Independent Articles

The Role of Metrics in Executive Coaching: My Observations

By Sunitha Narayanan

As a coach, how can you quantify for the individual or organization what is a very qualitative process? Showing ROI is difficult, at least in the first interview where the decision is being made to hire you as a coach.

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Building a Non-Traditional Career Path

By Ron Elsdon

Nontraditional careers, tailored to individual needs and based on more than one source of income, are increasingly attractive. Changing internal perspectives or disruptive external events may prompt exploration of such a path. Here we explore the why, when and how of a nontraditional career path for our clients and ourselves.

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Successful Career Planning…. It’s Never Too Late

By Karen Atkins

I have had three career changes in thirty-five years. I always dreamed I would retire and enjoy each career until my retirement. Life events happen, plans change, and happenstance creeps into our lives. What we do with happenstance events is up to us. I decided to get my mind and heart together and place my thoughts and realistic goals into practice. Based on my personal experience, here are 7 tips for career practitioners to use with clients considering a career change.

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Using Technology to Facilitate Career Discovery in Developing Nations

By Peter G. Raeth

How does one facilitate career discovery in Zimbabwe, Africa, a developing nation of 13 million people? With limited technology and a distrust of the non-indigenous, the list of issues impacting career development is long. This challenge was presented to me by Mr. Rabison Shumba, CEO of the Greatness Factory Trust. This article talks about the steps I took, the tools involved, and lessons learned as I responded to the challenge.

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My Reality Check Bounced

Book Review by Lakeisha Moore Mathews

A book for helping Generation Y achieve their career goals, without complaining about Gen Y work habits. Recommended for every career counselor, regardless of age, to gain strategies on guiding this unique generation to success. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in November 2010. It is being repeated in celebration of Career Convergence's All Conference issue. See NCDA NEWS for more details.]

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Distance Career Counseling: An In-Demand Profession

By Betty McWillie

Distance counseling is an in-demand profession as busy clients seek to accommodate their lifestyles balancing a career, education, home, and family. Clients can be involved in the career counseling process at home, on their lunch hour, and at times convenient to them without having to go to an office and meet face to face with a career counselor. Counselors who meet the qualifications can obtain training and certification as a Distance Credentialed Counselor, providing behaviorally based career plans with documented steps and outcomes to their clients.

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Discover, Internalize, CREATE!

By Leslie Arnold

Embarking on a career change can be overwhelming. It is common for clients to feel powerless and fearful. The process can affect not only a client’s self-esteem but also their confidence levels. The following case study is an example of a client’s feelings of “being stuck” and an original exercise I use to support my clients during their career search journey.

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Finding Meaning and Purpose in Retirement: Work and Non-Work Retirement Options

By Mary E. Ghilani

This article is the second in a two-part series focusing on retirement career counseling. Today’s retirees are healthier, living longer, and more active than their predecessors. Some will continue to work for financial reasons, while others will choose to work part-time, volunteer, or start their own business in order to stay active and productive. For many retirees, retirement is an opportunity to learn or do something new. With a little creativity, the options for retirees are limited only by their imagination.

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Make a Retirement Plan BEFORE You Retire

By Mary E. Ghilani

This article is the first in a two-part series focusing on retirement career counseling. The transition from work to retirement can be very challenging if steps are not taken to replace the lack of structure, social contact, purpose, and meaning that work once provided. This article provides a list of questions that career counselors and coaches can use to help their clients make appropriate plans about their retirement.

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A Practical 'Happenstance' or 'Voyage' Exercise

By Eric Anderson

Replacing career “path” with career “voyage” has led to an exploration of new methods of delivery for career planning. In one example, a “thought experiment” with clients was effective in awakening them to the reality of their largely unpredictable voyage ahead, and prepared them to consider two practical approaches to career planning as they face life’s unpredictability.

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Reflections and Projections: Onto the Second Century for NCDA!

Sue Aiken, Associate Editor, Independent Section

In 2013 we traveled through time on a journey looking through the rear view mirror, reflecting on past challenges/ accomplishments and out through the front windshield projecting what the future holds for our profession. Here are lessons learned and questions to encourage even more learning.

