Articles by Randy Place

Climb a tree and holler

Your job campaign feels stuck because you’re spending too much time answering ads and posting on the Internet and not enough time making personal contacts. It’s a paradox. You hesitate to contact people who can…


Creative Destruction

ALTHOUGH EMPLOYERS CONTINUE TO CUT PAYROLLS  to the bone, they appear reluctant to hire again after leaving millions of laid-off workers out in the cold. It’s true that the labor market has been going through…



How to Start a New Habit

Because I procrastinated a new daily task that I wanted and needed to accomplish, I felt like a loser. I didn’t feel like doing it and felt something was holding me back. After weeks—okay, months—of delaying…


how to accomplish tasks you’ve been postponing

Stress can begin from the moment you awaken as you think about undone tasks. You can eliminate good morning stresses by deciding to establish new habits in order to accomplish undone tasks. How to create…



Running into the unexpected at interviews

YOUR NERVES CAN FEEL FRAZZLED ENOUGH before and during interviewing without smacking into unexpected roadblocks or making faux pas. When it comes to smacking into the unexpected at interviews, a career counseling client told me that…



How to stop a motormouth

  A job finding client presented me with a problem during one of our coaching sessions. A colleague began a conversation with him by complaining about college loan programs and then jumped from that subject…


How to change jobs

Are you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of working in a floundering industry? If you’ve thought about changing industries, think about joining thousands of other workers who have been moving from industries…





60-Seconds on Temporary Work

Why temporary employment can be a good deal Many of you who have gotten the axe often discover that your kind of fulltime position has vanished. That’s why temporary employment is a good option. You’re…


Making That First Impression at Work

This is Randy Place with a  60-second coaching vignette about first impressions ✦ ✦ ✦ Your first week on the new job is the most important week for making a positive first impression. So you better…


Why Working Women Should Stay Working

The message for working moms from author Samantha Ettus couldn’t be clearer: don’t quit your job because women should work. Always. The author’s controversial new book has already raised some eyebrows among women who have…


Why Seniors Keep On Keeping On Working

Our last one-minute report focused on why young millennials can’t find jobs. One reason: older workers hang in there past retirement age and block younger workers from moving in and moving up. This report focuses…


Why Millennials Can’t Find Jobs

Today’s one-minute coaching vignette is about why you millennials are finding it so hard to find a job. Some experts say it’s the soft job market. Combine that with so many older workers hanging onto…