Do you want help with your work life? You may be employed and want something new. You may be looking and lack clarity or confidence. You may have goals that you are not reaching. You may have too many ideas or too few. You may be struggling to keep up your spirits. Here are some of the ways I can help!

  • I can help you clarify your vision.
  • I can help you identify your interests and strengths.
  • I can partner with you to keep up your spirits.
  • I can help you create avenues to accomplish your goals.
  • I can help you discover nourishing, meaningful work.

I am an experienced coach and certified counselor. Services are convenient and affordable. Your initial appointment is complimentary. We will discuss your situation and the services I offer. You will leave our talk with information to consider and decide.

I invite you to check out the site. Learn About Diane and see Frequently Asked Questions. Look over Career Planning to see what you and I can accomplish.

All processes are flexible for your individual needs.

To schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact me by email or call 404-897-1766 to speak or leave a message. I look forward to hearing from you today!

Work That Is Real

Piercy“The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.” This thought-provoking quotation comes from author and social activist Marge Piercy.

What do you think Piercy means by a pitcher crying for water to carry? How do you understand her statement that a person cries for work that is real?

I set out with my clients to discover work that fulfills who they are and that is needed in the world. To schedule your complimentary initial appointment, just email me now or call 404-897-1766. I will promptly reply.

We will discuss your work life and my services. You will hang up from our talk with information  to think over and decide whether we are a good match. I look forward to speaking!

A Mercedes of Interest Assessment

I have said before that my clients and I often include the internationally respected Strong Interest Inventory for career exploration. E. K. Strong Jr. published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927 .

Since then, ongoing research has demonstrated the outstanding validity of the Strong as an interest assessment for both educational and career planning. I think of it as the Mercedes of assessments.

Due to its stellar reputation, there are spinoffs from the Strong online. The authentic Strong Interest Inventory, however, is only available through a qualified provider who has been approved to administer and discuss the Strong results with clients or students. [Read More...]

Why Choose A Career Coach?

career coachIt is always important to be thoughtful about work choices, and today it is more than important. Today it is essential to be smart in what you do. The world of work is in dynamic transition. A career coach may be a big help.

A career coach is not simply a trained helping professional. Of course, it is useful to have someone who is trained to be supportive and to listen and be your professional partner.  An expert career coach offers all that and more.

A career coach helps specifically with the world of work.  A career coach must have expertise in career guidance and assessment.  A career coach [Read More...]

Meet My Clients

My clients are interesting and varied.  Here are a few I am working with now.  Both photos and names are fictitious. All client stories are real.

Adam is in his thirties. He lost his way after completing college on a full scholarship. He has moved from one entry-level job to the next. His interests are very different from those of his family. We are working on career exploration and on an occasional job application.

Steven is a high achiever.  He has advanced in his work and makes an excellent income. However, he is not satisfied with his work and he especially dislikes the very long hours which keep him from friends, family, and interests he used to enjoy. We are working to find alternatives which offer him a satisfactory income and provide more life/work balance with a deeper sense of value. [Read More...]

Occupational Info Overflowing

Have you heard about O’Net?  It is the interactive online Occupational Information Network sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor.  Put more simply, O’Net is overflowing with info on occupations.

Careers and career families.  Salaries and benefits. Education and training. Regional information. Resumes and interviews. Additional resources. Almost anything you want about career information, the Department of Labor will try to help.

For some of my clients, O’Net is more than they want. For others of my clients,  O’Net is a rich and interesting resource. See what O’Net can be for you. Very [Read More...]

How Do You (Want to) Feel About Your Work?

Sometimes I reflect on how much the word “passion” is used in discussing work life.  Book shelves and blogs are filled with such titles and invitations.

While many speak of work that will be a true passion, I lean toward work that is heartfelt and meaningful.

If you believe it is possible to be quietly passionate, that is how I think of work that is meaningful. Work that matters to you in a heartfelt way. Work that you are proud to do. Work that makes a positive difference in your life and in our world.

You may schedule a complimentary phone appointment to discuss career coaching for meaningful work by clicking on Contact or you may phone 404-897-1766.

You will leave our talk with information to think over whether we may be a good match.  Please allow 45 minutes for that complimentary meeting. I look forward to hearing from you today!

 

Who Chooses A Career Coach?

Let me share with you about two of my current career clients. Then, you may want to click on my Linked In icon and see comments placed there by former clients.  Linked In is a website all working people should know.