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When Did You Last Think About Theory?

By Deirdre A. Pickerell

This article offers a brief glimpse into the world of career theory, with the goal of inspiring career practitioners to pause to reflect on how, or perhaps if, career theory is embedded in their practice.

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Career Conversations with Millennials: A Few Observations

By Sunitha Narayanan

Millennials, generally described as being born anywhere from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, may excite, perplex and expand us as career professionals. Observations from both personal and professional interactions with millennials generated these suggestions for successful career development conversations.

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Beating the Odds: Building a Private Practice

By Linda Crowder

Most small businesses fail within their first five years. A Career Coaching practice that not only survives but thrives, needs to build multiple streams of income and take full advantage of the Internet to both attract new clients and deliver service. The author shares her practical approach to building a successful practice in the rural state of Wyoming.

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The Work Book: How to Build Your Personal Brand and Get Hired!

Book Review By Liane H. Gould

Are you looking for a book for your clients that will help them create a strong personal brand, learn the process of securing the job offer, or explain how to elevate personal brand once in the position? This quick read may be just what your clients need.

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How to Show Up the Moment Your Prospect Wants to Buy Your Services

by Jack Chapman

The trick to building a successful private practice is to be the person "waiting in the wings," when a career need pops up. By sending a newsletter each month you will remind people that you're ready, willing, and able to work with them. Learn how to create a newsletter that's PIP.From the author of "Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute." In honor of NCDA's 100th anniversary, Career Convergence is publishing articles of historical significance. This month, our web magazine is reprinting articles from our debut issue in 2003.

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Career Planning for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome

By Barbara Bissonnette

Typical protocols don’t work for these atypical individuals. Despite being bright, college-educated, and skilled, many individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, struggle to find and maintain employment. Helping them find work that is satisfying and manageable requires an understanding of their unique profile of abilities and challenges.

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A Narrative Career Management Program that Increases Hope, Optimism, Confidence, Resilience: Outcome Study

By Mark Franklin

We’re hearing more and more about using ‘narrative’ and ‘storytelling’ in career counseling, coaching and advising, but how does it work? How can we listen in new ways to our clients’ stories that inevitably tumble out, and help our clients distill what matters from what happened, to answer ‘what now?’ This article gives an overview of the results of a recent outcome study of the CareerCycles narrative framework and method of practice that’s creating a new language for career management, and supporting a move toward evidence-based practice. Also included is a Practice Tip.

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An Interview with Richard Bolles: The Lasting Power of 41 Editions of What Color Is Your Parachute?

By Jenn Long

According to author Richard N. Bolles, the passion behind 41 editions of What Color Is Your Parachute? is “Keeping the book absolutely up to date!” An interview with the author provides insights into the popular job-search book from conception to reinvention, industry shifts along the way, and advice for aspiring authors.

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Career Development Time vs. Full-Time Work

By Sally Power

Here are some unusual tactics for making time for independent career development while working full time. Our increasingly mobile workforce will need to implement these tips in the future. Also in this article: ideas to aid people in making the time management shift.

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Stop Saying Career “path”!

By Eric Anderson

Most career development practitioners use the term “career path”, and we should stop. This implicitly standardized term has fit well with the way that conventional career theories characterize the career development process, but it’s a barrier to fully embracing emerging theories like Krumboltz’s Happenstance Career Theory, because it embeds a misleading metaphor. “Career path” implies to our clients that their career plans are visible and stable.

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Recovering Self-Identity Amidst Long-Term Unemployment

By Dave Gallison

Now that the election cycle, with its emphasis on unemployment as an upward or downward-moving data point, has passed, what real hope is there for the millions of long-term unemployed? More to point, as counselors, how can we make a difference in the outlook and coping strategies of our clients?

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Practical Passion – Make Your Dream Happen!

By Sunitha Narayanan

Passion and purpose are considered the bedrock of life-enriching work. How does this concept change for people in today’s business environment, where more gets done with less, when employee morale is expected to be low and the norm is to hear of companies laying-off even their superstars?

