AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach Columns
Gratitude: What Does My Career Have to Do With It?
How to Get Out Of Career Limbo
How to Get Employers To Notice You
Skype and Phone Interviews
Shifting Career Fields
Relocating for an Out-of-State Job
Building a Professional Network From Scratch
AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach Webinars
Four years ago, the man I was going to marry broke my heart, and I found myself virtually alone in a new town (one that I had moved to for him). Basic human functions like sleeping and eating felt unbearable. How could I even imagine showing up at work... Read full article >
I just missed something big with a coaching client. I was blinded by my laser-focused “career action glasses,” and missed seeing that she lacked a belief in herself and her future.
She was a “good” client: She did all the career exploration activities... Read full article >
"I know this sounds childish, but I want a job that is fun.” My client was embarrassed to utter this “dirty” word during our career coaching session. Hearing the discomfort in his voice, I could feel my playful heart break. When did it become wrong to want to have fun at your job? Read full article >
“At this point in my life, I’m more interested in the depth of my career than its height.” This comment from my friend and mentor, Shoshanna Cogan, stopped me in my tracks. Depth, not height.. As a highly accomplished and talented international trainer, Shoshanna.... Read full article >
Fifteen minutes into my presentation at the World Congress on Positive Psychology this summer, I felt off balance. I was speaking only from my head and not from my heart. Words were coming out, people were nodding, but my authenticity and connection were missing. Read full article >
Do You Really Have To Settle For Your First Job, by Elana Lyn Gross, monster.com.
How to Balance the Boss & the Baby, by Kristen Gomez, careeranista.com.
The 5 Essential Job Perks You Should Hold Out For, Catherine Conlan, philly.com.
Show that you Care by Giving a Present that will Help Your Career, Lee Miller, New Jersey Star Ledger.
I want to fail in 2016. Stumble, trip, fall, and maybe even be humiliated. Fail big and boldly.
What sparked this “career fail resolution”? Seeing extraordinarily talented clients beset by fear of failure. Watching students peer over the edge of the next career step... Read full article >
Career Shame hides in the shadows, lurking and taunting, until it can’t be ignored. It’s the nagging feeling that you’re not living up to your own potential. It’s the fear that peers are moving up while you’re being passed over. It’s a gnawing jealousy and a sense that... Read full article >
Everyone thought a snake was in my tent when I ran out screaming. But it was only an e-mail, one that made it to my phone—even though we were in the bottom of the Grand Canyon—to inform me that I had been selected to audition for Wheel of Fortune...Read full article >
As I was cursing up a storm when the Patriots took the lead in the fourth quarter, my friend was shocked and delighted to hear this “Philly grittiness” come out of my mouth. “I like this side of Denise!” she exclaimed. Along with high emotions, I gleaned a few lessons... Read full article >
*HIGHLIGHT* - Listen to Denise's Interview on The Flourishing Center Podcast
Denise was interviewed by The Flourishing Center on the integration of positive psychology and careers. Listen to Denise's approach to coaching and how she helps her clients find career happiness. Her interview starts at 16:44. Listen >
Denise is the AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach and has reached thousands of national service members and alumni through workshops, webinars and her Career Coach Column. Additionally, she writes a regular blog for the Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focusing on courses that help people live life to its fullest. Denise applies a strength-based, positive psychology framework toward inspiring individuals to find career happiness.
I used to love playing tennis. In fact, I was a state doubles champion in high school (albeit in the tiny state of Delaware). Then, 15 years ago, a cross-country skiing accident shattered my elbow into “tiny little pieces,” to quote my surgeon. I’m left-handed, and I now... Read full article >