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The #1 Thing You And Your Career Need Right Now

Last night I woke up at 3:30 am. That happens. Sometimes I go right back to sleep.  Sometimes I go...

Get That Job By Saying Cheese

I am not even finished with the book Burnout: The Secret of Solving the Stress Cycle and I’m already planning it as...

Is Covid-19 Putting An End To Traditions?

Every year for over 20 years a small group of friends and I have been getting together around the Christmas...

You Are Already Living Your Career Dream

I have 3 vision boards. I write my career goals every January and post them on my bulletin board at...

“I Love My Job…But I Love Me More”

I am currently working with a high-level software engineer in Silicon Valley who has had enough! She has been with...

What To Do When You Have A Flood…In Your Career or Life

I have been struggling these past few weeks. I wake up many mornings with this low-level sadness and anxiousness that...

Did Millennials Know A Pandemic Was Coming?

I am going to say something pretty radical here so get ready! If we had listened to the millennials, we would...

How is Patience the Key to Achieving Career Success?

In our most recent meeting of The “IT” Community, a gathering of Women in Information Technology building careers and lives they...

In Anticipation of Career Creation

I am currently watching a house on a corner in our neighborhood being built. They tore down a ranch that...

Dogs, Drama and Self-Care at Work

I had two different experiences with people and their dogs that taught me a lot about how to handle personal...

How To Engage The WOO in Your Job Search

I was recently asked about all the writing I do. How do I come up with my ideas?  Do I...

Work Where You Are Valued

Here is a story I recently read on the interwebs. (There was no author’s name given). A father said to...

Careers That Bring Me to Tears

I recently read an article in Oprah Magazine (the one with Breonna Taylor on it – the only cover in...

A Mystical Experience That Helps Defy Career Hustle Culture

Strap on your “Anything Is Possible” wings because I had a mystical experience that gave me another way to further...

Lose Weight AND Get A Job!

I recently started working with the App called Lose It!. I had been slowly but surely losing weight for almost two...

Defy the Career Hustle Culture and Still Have Career Success

For all of March and April and most of May, I was busy at work. There was not much recruiting...

Be The Ambassador Of Fun At Your Office

This past weekend we had our monthly meetup. Our topic was More Fun From 9-5 and we talked about the benefits of...

4 Steps to Working With Career Unknowns

I was recently talking with a coaching client whose job has significantly changed since Covid19. She has been moved to...

Is Your Career In Retrograde?

What I know about astrology can be summed up in one word: Capricorn. That’s my sign. As a Capricorn I...

Are You Done With This Career? The Next Is Up To YOU!

At our recent Women in Tech Meetup we were talking about our dream career.  The question I asked was, “What is...

Remove Ageism: A Tool That Removes Ageism or Whatever You Believe Is Getting In The Way of Your Career Success

I was talking recently with a woman who was feeling frustrated in both her job search and her career trajectory...

These Times, Your Career and Reclaiming Inner-Authority

How are you feeling right now? Are you using your quiet wisdom to get centered? Are you using your fierce...

6 Simple Ways to Remove Unconscious Office Bias

Note:  This is a blog sent out on March, 4th, 2019 that we felt was worth re-sending.  It speaks directly...

Peace out of Chaos

Change and chaos is the norm right now. I don’t know exactly how to help. I have not walked in...

A Message of Inclusion

I was sent a blog called In Her Words: Where Women Rule the Headlines. The blog is not up yet...

At a Career Crossroads? Try A 3-Step Spiritual Approach to Deciding

I have felt doubt. My career path has taken me into this new coaching business I am building. On one...

Career Advice: What Message Do You Need to Hear Right Now?

Life is not slowing down for me. In fact, since Covid-19 hit, I feel like I have MORE on my...

You Misspelled My Name? You B**ch! And Other Virtual Realities

I walked out of the post office looking through my mail. I reached to open what I thought was my...

How to Marie Kondo Your Job Search

With the recent Covid-19 shelter-at-home order in place my time watching Netflix has increased. Now that I am caught up...

Half-head and 4 other Virtual Interviewing Mistakes to Avoid

I was talking with a coaching client via Zoom the other day. Our agenda was straightforward. Look at the roles...

A Career Tip Learned from Watching Ridiculousness!

Ok. I admit it. My husband and I share a guilty pleasure. We cannot pull ourselves away from watching the...

Career Tip from My Dream: Be Unconventional

I admit it. I think my dreams often, not always, but often, have a message for me. Useful wisdom to help...

Why Now Is THE Time for Career Transformation

With Shelter at Home being extended through at least April 30th we are all having to adjust in ways big...

Use Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for Your Career and Job Search

I was listening to a recent Ted Radio Hour segment on “Jumpstarting Creativity”.  They were talking with Brian Eno. Brian...

What You Can Do NOW to Help Your Job Search

I just hung up with an  IT leader who is on a job search. She had planned her exit from...

Women in Technology need Access. Here’s How.

I recently had the honor of speaking on a panel for International Women’s Day at Accenture in Chicago. The topic...

