[DARE #4] Let’s Get Rid of Your Sunday Blues

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Last week I asked you to “ask for more.”

The rationale behind that dare was three-fold, to get you to:

  1. Think through what you might need more of to live a more manageable life
  2. Identify who holds the power in giving you this need
  3. Persuade that decision-maker in a way that focuses on their needs

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Can Blogging Help You Build Your Career? 5 Questions to Consider


Ten years ago, the blogosphere seemed like a place for those looking to write about an interest outside of their jobs. Today, there are thousands of blogs covering a wide variety of topics, from recreational to career-focused. The spectrum of content is vast and ever-growing.

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[DARE #3] Let’s Get Rid of Your Sunday Blues

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How did last week go? Did you complete Dare #2? Or did you try your own dare?

I spent last week asking folks about my newsletters and blogs. The 4 things that I learned where:

  1. You get a crapload of emails so career guidance from different sources blends together
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Have an Interview Coming Up? Tips for Prepping with a Partner

mock interview interview partnerWe all get nervous before a big interview! Your hands turn clammy, your heart starts thudding and the thoughts in your mind are going a mile a minute. This is me being interviewed on Varney & Co., however right before Varney launched his first question I was experiencing all of the above. It’s not a fun feeling, to say the least, but if you take the time to prepare, you can quiet those nerves and walk into your next interview ready to deliver your best.

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[DARE #1] Let’s Get Rid of Your Sunday Blues


Introducing a daring Sunday series meant to embolden you so that you start spending more time enjoying life instead of just enduring life.

There are 52 Sundays in 2014.

14 are left INCLUDING the one on September 28th.

That means you had 38 chances to reset your circumstances.

So, how did you net out?

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4 New Ways to Answer the Weakness Question

4 New Ways to Answer the Weakness QuestionWhether you’ve been on a few interviews or many, chances are you’ve come across this dreaded question:

“What is your greatest weakness?”

Job candidates often fear being asked this and consider the weakness question to be one of the hardest parts of the interview process. They don’t want to say something that will take them out of the running, but they also don’t want to say they don’t have any because avoidance is the worse strategy in this scenario.

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Does Following Up Make You Glow? [Seeking Executive Assistant/Project Manager]




To: Potential Candidate

Start Date: Monday, August 25th 2014

Application Deadline: Monday, August 18th 2014

RE: Seeking an Executive Assistant / Project Manager

About Career Outcomes Matter LLC (melissallarena.com)

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Mission Possible: How to Thrive As a Working Mother of Young Children

r-TWIN-MOMS-GIVE-BIRTH-large570The statistics for women are alarming and indicate that our measurement of success needs to change. As I continued reading [Thrive, by Arianna Huffington] while nursing my twins and watching my toddler, I thought about whether someone like me could find the time to actually thrive now, not just when my kids are in school full-time. I’m a working mother with my own career coaching business and three boys under the age of 4 at home. The idea of focusing on my well-being, let alone sitting down for more than 30 seconds, initially felt impossible. I wanted Continue reading