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Helping Females Overcome Glass Barriers to Advancement

By Joan Runnheim Olson

While the landscape continues to change for women in the workplace, it sometimes feels like it is one step forward and two back. This article highlights the challenges women face when trying to move up the next rung on the career ladder and how career practitioners can help guide their clients in breaking through the invisible barriers.

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To Offer Social Media, You Have to Model Social Media

By Joshua Waldman

Your clients are asking for social media help more and more each day. For many in the career profession, this has become problematic. First, Social takes up a lot of time. Second, it's just so darn confusing. I offer a three step solution which you can use for your own social media.

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Shaping the Story

Book Review by William C. Briddick

From author/editor Kobus Maree comes the much awaited American edition of the 2007 publication, "Shaping the Story: A Guide to Facilitating Narrative Career Counseling". This book has something for everyone, from those already utilizing a narrative approach in career counseling to those who are seeking to learn more about narrative career counseling.

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Starting and Growing a Business in the New Economy

Book Review by Denise Saunders

Many career development professionals dream of a solo practice or business venture maximizing their unique skill set. This monograph highlights contributions of 17 successful career entrepreneurs who share first-hand accounts and suggestions for how to make the dream become a reality.

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Community Champions: How to influence generations of workers

By Jan McCormick

Accomplished people share a simple secret. They’ve had supportive and inspiring mentors. Equally true, GCDF's can look to Community Champions for insight and guidance in translating the demands of a changing workplace in a changing world. Through collaborative relationships, practitioners can influence generations of workers by facilitating employer-infused career development activities.

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What does Career Resiliency Mean to You?

By Sunitha Narayanan

In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (V.U.C.A) business world, change is constant. This article looks at career ownership and resiliency as a pathway to career happiness.

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Values In Coaching

By Trudy Leijte

We want clients to find their strengths and core values in order to make a good career choice. But are we, career facilitators, aware of our own values and strengths? Knowing one's values can contribute to a better career choice and knowing yours makes you a better career coach.

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Aligning Strengths with Goals: Creating a Self-Concordant Journey

By Linda Faucheux

The alignment of strengths and goals provides the opportunity to embark on a self-concordant journey. Self-concordance is the capacity to pursue a set of personal goals with feelings of intrinsic interest and identity congruence. Exploring your strengths zone is a powerful pathway to experience self-concordance. Setting self-concordant goals enables us to develop a deeply meaningful and satisfying career and contributes to higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction.

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Rediscovering Personal Meaning in Work

By Tim Lutenski

Many people today are able to successfully achieve a strong sense of purpose and inner meaning through their work. However, as time goes on, they can become disconnected and disengaged. To rediscover meaning, individuals are responsible for shaping their own version of success and assuming the initiative in making positive changes.

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What To Do When You’re Not In Kansas Anymore: A Transformative Seminar For People In Transition

By Sunitha Narayanan and Linda Tefend

Job-seekers today are bombarded with electronic information and job search advice. Our high-touch, group approach is an energizing and practical solution to help your transitioning clients become confident, avoid pitfalls and shorten their job search.

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Making Space for Insight and Change: Using the Metaphorical Process of Clean Space

By Barbara Stainman and Gina Campbell

Client metaphors offer a powerful way to connect to the hidden feelings, beliefs, fears and thoughts around career issues. Using the Clean Space process, developed by psychotherapist David Grove, a facilitator uses movement and mindfulness within a network of physical spaces to help clients develop new insights or strategies to reach their desired outcomes.

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Career Flow: A Hope-Centred Approach to Achieving Dreams

By Roberta Neault

Most people dream about career success and job satisfaction. The author has demonstrated that optimism can be learned. Fostering an optimistic attitude in our clients may be an important focus for career practitioners.

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10 Best Practices for Accelerating the Success of Millennials

By Julie LaCroix

90 million people are expected to enter the workforce between approximately 2002 and 2022. They face a more competitive global economic climate than ever before and need the tools for success in their careers. This article introduces 10 best practices career counselors can use with their emerging professional clientele to keep them committed, focused and differentiated from the rest.

