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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.

Train wrecks: Human Resources and Recruiters Are Some of The Worst LinkedIn Profiles Out There

By Lora Poepping | Mar 25, 2016

You see them posted everywhere – experts doling out advice on how job search candidates must update, enhance, optimize and create LinkedIn profiles that will grab the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. I admit, I am one of those oracles of LinkedIn and even teach LinkedIn classes to those looking to make a career or […]

The Death of Thank You

By Lora Poepping | Jan 21, 2016

To write the Thank You note or not to write the Thank You note…. That is a question. Read on – I had the honor of being featured by and am delighted to share the posting with you.

A Resolution You Can Keep – New LinkedIn Profile

By Lora Poepping | Jan 13, 2016

One of the most frequent requests we hear from clients is to assist them with their LinkedIn profiles. We get it…you feel like you SHOULD update your profile and use LinkedIn more effectively but you don’t know where to start. Luckily, Plum holds quarterly LinkedIn workshops where we demonstrate all the bells and whistles LinkedIn […]

Senior Leadership Job Search: Managing Expectations

By Lora Poepping | Oct 27, 2015

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

By Kelly Peterson | Sep 1, 2015

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

By Lora Poepping | Nov 3, 2014

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 […]