Lessons I Learned on Wall Street – Part 4: Be Concise

It’s that wonderful time of year…the time when we celebrate the holidays, get together with family, shop, cook, and are downright BUSY. I love the holidays. I really do. I love everything about them except for the busyness. Take a minute and think about how busy your life is right now. Then multiply that by […]

Lessons I Learned on Wall Street – Part 3: Learn When to Say No

One of my jobs on Wall Street was ensuring my firm’s compliance with equal opportunity laws, and it was a big job. The Equal Opportunity Commission was targeting the finance industry big time. It seemed like every time we turned around another one of our competitors was being audited. We were no exception, so we […]

Lessons I Learned on Wall Street – Part 2: Don’t be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

I grew up in a house full of opinionated people. In our house, everyone had an opinion. About everything. And we always shared our opinions. If my sister told me her opinion about something, I would tell her mine and it was a free and clear exchange of ideas. There were six of us, which […]

Lessons I Learned on Wall Street – Part 1: Always Do Your Homework

There’s no place in the world like New York and there’s nothing else quite like working on “Wall Street”. In the finance industry the term “working on Wall Street” doesn’t necessarily mean you work at the stock exchange, rather it refers to working in the broader financial industry. I spent four years working on “The […]

How do I get clarity about my career direction – Step 3: Focusing on the NEXT Step

In our last two blogs, we’ve been talking about finding clarity in your career direction. The first two steps to finding clarity are taking inventory of who you are and doing realistic research. If you’ve missed our previous blogs click here to take a look. Once you’ve completed steps one and two it’s time to […]

How do I get clarity about my career direction? – Step 2: Doing Your Research in Reality

In our last blog, we talked about being intentional in making your career to be exactly what you want it to be.  At Catch Your Big Break we know that getting the career you want always starts with you. The first step to clarifying your career direction is to take inventory of who you are […]

How do I get clarity about my career direction? – Part I

It doesn’t seem to matter how far we’ve made it in our career, most of us are still sitting around trying to figure out what we should do NEXT. If you’re one of the focused few who knows exactly what you want to do, bravo! That’s half the battle. But do you know how you’re […]

Announcement and Questions

Hi folks! My team and I are very close to finishing our long-awaited Job Search and Career Success System. We started working on this more than a year ago, but really decided to make sure it was high quality. We’re finally wrapping up the project, and are scheduled to release it just a bit later […]

Don’t Send More Resumes

When people don’t have a clue how to go about getting a job, they do two things: First, they start looking through the help-wanted ads online, in the newspaper, and wherever else they can find them. Second, they start randomly sending resumes to people they know, and people they don’t know. Many of us are […]

Ace Your Interview – Part 2

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I recently wrote about how important it is for job-seekers to prepare for a behavioral interview — one in which they must describe their past successful experience performing the tasks that will be required of them in their new position. Equally important, yet often overlooked, is the importance of treating the entire process of engaging […]