Is a Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Employment Chances?

By Guest Blogger Kelly N., from “I’m just too busy to get some shut-eye” When life gets busy, sleep is often the first thing we give up. All of our normal, but increasingly time-consuming realities tend to crowd out the time and peace of mind needed for healthy sleep. As sleep moves to the…

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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…

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Fake It… Until You Make It

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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…

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Why Former Microsoft Employees Struggle with the Job Search

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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.…

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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…

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New year, new job? Try a different magic bullet.

If you’re like me, you appreciate a clean slate, a fresh start and a new list of goals for the New Year (notice, I do not call them resolutions because for some reason I can never stick to something if it is labeled a “resolution”). But, if you’re like me, you plunge enthusiastically into your…

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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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