5 Tips to Get What You Want AND Need Out of Your Next Job (During COVID-19)

What do we do now? That question has come up quite a bit lately. The market is flooded with talent, so how do YOU stand out? How do you move on when so much has changed? COVID-19 has introduced many new unknowns into our business ecosystem, especially in the hiring department. How can you make the best of your situation? For yourself, for your career, for your... Keep Reading »

Demystifying the WIOA Process – Finding Funding for Job Training

The following is an anonymous guest blog post by a greyzone client. In this post, my client has shared her experience finding funding for training during COVID-19. Her story is specific to Illinois, so if you’re seeking this information for a different state, perhaps look for a similar training vendor near you. When I was first laid off in the fall of 2019 I joined... Keep Reading »

Interviewing During a Pandemic

This post is courtesy of guest blogger, Kristi Czapiewski. It might surprise you to know that interviewing during a pandemic is not all that different than before. Yes, of course, the way you interview may not be the same and the process may be unusual for the employer, too, but the overall flow should seem familiar. Employers may have difficulty navigating this new... Keep Reading »

Now is the Time to Create Your Portfolio Career

This post is courtesy of guest blogger, Carlton Dunn. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a massive disruption in our lives and the economy. It’s created record-shattering unemployment, and while there are some companies out there hiring, it’s not the robust job market we’ve been used to these last several years. On March 21, the end of the first week of most shelter at... Keep Reading »

Workers’ Rights During a Pandemic

This post is courtesy of Guest Blogger Lori Goldstein. As the challenges of the COVID pandemic and shelter orders continue, employees and independent contractors can benefit from new and continuing legal rights. FFCRA Paid Sick and Family Leave: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides employees and independent contractors with paid sick and family leave... Keep Reading »

The Pause

This post is courtesy of Guest Blogger, Stephanie Klein Nothing like an international pandemic to force us all to pause. Pause our day-to-day lives, pause how we socialize, how we shop, how our kids are educated. Pause how we interact with family and friends, pause to think about our country, our health, our future, and pause to think about our work. I have been a... Keep Reading »

Five Tips for Managing a Job Search – While Working Full-Time and Running a Household

I’m going to make an assumption: In our dream world, we would all quit jobs that no longer serve us and take a long break to recharge and intentionally look for our next role. If you have the financial runway to afford this – and the emotional capacity to handle what could become a bit of a work hiatus – this is a terrific option. Our culture could benefit from... Keep Reading »

How to Fully Activate Your Network – Advice for the Sluggish Job Search

Are you struggling to gain traction with your job search? Do you feel like you’ve reached out to all of your contacts and no one has any leads? You’ve probably started with the low-hanging fruit, people in your network with whom you stay in touch and are thus comfortable reaching out to when needs arise. When our closest contacts know of opportunities, that’s great.... Keep Reading »

What’s Broken – How to Understand Why You’re Unhappy at Work

“Somedays I want to move to Idaho and raise goats.” Of all the ways clients have explained how unhappy they are at work, that is by far my favorite. I use the story often, as a metaphor. We can get so unhappy at work that something as far-fetched as moving to a distant location and doing work that doesn’t require taxing our brain or our social skills sounds like a... Keep Reading »

Six Ways to Maintain Confidence During a Career Change

This post is courtesy of Guest Blogger, Debra Smouse. One of the most glorious things about being human is that you can reinvent yourself at any time. With a few hours of your time (and a swipe of your credit card), you can go from blonde to brunette thanks to a stylist. You can move across the country – or even across town – and shift the rhythm of your daily... Keep Reading »