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When To Hold On and When To Let Go

You are holding on for dear life, hanging at the edge of a cliff. Palms sweaty, heart pumping, your body is in a peak state as it ponders: Do you let go or keep holding on? The answer largely depends on what you think will happ...

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Transitional 20s: Exciting or Scary?

Most of us were pretty much told what to do day-to-day before our lives in the “real world.” Now, for most of us 20-somethings, it is the first time our time is completely in our own hands. Yes, you have hours you must be a...

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Three Career Lessons We Learned from Doug and Courtney

On November 5, 2013 shocking news came from Hollywood: actor Doug Hutchison, 53, and his 19 year-old wife, Courtney Stodden, are legally separated after three years of marriage. The couple began their relationship over the inte...


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Are You a Genderist?

Pssst — Joss Whedon just became my hero. I’ve always loved this guy — a true wordsmith if I ever met one and this past Monday he outdid himself in a speech he delivered at the Make Equality Reality event cha...

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5 Career Lessons from 5 Years in Nonprofits

Well, I’m on my way out. As of today, I am no longer the Director of Marketing and Communications at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. I accepted a position with a marketing and design firm, Cull Group, and am enterin...

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4 Steps To Give You A Greater Sense Of Purpose

Probably the number one reason individuals contact me is because they are seeking a greater sense of purpose in their careers and lives. Is this something you also crave?  And what exactly do you mean by it? When I was in Lond...


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5 Fast Tips To Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile

I recently came across Neal Schaffer’s Checklist of 17 Professional LinkedIn Tips. While they’re all worthwhile, I’ve picked out five tips that provide the most bang for your buck in the least amount of time. Complete the...

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From Drake: A Lesson in Career Development

CGN is delighted to host Denise DeGennaro this week, a talented career advisor in higher education. Yes, that Drake…rapper Drake. In his hit song “Started from the Bottom,” he recalls “livin at [his] mom...

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A Job Winning Cover Letter

New Rules and Proven Strategies for the 21st Century Job Market. It is often said that a cover letter rarely gets read. I beg to differ. As the Director of Career Services for a career college for 8 years I collaborated with HR...


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Accomplishment Hangovers

I’ve talked about vulnerability hangovers before, remember? When you totally show up, you take major risks and it majorly pays off then….. you crash, withdrawal, and maybe second guess yourself.  I’ve noticed the same ty...