Career Nook

About Me

I’m a career, job search and writer's coach, and also the founder of (and sole writer for) Career Nook.  Some of you may know me from my previous career blog, Work Coach Café, now in the capable hands of Susan Joyce. 

I have an MBA in Finance with a minor in Economics, but just as proudly a B.A. in Theater and a minor in Psychology. For many years I worked as an independent organizational consultant to a major New York City university, where I specialized in business process improvement, project management, relationship management, workplace coaching, communications, and all aspects of job candidate hiring support.

And in 2010, following up on my own passion in jobs, careers and helping people, I completed a certificate in Career Planning and Development at NYU.

I have an array of real-world experience at various levels in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. I was part of a mayoral task force that created a major homeless services agency, led the start-up of a national environmental demonstration project, helped design IT business processes that real people can use, and even worked on the Chrysler loan workout when I worked for a major bank.

I also did extra work on All My Children (loved it) and, when I was much younger, waitressed, ran an elevator, laced skates, built shelves for a community center, and handed out keys in a locker room. And I’ve rounded up cattle. (I just like telling people about that.)

As part of my consulting work, I was often asked to help with the hiring process, from initial resume screening, to phone interview, to reference checking, all the way through to the final decision. Along with workplace career coaching and mentoring, this was the consulting work I enjoyed most.

This first-hand experience, added to the over 60 jobs and consulting assignments I’ve gotten myself over the years, forms the basis of the real-world experience I first shared on Work Coach Café.

And now this hands-on experience, along with the Career Planning and Development training, provides the true life stories and career advice I share with Career Nook readers – and apply from the heart to the work I do coaching clients from all walks of life.

Coaching for writers

One more thing:  I love writing. All kinds. Blog articles. Fiction. Short stories. Playlets. Poems. Children’s stories. And I also love helping others with their own creative writing projects, even if they’ve never written anything like that before.

One writer I worked with completed his first novel with me by his side (via phone) as his coach. And so now I officially offer coaching for writers as one of my career coaching services.

Resume Tips: What Does Your Resume Need To Say About You?

When an employer looks at your resume, what does it need to have, and what do you need to say about yourself to get her to put you in the “yes” pile? Is it just about your skills and experience or is there something more to the way you present yourself that she wants to […] ...more

After a Job Interview: Why You Shouldn’t Follow Up Too Soon or Too Much

“It’s only Thursday morning, is there something that you would like to tell me about your situation that might impact the timeline, otherwise we don’t expect to have a decision until next week.” That’s a real reply from a hiring manager to someone who followed up after her interview, but BEFORE the earliest date by […] ...more

Do I Need To Follow Up With a Call or Email After My Job Interview?

I wrote this article because I get lots of comments asking whether not following up will lose them the job. So the optimal word here is NEED. Do you actually need to contact an employer after a job interview in order to make it to the next stage? ...more

Reference Checking: What If One of Your References Is Not Available?

A reader wrote to ask what to do about one of her references who is no longer available, although she was when the original reference list was first put together. Similarly, you might be dealing with a reference who said he would help but then becomes mysteriously unavailable when the employer tries to contact him. […] ...more

Two Job Offers: How Do I Decide Which Job Is Right for Me?

I was working with a client recently who, after a long dry spell with no job offers or even good possibilities, found himself in the enviable job search position of having two offers. Each job had pluses and minuses. Each one offered challenges ....more

Interview Follow-up: When Employer Doesn’t Respond, Do You Keep Emailing?

It’s so tempting to just dash off an email to someone who you haven’t heard back from. But when it’s an employer that you interviewed with, are you really helping yourself by “pushing them” along with follow-up emails? I’ve had some readers write to say they feel that if they don’t keep sending emails or […] ...more

Sample Follow-Up Letter To Send After Being Rejected for a Job

One of my readers wrote to tell me that he was rejected for the job he wanted, even though the hiring manager herself told him that the interview went really well. Not too surprising to learn that he was depressed about it. Rejection isn’t easy and job seekers get more than their share of it ....more

Why Can’t I Get a Job Anywhere?

I’m writing this post because someone got to my blog using the words “why can’t i get a job anywhere” and it breaks my heart to know that there are so many job seekers out there scared and frustrated and not knowing what else they can do to finally find work. They hear reports that […] ...more

Is It Okay To Target Your Resume … or Is It Cheating?

Every now and then job seekers write to tell me that, although they read advice (including mine) about targeting their resumes, they still feel like it’s cheating. They think it misleads the employer into thinking that you’re a better match than you really are. Could it be seen as playing loose with the facts? ...more

Job Interviews: What’s the Biggest Challenge You Ever Had to Overcome?

One of my favorite interview questions to ask a job applicant is the one about overcoming a big challenge. It’s interesting to see what you consider a major obstacle and how you talk about yourself as you share the story of what you’ve overcome. For you, the job seeker, it’s a wonderful chance to tell […] ...more