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Angela’s Career Corner Column

Angela writes a weekly Career Corner newspaper column that is published in the Memphis Daily News (Memphis, Tennessee), the Nashville Ledger (Nashville, Tennessee), Recruiter.com, the DeSoto Times-Tribune (Northwest Mississippi), The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Pasadena Independent (Pasadena, California), Madison Park Times (Seattle, Washington), Redwood Times (Garberville, California), and The Clairemont Times (Clairemont, California). Below are links to many of Angela’s columns, on topics ranging from job searching, job coaching, career coaching, resume writing, and interview preparation.

The Power of Punctuation (October 18, 2017) – Your words are an incredibly powerful business tool that you use each and every day.

LinkedIn’s Latest HR Tool: Talent Insights (October 11, 2017) – The hiring landscape is continuously being reshaped by the internet and the increasing data available to employers.

Freedom at Work (October 4, 2017) – One of the worst feelings you can feel at work is trapped with no way out.

Always take the first interview (September 27, 2017) – Have you ever received a call from a headhunter or recruiter out of the blue?

Should I put my photo on my resume? (September 20, 2017) – Recently, I started receiving a question I haven’t heard much before. The question is, “Should I put my photo on my resume?”

Three tips for moving to another city (September 13, 2017) – Have you ever thought of moving to another city?

Pay Attention to Signs It’s Time to Go (September 6, 2017) – Very often as job seekers, we struggle with the idea of when to leave.

Helping a hopeless job seeker (August 30, 2017) – If you have a job seeker in your life, there’s a decent chance you’re concerned about them. This is especially true if they are currently unemployed.

3 job search tips for the introvert (August 23, 2017) – I have to confess: I’m an introvert.

How long should this job search take? (August 16, 2017) – One of the number one questions I hear from job seekers is, “How long should my job search really take?”

It’s Not You (August 9, 2017) – I think by now, we can all agree. The job search process can be a grueling one. If you’re actively looking for a job, you know what I’m talking about.

Advice to My Younger Self (August 2, 2017) – In the past week, two interesting things have happened. First, I was asked the question, “What advice would you give your younger self?” Then, I attended my high school reunion.

McDonald’s Recruits Employees Using Snapchat (July 26, 2017) – When most job seekers think of using social media to apply for a new job, they think of networking website LinkedIn.

What is your time worth? (July 19, 2017) – A reader recently wrote to me with an interesting question. He was seeking advice on how his teenage daughter might find an after school job for her high school years.

Bullying 2.0 – Mean Coworkers (July 12, 2017) – Growing up, it seemed like one of the perks of being an adult was a lack of bullies. After all, bullying stops after high school graduation, right?

When you thought it wasn’t personal (July 5, 2017) – A reader recently wrote to me with a unique situation. They landed an impressive contract position. Everything was going along great for eleven months until one day, they were let go.

Breaking the rules and finding your perfect job (June 28, 2017) – Sometimes in your career, things don’t always work out the way you plan them. For me, the first time I learned this lesson, I was in college.

Make your next interview a success with these three things (June 21, 2017) – Interviewing is hard work. If you’re currently looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job.

Key To Winning Job Candidate’s Heart? Flexibility (June 14, 2017) – I recently had the opportunity to travel to Austin, Texas to meet a number of folks who work at the job website Indeed.com.

Get Inside the Head of the Job Seeker (June 7, 2017) – Typically, this column is targeted toward the job seeker. Today, I’m going to take a slightly different approach.

It’s really okay to say no. (May 31, 2017) – Okay, this is going to sound strange. But, bear with me. After having coached hundreds of folks on their job searches, I’ve noticed a pattern. And, it’s not one I would have expected.

Parents, Please Let Your Child Grow Up (May 24, 2017) – Today’s young people are more thoughtful and kinder than many of the older job seekers they’re competing against.

Questioning Your Hiring Manager (May 17, 2017) – Sometimes, getting a job is dependent more on what you ask than what you answer.

Don’t forget to say thank you (May 10, 2017) – How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t forget to say thank you”?

