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Even twenty years ago, when people still searched through the classified ads for jobs in the Sunday newspaper, common wisdom dictated that most jobs were not advertised. In the current job search landscape, this mantra has never been more true. Some estimates claim tha...

11 Questions to Ask Yourself

If You're Thinking about Starting a Business

If working for other people makes you feel like you lose a little bit of yourself each day, you may be certain that entrepreneurship is your true path. If you’re still vacillating between these tw...

Buffalo-based artist Cassandra Ott will be the featured artist at our next Bright Nights event at Brightside Coworking on Monday, November 12 from 6:30pm to 8pm (with an “after-party” dinner at Caldera Pub across the street from 8 to 9pm.

As an artist and graphic design...

When gearing up for a high-stakes interview, it helps to remember that you do have some control over the situation. It doesn't have to feel like a march to the guillotine, and our attitude and willingness to prepare can go along way towards easing our anxiety. 

Las...

When I think about Kat Depner, the word, "possible" just float to the tip of my tongue. Kat came to me several months ago seeking assistance on a career transition, and it was clear within weeks that she was driven by an unparalleled entrepreneurial spirit. Her smart f...

Before you change careers, put everything in its proper place

Career transition can be a deeply personal endurance test – most of us experience periods of emotional upheaval, self-doubt and, depending on our post-work experiences, varying levels of trauma. Job changers...

August 17, 2018

I was in my last job for three years, and I was probably downright miserable for about a year and a half, if not longer. Before that experience, I’d had other jobs where I felt the same way—miserable and longing for my escape. There’s a part of me that thinks I must be...

August 2, 2018

I have a file of notes from a few years ago where I was brainstorming responses to common interview questions in order to prepare myself for an interview that was for what I thought was my dream job. One of those questions was the tried and true “Where do you see yours...

There’s no denying it – we now live in a world in which job searchers are expected to expertly sprinkle keywords into their resumes and cover letters to avoid elimination from applicant scanning systems. In the last ten years, job seekers have been asked to radically c...

Last week I gave solopreneurs 6 traits of long-lasting, memorable brands. Read on to find out 6 more.

7. Brands should get attention

When fear rules the branding process, you should be concerned. Try to cultivate a group in which branding discussions or exercises can be...

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