Today, with many of us shoved into this forced pause, maybe there’s an opportunity to reframe this newly found time as a “mandatory sabbatical” of some sort?

Years ago, I took a much-needed sabbatical. And I learned how impactful it can be. I think this season of social distancing and quarantine can feel like a forced sabbatical of sorts. And it is making many of us antsy. Any other Enneagram Type 3’s out there!?

I don’t know about you, but this forced change of pace and time to pause has been hard for me. Back in my 15+ years spent in the corporate world, we would measure a pause by minutes, not by days… turning into weeks.

Today, with many of us shoved into this forced pause…


Did you know? You have 6 seconds to make an impression with a recruiter — the average amount of time a recruiter spends reviewing your resume is S-I-X seconds! Let’s make it count.

Keyboard with hand holding a pen, notebook and cell phone.
Keyboard with hand holding a pen, notebook and cell phone.

Throughout my 15+ years as an HR leader, I can tell you first-hand that these stats are accurate; recruiters and hiring leaders will skim your resume — if it doesn’t make an impression, you will get passed over. The goal of your resume is to make it as easy as possible for the reader to know you’re the BEST person for the job. Articulating your experience and career aspirations on one piece of paper is both an art and a science. It’s especially challenging when you’re in your own head all.the.time. …


Common interview mistakes
Common interview mistakes

I love conducting job interviews. As a former corporate HR and talent acquisition leader, I had the opportunity to interview THOUSANDS of candidates — from entry-level to senior executives. Now, as a career coach, I am on a mission to use that experience to help heart-based job seekers breeze through the interview process and land comfortably in their next best role.

Today, I’m sharing the TOP 3 most common mistakes job seekers make while interviewing — and how to avoid them.

Common Interview Mistake #1 — Providing generic responses versus telling a story.

Storytelling is powerful. Whether you’re talking to a recruiter on a phone screen or to a hiring manager in…


A simple framework for making a memorable first impression while starting a new job from home.

You did it! You landed a job working from home, and you’re so excited to get started, but now what?

As a career coach, I’ve partnered with hundreds of clients over the last couple of years, and one of the TOP requirements most are in search of is FLEXIBILITY — the option to work from home (or anywhere for that matter) on their terms. One small flicker of light to come from this pandemic pandemonium is that more and more employers must trust employees to work from home, finally! …


TOP 4 confessions & reflections from my first year as a self-employed career coach.

Severe Storms, High Winds, and Heavy Rains Expected

Sailboat on a stormy sea
Sailboat on a stormy sea

2020 — Go.All.In! This was my mantra as I entered my first year of self-employment as a full-time career coach. Up until this point, career coaching was a calm side gig alongside a demanding full-time HR career of 15+ years in corporate America. In December 2019 that all changed as I chose to leap into self-employment as a career coach — which was the right decision for me. Although, I did not choose to run smack into a worldwide pandemic, economic turmoil, civil uprising, an unprecedented election, and challenge after challenge…

Talk about trial by fire! Maneuvering my first year…


Where It All Began

Picture this — you and your friends graduated from college — such a defining moment! Your friends landed jobs on Wall Street at sophisticated, well-known banks and are relocating to the big apple. Meanwhile, you packed the U-Haul and moved to a small, unknown town 3.5 hours from home. Your alarm clock is ringing at 10:00 PM, and you drag yourself out of bed in the pitch dark to get ready for work. Selecting an outfit is easy, you have a uniform consisting of steel-toed boots, khakis, and a company-supplied polo shirt typically 3 sizes too big (they didn’t have…


Work Should Cultivate your Energy, Not Drain Your Energy

Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced the Sunday Scaries? You know, that feeling deep in the pit of your stomach, that starts early Sunday and basically ruins your weekend. And why? The anxiety + dread of starting a new workweek in a job you just don’t love doing.

Try this exercise. Think about your current or most recent job. Picture it in detail. Got it? Ok, now, take note of how you feel at the beginning of each day? How do you feel at the end of each day? …


Quick Tips for Leading Teams in Our New Reality

One small flicker of light to come from this pandemic pandemonium is that more and more employers are forced to trust employees to work from home more often, finally!

As a career coach, I’ve partnered with hundreds of clients over the last couple of years and one of the TOP requirements most are in search of is FLEXIBILITY — the option to work from home (or anywhere for that matter) on their own terms.

I realize there are some myths about the ability to effectively lead a team from the confines of your home office. OR to grow your career…


Key tips to help navigate your job search in the right direction.

The number one mistake I see people make when job searching is lack of focus. The late George Harrison said it best, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Besides being a catchy tune, it’s a significant point in the world of careers.

So where are you going?

If the answer to the question is, “anywhere,” you’re probably already there.

If the answer to the question is, “I don’t know,” let me suggest a few key tips to help navigate your search in the right direction.

First: Discover the Destination

In order to find the most fulfilling work…

Jennifer Smith

Jenn is on a mission to support others navigate the world of work by resetting boundaries and igniting action to live their happiest lives ❀ Flourish.Careers

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