Finding Your First Job (May 3, 2017) – You’ve made it through four years of college. Now what? Getting your first job after graduation can feel like a daunting task.

You weren’t picked. Now what? (April 26, 2017) – Being overlooked for a job is the worst. It’s especially bad after you’ve had a series of interviews.

The Limits of Loyalty (April 19, 2017) – Loyalty is an important quality. It’s what helps bind friendships and loved ones. It’s what holds teams together. But, dare I say it – there are limits to loyalty.

Career Interference (April 12, 2017) – The job market often offers twists and turns you’d never expect. My first twist happened during college.

Respect for Athletes and Actors (April 5, 2017) – In the business world, things move fast. You write a business proposal, seek approval, and move on to your next project.

Is College Really Worth the Investment (March 29, 2017) – I’ve met a number of people lately who have said something that’s surprised me.

Prioritizing Your Search (March 22, 2017) – When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough.

Waiting for permission isn’t working (March 15, 2017) – Today’s job market is tough. If you’re trying to find a new job, or to get a promotion at your current job, you can probably relate.

Where are you getting stuck? (March 8, 2017) – Whenever I meet with a new job seeker, I always ask the same question. “Where are you getting stuck in your search?”

The Golden Rule (March 1, 2017) – Have you ever gotten an email from someone that you just want to ignore?

Unreasonable Interview Expectations (February 22, 2017) – Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children and existing commitments?

Opposing Viewpoints at Work (February 15, 2017) – 2017 has certainly started off on an interesting foot.

Landing a Job You Love (February 8, 2017) – If you’re looking for a new job, I bet one of your top two priorities is finding a job you really, truly love.

Giving Yourself Some Breathing Room (February 1, 2017) – As you grow in your career, finding a new job can become harder and harder.

Overcoming legal issues in your past (January 25, 2017) – Questions around past legal trouble has come up multiple times recently, so it’s worth addressing.

The real reason the company never called you (January 18, 2017) – Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker.

Making friends as an adult (January 11, 2017) – The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance.

Listen to Yourself (January 4, 2017) – You may wonder, “What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen during my job search?”

Career Reinvention (December 28, 2016) – Have you ever wondered if you might have picked the wrong career path? If so, you’re not alone.

New Year, New You (December 21, 2016) – No matter what your personal religious, political, or social views are, it seems fair to say, we can all agree on one thing. 2016 has been a tough year for everyone.

Small Town, Big Perks (December 14, 2016) – One of the first things every job seeker considers is what city to live in next.

Making the Most of Your Performance Review (December 7, 2016) – Do you wish you were making more money? Do you feel frustrated that you haven’t received the promotion you’ve been waiting for?

Preparing for 2017 (November 30, 2016) – The holidays can be a difficult time in the life of a job seeker.

Making It Official (November 23, 2016) – Can we agree that the interview process can be stressful? It can be exhausting.

External Recruiter 101 (November 16, 2016) – I received a question that’s important for job seekers to consider: “Should I work with an external recruiter, and if so, how does it work?”

Transitioning into the Civilian Workforce (November 9, 2016) – There are few groups I have more respect for than our US Military. These honorable men and women are on the front lines of our country each day.

The Biggest Application Misconception (November 2, 2016) – In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball field after hearing a voice say, “If you build it, he will come.” As job seekers, it seems we often try to take a similar approach.

Ask the Right Questions (October 26, 2016) – Sometimes, the devil really is in the details. This is especially true when it comes to the questions you ask when you’re looking for a job.

Don’t be afraid to bend the rules (October 19, 2016) – Inevitably when I meet a job seeker, I ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable.

When to Walk Away (October 12, 2016) – As strange as I know it sounds, I think of looking for a job a little bit like dating.

Resume Preparation (October 5, 2016) – One of the hardest parts of looking for a job isn’t the looking part. It’s what happens during preparation. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.

Your Social Media Cover Letter (September 28, 2016) – You probably never thought you’d hear the words “social media” and “cover letter” together in one sentence. But today, I hope to convince you to consider them to be related when you’re looking for a new job.

Have An Opinion (September 21, 2016) – Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue.