The Blackhawks, The Cubs & a Career Strategy Tip

“Sometimes you got to strike ‘ em out without your fastball”.  While watching a recent Blackhawks game, Pat Foley, Chicago...

My Secret to Achieving High Success in a Job Search

As a recruiter, I have the privilege of helping companies build strong IT teams-ideally teams that are balanced and diverse...

Career Tip: Be Bold! Say No!

It seems like in this day in age we are all about saying yes. Be Bold! Make a Scene! Shondra...

Career Tip: Breathe the Same Air

No one can argue that the digital age has created many benefits. As a recruiter, the whole way I connect...

You Got YouTube? You Can Fulfill Your Career Dreams.

You do not have to be a graduate from the University of Texas to fulfill your dreams but when I...

What is Your Career Identity?

I’m reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. In the book, he gives an example of 2 people who...

Make Self-Care Part of your Career Strategy

I was so excited when I bought myself a pair of workout leggings with flowers on them a few months...

How to have 20/20 Career Vision in 2020

I just went and had my annual eye exam. I’ve had glasses since 5th grade (I didn’t wear them until...

The Most Important 2.5 Minutes Of Your Career

Don’t judge me but I just binge watched Cheer, the new Netflix series, and LOVED it! Surprising because I tried...

Career Tip: If You Can Install A Radiator You Can Learn New Technologies

I was prepping a candidate for a job interview. She has been in the field for over 25 years. She...

New Year!!! New Career??? What Would Oprah Do?

I believe that we are continuously being offered advice and counsel to assist us in moving more powerfully into that...

The Only 3 Questions You Need To Answer To Have A Great Career In 2020

2020 is not just a New Year. It’s a NEW DECADE! What better time to change things up. Grab 10...

Micro-Acts Of Self-Discipline Will Build Your Career Confidence

It’s hard to argue with the fact that the more confident you feel going into an interview the higher your chance of success....

Holiday Career Tip: Keep Your Foot On The Gas

I often have people on a job search lament the holidays because they believe that companies are not going to...

Forget Carving The Turkey: Carve Out Some YOU Time!

The holidays can be filled with chaos in many ways. Projects wrapping up at work. Plans for projects kicking off...

Trevor Noah, Narnia and Career Inclusion

This month my book club is reading Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. A must-read (or even better get the audio...

Linda Ronstadt’s Career Wisdom Every Woman Needs To Hear

My husband has no interest in playing Cribbage with me. (I know right?). I have no interest in going to...

A Surprising Tip On When To Start Your Salary Negotiation

As we get ready to launch Take Charge, our digital job search readiness program, I realized that one of the...

The Verbal Blurt is NOT a great career tactic. Use Verbal Discipline instead.

It just came out of my mouth. I did not consider what I was saying. I was the final decision...

She Lost The Job Because Of Who She Knew

I probably could write a month of blogs from all I learn at the InspiHER Tech Meetups. This Meetup was no...

Forget About Learning From Your Career Mistakes. Try This Instead!

I’ve always had a weird resistance come up when someone says, “Mistakes are good. You can learn from them”. Not...

A Quick Tip to Solve a Career Mistake

Have you ever wondered if perhaps you made a BIG career mistake that there is no coming back from? You...

How to Create Career Freedom

Last week I wrote about the Super Soul Sunday episode with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a 90-year-old holocaust survivor, and her idea that...

Leadership Tip for Women in Tech: Be a First Responder

I was recently watching Oprah’s interview with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, 90-year old Holocaust survivor turned psychologist. She was telling a...

Career Contentment is the goal, no matter where you’re at!

You’ve been in conflict. You’ve been feeling unsettled. You know you want a change but then second guess yourself. You have...

Labor Day Was A Fight for Equity And Inclusion

We recently had our windows replaced. We had to take all kinds of memorabilia off of a shelf my son...

13 Things Women Wish They Had Done Differently In Their Tech Careers

Today’s blog is interactive. I am looking for participation.  At the end, you get a chance to help other women...

My “Armor Up” story as a Woman in Tech

Flashback Story: I received my degree in business with an emphasis on Information Technology from the University of Texas. My...

Your Career as an Offering

Recently I have been re-reading a book called “It’s Not Your Money” by Tosha Silver. I first read “Outrageous Openness” by Tosha several years...

Please! Help Me Talk With My Boss!

At our recent Meetup for Career Women in Tech, we went around and talked about recent challenges we were facing that...

The Concert Set List That Became a Team Building Tip

I was at a recent concert of my current favorite new band, The Beths. The concert was at an outdoor...

As a Leader You Get 3 Opinions MAX

I was at an event recently at my clients’ office. My client is doing a lot right when it comes...

How to Use Your NO-How (vs. KNOW-How) to Achieve Your Dreams

Our house is over 50 years old. We still have the original windows in much of the house, the original...

Forget the Cougar. Be a Cheetah in Your Career!

At the recent InspiHER Tech meetup for Career Women in Tech we talked about the Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome, also...