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Strengths and Careers: Applying a Strengths Approach to Help Clients Move Ahead

By Jennifer Bradley and Emma Trenier

How can career professionals help clients succeed in a world of work where jobs and career paths are increasingly less defined? In this article we discuss how a strengths approach can benefit clients and empower them to create and pursue a productive and satisfying career.

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Applying the Concept of Mental Toughness to the Job Search Process

by Mary E. Ghilani

The job search process requires a degree of mental fortitude, patience, and perseverance. The author proposes keys for career counselors to share with job seekers to help them adapt the concept of “mental toughness” to sustain them through the job search process.

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The Dalai Lama and Career Transition

By Sunitha Narayanan

A transition brings joy and pain into people’s lives. Life goes on, and it may even get better after going through the transition. The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has heartfelt and simple strategies that can transform people who are facing a career transition. This article looks at applying the Dalai Lama’s concepts to empower people going through a transition, life or career.

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A Two-sided Resume? Standing out from the crowd!

By Rhonda Messinger

Whether or not to use a two-sided resume is not a simple question. There is no correct resume method for every industry and every potential employer. Insights gathered from colleagues formed the basis for the following recommendations for using two-sided resumes and other creative approaches in job searching.

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Incorporating Motivational Interviewing into Career Counseling

By Liz Lierman

Research has shown that Motivational Interviewing (MI) is effective in a variety of settings. This article offers background on MI, suggestions for using MI as a career counseling framework, and specific tips for practitioners to incorporate into their work with clients.

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Mindset of the Career Searcher

By Aricia E. LaFrance

One of the most challenging problems for career professionals is the client in an unproductive mindset. Many professionals will screen to learn if potential clients are “coachable” in hopes to screen out those clients who are obstinate and close minded. Learn techniques to help your work with difficult clients.

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What are Career Coaches Afraid of?

By Greg Fall

This article is a call for career coaches to take the medicine we have been prescribing. We strive to help our clients overcome their anxieties and emotional barriers. But what about taking our own advice?

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Masks of Anxiety Exercise

By Greg Fall

This exercise is a companion to the article, "What are Career Coaches Afraid of?"

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Building Meaning in Work

By Tim Lutenski

Today, many people are seeking meaning in work by finding personal fulfillment and satisfaction. Failure to build a significant “work-meaning connection” can lead to cynicism and disillusionment. This article presents several proactive measures for career counselors to implement for themselves or their clients.

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Building a Bridge to a Brighter Future for Unemployed Adults

By Michael F. Campbell, Lindsay M. Andrews, and Emily E. Bullock

The current economic downturn in the United States has lead to the unemployed population growing immensely. Unemployment is currently at a twenty-five year high and still on the rise. This article highlights concerns and barriers as well as resources for use in career counseling.

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Part II - Changing Careers After 40: Real Stories, New Callings

By Terry Pile and David Lingle

In the June issue of NCDA Career Convergence, we introduced readers to research we have been conducting with mid-life career changers. In this follow-up article, we introduce Harvey. The theme of his career transition focuses on turning a survival job into a satisfying career.

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Changing Careers After 40: Real Stories, New Callings

By Terry Pile and David Lingle

What motivates a popular television talk show host to quit his career and become an auctioneer? Why does an ambitious advertising executive abandon her thriving business to become a healing coach? How does an IBM employee leave a comfortable 30-year career to start a pet sitting service?

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Social Media: The Revolution in Career Development

By Jane Finkle

Missed opportunities abound as clients search for career information and jobs using only traditional resources. Social Media is an energetic process that employs simple technology and produces quick results. This article gives testimony as to how this revolutionary resource is empowering professionals as they expand their network and target job goals.

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Helping the BRAC Affected Civilian Employee of the Military: A Primer for Resume Preparation

By Patricia Van Haste

Counselors all over the country may be seeing BRAC (Base Realignment and Closing) affected civilian employees of the military looking for their next career opportunity. Understanding their unique situations and needs is necessary in order to provide on target assistance and support.

