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Career Coaching by Former Fortune 500 Recruiters

Job Search Tip That Assures and Inspires

Read my recent CNBC post to know how living unconditionally helps with job search and career management:


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Great Expertise and Networking This Saturday, Feb 28, at Columbia Women’s Business Society

Columbia Women’s Business Society is proud to present the Fifth Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference, “Winning With Women”. Please mark your calendars for February 28th, 2009. The conference will be held at Low Memorial Library on the Columbia University campus. CWBS is proud to host Maria Bartiromo, CNBC anchor and host of “The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo”, and Betsy Morgan, CEO of Huffington Post as keynote speakers for this event. This year’s conference will feature panelists from a variety of industries and sub-industries, including Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Media, Entrepreneurship, and Community Impact. The conference will conclude with a networking reception featuring our corporate sponsors, career authors and speakers, women’s networking organizations, and of course, our speakers and panelists from the day. We hope you can join us for this exciting event. Tickets are $15 for CUID holders and are available for sale online and at the Columbia ticket office. This includes a conference tote bag full of goodies, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon dessert. Please refer to our website for the most updated information: . Please contact Anastasia Alt at aa2370@columbia.edu with any questions you may have and we look forward to seeing you there. Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009 Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM Location: Low Memorial Library

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Ask A Recruiter/ Free Career Coaching Teleclass

Free SixFigureStart Career Coaching Teleclass on Friday, March 6, 1p EST


Hear the answers to your career and job search questions from two former recruiters who know how the hiring process really works

Dial-in instructions:  call 712 775 7100/ use participant code 151675#

No need to preregister, but email caroline@sixfigurestart.com in advance to submit the questions you’d like to have answered on the call.

If you can’t make the live call but want to hear a recording of the teleclass email caroline@sixfigurestart.com to get playback instructions


The call will be led by SixFigureStart co-founders Connie Thanasoulis and Caroline Ceniza-Levine.  Connie and Caroline have a combined 40 years of HR and business experience.  Connie led campus recruiting and new hire programming for Citigroup, Pfizer and Merrill Lynch.  Caroline led campus recruiting and new hire programming for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Booz Allen, Oliver Wyman, Disney ABC, TV Guide, and others.  Connie and Caroline are the online coaches for Vault.com and Wetfeet.com, career columnists for CNBC.com and Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com, and adjunct assistant professors of Professional Development at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

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Give Yourself A Performance Review

If your company does not have a formal review policy, or if you work for yourself or are unemployed, give yourself a performance review to make sure your career is on track.  See how on my latest post for GlassHammer:


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Tips For Entry-Level Employees: Note-Taking

Taking notes on the job should not be an afterthought because the better you can keep up with what you need to do, the better you will do the job.  See my tip (#8) and other useful tips on the subject of note-taking in the latest Entry Level Careers Examiner:


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Interested in corporate board work?

I covered the recent Women’s Executive Circle of New York panel on corporate boards for the GlassHammer.  See the summary and some interesting stats and tips at my Feb 24 GH post:


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And the Oscar Goes to….

Slumdog Millionaire hit a chord around the world because it’s wasn’t about the money, or the trappings money can buy.  It’s about true love that never gives up.

Your job search is very important … without a doubt.  But don’t let it make you feel any less of a person because you don’t have the job you want.  Not having a job doesn’t define you.  

The Wresler didn’t win an award, but Mickey Rourke’s character touched many people through his struggle in, then out, then back into the ring.  

Your job search is going to have ups and downs.  Things are going to get hot, then cold, then hot again.  Since it’s a numbers game, have as many target companies as possible so you can keep your momentum up. 

I didn’t see The Reader with Kate Winslet, and am looking forward to it.  So pick one of the movies you haven’t seen and take a break from your work, which is your job search, and enjoy!

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Hear SixFigureStart Interviewed On Her Startup Radio Show For Women Entrepreneurs


www.herstartup.com is a great resource for women entrepreneurs.  All throughout February, Her Startup, founded by Khrys Vaughan,  is featuring women of color entrepreneurs on their BlogTalkRadio interviews.

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Introducing the SixFigureStart Coaching Gym…and A Free Teleclass To Start

This is a 6-month group coaching program that gives you access to expert information, ongoing motivation, and accountability for your search:


  • Start with our 60-question SixFigureStart Career Assessment and 40-question SixFigureStart Life Assessment.  See exactly what you are doing well and get a customized road map of where to focus;
  • Then get ongoing group coaching via telephone every week:  if you can be on the call live, get laser coaching on the spot.  Or email questions in advance, and we’ll cover it on the call.  Calls are recorded with playback available so you will never miss a call.  Weekly coaching calls are Sunday evenings at 7:30p EST, starting March 1; 
  • Finally get additional coaching with guest interviews, including recruiters, guest coaches, and industry experts, outside of the regular weekly calls.  Guest interviews will vary based on scheduling. 


Remember, all calls are recorded so you can listen at your convenience. 

A 6-month membership to the SixFigureStart Coaching Gym costs $300.  Special offer for 2009:  all memberships purchased before June 30 2009 expire December 31, 2009 so the earlier you purchase the more months you get for free

Contact caroline@sixfigurestart.com or 212-372-0277 for more information and to register.


New to teleclasses?  Try one out on Friday, March 6, 1p EST.  SixFigureStart is hosting a free teleclass to answer your career questions.  Call 712 775 7100/ use code 151675#

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How To Handle Performance Reviews

Tips for the dreaded performance evaluation meeting were the subject of my last GlassHammer.com article:


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