How to Persevere When Making a Career Change

Alumna Lynn Berger '84, '90TC, of the Columbia Career Coaches Network, weighs in on how to make a successful career change.

Persistence is key when making a career transition. Harmonize your ambition with a capacity for patience.

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Building Connections and Asking for Help

By Judy Liu '96BC, '98PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on Strenua.

The most basic relationship is a transactional relationship. A transactional relationship involves barter or trade. It is often limited in scope and does not create any long-term benefits. When pursuing a successful career in an ever-challenging world, we need to remind ourselves that our success depends on transformative relationships.

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The Hostile Job Interviewer: How to Handle

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on SixFigureStart.com 

A job interview is a person-to-person communication, and some people are difficult, so you will likely encounter a difficult job interviewer at some point. The difficult job interviewer pushes back on what you say, picks apart your claims, focuses on your weaknesses and mistakes, or tries to get you to talk trash about your past bosses and companies. The difficult job interviewer frames questions negatively and wants you to get negative as well. Don't fall for these traps!

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How to Avoid a Job You'll Hate

By Joshua Spodek '93CC, '96GSAS, '99GSAS, '06BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

You could have learned in the interview why you'd hate your job with this practice. Learn it and make your interviews productive.

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The Career Satisfaction Check-Up

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on SixFigureStart.com 

As we're midway through the year, it's a good time to measure your current career satisfaction. Are you happy where you are, or do you need to make changes? Here are 10 questions to help you gauge your career satisfaction and pinpoint what, if anything, needs to change.


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Two Questions to Ask in Every Interview

By Joshua Spodek '93CC, '96GSAS, '99GSAS, '06BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

Instead of trying to show off and making yourself a commodity, use these techniques to turn an interview into a two-way conversation so they'll ask you back. 

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How To Choose Your Next Career Move: 40 Factors To Consider

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on SixFigureStart.com 

There are many factors affecting how to choose your next career move, and what you prioritize changes over time.

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Leverage This Little-Known Strategy to Boost Your Professional Reputation

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

How many times have you heard the phrase "You are what you eat"? The idea behind this now-infamous diet mantra is that in order to be fit and healthy, you have to eat nutritious food. The take-home message? Your actions have direct ramifications for your body and your mind.

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How to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network 

When you're employed, you need to keep your job search confidential. If you decide not to leave, you don't want your employer to question your loyalty. If you do decide to leave, you want to take your time to find something you really want and leave on your own schedule. Yet, I've seen many job seekers inadvertently out themselves‚ÄĒsure, they don't say outright that they are looking for another job, but their actions betray them. Avoid these four mistakes to keep your job search confidential.

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Difficult Conversations: How to Use Them to Grow

By Cynthia Indriso '86PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This post originally appeared on CynthiaIndriso.com
 

Direct, open and honest communication is an essential characteristic of any kind of successful relationship as well as a high performing and engaged workplace, yet it’s commonly a big challenge for many of our clients, especially when the message is "negative" and requires a change in behavior.

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