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It takes more than a job opening, a good resume and cover letter showcasing your experience, and some stellar interviews to land your perfect job.

It takes recognizing who you are and what you really want, as Susana discovered.

“I’ve had great interviews, but it’s not working,” Susana said. “I’ve been invited back for second and third rounds, working my way up the chain. Everyone seems to like me, but I just don’t get the final offer.”

A VP of corporate relations with an impressive 10-year track record of being promoted and winning kudos for successful high-dollar campaigns, Susana wondered…

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The COVID-19 virus has impacted life and work as we know it.

Like millions of professionals, we’re all having to do things differently, including working from home.

Getting set up to work from home, especially if you’ve never done it long-term before, can be a challenge.

There are interruptions, like curious family members or pets who want your undying attention. There are distractions, like a TV close at hand or a beautiful day that is calling your attention outside.

You’ve been thinking about changing jobs for a long time.

You want to be happier in your career and you’re on the verge of making a change.


You keep hearing these incredible stories about those “lucky ones.”

You know, the lucky people who land these fantastic jobs right away or amazing opportunities come to them “out of the blue”?

You don’t know how they do it, but you want a piece of that. You want to get Lady Luck or a lucky leprechaun to smile upon you too!

As a someone who’s worked for over a decade to help…

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You’ve got to be kidding me — dating?! I’m so busy, I don’t have time to take care of myself, much less for a relationship!

If you’re a single career woman who …

Feels like an 8-hour day is a vacation because nonstop 10+ hour days are your norm

Doesn’t have a social life or meaningful relationship, even though you’d like one

Commutes to, or travels for work so much that you barely recognize your own bed …


You’d like nothing better than having someone to laugh with, cuddle up at night with, and to share your life and…

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How to Really Take Care of Yourself at Work

You’re a dedicated professional. You take great pride in getting stuff done.

Some would even call you unstoppable because they’ve seen you push through pain, illness, and sheer exhaustion to make things happen.

You feel that’s what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive work environment.

You believe career success depends on an undying willingness to show up and do what it takes for the benefit of the team, the company, the project, etc.

You recognize that sacrificing family time, relaxing time, or time out for your well-being is just part of career success.

Especially when you’re a leader…

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“I’m being run ragged, yet I’m getting nowhere!”

Can you relate?

It’s easy to feel this way when you’re working hard. Getting up early to put out fires in a stress-filled work environment. Routinely heading home late, just to get up and do it all over again.

Meanwhile you wish things were different. Perhaps you want … more freedom, more fun, to take better care of yourself, to have more time to hang out with family or friends, or, to just do what feels good to you, instead of what’s important to everyone else, but you.

How do you put…

“I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing, but I do know this isn’t it.”

It’s frustrating when you come to realize your chosen career isn’t cutting it anymore.

Yes, the work you’re doing is paying the bills, but it’s providing little else — joy, satisfaction, motivation, recognition, inspiration — you name it.

You’re miserable. You know you have the talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities to do so much more. And, you want so much more, from your work, and in your life.

It just isn’t happening. …

You are a road warrior. A real trooper. Work comes first. You go where your job takes you — Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alaska, New York, Germany — anywhere and everywhere.

But now, you’re starting to hate your job.

Traveling used to be cool, that is before it became a way of life.

Now, between being away and working on weekends to whittle down the stacks that grew while you were away, you’re getting more and more burned out.

Birthday parties, family events, having fun on weekends, are nonexistent. …

Here it is again, that time of year that you look forward to and dread at the same time: vacation time.

You’ve got so much work on your plate you can hardly breathe. You’re torn between keeping up with your never-ending to-do list and languishing on a beach somewhere (all the while feeling guilty and like a real slacker).

Yes, you could use a breather. You deserve a vacation as much as the next high performer. You should go. Have fun.

But you’re plagued with this nagging fear that may sound something like this:

“Can they make it without me?”…

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There it is again, the sight you’ve come to dread: an overflowing in-box, 300 unopened emails, and an office that looks like a tornado just hit.

Just the sight of this mess on a Monday morning at 7:15 am has you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, defeated and already behind the 8-ball.

You wonder how you got here. To this place where “being behind” is the new norm.

You were the one who was always on the top of your game. You ran circles around your co-workers. You were the master at getting things done.

You want to regain that energy and…

Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC

Solutions for finding a job and getting more of what you want in your Career and Life.

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