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A Change Will Do You Good

Browsing through my bi-weekly email from Dewey & Kaye, I came across a great article written by one of their staff entitled “Personal Strategies for Coping with Workplace Change & Stress“. Who couldn’t use a few tips on this topic? But it seems especially relevant in today’s world of uncertainty where layoffs are the norm and workloads are shifting.

Employees are now expected to pick up the to-do lists of their laid off colleagues and there is more pressure to be as productive as possible and make yourself a known valuable asset to those passing out the pink slips. You’re worried. There’s your sister, your husband, your best friend – all looking for a way to pay the bills. Your company is reporting earnings well below what is needed for you to receive that bonus, but no matter; you want to kiss the ground each morning you wake up and realize that you are still employed. It’s this state of flux – of not know what will happen next, while readjusting to the new reality of a workplace – that makes us anxious. And I do truly believe what this article is telling us – that the action and optimistic attitude we embrace today will only lead us to success (not to mention a longer life) in the future.


April 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Health Insurance for the Unemployed

medicalinsuranceIf you are unemployed, odds are good that you are also living without health insurance. This can be scary, even if you are a relatively healthy person. While between jobs, I struggled with deciding whether or not to purchase insurance or just leave things up to chance. In the end, I took the risk and was very lucky, but this could have resulted in a financial disaster. There are some excellent resources out there for the uninsured and I’ve listed a few below.

  • Be Well Pittsburgh is a fantastic website containing information and resources for different health insurance options. It is specifically focused on low-cost options and income based plans.
  • If you are female, the Select Plan for Women is a PA state program that provides eligible women with yearly exams and family planning.
  • If you are looking for temporary insurance, Assurant Health provides plans for as little as 30 days up to one year.
  • Highmark offers a wide range of plans, and although this may be a more expensive option, it is worth mentioning because of the wide array of products & services they provide. They also offer a short term plan marketed specifically toward individuals between jobs.

January 19, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Jingle Bells in the Office

dwightchristmasThe holiday season is fast approaching! Adding to the personal stress of gift giving and travel, there is often confusion about what is appropriate around the office during this time of year. Do you buy gifts for your co-workers? What about your boss? How do your survive the torturous holiday party where you don’t know anyone? It’s enough to make you want to hide out until January. Luckily, I’ve searched the web for a few good tips and hints.

And just to end with a laugh (or a bah humbug) this list of Corporate Scrooges is enough to make anyone feel better about their holidays at  work.

November 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm 1 comment

Skills for Success in the Global Economy

global_achievement_gap_coverTony Wagner’s new book, The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills-And What We Can Do About It, questions what is truly important to hire the right talent and prepare students for the modern global economy. His research and experience within our educational system prompted Wagner’s advocacy for alternative teaching methods and re-thinking the way we evaluate an individual’s potential.

Wager’s book proposes there are seven “Survival Skills” needed to thrive in the 21st century:

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
  3. Agility and Adaptability
  4. Initiative and Sense of Entrepreneurship
  5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
  6. Accessing and Analyzing Information
  7. Curiosity and Imagination

You can read more about his work on his website: where you can also watch his July, 2008 Keynote address.

November 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

After the Layoff – 5 Tips to Get You Back on Your Feet

Today, we welcome guest blogger Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of career search. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com

Whether you were expecting the bad news, or you just went into work one day only to find that your job was eliminated, layoffs are rarely good news for those affected.  Your future now depends on how you handle this situation.  It can be a slippery slope if you start to wander down the road of self-pity and despair, so don’t even go there.  This is a time for you to step up to the challenge, get your life and affairs in order, and move forward.  Here are five helpful tips to get you back on your feet—and into the work force once again.

1. Start Researching

Do this immediately.  Start looking for jobs in your field and related to your filed that are indispensible.  Unless you want this to happen again, you are going to need to find out just what it takes to get a job and keep a job in this volatile marketplace.  Chances are, many people are in your same predicament, so find out what you’ll need to do to get a leg up on the competition.


October 23, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Job Search Tool

There’s a new website in town and it’s ready to help you and your far away friends find the perfect job right here in the ‘burgh. Just enter a keyword into and it will pull open positions from national and local career sites. You can also tune in to podcasts focused on various industries and topics and connect to the Imagine Pittsburgh LinkedIn group.

October 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Thrilling Heroics Offers Boost for Gen-Y-ers

Cody McKibben offers insight and intrigue through Thrilling Heroics, a blog dedicated to advancing Generation Y. As his about states:

Thrilling Heroics is a career-oriented blog for the growing Generation-Y community, focused on leadership, personal development, productivity, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle design. I encourage college students and young professionals to strive for excellence and make a positive difference in the world.

I do my part by writing about my experiments with topics like personal branding and business networking, and by featuring interviews and stories about successful leaders and changemakers that I hope will inspire you to leverage everything they’ve got in pursuit of your goals.

 Visit Thrilling Heroics to read more.

August 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

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