Let me start by getting honest with full disclosure of my current moment. I’m behind in things. Not terribly, but things came up this week that forced me to put other things on hold (namely, my coaching business, namely-namely, my efforts to blog every week). That happens, it’s not the end of the world for the, oh, tens of people that follow my brain dump and occasional advice each week. But what’s interesting is the timing of topic and my current reality.

I wasn’t going to blog about managing time or managing projects or how to avoid procrastination or anything…


Seven years ago I had a tenured college career, that coveted job so many graduate students and part-time faculty (supposedly) vie for. It was also a coveted gig I always wanted, though I cannot tell you why; I simply remember that some of my earliest fantasies included gripping a stubby piece of white chalk, my hands smeared with its dust, the chalkboard smudged with my notes, a group of dedicated people enraptured, hanging on my every word. I wanted to be A Genius. I had no personally historical context for this, having been raised by an artist mother and musician…


Critical Thinking is a semi-elusive skill you’re supposed to have down pat at some point in college (and if you’re lucky, in high school). It’s in my rubric for grading papers, within the title of the occasional assignment (Critical Thinking Papers when I can’t think of a catchy alternative) and sprinkled liberally throughout my syllabi and course materials. For the most part, students catch on and begin to think critically about the world around them which is an academic way to suggest they step outside their shadows to notice that they are not, as many mistakenly think, terminally unique.

A…


This week I thought I’d offer a close look at how work has changed — especially when so much work is now done remotely — and what that means for those of you on the job frontier, whether you’re right out the gate as a young’un or changing strides at the mid-career stage of your life. How you best prepare for the coming shifts in work culture, function, and meaning will depend solely on how well your stay on top of knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving landscape of work. …


In 2010, I was Dean of Social Sciences at Bellevue College, just outside of Seattle. That year, I was fortunate to be a part of the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA), a year-long event that included workshops and retreats. WELA grooms its college administrative darlings for vice presidential and presidential positions in higher education, and as such, we trained in all sorts of interesting areas of leadership from the mundane (budgeting) to the invigorating (engaging students toward success and retention). …


Dream. Sometimes it’s all we have at the end of a long day.

The Dream Job. I’m betting you have one in mind and it may or may not be the same one you’ve had for so many years. Whether it’s to effect change or make a boatload of cash (rarely one in the same, amiright?), many people spend years in college, graduate school, med school, law school, in a job with lateral movement or promotional opportunities, or some combination of all the above. And while those Dream Jobs are few and far between, we can land them. The thing is, sometimes when you find them, you might be setting yourself up for…


My laptop died today. I wasn’t going to bother with a promised Blogging for Humpday post but I committed and a commitment is a commitment. But it got me thinking: Why am I so stressed out? Why do I always feel like I’m burning the candle at both ends?

Then I remembered: Oh, yeah. I’ve been tracking my meals again. Tracking my meals makes me forget myself. No, really. I know it carries the promise of wellness, healthfulness, and weight loss (like most women, I chase the weight dragon all the time) but it never works for me. Know why…


Doling out tips on doing what you do best better, aka Productivity Tips, is old hat. People have been doing it forever, but you know, times change, people change, and our experiences shift in our career paths (almost as much as some of us change careers). What worked for you last year won’t work for you next year and all that.

Over time, I’ve found that some things stay steady in my quest to keep my stress level down while keeping my work life ramped up. Everyone has their rhythm; I tend to be what I thought for years was…


What are these things?

Out the gate, I want to reframe this and rename a Skills-Based Résumé. You’ll understand why as you read on, but for now, I think I’ll rebrand this as a Core Competency-Based Résumé. Skills are great, and I imagine you have a lot of them. But do they all go on your résumé? No. Are you an expert in all of your skills? Probably not. And, as far as my research has shown me, the Skills-Based Résumé is much different from what I’m referring to. Stay with me; it’ll make sense.

So. What is a core competency-based résumé? First up…


I like to make problems for myself. Maybe it’s because I get bored, maybe it’s because I stay afraid. But I routinely block my path, and it sucks. This month I’ve decided to participate in JanuWriMo (January Writing Month), the New Year’s version of NaNoWriMo wherein I commit to writing 50k words in a month. Here’s how it’s gone down so far:

Day One: 1,650 words. The beginning of a story about a pair of Irish twins who are very close. The brother disappears and finds himself on the streets of Seattle. The sister can’t get her head around his…

Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D.

Career Strategist | Effective Career Launcher | Mentor | Strategic Sociologist | Recovering Academic www.scoutcareercoaching.com

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