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Jenny Foss is a brilliant career consultant who, has written several how-to manuals for job seekers. In addition, Jenny has produced an intensive weekend resume course. She offers a free online video on how to create a dynamite cover letter. You can access her materials by clicking on the link on this home page.

Neal Griebling knows.

He knows people.  He knows what makes people happy and satisfied in their professional and personal lives.  And he knows how to help people reach inside to reach up to that level of happiness and satisfaction.

Through his complementary websites – Pittsburgh Career Coach and Future Design Studio – Neal offers a unique blending of personal counseling, professional networking, and holistic engagement that brings his clients to a new and higher plateau of peace, contentment, and fulfillment.  Because when it comes to improving the lives of his clients, there’s one thing everyone agrees upon.

Neal Griebling knows.

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Comments: none

Have Our Presidential Candidates Addressed Long-Term Unemployment?

The beltway pundits are all abuzz with the good news concerning our economy and, in particular, the trending unemployment numbers for the current year. Statistical unemployment has steadily gone down to its present 4.9%.

However, to those who have grazed on this website know that I have consistently taken issue with those who have convinced themselves that all is well with the national economy, that we are finally emerging from the Great Recession.

The fly in the ointment is the great number of individuals who are plagued with long-term employment. These mid-life people with high-level skills who have been downsized, who have applied for many jobs but have not found success.

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Posted: October 6th, 2016 | Comments: none

Preparation – a Necessary Addition to the 5Ps!

Chris Kuselius is founder/CEO of Career Team. His company’s mission is helping diverse audiences fashion successful careers. In this recent series of posts, I’ve been using his 5 Ps model as a template. The 5 P’s are:

  • Passion
  • Purpose
  • Power
  • Profit
  • Peace of Mind

I’ve added a “P” of my own: Preparation.

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Posted: September 4th, 2016 | Comments: none

Mindfulness Video

Posted: August 21st, 2016 | Comments: none

Looking for That New Job? What’s Your Purpose?

Creating a design for your career path goes beyond looking for a job. A career design is a road map to go beyond getting a job. You may have many jobs in your life and you may even have different careers. So you need to create a vision of your life and career from this moment forward. To build your design, you must ask yourself “deeper” questions. Have you done this?

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Posted: August 21st, 2016 | Comments: none

A Comprehensive Approach to Preparing Job Seekers

Second in an Ongoing Series

Well, from my recent experience, Donald Trump is dead wrong about immigrants. For the past three weeks I’ve been leading a career workshop for a group of immigrants at the Jewish Family and Children Services [JFCS]. The workshop is a partnership between JFCS, Career Team and the Workplace. Career Team has created the manual, online videos, and MP3 audio lectures. The WorkPlace holds contracts with government agencies to implement the model in various cities across the nation. The model is call Platform to Employment [P2E]. The Pittsburgh workshop is a pilot to test the model with immigrants.

Here’s why The Donald doesn’t have a clue:

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Posted: August 16th, 2016 | Comments: none

How Do You Discover Your Passion?

Discovering your passion is so important for job seekers. Passion provides the energy we need to create our vision for securing a job we love. Without passion, we have no incentive to move forward. Without passion, we cannot succeed.

If my clients cannot feel passionate about anything, I sense they are deeply depressed and I urge them to contact their physician and explore whether therapy and/or medication might be beneficial.

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Posted: August 12th, 2016 | Comments: none

Where’s Your Passion?

In recurrent surveys, 80 percent of employed Americans report dissatisfaction with their jobs. In other studies, high numbers also report they are disengaged from their jobs. Why is this?

In my work with my clients, they tell me they are

  • Just working for a paycheck
  • Frustrated with the company culture
  • Working for a domineering boss or manager
  • Hate the nature of the work itself

They have no passion for their work.

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Posted: August 6th, 2016 | Comments: none

A Comprehensive Approach to Preparing Job Seekers

First in an Ongoing Series

The Jewish Family and Youth Services’ Career Development Center is hosting an exciting program to prepare immigrants seeking work in Pittsburgh. The Career Team and the Workplace have partnered to offer Platform to Employment [P2E], a truly comprehensive approach to job development and tying this model to the wraparound services offered by the Career Development Center.

I have been tasked to train the immigrant cohort.

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Posted: August 6th, 2016 | Comments: none

Is Mindfulness Right for Your Organization?

Part 4 of a Four-Part Series

In this series of posts, I’ve defined what mindfulness is, identified how organizations and individuals can benefit from a well-designed mindfulness program, and created an overview of how to practice mindfulness meditation. But this information is useless without one thing: daily practice.

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Posted: July 29th, 2016 | Comments: none

Is Mindfulness Right for Your Organization?

Part 3 of a Four-Part Series

So how does one learn and apply mindfulness in our work and in our lives outside our offices? There are two basic components of secular mindfulness: formal meditation while seated or walking and mindful practice in our daily activities. Each supports and reinforces the other.

When we practice seated meditation, we set up our posture and breath and learn how to let go of our thoughts.

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Posted: July 20th, 2016 | Comments: none