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Coaching Clients in Identifying Skills

By Tim Lutenski

Career specialists assisting clients looking for work or making career decisions must help them in identifying their major skills, understanding the significance of these skills, and using them to build a successful career and work life. A critical task for career professionals is helping clients to recognize and communicate key career skills and align them with work that provides personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Career and Caregiving as Related to Private Practice

Sue Aiken, Interviewer

An interview with Sally Gelardin, author of Career & Caregiving: Empowering the Shadow Workforce of Family Caregivers (NCDA, 2009), with the purpose of understanding how and why the subject of caregiving relates to career counseling and it's meaning in today's world.

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Transition Road: Well Traveled Or Lesser Known?

By Sue Aiken

Private practices around the world are filled with clients in transition as we experience economic chaos. Lessons learned from past upheavals and reliable tools to assist clients on this journey are provided.

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Career Counseling for a Green Economy

By Willa Smith Davis

There is a lot of talk about the "green economy" and "green jobs". The purpose of this article is to raise awareness in the career counseling community about these terms and the career pathways related to them. It will explore what it means to be "sustainable". Readers will be more prepared to counsel their students/clients about green careers.

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Giving Hope to the Homeless

By Tim Lutenski

Homeless shelter residents seeking employment often require help in dealing with both personal and work related issues. In assisting these individuals it is important to help them break through self imposed barriers, minimize negative thinking, enhance their self image, assume greater responsibility for decisions and actions, and make improved life and vocational choices in order to realize a better future.

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Understanding Grief In The Context Of Job Loss & Lifestyle Adjustment

by Millicent Nuver Simmelink

Today’s marketplace and economy have resulted in loss of jobs, self confidence, career dreams, financial power and much more. The article examines grief from this context, reviews the emotional stages of grief and provides counseling strategies for empowering clients. Originally published in September, 2006, this article is extremely relevant today.

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Starting a Private Practice -- Colleagues To The Rescue!

By Patricia A. Van Haste

Inspired by two recent Career Convergence articles, this article encourages those considering a private practice or those just starting out not to overlook how valuable a source of help colleagues can be.

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Can I Use Coaching Techniques And Still Be An Effective Professional Career Counselor?

By Richard L. Knowdell

Different settings require different skills and techniques when providing solutions to career problems and issues. Coaching techniques can be more effective than counseling techniques in certain settings. Successful career practitioners can (and should) employ both coaching and counseling techniques when helping clients solve career problems. There are more similarities than differences between career counseling and career coaching.

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Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose.

Book Review by Aricia LaFrance

Nancy Schlossberg does it again with a retirement book suitable for anyone wanting to "reshape" their life and find balance. With a natural flow, examples and exercises, "Revitalizing Retirement" provides helpful, immediately applicable insights for retirees as well as coaches working in the fields of career development, retirement and life balance.

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You Need The Oxygen First!

By Sharon McCormick

Help your clients who suffer a job loss cope using these practical steps that will help them place their needs first during this transition.

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The Emergence of Creating an Online Presence

By Bob McDonald

In the ever-changing paradigm that is the Internet, career counselors should always be aware of the new online tools that can ultimately benefit clients by increasing their chance of employment.

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Getting Lucky: A Simple Approach to Successful Transition

By Millicent N. Simmelink

A case study illustration offers a fresh approach to empowering clients by helping them understand the role of luck, outlook and strategy in improving job search outcomes.

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Career Transition: A Checklist for Re-entry Success

By Laura Demarse

This article addresses the uncertainty of the world of work - non-linear career paths and the need for a new model. Moreover, it is a holistic guide for practitioners to use to help displaced workers engage in a positive dialogue about returning to work. Exercises and talking points for the counselor and the client are provided.

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Mystery Gardening: A Job Hunt Parable

By Barry L. Davis

For many of our clients, the job search is a lonely and seemingly futile process with little feedback or encouragement along the way. The following provides a metaphor for the job search as a “Mystery Garden” that guarantees a “good harvest” if the seeker continues to “work the soil”!

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Queen Bee Syndrome

By Steve Bohler

Past research paints a picture of an ecosystem of variables which exert their own influence on job satisfaction and employee engagement. One powerful yet largely overlooked factor is one's Specialist/Generalist orientation. This article examines the hallmarks of the hidden Specialists, why they may be dissatisfied in most traditional, corporate jobs, and what career practitioners can do to assist them.

