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This morning I watched the sun come up as I sipped my coffee. Peaceful. I love sunrises- and sunsets too for that matter. Since starting my business, I find early mornings to be some of my most productive time. It also gives me time for myself. As a Career Coach, I value my time quite a bit because I need to be “on” for my client sessions to give them my best so they can go on and achieve their best.

When I started my company, I had a wise friend and mentor who talked to me about prioritizing time for myself. Self-care might sound so cliche when it comes to entrepreneurship, business, or even your career but I have learned that it is impossible to give anyone your best if you are putting yourself last. …


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Are you worried your job in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis? You are not alone. To date, there has been a record-breaking 3.3M unemployment claims filed, with more expected to be on the way. As I discussed last week on my Facebook Live, one of the most important things now (besides social distancing, hand washing, and staying healthy!) is to keep your fear in check. However, once you’ve done that what happens next?

Aside from the strategic things that need to be done, this process is about creating a bullet-proof mindset to fight off the negativity. You will hear plenty of people say that there are not any job openings, no one is hiring, or that you won’t find anything then you need to think twice. There are plenty of companies hiring now! And if you don’t see one that you want right now, then it is still the perfect time to get yourself ready and take active steps. …


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I think that we can all agree that we are living in some crazy, scary times right now. We may not be sure when our #QuarantineLife will be over, but what we can be sure of is how we respond to it.

I am aware of the uneasiness, anxiety, and stress many of you are feeling right now when it comes to how this crisis is going to affect your jobs and your careers. …


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Are you happy in your current role? When is the last time you checked in with yourself and asked yourself that question? And if you’re not…what’s keeping you from looking and landing a new role? According to The State of the American Job Report by Pew Research, 2016 , job satisfaction rates for American workers are as follows:

Half of all Americans are dissatisfied with their current roles. And there is also a strong correlation between how one feels about their role and how one feels about their life. …


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I love gratitude.

This time of the year is the best time to learn how to express it.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is an appreciation for what an individual receives, whether it is tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good in their lives. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past by claiming positive memories and being thankful for elements of their childhood or past blessings, the present by not taking good fortune for granted as it comes, and the future by maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further. …


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Hey ladies, have you ever been stuck in a job search that isn’t going anywhere? It’s frustrating, annoying, and makes you wonder what you’re doing wrong, right? So, you just start to second guess yourself?

Well, you know what? The truth is that this can be fatal to your job search and your career. …


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Many jobseekers are unaware of what an ATS is or how it affects them or even their results.

I have seen jobseekers spend months to even years sending out resumes and not getting a response or only receiving rejections. And typically, when this happens, they assume that there is something wrong with them, their skills, or that they weren’t qualified for the job.

However, where is the proof that any of this true??

You weren’t provided any feedback so you’re going by only what you THINK is true- not what ACTUALLY is.

How many rejections does it take to realize that the problem isn’t you- it’s the fact that resume writing has gotten more complicated, complex, and difficult? Would it take 100 rejections or 10 years’ worth? What would life be like then? Can you imagine the hell of that constant writing and editing hoping that you got it right only to come up short again? Can you imagine how desperate you would feel? Think about bringing that desperation to a job search. It will only result in a negative impact and not the results that you were seeking. …


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The media has made negotiation much more difficult for women- and this has made it overwhelming, intimidating, and nerve-wracking.

They have told us some big lies and portrayed it to be an impossible feat that can only be accomplished by our male counterparts.

Because of this, many women fear losing a job offer because asking for more will make them look:

This emphasizes all the self-doubt that we feel about ourselves, our skills, and our career trajectories. They are using this self-doubt to prey on us, which makes us even more fearful, and has kept many from even trying.

And if you search negotiation advice for women, articles will tell you to do things…


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Most people associate doing more work with earning more money. 💸

There’s a problem with this thinking.

How would it ever be possible to earn a raise?

Work 24-hours a day? 7 days a week?

Would doing one more project or working extra hours automatically earn us salary increases?

Why do we believe that we need to do more, for the same or less? If you’re already doing additional work (something beyond the scope of your current role)- shouldn’t you being getting paid appropriately for it? …


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We have been told some big, fat LIES when it comes to job searching and our careers.

It all starts with the dishonest, harmful advice online. Much of it tells people that their search is supposed to take awhile and supposedly what to do when that happens.

They are failing to tell you WHY- the real reason- and how to get to the root of the real problem or how to fix it. …

Valerie Martinelli, MPA

Career Coach Helping Professionals Land the Career & Salary of Their Dreams | Résumé Writer | Personal Branding Pro| CEO of VMC Advocate of Equal Workplaces

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