This was the title of an article in the St. Louis Business Journal (February 27 issue) by Anna Navarro. If you are a regular reader of the “Biz Journal,” you have seen her column and know that she is the owner of a local firm called Work Transitions, is a nationawide career consultant and is internationally respected for her insights on the workplace. The subtitle to the article is, “Job hunting is all about building good relationships.”

anna_about1I got behind on my reading the last few weeks, and I took a day yesterday to get caught up when I came across Anna’s “Kindness” article. It’s good advice, and I think everyone here is thinking the same way Anna is thinking. I’ll link her article here for you.

> Anna Navarro’s article in the St. Louis Business Journal on February 27, 2009 <

I’d be interested to know if anyone has worked with Anna or any other career coach.

I have worked with one, myself. Her name is Dory Hollander, Ph.D. Her company, Wise Workplaces, is based in the Washington, D.C., region (Alexandria, Va.), and she keeps an office in Clayton, Missouri, for local clients here. Her roots to St. Louis go back to the founding of a Psychology department at Webster (College) University, where she was instrumental in that development of that program there. hollander_with-text-copy2

Dory is currently on a hiatus, but I can highly recommend her first-hand when she begins accepting new clients again. She has been on 20/20, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today and other national media. She also has a book called The Doom Loop System, about keeping your career on an upward swing, which you can find on Amazon.

Here are links to Anna Navarro’s Work Transitions Web site, Dory Hollander’s Web site, and to her book on Amazon.

> Anna Navarro | Work Transitions <

> Dory Hollander | Wise Workplaces <

> Doom Loop System on Amazon.com <

These are two excellent resouces for career coaching and professional development. If you find yourself in a position that’s being eliminated are able to negotiate a severance package to include money for this kind of thing, do it. If not, see if you can budget for a few sessions. If that’s out of the questions, don’t rule out offering to trade in-kind services in your area of specialty with the coach for a couple of sessions. If you are in a stable position and want to discover how to become more valuable as an employee, a career coach is the way to go.

If any of the readers here have had experience with a coach you can recommend (including either of those mentioned here), please post your info to share with all of us!