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Interested in a career transition or need a boost to find out what “feeds your soul”? Our coaches can assist you through this important work.

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Job search can be challenging. How do you look for a new role so that you stand out to employers? Our coaches know how: we are former recruiters who know how hiring decisions are made. Resume or LinkedIn profile needed? Plum has you covered.

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Plum consultants have over 50 years of solid HR experience. Allow us to assist you with what your organization needs most, whether that’s training, new employee orientation, manager coaching or employee development.

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If your organization wants to attract the brightest talent in this competitive market, providing Trailing Spouse/Partner Services is a must. Plum also assists with compassionate and valuable outplacement services.

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Who Are We?


Plum’s team is made up of passionate, upbeat, innovative coaches and consultants who focus on creating an outstanding experience for our clients. Lora Poepping, Plum’s founder and President, has built a talented team. Discover who we are and how we can assist you.

Senior Leadership Job Search: Managing Expectations


90% of the clients that I coach begin their initial call this way: “I have never had to look for a job before. A former colleague has always hired me or I have been recruited by an organization. I am not at all familiar with how to look for a job, especially in this day […]

Fake It… Until You Make It


This post is written by Plum Transition Coach, Kelly Peterson. Kelly’s impressive background includes years with premiere employers Nike, Adidas and Converse. Kelly’s bio appears on our About Us page. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by Kelly’s suggestions. Lora Confidence is often the deciding factor in whether you make the sale, get the date, nab […]


Just Breathe: The New Microsoft Mantra


If you’ve been at Microsoft for more than 10 years, more than likely you know at least 5 people who have been affected by the recent round of lay-offs. If you’re reading this, it may even be you. Frustrated, hurt, a bit bewildered – you have just begun the process of understanding what this unplanned […]

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Why Former Microsoft Employees Struggle with the Job Search


I’ve been there. In 2009, I was laid off from a Diversity Manager role at Microsoft and after more than 13 years, I found myself wondering: What next? It was confidence-crushing and on my way home from cleaning out my desk in Building 36, I stopped by my friend Michelle’s and cried on her shoulder. […]

Missed Opportunities: Why the LinkedIn Default Dialogue Box is NOT Your Friend


I feel extremely lucky that almost everyday I receive at least 3 requests to connect via LinkedIn, if not more. LinkedIn is my favorite job search (and recruiting) tool in my job search toolbox and knowing that my profile is attracting attention is highly complimentary. But, I have observed that just about everyone who wishes […]

Job Search: Hello Universe!


It’s that time of year again: after putting it off, mulling it over, talking with friends and family, taking a few tentative stabs at it…you’ve decided to get a new job. But, after all the deep deliberation and discussions, you’re paralyzed. You simply have no idea where to start and despite all the information out […]