One current client is a woman in her twenties, college grad, who went straight to graduate school and soon realized she was headed in a wrong direction. She knew what career she wanted, but she had no support from those in her life to do that. She had begun down their path, not hers.

This young woman is lucky. Let’s call her Nancy. Over many years of providing career guidance, I have worked with many people who were mid-career before they understood what Nancy realized. They had invested a lot in the “wrong direction” and it took considerable courage for them to call and say “I want help”.  My job was to partner in reorganizing an established but unsatisfying work life. [Read More...]

How Does Career Telecoaching Work?

Career telecoaching works perfectly. Let me share my story in case you wonder.

I have provided career services for 25 plus years.  For much of that time, my clients and I worked exclusively face-to-face.

And then I received my first out-of-state referral. I lived and worked in Atlanta. The  new caller lived and worked in Pennsylvania.

She had contacted a therapist in Philly for career help.  That very professional person knew that she had no specialized training in career services. She knew me and my career expertise.  And she had conducted phone appointments herself. This all came together and she passed on my name.

That caller and I pursued career services via career telecoaching.  Eventually, he referred another out-of-state resident to me.  Based on our long-distance work, she provided an appreciation [Read More...]

Can You Make A New Start After 50?

Yes, you can make a new start at any age. And that includes paid and full-time work.  Satisfying and meaningful work.

My clients and I do that every day.

Age is one consideration. Age is one factor in your total resume and age is even optional for your resume.

The essential resume items are your skills, your work habits, your accomplishments. These are the factors that will position you well for the position you seek.

Age can be seen as a plus or a minus by an employer. How employers see age will vary. Your areas of expertise will add to your appeal for an employer who equates age with maturity, and your expertise will offset age for an employer who sees age as a minus. Both employers will see your age in the larger context of your skills and valuable experience. [Read More...]

What Are Your Career Priorities?

Whether my client comes to me for career exploration and/or help with the job search, we are likely to discuss career priorities.  We consider priorities as the circles around the center of a target. The bullseye is the actual job as it might appear in a job description. The career priorities are other factors that are important for you to have a rich and satisfying life.

Priorities can include factors as obvious as income and as simple as commute. I had a client who loved her work life until the company moved and she found herself twice daily in the worst commute in the city. These priorities matter.

Your co-workers matter. Your manager matters. What your organization is doing in the world may matter a great deal. Priorities are not the job, but they are very much part of your work life.  My clients and I take them seriously in our work.

You may schedule your complimentary phone appointment by calling 404-897-1766 or simply email and I will be glad to reply.  When we talk, I will learn about your work situation and questions.  This allows me to offer career coaching options for you to consider, and I will follow up by emailing that plan. Let’s be in contact. I hope to speak with you soon!

 

 

What Is Career Coaching?

My coaching approach with my clients is a creative partnership. We do something together. Together we create a new work life.

I spoke this week to a woman about my services. Let me call her Susan. It gradually became clear that Susan believed her success in career coaching would depend entirely and totally on me.  So she was understandably nervous about turning herself over to be “fixed”.

Susan believed that career coaching resembles a service like dentistry where you present yourself and the professional provider does something to you to improve you. But career coaching is not like that.  Career coaching is much more like the service of physical therapy. [Read More...]

What Is Career Transition?

Career transition can have various meanings. Last week I was contacted by a former client who said thanks for helping him feel the confidence to continue searching and find work again. He landed a position in the same industry doing work he enjoys.

His transition was simply from one position in his field to a slightly different role. The help he needed was to believe it could happen after his industry and self-esteem tanked with the economy.

I am helping a client find work that will let him relocate from one side of the country to the other.  His transition will be to another region and to another role in his profession. He wants to be more hands-on and out-of-doors.  When we met, he was discouraged. He now has a phone interview set for next Wednesday.

“Whether this position works out or not,” he said with a smile, “getting this interview tells me I can succeed.” He is on his way. [Read More...]

How to Learn from Stress At Work

What can you learn from stress at work? Quite a lot. Is your work stress a sign to consider another career? Does it mean that your work does not fit with your skills, interests, values?

Work stress is an opportunity to take a thoughtful look.

You may know whether your work is a good match for your skills, interests, values. If you are not sure,  there are ways to learn. You may do this alone or you may want some help.

Where your work seems a good match and your stress is still high, relationships may play a part. Are you having trouble with supervisor or peers? Are relationships [Read More...]

