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Joan Runnheim Olson, M.S., ACC, CCMC, CLTMC, Certified Five O'Clock Club Career Coach
Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC
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Getting Clear on Your Job Targets

Are you in a job search? What type of work are you seeking? The more focused your job target(s), the more effective your job search and the easier it will be for others to help you. I've worked with many clients who aren't clear on what position(s) they would like to pursue or fear they will limit themselves if they narrow their focus. Actually, the opposite happens. Clearly identifying what ... Read more

Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search

Earlier this week I delivered a presentation at a Twin-Cities based job transition group. My presentation was titled, "Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search." It's critically important to have a well-crafted, targeted two-minute pitch, aka your elevator pitch to use during your job search.   ... Read more

Lifetime Difference in Earnings: Traditional vs. Nontraditional Career

One of the big reasons females should consider a nontraditional career is the fact that they often pay 20 to 30% higher wages (and oftentimes more) than the traditional careers they typically pursue. The chart below illustrates ... Read more

Putting myself in my clients’ shoes

I feel like I am able to put myself in my clients' shoes on a regular basis. Being self-employed is like being in a job search every day. As a career coach I need to continually be on the look out for new opportunities, whether it's for an individual coaching client, a contract with ... Read more

High Wage, High Skill, High Demand Careers

Can you answer "Yes" to any of the following:
  • You're getting ready to graduate from high school this year or next and not sure what career option to choose?
  • You're mid-career and want to explore other options?
  • You're career is getting off shored and you need to re-tool?
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, you may want to
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Handling objections during your job search

I recently picked up a copy of "Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2014" by Martin Yate, CPC.  The book includes a section dedicated to handling objections, which many job seekers face. I picked three ... Read more

Target your job search & get results!

Are you in a job search? What jobs are you targeting? If you say any of the following, you need to ... Read more

Are You an Olympian in Your Career?

I always look forward to watching the Olympics and this year is no exception. I admire the passion and dedication the athletes have for their particular sport [career]. Are you passionate and dedicated about your career? If not, what steps can you take to become a career conqueror? The following will help you assess how effectively you are managing your career and what areas could use some work. ... Read more

A Growth Mindset Can Increase Career Options for Females

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? How about others you encounter, whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or career coach? Have you noticed if some are more open to trying new things than others? What is a fixed mindset? According to Stanford University psychologist and author Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset occurs ... Read more

The Importance of Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Today I'm presenting a webinar for a community college in Virginia on how to increase recruitment and retention of males and females in classes/programs that prepare them for nontraditional careers. Nontraditional careers are those where one gender makes up less than 25% of those employed in that field or occupation. So why is gender diversity important?   ... Read more