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Avoiding the Misfit Mistake

Avoiding the Misfit Mistake

By | September 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon A new client shuffled into my office hanging his head and sadly declaring the job did not work out. As a career coach, I’ve heard that more than once. The singular reason for this is surprisingly simple. It involves making the wrong choice. Often individuals...

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How a Good Girl Steps Out of Line

How a Good Girl Steps Out of Line

By | September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm | No comments

by Sunny Simon It may come as no surprise to those who know me that I fall into the “goody two-shoes.” category. If you’ve never met me, just take my word for it because part of my persona is sticking to the truth. I’ve never gotten a traffic ticket, ignored a jury...

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Provide the Sunshine or the Ants: It’s Your Picnic

Provide the Sunshine or the Ants: It’s Your Picnic

By | September 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon One of my favorite clients is a busy entrepreneur who does a significant amount of networking throughout the valley. Her calendar is loaded with mixers, meetings and other events that keep her on the go practically seven days per week. Granted, she is an...

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For Greater Success, Change Your Definition of Failure

For Greater Success, Change Your Definition of Failure

By | September 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Remember a time when you missed the mark? You set a goal and for one reason or another, failed to accomplish your dream. When faced with disappointment, our natural tendency is to experience the pain and eventually move on. Often we begin to see it as...

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When Does the Party End?

When Does the Party End?

By | August 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon One day while listening to a CD I found myself in utter awe of Darren Hardy, the presenter, as he spoke about what I refer to as a pity party. You throw one when you suffer a disappointment that knocks you on your keister, making you want to crawl under the...

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Be Smart Before You Unplug!

Be Smart Before You Unplug!

By | August 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over coffee the other morning my friend David lamented that he hated his smart phone. Not sure where he was going with this, I asked him why the mobile technology troubled him. It appeared that ever since he purchased the android device his boss developed...

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Show Up, Lace Up, Warm Up and Go!

Show Up, Lace Up, Warm Up and Go!

By | August 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon My client sighed heavily as he took a seat in the office lamenting over the multiple projects needing attention and his lack of motivation to tackle anything. I nodded as it was not unusual in my practice to have clients voice that particular frustration....

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Six Ways to Sabotage a Job Interview

Six Ways to Sabotage a Job Interview

By | August 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It’s been weeks since you interviewed for that dream job with your employer of choice. Your resume proves you are qualified, so what went wrong? Why the silent treatment? Playing the waiting game is frustrating and being passed-up for that coveted position...

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Zig or Zag – Your Choice!

Zig or Zag – Your Choice!

By | July 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I woke up around 3:00am in a cold sweat. As I gained my bearings and shook off the remnants of a bad dream, the happenings of the previous day came flooding back to me. Darn! In a vulnerable moment, I made an extremely unwise decision. I agreed to accept a...

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Finding Your X

By | July 17, 2013 at 6:13 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently my three year old niece, Alina, performed in her first ballet recital. She did a good job executing the steps, but at times she scampered around as if in search of something. By asking her mother, I discovered Alina was looking for her “X.” Each...

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Power Up Your Patience Button

By | July 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently my husband and I were dining at a local restaurant. I could not help but notice the scene created by the couple at the next table. The man was clearly intrigued with the iPad menu the waiter presented to him. After the couple ordered, he very patiently...

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Lemonade in a Box

By | July 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I read a story about a dad cleaning out the garage with his five-year-old daughter. When they came across a large brown cardboard square, he saw a box. His daughter squealed with delight. Why? She visualized a lemonade stand! Together they turned her...

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How to Prevent the Monday Morning Blues

By | June 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon The Monday morning alarm sounds. You groan wishing you could hit the snooze button a few hundred times, remain safely tucked away in your bedroom and escape the stress of yet another workweek. You really don’t hate your job so why does the thought of...

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The Honest Truth

By | June 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I was the guest speaker at an American Business Women’s Association meeting. My presentation was entitled, “Musings from a Bag Lady.” Attendees were given a bag of objects. Each item in the bag represented a life lesson featured in my talk. For...

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Getting a Job the Old Fashion Way

By | June 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon If you are spending hours exhausting online job search engines and coming up blank, it’s time to get personal. Start by limiting the time you allocate to those alluring websites allowing you to search by job, location, industry or other nuances such as the...

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Wait for the Good Humor Man

By | June 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Summers are special to kids. During my childhood, one of the joys of summer was buying ice cream from one of the many trucks driving down the street playing happy music. My mom always made me wait for the Good Humor Man. She believed in ice cream as opposed to...

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Is It Time For A Career Change?

By | May 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Do you find yourself looking at the clock and wishing the big hand was on twelve and the little hand on five? If you feel the days are getting longer, and it has nothing to do with the sun rising earlier and setting later, it may be time to consider changing...

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Life Lesson from a Swan

By | May 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon This morning I was sitting in my office gazing out the window. As my computer did its initial daily day boot-up, I watched one of the black swans who live on our lake glide out of view.  Aesthetically these birds reign; however, they have other characteristics...

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Finding Your Inner Child

By | May 15, 2013 at 8:47 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon During a coaching session, a client remarked she was on a mission to find her "inner child." Her words inspired me. I had never really thought much about the subject so I did some research.   Of course we have an inner child because once upon a time we...

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How to Ace a Job Interview

By | May 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon You just scored an interview with your employer of choice. Getting the job offer is dependent upon rising above the competition. It takes more than a good resume and firm handshake to pull off a successful initial meeting. The interview is your one...

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Sometimes You Just Feel Like a Hotdog

By | May 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon While meandering in and out of casinos on the Las Vegas strip, I suddenly realized I was famished. We were in Caesar’s Palace, so I suggested we head over to the Mesa Grill, owned by Chef Bobby Flay. My mouth watered when I thought about the Blue...

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Don’t Make These Fatal Resume Mistakes

By | May 2, 2013 at 9:27 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Whether you are revamping your resume, or creating one for the first time, do not under estimate the importance of this marketing tool. The sole objective of a resume is to reach the next level which is an invitation to interview. Obtaining the...

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