Put Yourself First (September 14, 2016) – Loyalty can feel like a lost art. It’s often hard to know where alliances lie and who really has your back. Sadly, this can be especially true in the workplace.

Believe in Yourself (September 7, 2016) – When I meet with job seekers, there’s one quality that quickly separates those who are successful in their search from those who flounder.

The Importance of Honesty (August 31, 2016) – Recent events have brought this very basic idea back to the surface.

No Fear Networking (August 24, 2016) – Have you ever wondered where you can make the biggest investment into your career?

Olympics Lesson: Age Is Just a Number (August 17, 2016) – Our age can be a big concern, especially if we’re looking for a job.

Getting a Big Raise May Be Easier Than You Think (August 10, 2016) – How often have you talked to a friend who hasn’t received a real raise in years and is feeling frustrated?

Getting the Recognition You Deserve (August 3, 2016) – A very common issue faced by many employees is the feeling that they’re not appreciated.

Where does my religion fit into the interview? (July 27, 2016) – A reader contacted me today with an important question for consideration. She asked when it was appropriate to wear clothing, jewelry, or other items associated with her religion to an interview or to work.

Would you work for free? (July 20, 2016) – Last week, I had the good fortune to attend a work conference in Chicago.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit! (July 13, 2016) – We’ve all been there. Your boss doesn’t appreciate you. Your coworkers are rude. You’re underpaid and getting no respect. The last thing you want to do is spend one more day at that awful place you call work.

Breaking the Rules (July 6, 2016) – Life lessons seem hard to grasp onto at first, yet so obvious once you get them. I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career.

Career Independence Day (June 29, 2016) – The fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s so close that you can almost smell the fireworks and taste the barbecue.

Is There Room for Fair at Work? (June 22, 2016) – One of the worst things that can happen to any employee is to find out they aren’t being treated the same as their coworkers

How to Make a Big Move Happen This Year (June 15, 2016) – If you’re part of a unique profession where companies struggle to find candidates, you’re one of the lucky ones.

Your Job Search Secret Weapon (June 8, 2016) – When we’re looking for a new job, we often spend all our time perfecting our resume and applying online to random openings.

How to Start Off on the Right Foot (June 1, 2016) – In the most difficult of cases, a job search can take a year or more.

You Aren’t Made for Every Job (May 25, 2016)- The number one reason employees change jobs varies depending on the source you’re reading.

Refer a Friend (May 18, 2016)- Business networking can be a tricky subject. With that in mind, I received a great question from a reader I want to share with you.

More Than Just Hard Work (May 11, 2016)- One of the most common messages I received as a child was, “work hard and you will be rewarded.”

The Art of the Resume (May 6, 2016)- Job seekers often spend quite a lot of time perfecting their resumes.

Proclaim Email Debt Forgiveness (April 29, 2016)- In today’s workplace, email is an inevitable fact of life.

The Value of Leadership (April 22, 2016)- A friend called me recently with a question I was not expecting.

The Social Job Seeker (April 15, 2016)- Most of the time, job seeking today feels much more complicated than it did in years past.

Career Fairs Aren’t Just for Kids (April 8, 2016)- Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year. “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!”

Making Friends with Technology (April 1, 2016)- There’s an elephant in the room. It’s something we’re talking about, but not really getting to the heart of. The elephant is our relationship with technology.

Say No to Gimmicks (March 25, 2016)- If this sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. I tell every job seeker I meet with, “If you showed your resume to ten people, you would get ten opinions. There’s no one way to write a resume.” The same applies for your entire search.

Lucky Break (March 17, 2016)- During the week of St. Patrick’s Day, luck is on our minds. We may think, “When will I get my lucky break? When will it be my turn?” We may feel overlooked for things like promotions and raises.

What’s Your Exit Strategy (March 11, 2016)- With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must.

Death of the Cover Letter (March 4, 2016)- In today’s competitive job market, the cover letter is more important than ever.

Beyond The Resume (February 26, 2016)- Resume writing can be one of the most frustrating parts of the job search process.

You Aren’t Bothering Me (February 19, 2016)- One of the number one things that stops us in our job-seeking tracks is the online application process.

