learn to Avoid Long Term Unemployment

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    If you’re out of work for a long time, it’s not necessarily your fault, says Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight, a polling aggregator. Casselman says his firm’s work shows that by far, the single biggest predictor of whether people will be out of work for a year or more is the state of the economy at …

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    We Become So Ugly

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    Often I ask myself why we have become so ugly.  As a practicing career coach, I always get infuriated when clients complain about the abuse and mistreatment they suffer from recruiters and organizations they apply to for posted job openings. What is the source of such disrespect and contempt directed at people who in the …

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    Here’s How to Get a Job with BANG

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    BANG is not what you think! BANG is an acronym that stands for Barnes And Noble Group. It’s a job search networking group that was started over ten years ago at a time I was in transition. One day, at a job search networking group meeting, I was approached by another job seeker asking me …

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    Business Card for People In-Transition

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    In America, if you don’t have a business card, you’re a nobody. And nobody likes to be a nobody. I’ve been using that catchy phrase for years because I want people to remember the importance of having a business card—especially when in transition. Why so? Because more than ever, those in transition absolutely have to …

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    Avoid Ruining Your Personal Image

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    When you feel disappointed, you feel let down because your expectations failed to be met. Little children at times express their reactions to disappointment by crying; adults deal with disappointment more maturely—through logic. Regardless of your age, though, disappointment evokes strong emotions.

    Those in job transition have a heightened sense of awareness of such emotional …

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