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Julie Jansen

Managers, know thyself

Most people who complain about their jobs often are complaining about their manager. “My boss makes me so nervous: he questions everything, treats people like they’re incompetent, is really negative, and never listens to what I’m saying.” Sound familiar? It is to me – it’s a common lament, and though often followed by guilt over he or she “being a nice person,” these employees, who typically are hungry for attention, feedback, and responsibility, instead put their creative energy into a job search. If you’re a manager, you’re also a role model. You may not realize how you set the tone […]

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Does a new year mean a new job or career?

January is always one of the busiest months for me in terms of writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles and meeting with people who need coaching help to determine what their next step should be work-wise. There are two areas to pay attention to and work on if you are yearning for a change. They are focus and packaging. Focus is an extremely important element of finding a new job or switching careers. It isn’t a good idea to update your resume or LinkedIn profile if you are not clear about what you want to do next. It also is difficult […]

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It’s Labor Day!

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays! Why? As a career coach, author, and speaker, my primary focus is helping people to identify and find work that meets their needs and fulfill their values. The sad part about Labor Day for many is that it also represents the unofficial end of Summer. Work is such a significant aspect of most people’s existence, whether it is about earning money, creating or producing something, making an impact, or further developing or learning new skills. When you don’t enjoy or like what you are doing work-wise, these feelings can easily cast a […]

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Summer is a Great Time to Update Your Career Documents

July is already drawing to a close and before we know it Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer in the U.S. will be here. Take advantage of summer Fridays, fewer meetings at work, and vacation/PTO to think about your job and long term career. Ask yourself “When was the last time I thought about my achievements, my responsibilities and what I have learned at work?” The most natural way to do this is to update your resume and your LinkedIn profile. As a resume and LinkedIn profile writer, I experience summer to be the busiest time in this […]

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Just did 17 radio interviews! Here’s what the radio hosts asked me.

Penguin set up a radio tour for me today to talk about the third revision of my book I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This. The radio stations were in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Florida, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Utah, Oregon, Kentucky, and my home state Connecticut. I wish I had the space to give a shout out to the specific stations and hosts. They were all wonderful! One thing was clear …radio hosts LOVE what they do! Here are some of the questions I was asked: How does someone deal with the fear […]

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It’s been a long time!

I am excited to start a new chapter on my blog with the March 1st 2016 sale of the third edition of my book, I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A step-by-step guide to finding gratifying work. Thank you Penguin! Here’s what is different in the workplace since my last book update. It is an employers’ market, meaning that job seekers are facing heavy competition and arduous interviewing processes. Nearly every company has at least one job opening, and most have dozens they are trying to fill. The expectations that job seekers have of […]

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