“Cover” Letters Revisited

Other than acting as an introduction to your resume and to tell the employer what position you are applying for, what’s the purpose of a Cover Letter?

In the 9/3 New York Times, Jason Fried, , Chief Executive of Basecamp, a privately held web application company based in Chicago, gives us an inside look at their […]

By |September 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Leadership Perspectives

Leadership Perspectives — Fast Company Magazine, Feb. 2017 offers articles and advice.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The same can be said about the way you view leadership.  Your past experiences, values and personality all contribute to your particular style. You may be a team lead, assume a leadership role for […]

By |February 6th, 2017|Commentary|

It is the new year–what changes do you intend to make?

Happy New Year! Time for some changes.

It is the 2nd week of 2017–that means the holidays are now behind us, that spacy-ness is dissipating and we are skipping into the next year.   The new year always feels fresh — a time for a change, to be inspired, to improve aspects of life —  professional  and personal.

New […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Insights|

A Key to Success

Reverse Mentorships

In March 2015, I posted a blog on this site touting the value of the mentorship relationship and strongly advising our clients to commit to such a connection. Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as “Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.”

In a recent New York Times report […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Looking for LinkedIn Advice?

I think that LinkedIn is an excellent vehicle for you to present yourself as both professional and personable. It is an opportunity to be visible beyond the formality of a cover letter and resume-speak.

Muse.com offers job search advice and I caught this article:

“The 3 Vital Steps to Getting a Hiring Manager’s Attention on LinkedIn” By […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Commentary, tools|

The Courage to be Authentic

I have found my clients to be very courageous in the face of rejection, waiting to hear from a potential employer or reaching out to a boss or co-worker when a difficult conversation is needed.

Brené Brown, PhD. (benebrown.com) calls herself a researcher + story teller and talks about courage.  She is also an author, offers […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Commentary, Insights|

Job Hopping


Education Life

Jeffrey Selingo 4/10/16 New York Times

Suzanne Rubel 6/21/16 CPDI


Or should it be called Job Shopping? In 2014 several researchers determined that “increased mobility in one’s 20’s leads to higher earning later in life.”


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “young adults born in the early 1980’s held, on average, six different jobs […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Story Telling

We love stories!  Stories are a very special way of communicating ideas, and marketing oneself.  Success stories become very powerful tools for people in transition.  Success stories can be developed to showcase skills, knowledge, and accomplishments to be used in networking, interviews, resume writing, introductory letters, and in other written and verbal communications.  All  people […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Insights|

CPDI Counselors speak out…

We look forward to sharing our insights, tools and articles that will help you with your current work, a career change or a job search.

By |May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|