Month: June 2014

Life Lessons from the creator of True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto

I’m extremely tardy to the party on this, I know, but I just recently binge-watched True Detective. Binge-watched it, loved it, have been brooding about the show, and its wunderkind creator, Nic Pizzolatto. (Before you laugh, you should know that for years I deliberately have chose not to own a TV. Don’t own one, don’t…
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June 24, 2014 0

Helping others to help ourselves

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”-Gandhi I have many friends and clients who have (young) children, and one thing I regularly notice is that the very same people who are virtually incapable of committing to their own dreams, are willing to work night and day to…
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June 22, 2014 0

How to write a cover letter that gets results

If, in your job quest, you’ve sent out what feels like your weight in cover letters, but you’ve yet to receive any positive feedback…you have my sympathy. That is no kind of fun. But, as your kvetch coach (same difference), I’d ask you to step back and really consider the cover letters you’ve been sending out.…
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June 19, 2014 0

TUESDAY TIPS: June 17, 2014: Keep it simple

“Wow, you really don’t like yourself,” is what I frequently think when a client, or potential client, or random human, tells me of some insanely complicated–and thus, destined to fail–plan to “better” their lives. Some plan that is supposed to magically change their lives…except that the plan in question is so over-the-top and unrealistic that…
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June 17, 2014 0

How to get started

If you’re trying to change your life in some way, it can be truly enraging to have someone condescendingly smile and say, “The secret of getting started is to get started.” It’s like, yes Genius, thank you for your amazing wisdom. People who are trying to change their lives know they have to get started,…
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June 13, 2014 0

Tuesday Tips: June 10, 2014: How to get into conferences for free.

Today, here in NYC, there are countless conferences in session. Conferences on everything under the sun, from knitting to yoga to nuclear energy. Some of these conferences are reasonably priced, but many of them seem to have a very inflated sense of their importance on the food chain. If you, at home, are desperate to…
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June 10, 2014 0

Shakespearean stars: they’re just like us!

“…acting…allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”-Robert De Niro Yesterday, I went with friend/former client, Amanda (, to see Sir Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Macbeth at the Park Ave Armory ( It’s sold out, obviously–as soon as Sir Kenneth started thinking about doing the production, it was…
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June 9, 2014 0

Jobs for Veterans

          Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, so I’m thinking about veterans, and all they’ve done for us. In doing so, I thought I’d share some specific tips for veterans who need help with their job search. I am a big fan, after all, of men in uniform, and really,…
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June 6, 2014 0

You can have the love you want.

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” –Lady Gaga Oh my, so much brainless, fear-mongering nonsense here. Where to start unpacking the false assumptions?…
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June 5, 2014 0

TUESDAY TIPS: June 3rd, 2014: Make me care.

So many people, the first thing they’ll tell you about are their fancy degrees, or their important certificates, or what school they went to…and that’s awesome. I am also proud of my education. But clients don’t hire me because I went to Wellesley. (No, usually they ask me why I went to a “girls’ school,”…
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June 3, 2014 0