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Job seekers need answers before setting out on a new career path

Job seekers need answers before setting out on a new career path

By Bev Cline
Postmedia News

September 25, 2013

Eileen Dooley is a certified career coach, and is photographed at the U of C downtown campus in Calgary, on September 13, 2013.
Photograph by: Christina Ryan, Postmedia News

When your career has stalled and you want to transition to a new job, who can help you analyze your options? Who can identify the skills you need to make the move? Who can provide solid information about the demands of the industry?

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I’m semi-retired but my boss wants me back full-time

I'm semi-retired but my boss wants me back full-time

by Eileen Dooley
From Globe and Mail

September 19, 2013

The Question:

After 10 years of successful and satisfying work as a project manager, six months ago, by mutual agreement with my employer, I became semi-retired - that is, I went part-time, working three days a week. It has been a fantastic gradual transition to retirement for me. And, at the time, the company was happy to not have to pay 40 per cent of my salary.

Now, because of an abundance of work - which is great for the company - I have been asked to revert to my full-time status. I really don't want to do this. What options do I have?

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I have oodles of qualifications. Should I list them all?

setting the stage for career action

by Eileen Dooley
From Canadian HR Reporter

April 30, 2013

The Question:

I have had a lot of formal education, including two masters degrees and several professional designations. During my normal day-to-day correspondence, I don’t draw attention to my education – for example, my e-mail auto signature only has my job title in it. On occasion, especially when dealing with customers overseas, I will list all of my qualifications in order to give them assurance about the honesty and integrity of the people with whom they are dealing. The result is that there tends to be a bit of an “alphabet soup” after my name.

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The personal touch of outplacement

setting the stage for career action

by Cam McRae & Eileen Dooley
From Canadian HR Reporter

April 8, 2013

Job loss is an emotional time when people feel alone, scared and vulnerable. When an employer needs to terminate an employee, assisting her in the transition to secure a new role — through a severance package and outplacement services — shows compassion and empathy.

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