Are You Certain?

Assumptions can get us into trouble. When we allow assumptions to serve as certainty, we often end up delaying necessary decisions, avoiding needed action, or reacting to situations inappropriately. Assumptions can cause us to misinterpret others’ actions. They can drive a limiting-belief mindset that prevents us from achieving. They are usually the cause of... 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 »

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 »