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Helping Clients Choose You

By Karen James Chopra

This article is Part 2 of "Launching a Successful Private Practice". Most career counselors considering a private practice dread the prospect of marketing their services. A hard sell is neither necessary nor recommended. When clients start looking for a counselor, they are desperate to find not just help, but a connection with someone they can trust. Learn how to respond to this need and make it easy for clients to choose you as their career counselor.

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Launching a Successful Private Practice: Part 1: Clearing the Decks

By Karen James Chopra

Career counselors considering a private practice confront a number of common concerns, from fears about how to find clients or run a business to a dread of marketing. These are not insurmountable barriers. Exercises and tools- including some we use with our clients- are included to guide and encourage.

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The Business Side of Private Practice

By Sue Aiken

As career counselors, most of us try to answer the question of whether or not we want to open a private practice at some point in our career. This article introduces two future articles that will provide specific ideas and tools to assist you in your decision making. Initially, relevant questions are raised here.

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Managing a Career Change During a Recession

By Angel L. Roman

The plethora of layoffs and downsizings have spurred many professionals to rethink their career goals and explore life in a new industry. This article provides some tips on how to manage career change in the midst of a volatile job market.

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Strategy Replaces Stress

By Arlene R. Barro

This case study will show new strategies for career development practitioners to reduce their clients stress in their personal and professional lives. Clients who embrace changing their behavior and effectively implement these strategies will have the tools to prevent future stress.

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Finding Life Work Balance Through Community

By Sue Aiken

Working definitions of life work balance and community provide a foundation for considering two growing issues among clients of all ages. Options and resources are provided for consideration with your private practice clients.

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Personal Branding: Developing Your Clients' Competitive Edge

By Dan Schawbel

Personal Branding is defined as an individual's total perceived value, relative to competitors, as viewed by their audience. A Personal Brand is composed of four main elements: appearance, personality, competencies and a differentiator. When these elements are integrated, they become the client's core message; the client's most powerful interviewing pitch. After creation, you must ensure that this identity continues to fit your client over time.

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Spiral Careers Support the 21st Century Workplace

By Martin Elliot Jaffe

This article describes the concepts of linear, steady state and spiral careers, reflecting the career turbulence and flattened organizational structures that reduced long term career stability and upward movement in large organizations, particularly for clients in mid-life or mid-career involuntary career transition. Case examples of this 21st century career model are presented.

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Taking Ownership - A Career Advantage

By Sunitha Narayanan

One of the important steps in career exploration is taking action to move forward. This article follows the story of one individual clients quest into reflecting upon his career plan and learning how to create a path to his future through a series of self-assessment exercises.

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Working with Lawyers as Clients: Tips for Career Development Professionals

By Nancy Gibson

Given the high levels of stress associated with practicing law, it's likely that one day you, as a career development professional, may find yourself working with a client who is a lawyer. This article sheds light on some common misconceptions about lawyers and provides tips on developing a successful working relationship.

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Professional Development Comes to Your Desktop: Spend an hour with Rich Feller!

By Sue Aiken

The value of professional development to independent career counselors as well as the convenience of online learning are achieved in this new video. The application and effectiveness of Rich Feller's message in "Career Coaching Clients for Success: 10 Lifelong Career Rules" on the NCDA website, is presented here through the eyes of a career counselor.

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What If: Exploring the Possibility of Radical Change in One�s Work and Life

By Kendall Dudley

Given the events of this turbulent world, clients may come to our private practice with radical ideas for changing their life frame and work focus. Challenging to the career consultant is assessing what is actually happening with the client but also monitoring his or her own responses to matters of risk-taking and change as it affects family, finances and other sacred cows of our culture.

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Writing a Book is Good for Business: A Conversation with Sally Gelardin

By Sue Aiken

This article attempts to answer the question about the value of publishing. What services and opportunities spin off from a new book? Should a career counselor in private practice consider either editing and/or authoring books?

