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The Collaborative Careers Blog

The 4 Es of Successful Career Transitions

"Career change is inevitable. Of course no job is for life, but did you know that the median employee tenure is only 4.2 years in the United States? This figure is even lower (2.8 years) for workers in the 25-34 age group, which comprises the majority of the...

How To Identify A Toxic Culture Before Accepting A Job Offer

Interviewing can be an arduous process for any jobseeker.  However, I always remind clients that they should be interviewing that prospective company just as much as they are interviewing them.  This puts a little bit more power into the hands of the interviewee....

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Interviewing for a new role is the second toughest thing to do when you are new in a job search. The first toughest obstacle is actually obtaining the interview. So, congratulations to you if you have made it this far! Nonetheless, if you are in application mode, you...

How To Write A Stand Out Thank You Letter

Just as resumes and cover letters have evolved, thank-you letters can help you stand out among other candidates when competing for a job.  This is especially true if the future potential employer is on the fence about whether or not you will be a good fit for that...

I Had Career Experts Make Over My Cruddy Cover Letter

Ah yes, the dreaded cover letter! This daunting task has tanked even the best of us. To be honest, only second to resumes, cover letters are not my favorite task. However, they are a ‘necessary evil’, and if done right, they can help you stand out beyond your resume....

Why Cognitive Diversity is the Most Powerful Tool

I have to admit that navigating any type of diversity can be challenging. Whether diversity comes in the form or race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, etc., it is easy to confine ourselves to environments that support similar values, beliefs or modes of...

Making Work Better

All too often, clients seek out my services because they are unhappy in their current career. Some of them have reached a point where what worked for them in the past no longer serves their current needs. And, it is evident that some sort of exploration or transition...

Find a Job Using Disruptive Innovation

Trying to figure out what you want to do for a living can be incredibly challenging. In fact, what we do for a living has so much to say about who we are. After all, asking someone, ‘what do you do?’, in U.S. culture, can often be the second question you get asked...

Collaborative Careers Process Model

There are many ways to tackle a career-related issue. One of the main obstacles I face with my clients is assisting them in becoming clear about which process suits them the best. As a result, every practitioner needs to have a wide variety of strategic interventions...

The Ugly Truth About Age Discrimination

One of the biggest concerns I hear from older clients is the fear that they are too old for employment.  It's potentially one of the most rampant acts of discrimination that happen in the hiring process and it's virtually impossible to prove.  Surely, there are some...

Identity Theft Protection for Job Seekers

Well, here's just one more thing to consider while completing your job search!  The length of many job searches can vary, but for a multitude of people, it can take anywhere from 3-6 months.  Within that period, job seekers will often submit hundreds of resumes, cover...

Career Paths on the Rise: What Job Seekers Need to Know

I would always recommend starting your career in perusing something that you are passionate about. However, it is also important to do your research in looking for careers that are in demand. It’s one thing to do what you love… and it doesn’t make much sense if you...

The Science Behind Setting High Goals Without Burning Out

In general, setting realistic goals is something that many people struggle with. Often we look at the successes of other high achievers and believe that we can simply jump to that level of accomplishment. What we often fail to see is the series of trails and setbacks...

Conquer Your Careers Fears

We all can fall victim to the dreaded “Analysis Paralysis”. Many times, this enables us to become stuck, thus, never really taking the necessary risks that could make us successful or fulfill our true abilities. Now I am not a huge proponent of telling anyone to “get...

The Best Career Advice You Never Hear

There are a few gems in this article! Some funny and some true. Let’s start with the funny one: 3. "Never, ever cook fish in the office microwave." (Ryan Harvey) This one may be an instant turn off! On a more serious note, some of my personal favorites are: 11. "Don't...

3 Career Lessons You Can Only Learn From Failing Hard

It is true that I am a firm believer of success.  I strive to help my clients achieve success in their daily lives: both personal and professional.  At the same time, I encourage my clients to go out and fail.  I want them to take risks and step outside of their...

Top 10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

Finding your ideal career path is not an easy challenge. We all know that person that knew what they wanted to do since they were 10 and have since become wildly successful in their chosen profession. Personally, I am envious of these people! They had a great head...

Men in Counseling

Just as the author of this article claims, I also see tons of men in my practice. In many ways, I am presently surprised to see men taking action towards their future success. Men that come to see me are facing their weaknesses and that is probably the bravest thing...

Fake It Until You Become It

Have you ever met an unconfident person with poor posture? Well, I guess I have (potentially), but for the most part I would have to say, “no”. Your posture has a lot to say about who you are. It is amazing that how you carry yourself can reflect who you are or might...

Do You Even Know What Your Perfect Dream Is?

I recently received an email from a friend who said, “Brad, I am recently unemployed and I am looking for a job in the Phoenix area. Any help would be greatly appreciated.” Well, to be honest, I hear this all of the time and I am always confused. Why am I confused,...

At Work: Tweet as if Big Brother were watching

Since social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have become so ingrained in American life, it may be safe to assume that many users have said something or posted a photo that they wouldn't want their mother to see. If you haven’t, great, you are...