For The Love of Work (February 12, 2016)- I must confess: Valentine’s Day is very possibly my favorite holiday.

What’s In A Review? (February 5, 2016)- Reviews have become a standard way in which we communicate our satisfaction or displeasure with one another.

Are you an expert? (January 29, 2016)- How many things have you truly mastered? For example, you must know how to cook to survive day to day. But, is your food the quality of a professional chef?

Money Matters (January 22, 2016)- What is the single fastest way for a great, hardworking employee to lose faith in their current company? You got it. Mess with their money.

8 Career Trends for 2016 (January 15, 2016)- With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs, and new careers.

Letting Go of Fear (January 8, 2016)- As we enter into a new year, there’s quite a bit of talk about setting new goals.

New Year, New You (January 1, 2016)- Happy New Year! With the holiday season coming to a close, 2016 is upon us.

All I Want for Christmas Is a New Job (December 25, 2015)- I hope this holiday season has been a great one. If you’re like many people, a new job may be on your Christmas list.

Office Gift Giving (December 18, 2015)- It’s that time of year again. The time of year that you’re required to attend an awkward holiday party with your coworkers during the day.

Navigating Holiday Parties (December 11, 2015)- Office holiday parties can often feel like a drag. There’s frequently an expectation that you must attend and bring your spouse.

Grit to Great (December 4, 2015)- The Memphis Grizzlies have made “Grit and Grind” a common phrase heard today in basketball.

Getting Ahead This Holiday Season (November 27, 2015)- The importance of thanking those around you at work should not be overlooked at Thanksgiving or through the rest of the year.

Getting Ahead this Holiday Season (November 20, 2015)- One of the biggest misconceptions about the holidays is that your career can take a back seat until January.

Is Anybody There? (November 13, 2015)- In today’s modern world of communication, it should be easier than ever to get in touch with colleagues.

Careers for Veterans (November 6, 2015)- Veterans Day is the official holiday honoring our U.S. Armed Forces, I feel thankful to live in a country where so many men and women voluntarily serve and put themselves in harm’s way for the better good of everyone.

ESPN Announces Layoff (October 30, 2015)- With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking.

Build Your Credibility, Be On Time (October 23, 2015)- The importance of being on time is often underestimated in business. It is one of the easiest ways to build credibility and conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose it.

What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew (October 16, 2015)- Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of hiring managers at a conference hosted by the Society for Information Management.

Good, Fast and Cheap (October 9,2015)- If you’ve ever worked for a large corporation, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “You can only pick two: good, fast or cheap.”

Cohen Raises Questions About Fairness of Hiring Practices (October 2, 2015)- The last time you applied for a job, you probably assumed your application and resume were the only things your future employer used to make a decision about whether or not to hire you.

Double- Spacers, You’re Dating Yourself (September 25, 2015) – There’s something you may be doing every day that’s making you look old. And you probably have no idea what it is.

The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees (September 4, 2015) – With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”

The Art of Interoffice Communication (August 28, 2015) – With so many generations working together today, communication has never been more confusing.

Know When to Cut Your Losses at Work (August 21, 2015) – Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics.

“Job or No Job” (August 14, 2015) – Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”

Loving What You Do (August 7, 2015) – Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine.

How To Say Thank You (July 31, 2015) – One important component to any job search is the art of saying thank you.

Disruptive Innovation Helps Fill in the Gaps (July 17, 2015) – What to do if you’re trying to fill in the financial gaps between jobs.

The Online Trap (July 24, 2015) – The one place where we tend to exaggerate just how much the Internet can help us is in the job application process.

How to Change Careers Later in Your Life (July 10, 2015) – This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing.

Take Charge of Your Career Independence (July 3, 2015) – With the Fourth of July just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the importance of independence.

‘Underqualified’ for a Job? You Can Still Apply (June 26, 2015) – If you’re like most people, there was a time in life when you were underqualified for a job.

The Importance of Timing (June 12, 2015) – One of the quickest ways to stand out from the crowd is one of the easiest.