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Reflections on a Theme of "Buts"

By Mary E. Ghilani

Making the decision to return to school can be frightening and difficult for adults who have constraints of family and finances. This article will explore techniques career counselors can use to guide adults to explore and manage their arsenal of "buts" when it comes to making decisions about changing careers and/or returning to college.

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The Growing Divide Calls for Advocacy

By Ron Elsdon

Growing inequality in income and wealth in the U.S. threatens the well being of our society, and leads to sustained poverty, reduced circumstances and constrained life choices for many. This article explores these changes, and challenges us as career counselors to engage in advocacy for those who need it most.

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Flexibility and Willingness to Learn Are Not Enough!

By Sally J. Power

Experienced, white-collar people are struggling to maintain their levels of reward in the more competitive job market. Flexibility and willingness to learn are not enough. This article explores how they can proactively meet this challenge.

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Private Practice: Issues, Realities & Ideas

by Wilma Fellman

Private Practice can be a most rewarding environment in which to serve others in career development. As we suggest to our clients, it is essential to check out the positives and negatives of any job before launching in with both feet. This article explores the issues Private Practitioners should consider.

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Socially Responsible Career Development of Black Males for Workplace Success

by David P. Newman

This article defines and discusses a new career development model called Socially Responsible Career Development (SRCD), its benefits in helping at-risk black males achieve workplace success; and clarifies the unique role of the career counselor as an architect in implementing the model.

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Combining Groups, Narratives and Online Tools Satisfies Clients and Counselors

by Lisa Severy

Combining a narrative-based, online tool with a solid curriculum for groups is an effective solution for engaging your clients and energizing your practice. Not only do you have a balance for the short versus long term counseling relationship, you have an efficient creative method, based on theory that is flexible for both clients and counselors.

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Collaborative, Not Combative, Action Planning

by Sunitha Narayanan

How can a consultant achieve collaboration in action planning? Help clients become more aware of choices and opportunities and form a practical and supportive structure to reap the benefits of collaboration.

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Learn How to Integrate ePortfolios and Blogs into Distance Career Counseling

by Sally Gelardin and Pete Hubbard

Do you get tired of driving in the fast lane - commuting to and paying rent for an office, securing administrative assistance, dealing with client no-shows? The wear and tear on your body, brain, and budget can be trying in the best of times, but you do have other options for supporting clients in their career development. Try cybercounseling!

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Empowering Clients Using a Veritable Goldmine of Interactive Web Tools

by Janet E. Wall

Even more helpful than the millions of career related websites are interactive Web tools that tailor the information or outcome to the person's need and wants. This article provides an introduction to many great interactive Web tools that can help career development professionals assist their students or clients in taking control of their own career destiny.

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Metaphor: A New Way Of Thinking About Careers

by Kerr Inkson

The use of metaphor is common in people's thinking, including thinking about careers. The development of metaphors and the use of multiple metaphors may liberate career development by facilitating perception of new possibilities. This article discusses common career metaphors, and the potential of metaphor to contribute to improved counseling practice.

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Decision Time: A Guide to Career Enhancement

Reviewed by Robert Reardon

NCDA's Publications Advisory Council invited the author to create a second edition of Decision Time because it was judged to be potentially a good book for both career practitioners and their clients. In this reviewer's mind, that was a good decision.

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Strained Credulity: The Career Counselor as Parent

by Ellen Weaver Paquette

Parenting is a difficult role, fraught with emotions, second guessing, dreams, ambitions, regrets and bills. Career counselors as parents are often caught in a double helix of professionalism and strained credulity. Viewed as valued consultants in the workplace, the career counselor may find themselves questioned by their offspring when career aspirations are mentioned.

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It Only Hurts When I (Don't) Laugh: Humor Your Clients' Job Search

by Janet Ruck

Have you ever considered the value of a good belly laugh to alleviate the stress of your clients' job search? Humor heals through the release of endorphins, among other medical reasons. Learn some techniques to humor your clients' job search, while giving yourself a lift at the same time.

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Counseling Clients Who Relocate

by Sunitha Narayanan

When a client's employment opportunity is affected by a relocation, the career consultant may need several strategies to overcome feelings of helplessness and disappointment.

