Meaningful Work for Baby Boomers

In today’s economy, every employee is vulnerable. Baby boomers are often the most concerned, believing their opportunities to find meaningful work are more limited. If they are open-minded and creative, however, there are many existing possibilities.

 Work remains important to this population, even after they become retirement-eligible. Studies show that 80% of boomers intend to work after their official retirement, mostly...


Tattoo-ing You

This past Saturday I was in a ballet class and noticed the tattoo on the dancer in front of me. Nicole had a large butterfly tattoo on her back. For me, this was a branding moment. I don’t know Nicole that well, but I do know that butterflies are so meaningful to her that she wants one on her back for the rest of her life.

According to a 2012 Harris Poll, one in five American adults has at least one tattoo, which is up...


Generational Differences at Work by Lynn Berger

If you are older than 50 and looking for a job, you need to be aware of generational differences. Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials and baby boomers have different communication styles and approaches to finding work.

Did you know that:  many younger workers do not listen to voice mail messages?  So do not babble or leave long winded messages with a recruiter or potential employer.   You may have no idea what their age is.  I know Gen X...


Digital Strategy: Job Hunting in the Connected World

Looking for a job in the Digital Era is as much about preparation and attitude as it is background and ability.

Create a cover letter template.  This is an email template you reuse, modifying it each time. Your cover letter should be short, sweet and to the point.  And it also should be personalized with the recipient’s name, their company name and address, etc.  Sending out a non-personalized cover letter makes...


Tipping the Scale

Tipping the scale in qualifications for the job you applied for, but turned down because your weight is tipping the scale, too? This situation, once considered prejudice, is now at the forefront of many business owners’ minds as they weigh one candidate over another. Health problems undermine the financial stability of small businesses, and their owners are painfully aware that hiring overweight employees...


Career Innovation

I am a single mother, live in Manhattan, love to cook, and am learning to play the guitar. I knit, bike, and travel. I subscribe to the Buddhist philosophy and practice transcendental meditation. I love to write. And oh, I'm also a pediatrician by trade. I value my job because my experiences with children and parents, in health and sickness, teach me a lot about life and the important things in it. However, unlike many of my contemporaries...


Works for Hire?

Did you know that even if you hire an independent contractor to undertake a project, provide that independent contractor the idea for the project, direct that person’s work on the project, pay that contractor for the project, and even cause the hired person to sign a piece of paper which states that the work is created for hire for your benefit, it does not mean that you necessarily own the contractor’s...


Technology Jobs are Out There

Listening to national reports about the job market, it’s easy to think the news is all bad. But there are some bright spots, most notably in the technology sector, where there is actually a shortage of skilled workers.  Demand for positions like software developers, computer programmers and database administrators is expected to grow almost 14 percent in Washington state over the next five years, outpacing the national demand by several...