B is for Balance

Feeling Balanced is About Effective Time Management In today’s current work environment, many of us are working from home part-time or full-time. I know I am not the only person struggling to focus at home when my kid needs help with something, or the laundry needs switching out, or I think of something late at night, and decide to get a jump-start on tomorrow. When I constantly allow myself to be interrupted, I am not nearly as effective as I could...

What Companies Want

Job seekers, do you know “What Companies Want” when it comes to finding the perfect candidate for a position. You are going to love the advice our experts give to help you stand out against the competition. In Episode 14 of “Your Story Within Podcast,” as part of April’s Ask an Expert series, two experts joined us. Jessica Visek is a certified resume writer and owns a company called Your Resume Partner. Brenda Neckvatel is an award-winning human resources expert...

Asking for a Raise

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of asking for a raise, you’re not alone. Why is it so difficult to assess our strengths, then ask someone else to recognize our worth monetarily? The fear of rejection is real. Being rejected after asking for a raise can sew seeds of doubts about our value as a professional. That’s a challenging situation to put yourself in, and it’s no wonder why many people avoid asking for a raise. But don’t...

Creating a Stellar LinkedIn Profile

Every Thursday I stream a live video podcast, called “Your Story Within” that focuses on topics to help authors, job seekers, business owners, and other professionals. You can find all podcasts on my author website. In the month of April, the focus is on helping Job Seekers find jobs through a series I am calling  “Ask An Expert.” In Episode 13 of “Your Story Within Podcast,” I was joined by special guests, Thomas Powner, owner of Career Thinker, and Annette...

How to Craft an Effective Resume

Every Thursday I stream a live video podcast, called “Your Story Within” that focuses on topics to help authors, job seekers, business owners, and other professionals. You can find all podcasts on my author website In the month of April, the focus is on helping Job Seekers find jobs through a series I am calling  “Ask An Expert.” In Episode 12 of “Your Story Within Podcast,” I was joined by special co-host Melanie Lemus, and special guest, Anne Barnwell as part of...

Preparing for the Job Search

Every Thursday I stream a live video podcast, called "Your Story Within" that focuses on topics to help authors, job seekers, business owners, and other professionals. You can find all podcasts on my author website In the month of April, the focus is on helping Job Seekers find jobs through a series I am calling  "Ask An Expert." In Episode 11 of the “Your Story Within Podcast,” I was joined by special guest, Ruth Sternberg from Confident Career Search. Ruth discussed...

I Hate My Job! Now What?

If you’re reading this article, chances are pretty good that you have at one time hated your job. We’ve all been there. But what – if anything – can we do about it? You could always quit, of course. But quitting is likely not your best option. You can probably do some things to improve your job satisfaction without completely throwing in the towel. What if I can’t quit my job? If quitting your job isn’t an option, your first step should...

How to Stop Procrastinating

STOP PROCRASTINATING We all procrastinate. I successfully did it all day today, and I find myself writing this blog at 7 p.m. the night before it’s due. But I had a good reason – I was doing taxes. But we all have a good reason to put off our responsibilities, don’t we? To stop procrastinating, we need to know a little more about it. Procrastination comes in many forms, which we’ll discover below. But is this an inevitable part of life? ...

Senior Enlisted – Defining Characteristics of a True Professional

SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBER TALKS PROFESSIONALISM I shared a conversation recently with a senior enlisted member of the special operations community, who prefers to remain anonymous. In this article, we'll just call him Senior. He and I were talking about professionalism. I wanted to know the things that make operators respected in the community. As a beloved leader himself, he had some incredible insights, and I can’t wait to share his tips with you. PROACTIVITY Senior says a true professional won’t wait for someone...