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Want to Pay $4,400 for Career Help?

by Sharon McCormick

Protect career counseling clients by educating them about questionable practices that are advertised under the guise of "career counseling" or "career marketing" services. Determining the services, staff qualifications and costs is essential for every jobseeker to understand prior to making a financial commitment. This is my client's odyssey.

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Career Counseling: An In-Demand Profession

by Betty McWillie

A private practitioner with 20 years experience shares her view of the profession. The distinction between Career Counselors and Career Coaches is briefly discussed. The increased need for career development services by clients is addressed. The career counseling membership categories offered by the National Career Development Association are presented for clarification.

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Mapping Careers with LD and ADD Clients: Guidebook and Case Studies

Book Review by Sarah Lucas Hartley and Beth Lulgjuraj

Janus' book, Mapping Careers with LD and ADD Clients, offers insight into LD and ADD, providing career counselors with practical applications and counseling strategies, while also providing employers with examples of workplace accommodations. This resource is a much-needed reference for working productively with individuals who have LD or ADD.

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Client Selection: Clarity or Confusion? Success or Struggle?

by Sharon McCormick

The Internet is a great source of clients. In-depth telephone screening strategies are recommended to ensure a good match between client requests for services and actual professional services available.

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Lifestyle Loss: An Emerging Career Transition Issue

by Millicent Nuver Simmelink

Lifestyle loss as a career transition issue is defined and examined. Practical guidelines for practitioners helping clients cope with this precarious dilemma are outlined.

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"Know Yourself, Co-Workers and Your Organization"

Book Review by Debbie Walker

Juchnowski's book Know Yourself, Co-Workers and Your Organization, can serve as invaluable learning resource for new professionals in the career counseling profession and as a reference book for seasoned professionals who are familiar with John L. Holland's theory.

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Helping Clients Ease the Stress of a Career Identity Crisis

by Betty Boza

When someone is contemplating a career change, there are many challenges associated with the process. One of the key issues, which may be overlooked, is that of career identity. The stress from making a transition can prevent someone from reaching her/his goal. This article is a reminder to career counseling professionals of the struggles that clients experience and reflects a summary of ideas to help your clients through this process.

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The Career Portfolio Workbook by Frank Satterthwaite and Gary D'Orsi

Book Review by Katarzyna Ganko and Cynthia Kivland

In today's job market of ever-increasing competition and rigid selection, the saying "actions speak louder than words" rings especially true. Thus, an accurate and attention-drawing conveyance of your accomplishment and potential to a prospective employer becomes a task both indispensable and complex. In their innovative and reader-friendly guide to creating a success-securing career portfolio, Frank Satterthwaite and Gary D'Orsi acquaint you not only with techniques to promote yourself but also with ways to be noticed and heard.

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What is a Career Anyway?

by Michelle L. Casto

In the modern world, the idea of what "career" means is changing. This article takes a look at definitions and different metaphors used to explain career development. The author offers a new way of viewing career as a "wardrobe," where what you do reflects your current style, taste, and work preferences.

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Purposeful Listening: Spiritual Coaching Techniques for Career Development Practitioners

by Gail Liebhaber, M.Ed.

Purposeful listening, as a coaching and counseling technique, is explained and explored. The author describes how the art of purposeful listening can transform your sessions with clients into satisfying experiences for you both.

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Dream Teams Aren't Just for the Olympics

By Gail Rognan

Personal and professional career and life coaching has really taken off in the past few years. What if you need a "kick in the pants" and also want to share your experiences and ideas with others, but don't want to spend money on a private coach? A new approach is offered that combines the best of personal coaching with a team structure.

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The 6 Stages of Modern Career Development

by Michelle L. Casto

Learn about the 6 stages of modern career development: Assessment, Investigation, Preparation, Commitment, Retention, and Transition. The key tasks of each stage are included.

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Grandma and Grandpa Go Back to Work

by Marilyn Tellez

How many mature/older workers want to go back to work? Maybe you are one of them? Perhaps you know someone who is. Learn about three types of mature/older workers and tips on easing their transition back into the workforce.

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