The importance of LinkedIn (June 5, 2015) – There’s a question I hear at least once a week, “Should I have a LinkedIn account?”

Talent Takes the Wheel (May 29, 2015) – As the economy continues to improve, employers are beginning to think of what they can do to attract and retain the best talent. In fact, I was just asked for tips on this very topic by a local employer.

Death to Reply-All (May 22, 2015) – In the past two decades, the way we communicate has completely changed.

The Power of Grit (May 15, 2015) – This NBA basketball season has been an exciting one for the Memphis Grizzlies.

What to Do After a Big Raise (May 8, 2015) – As today’s professionals are learning, the fastest way to get a big raise is to switch jobs.

We’re All in Sales (May 1, 2015) – Lately, I’ve heard the phrase, “we’re all in sales” a few too many times.

Small-Business Bonus (April 24, 2015) – For most of my career, I’ve worked for big businesses. In fact, some of the biggest.

The Power of the Follow-Up (April 17, 2015) – As I reflect back on the past week, I’m reminded of the Multicultural Career Expo. Nearly 1,400 job seekers had the opportunity to connect with more than 50 employers.

Updating Your Strategy (April 10, 2015) – When it comes to job searching, one thing’s for sure. Times have changed.

Business Means Business (April 3, 2015) – Over the past 30 years, one thing is for sure. Business has changed. In fact, the change has been so dramatic that it’s become somewhat of a generational issue.

Personally Impersonal (March 27, 2015) – It’s not an uncommon experience for an interview to go incredibly well, and then to receive a very impersonal “thanks, but no thanks” e-mail from the hiring manager.

Finding the Right Work-From-Home Job (March 20, 2015) – Finding a work-from-home job (or WFH job as they’re sometimes called) can seem to be an impossible proposition. It’s like finding a unicorn. You’ve heard they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.

Time to Get Creative (March 13, 2015) – By far, the biggest frustration job seekers report is the experience applying online.

The Value of Honesty (March 6, 2015) – I’m not going to lie; recently, I’ve been on the receiving end of dishonesty in a business setting.

Right Your Resume (February 27, 2015) – Occasionally, I’ll meet with a new client who apologizes profusely in our first meeting. They apologize their resume isn’t well done, and that many of the facts in it are incorrect.

Personal Brand Building (February 20, 2015) – When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?

Relocation for Work (February 13, 2015) – Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting. You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and childcare.

Using Creativity in Your Job Search (February 6, 2015) – It goes without saying. Applying online can be a long, difficult process. You’re often left wondering if anyone has read your resume, or if they even know you exist at all.

Become the Complainer, Become the Problem (January 30, 2015), Memphis Daily News (web) – Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.

Know What to Carry to Interviews (January 23, 2015) – It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.

What We Can All Learn From Techies (January 16, 2015) – Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

European Job Hunt (January 9, 2015) – When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.

Making Career Resolutions for the New Year (January 1, 2015) – Happy New Year! The holidays flew by this season. If you’re in disbelief that we’re starting a new year, you’re not alone. Just learning to say “2015” may take a little time.

You Can’t Afford a Job Search Holiday (December 25, 2014) – The holiday season is a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family. It’s fun to put up holiday decorations, exchange gifts, and attend holiday gatherings. If we’re lucky, we get lots of rest, and extra time doing things we enjoy.

Preparing for January (December 19, 2014) – In less than three weeks, the race will be on. Are you ready? You may wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s time for one of the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.

Networking to the New Year (December 12, 2014) – December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.

Don’t Stop Your Job Search During the Holiday (December 5, 2014) – One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift. We decide companies aren’t hiring anyway, and we move on to other things. We begin to focus on putting up decorations and buying gifts.

Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014) – Thanksgiving week is here: a time of showing appreciation, eating too much turkey and watching football with loved ones. It’s also a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.

Doing Everything Right is Still No Guarantee (November 21, 2014) – I meet people every day who are down on their luck. They’ve applied for job after job online and nothing is clicking. They’ve had a few phone interviews and even an in person interview or two. Their resume seems virtually flawless. They’re actively engaged in LinkendIn and regularly attending networking events.

