Thinking about hiring a career consultant?

Published on July 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

If you’re curious about my Career Consulting Programs. You can visit my website at Here’s a summary of how I differentiate myself from other coaches and consultants: My “Career Decisions and Directions” program is rooted in a method known as Appreciative Inquiry: a questioning and decision making process that explores 4 areas:  DISCOVER, DREAM, DESIGN, and DELIVER. With both college ... View Article »

Confessions of a Hiring Manager

Published on July 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

In the course of my 30 year career in human resources and career consulting, I have had the privilege of interviewing thousands of applicants from Fortune 100 companies to Mom & Pop small businesses. So I’m sharing some of my inner thoughts while interviewing candidates. It is my hope that this list will give you insight into the minds of ... View Article »

Questions for your Mentor

Published on September 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Now that you’ve snagged a coffee with a mentor, a little preparation will go a long way. Plus frankly, a prepared list of issues and questions is well, rather impressive! Here’s my personal inventory. I’ve collected these through the years. Hand pick the ones that work for you. Warm-up and Rapport Questions How did you get your start? Did you ... View Article »

Reaching out to Mentors

Published on September 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Reaching out to successful people you admire and respect is a wise career strategy. Take an inventory of the professionals you admire. Be brave and reach out to them. Established professionals are busy but the best of them make time time mentor promising professionals. I am always flattered when young professionals and even my peers reach out to me for ... View Article »

Best Applicants Don’t Always Get Offers

Published on September 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Why the Best Qualified Applicants Don’t Always Get Job Offers Ever have a hunch that you were the probably the most qualified candidate for a position opening, yet you didn’t get the job offer or promotion? It’s not always the person with the best credentials who gets the job offer. Many factors weigh in the decision making process: credentials, experience, ... View Article »

Do you know your Positivity Ratio?

Published on June 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

3:1 is a healthy positivity ratio. That’s 3 positive emotions to every 1 negative emotion. But don’t stop there. 3:1 merely meets the “Meh”or “I’m OK” or “Fine” standard.  Positivity ratios can soar as high as 11:1 before they start to appear manic and delusional. In the workplace, a ratio of 6:1 is ideal.  This ratio of positivity to negativity ... View Article »