Powerful questions can uncover bias.

It’s that end-of-year season when many clients are asking for help in preparing for the most difficult conversation: asking for a raise. Already this month, I’ve had 3 young female clients whose managers (both male and female) tried to suggest that their age (and sex?) was a factor in...

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Powerful questions are empowering.

A female client recently came to a coaching session feeling bullied by a female colleague. Her female manager told her to “just deal with it.” She felt harmed and abandoned. She didn’t believe the behavior had “crossed the line” of harassment, but she was emotionally and physically fearful of...

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Powerful questions can open your mind to new possibilities.

All too often, people at organizations experiencing constant change (from acquisitions, reorgs, management shake-ups, layoffs, etc.), get left behind. A common response to change can be limiting self-narratives (ex: “Things will settle down soon, “I’ll wait for next year” or “Layoffs are...

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Powerful questions can remind us of the fundamentals.

Don’t send out dozens of resumes a month (or week!). Instead, use that time to strategically connect with people who have shared interests. Set a weekly goal of meeting (in-person or virtually) with your personal connections to explore opportunities and share your story. And, of course, go...

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Powerful questions help to demonstrate your worth.

Yes, we all know that it’s important to customize your resume for each job posting, but today’s competitive job market demands a resume that is more than a collection of keywords. A successful resume must demonstrate your strengths and impacts but also show how you can meet the needs of your...

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Powerful questions can help you learn to speak robot.

Wait, what language do robots speak? If you’ve applied for a job at any time over the past decade, you’ve most likely submitted your resume to an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), those dreaded computer programs that many employers use to narrow down the application pool to the most qualified...

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Powerful questions are impactful.

Want to make your resume stand-out? Demonstrate the impact of your work in a way that is relevant to your target industry or employers. Most people use their resume to demonstrate what they’ve done. But, so what? Stating that you developed a marketing plan, or wrote multiple grant...

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Powerful questions help uncover your strengths.

Want to feel more powerful through the job search process? Use a strength-based perspective. We’ve all been asked the canned “What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?” questions, but can you answer these questions in a fully-authentic way? Knowing your strengths is actually quite...

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Powerful questions move you forward.

Yes, it’s true that our culture values hard work, but it’s also true that there’s rarely a direct link between hard work and increases in pay or promotions in many American companies. To put it simply, if you want a raise and/or promotion, you have to work hard, make a measurable impact and ASK...

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Powerful questions can raise your confidence.

Do you feel that your hard work should speak for itself, but you still don’t get that raise or promotion you desire? Even in this era of shameless Instagram and Twitter self-promotion, I’ve found that most people find it hard to speak up about their strengths and accomplishments. The constant...

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