Career Goals Can Draw You Like A Magnet

Nourishing and meaningful work grows from career goals that pull you to them. Career goals can draw you like a magnet and transform your work life into your life/work.

How do you discover career goals that pull you like a magnet? Honesty is required. You must focus on what you truly want to do.  Sometimes this requires additional information. Sometimes you know, but other factors get in the way.

As a career coach, my job includes helping you find and say what work you want to do in the world.  I don’t mean what you should do or what you think it would be smart to do.  I mean what you deeply want to do. [Read More...]

you and the yellow pages

I have career clients who sit down with the Yellow Pages in hand or online. They find headings of interest.  And then they call businesses which fit their goals and their skills.

They create a calling schedule. They speak with a memorized statement of friendly and concise introduction. They have practiced and rehearsed the performance.

Some will have researched the person to speak with.  Some take their chances. All will have checked out the organization. They have done their homework.  They find interviews.

They take notes. Even where no interviews emerge, they learn. They learn important information and gain important skills.

This approach is one effective method in job search. It is worth your consideration after you are clear on who you are and what you want and how you can contribute.

To schedule your complimentary consultation or ask a question, simply contact me.  Based on our talk, I will create a career coaching plan to be emailed for your consideration.  I hope to hear from you soon!

 

Learn How to Read Job Statistics

My job as a career coach includes believing in my clients even when they are discouraged. It is my job to help my clients see their possibilities in new ways.

For example, we discuss how to read job market statistics in a way that is both encouraging and accurate.

Let’s say you have read that job seekers in your age group have a 30 percent chance of finding a position within a year. You may hear that news as discouraging. And certainly it would be preferable to hear that job seekers of your age have a 70 percent chance.

However, you have two perfectly accurate ways to think of the initial statement. You can think of yourself as in the 70 percent who won’t find the job in a year. Or you can remember that 30 out of every 100 are finding the job. That becomes 300 people of every thousand who are finding the jobs. [Read More...]

An Excellent Interest Assessment

There are usually a number of careers that a person will find deeply engaging.  My clients often choose the first-class Strong Interest Inventory as part of our work.  The Strong organizes occupations under five broad families of careers based on what interests and appeals to you. These career families are called themes

There is the Artistic theme which covers careers ranging from fine arts to applied arts all the way to careers working with the arts, such as literature teacher.

There is the Social theme with a focus not on partying but on providing a human service. My own  work falls within the career group called Social.

There is the Enterprising theme with a focus on business and sales and entrepreneurial careers. Both Enterprising and Social are people categories and involve working with people in different ways. [Read More...]

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street has important lessons for career seekers. You cannot take the future for granted. You must be the change you wish to see. You succeed in cooperation with others.

Whether you are creating a new career path or seeking an employer who is a good match or establishing your own enterprise, the way forward requires  that you exercise your creativity and capacity to build with others.

If you wish to schedule a complimentary appointment, simply contact me. You will leave our talk with information to help decide whether creative career coaching makes sense for you.

 

Work You Have Never Heard Of

I listen to a radio show called On Being. On that program, I heard mention of a field called Environmental Humanities. What is that, I wondered. It sounded intriguing. I learned that it is part of a movement to cross traditional subject lines and create new interdisciplinary majors.

About a week ago, I did some research on engineering. The number of specialties is astonishing. Some I was aware of and some were brand-new. I am a career coach. Very interesting.

It is impossible to be aware of the thousands of occupations that workers perform in the world or in your region. This is why I place such emphasis with my clients on research, research, research. Learn, learn, learn. It is easy to do and it really pays off long-term.

New careers are emerging as you read.  One of those may be just the path you want. If we work together, you will choose from an informed place. My clients and I are dedicated to smart choices.

To talk over your situation and my services, just contact me for your complimentary initial appointment. You will leave our talk with information to decide whether my services are a good match. I look forward to speaking!

 

 

 

Perform Your Work Life Large!

As a career coach, I encourage my clients to play large. In this job market, anxiety or caution can make you play small. Regardless of how you feel, this is  a time to play bigger.

If you are looking, you must enlarge your search unless your field is in high demand. Most workers face tough competition, and so most need to learn new and creative ways to search. Most need to expand.

If you want to establish your own enterprise, any time can be a good time depending on how creative and thoughtful and persistent you will be.  Establishing your own small business is, by definition, playing large.

Perhaps you want to grow in your workplace. You want to play larger and give more. Creativity and communication will be key to expanding your presence and impact. [Read More...]