Career Excuses AND Career Dreams

Take 5 minutes right now and write down all your top excuses for not changing your circumstances. I am too...

Are You Considering a Career Boomerang?

I was coaching a woman in tech, who is what we call a boomerang in recruiting. She worked for a company,...

Are You a Value-Add at Your Work?

In business there is always talk about adding value. The term value-add has been used in several industries from finance...

Embrace the Oft-Feared “D” Word and Watch Your Job Search Results Take Off

A job search can be tedious. Daunting. Boring. Scary. And necessary! You have made the decision (or maybe someone else...

Hey Sheryl Sandberg! My Whole Self Wants to Wear PJ’s to Work!

I recently complimented my assistant on her totally cute skirt and top and she remarked that’s it’s the most comfortable...

Do You Have Career Faith?

I’m not a church-going gal but I am a faith gal. Being an entrepreneur pretty much requires that you need to...

Leadership Tip: a Baby, a Birthday and an Anniversary

I am not great at celebrating work milestones. I get very focused on what I am doing and forget about...

Are you ready to Free Solo Your Career?

Hell no! I would never climb up the side of a mountain without ropes, a parachute, spikes, perfect weather and...

Making Career Decisions Based on Your Heart-Not Your Pocketbook

I recently went to moms’ weekend at my daughter’s college. No surprise, that got me thinking about my college days...

Is Your Work Culture for Orchids or Dandelions?

I recently was listening to Fresh Air on NPR and they had Dr. Thomas Boyce as their guest. He is...

The Best Female Leaders Take A Lunch

I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is completely overloaded at work. She told me she had...

So You Think You Have No Career Game?

Think again! I was listening to an interview about an athlete who was being honored for his basketball achievements. After...

Surrender Your Career to What Wants to Happen

I am in a lull at work. I wrapped a project with a client and have some time on my...

Play an April Fool’s Joke on your Work To-Do List

I was just reading that I could apply for a newsletter that would tell me one small thing I could...

A Fun Game: The Chronology of Women in Tech

I love trivia. I remember being obsessed with the game of Facts in Five when I was very young. Then...

3 Tips from Tony Hawk on How to Stay Relevant in Your Career

As a recruiter for 25 years many people who I worked with at the beginning of my career are now...

How is Your Culture Culturized?

I heard a story about a school near where I live that had something called the Head of Household Stipend...

6 Simple Ways to Remove Unconscious Office Bias

While getting my certification from Cornell in Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias I learned about a really cool study done...

Have you heard the one about Tony Hsieh, Zappos & your career?

I am a fan of Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. The company I started buying my shoes from because I...

How the Rabbi Brought Career Enlightenment

Work is very busy. Yes, that is a good thing. Though I am working a tremendous amount this is better...

Use The SNAP Method to Respond to The #1 Asked Interview Question

I recently watched a Lisa Nichols YouTube video. She was talking about something she learned as a young coach on...

7 Steps to Recovering from a Work Mistake

I recently gave a workshop to a tech company on interviewing that covered the laws, gave examples of what you...

Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable is Key to a Successful Salary Negotiation

I know, it was not that long ago I wrote about Michelle Williams and Negotiation. I decided to write on this...

Two-Step Wisdom From An Information Technology Project Manager

I was recently talking with a woman who I had recruited for a Project Manager role for my client. When...

Is That A Nail In Your Foot Or Just Career Change Insanity?

In my recent Oprah Magazine, Martha Beck is working with a woman around addiction. Martha mentions something she heard from...

A New Year. A New Approach To Your To-Do List

I have a thing for TO-DO lists. I love checking things off them. I like accomplishing things and I am...

A Bank Robber, A Bird Lover, A Lottery Winner & The Failed Interview

The head of HR called me to let me know they were not moving forward with my candidate for their...

Reinvention From Coal Miner to Coder

I was at a holiday party this past week and learned of an organization that helps coal miners retool themselves...

Gift Ideas for The Tech Gals in Your Life

‘Tis the season of gift giving. In that spirit we put together a list of ideas for that special woman...

The Numbery of Nummary and Negotiating

I love dictionary.com. They send me a Word of the Day and I am often surprised at how appropriate the...

Playing Scrabble, Releasing Outcomes & Your Job Search

“Mom, TI is not a word.” “Yes it is.” “Uh, no it isn’t!!” “TI as in DO, RE, MI, FA,...

Would You Rather? – Your Career Transition Game for 2019

Over Thanksgiving the family got out an oldie-but-a-goodie game called Would You Rather? If you have never played the game...

What is Your Career “Bad Beat” Story?

I was recently listening to an interview with Annie Duke talk about her new book: Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter...

Is Your Imagination Scaring You?

I was in my car going to do some grocery shopping listening to Comedy Central on Sirius radio when Andy...

Confessions of an I GET SH*T DONE addict

Last week, I: Ran a pitch contest for 8 investors and 8 tech company founders for Women Tech Founders –...

The Subtle Ways Of Bias

For Christmas, my husband had asked for a new blanket for our bed. Conveniently, my mom called me to say...

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