Secrets to a Successful Military Transition (November 14, 2014) – This week is a special one. With Veterans Day this past Tuesday, it has been important to honor our military personnel. In addition to thanking them for their service, former military members face an issue many people overlook: underemployment.

Reinventing Your Career (November 7, 2014) – The desire to want to change careers is a common experience. Turning that desire into reality is a different story. Navigating dramatic shifts in one’s career can be both complex and confusing. The frustration causes many people to drop the idea altogether.

Job Search Nightmare (October 31, 2014) – With Halloween upon us, we’re talking about our fears. Finding a job can be a scary thought for many people. But what is it about the process that unnerves us?

Timing Is Everything (October 24, 2014) – Timing is everything; at least, it can be. Whether it’s in life, relationships, or job seeking, timing can strongly influence the outcome of a situation.

Promotions and Advanced Opportunities (October 17, 2014) – In the past week, Satya Nadella’s words have been all over the internet, television and newspaper. You may have seen the Microsoft CEO’s original statements, his later retractions or commentary from outsiders.

Joining The Team (October 10, 2014) – As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

Focus On Your Strengths (October 3, 2014) – A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.

Free Tools to Help With Your Job Search (September 26, 2015) – This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.

Are You Sharing Too Much? (September 19, 2014) – When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.

Door Opener or Doorstop (September 12, 2014) – When I talk with millennials who have recently graduated from college, one thing is clear: They’re struggling to figure out what exactly to do next.

Jobs are Like Buses (September 5, 2014) – The title of my column today may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.

Standing Out in The Crowd (August 29, 2014) – Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”

Minimizing Jargon (August 22, 2014) – Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.

Keeping Your Search Secret (August 15, 2014) – Can you keep a secret? Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Keeping private information private, especially about your job search, can be a tall order.

Lessons Learned From Millennials (August 8, 2014) – Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.

To Stay or to Go (August 1, 2014) – Job seeking can be a long, difficult process. If you’re currently looking for a job, there’s a good chance it’s because something at your current job isn’t right. Whether it’s your boss, the pay, or the job itself, you just aren’t happy. And, you probably haven’t been happy for a while. Most people have to reach a certain breaking point before they are willing to volunteer to experience the discomfort of job searching.

When Education Falls Short (July 25, 2014) – One of the chief complaints I hear from job seekers is that their lousy college education is to blame for their poor career success. Whether they went to the wrong school or got the wrong degree, the person wishes they could turn back time. They consider going back to school as a road to success.

Networking How To’s (July 18, 2014) – One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.

Leveling the Playing Field (July 11, 2014) – One of the biggest struggles many job seekers face is gathering enough information. It’s important to understand how much a company pays, if the environment is healthy, and how the interview process works.

Giving Your Child Independence (July 4, 2014) – Parents of newly minted graduates have all heard about it: the “Boomerang Generation.” According to Pew Research Center, It’s estimated that some 45 percent of college graduates between the ages of 18 and 24 are living at home with family. If you are a parent, you may be wondering what you can do to give your children the gift of independence on this Fourth of July.

Existing Your Job Gracefully (June 27, 2014) – When you do land your dream job, be sensitive to those around you. Speak to your boss in person when you give the news.

Outlasting Outdated Industries (June 20, 2014) – One result of technological advances is a change in the way we do business. Sometimes this change results in new jobs, but often, it can also result in job loss.

Career Transitions for Scientists (June 13, 2014) – I’ve recently received multiple letters from scientists in the research community with questions about their career transitions.

Conquering Rumors (June 6, 2014) – It seems that every week there’s another rumor. Some big corporation is going to lay off its employees. A company’s going to relocate to another city. A department is going to be restructured.

Dressing for Career Success (May 30, 2014) – You’ve been applying online for months, and finally something has clicked. You have an interview in a few days for the perfect job at the best company in town. This scenario sounds great on the surface, but can often lead to stress and anxiety when job seekers prepare to suit up for their next interview.

Scaling Your Career (May 23, 2014) – One of the most exciting career transitions job seekers make is changing industries. You may want to move from nonprofit to corporate or from a large organization to a small business. These moves expose you to a new workplace and can reenergize you if you’re feeling burnt out in your current environment.

Networking Over Coffee (May 16, 2014) – Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees only stay at a job for a little over four years on average.

Transitioning Between Corporate and Nonprofit (May 9, 2014) – Career transitions are all the rage these days. Whether it’s moving between jobs more frequently or updating your skill set midstream, change is happening. One trend growing in popularity is employees who are making a move between the nonprofit and corporate worlds.

Negotiation 101 (May 2, 2014) – Negotiation is one of my favorite topics. You negotiate things every day – from which movie to watch to what to eat for dinner. At work, your ability to negotiate can hit close to your wallet.

Relationship Building Blocks (April 25, 2014) – When you’re working to turn over a new leaf in your career, you start with the basics: an updated resume, a catchy cover letter, new business cards and a fresh LinkedIn profile. These pieces are requirements of your search, but they’re not where the important work happens.

Unconventional Career Advice (April 18, 2014) – Conventional wisdom seems to indicate that the steps to finding a new job are writing a resume, and then applying to job postings online. Soon after, every company will contact you for an interview and after one meeting, you’ll get a great offer and start just a few weeks later. Months after trying this method, jobseekers feel frustrated and confused.

The Grey Ceiling: Beating Ageism (April 11, 2014) – The unfortunate truth of today’s job searching climate is that applying for jobs is competitive – very competitive. Employers can be picky about who they hire and how much they’re willing to pay. For many job seekers over 50, the search process is a longer, harder road than they remember from years past.

Going Back to Graduate School (April 4, 2014) – “Should I go back to graduate school?” This is a question many professionals wonder about each day. If you’ve struggled to find a new job in the difficult economy, you may be seriously considering it.

Cleaning Off the Cobwebs (March 28, 2014) – When new jobseekers start their search for the perfect opportunity, they’re often met with one of two concerns. Either “I’m too old” or “I’m too young.” Those who are older feel their experience will be overlooked because they have too many gray hairs. Those who are young feel their lack of experience will trump their abilities.

Becoming Your Own CEO (March 21, 2014) – I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”

Defining Luck (March 14, 2014) – Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day.

Making the Most of Career Fairs (March 7, 2014) – As college graduates prepare to enter the working world in May, corporations begin to ramp up their hiring. More jobs are posted, and recruiters increase their search efforts.

Networking With No Fear (February 28, 2014) – Last week, as I pulled toward my parking space at home, the adorable 3-year-old boy who lives next door ran up to my car. “I haven’t seen you in a while!” he exclaimed in the most excited voice I’d heard all week. “How have you been?”

Make More Money This Year (February 21, 2014) – If you’re like most people, you created a list of new year’s resolutions at the end of December or in the beginning of January. One of your resolutions was probably related to your finances. It may have been to save more, to make more or both. Regardless of which you selected, increasing your income can achieve both goals.

Putting Your <3 Into Your Job (February 14, 2014) – The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?

Starting Over: When Corporate Goes Kaput (February 7, 2014) – For many employees in the Memphis area, the story is all too familiar. You wake up one day and go to work, just like it was any other. You wear the same clothes, drive the same route, and eat at the same place for lunch. Things seem fine at first, but something starts to feel a little out of whack.

Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search (January 31, 2014) – The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.

Your Calling Card (January 24, 2014) – These days, the way in which you present yourself has become more complicated. It’s no longer just about being well groomed with a firm handshake. Your Facebook page, LinkedIn account, email address, business cards and phone number all say something about you. They are all pieces of your personal brand.

What’s in a Name? (January 18, 2014) -The name we go by with our friends and family can be a very personal thing.

Learning to Stand Out From the Pack (January 10, 2014) – Many people think they know what it is that makes one candidate stand out from another.

New Year, New You (January 3, 2014) – January is the perfect time to begin working on your 2014 plan. As you prioritize your New Year’s resolutions, consider a career cleanup along with your plans to go to the gym more often.

Keeping Up Job Searches During the Holidays (December 27, 2013) – Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the new year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search.