Angela Copeland

Career Corner: This Is Not a Competition
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Career Corner: This Is Not a Competition

I hope we’re on the same page. This is a pandemic. It’s not a competition. I’m not sure how many times I’ve been asked lately, “What new hobbies have you picked up since March?” I haven’t. “How much are you working out?” Very little. “How are you spending all this free time?” Like many of…

Career Corner: Be Kind to Yourself
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Career Corner: Be Kind to Yourself

There are many days when 2020 feels like the year that will never end. In 2019, if someone had been taking bets about how this year would play out, we all would have lost. One of the most challenging things about this year has been self-care. And, it’s that same self-care that allows our best…

Career Corner: Returning to Corporate
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Career Corner: Returning to Corporate

Small businesses are a special thing in our country. Being able to start something from a vision and grow it is a gift. But the pandemic is taking a toll on small business owners. Many are reconsidering the idea of being self-employed. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few things to…

Career Corner: Leveling the Playing Field
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Career Corner: Leveling the Playing Field

Internships are an important part of any college education. They allow students to test out their skills and to dip their toes into their future careers. It can help to confirm interest in one field. Or, it can help to redirect interest to a new field. During my four years in college, I was fortunate…

Career Corner: Empathy, Why We Need It
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Career Corner: Empathy, Why We Need It

“He’s just not paying attention in meetings!” “She’s just not the same person right now.” “It’s like he doesn’t care anymore about his work!” “She missed her deadline.” These are all things people are saying about their colleagues right now. I get it. You’re frustrated at work. Not everyone is carrying their weight in the…

Career Corner: Career Pivot
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Career Corner: Career Pivot

The unexpected pandemic of 2020 has decimated many jobs, and some industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment for June was at 11.1 percent. If you’re one of the millions of people who has been impacted at work by COVID, you are likely trying to decide what’s next. And, I don’t blame you….

Career Corner: Money for Moving
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Career Corner: Money for Moving

It’s becoming more and more common. While we’re stuck at home, corporate employees are starting to find alternative working locations. For some, it’s been their vacation home. For others, out of state family has been a good option. But, a third option is emerging. Some employees are moving to a new city or state altogether….

Career Corner: Career Change During COVID-19
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Career Corner: Career Change During COVID-19

If you’ve found yourself out of work because of COVID-19, you are likely searching for something new. You may be doing some soul searching. You want to figure out what you should have been, or what you’d like to be in the future. You may even wonder if you’re living in the right city. I’m…

Career Corner: Better Times Are Ahead
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Career Corner: Better Times Are Ahead

By Angela Copeland A friend said something to me this weekend that took me by surprise. They said, “Better times are ahead of us.” What took me by surprise was less the statement than my own reaction to it. In the moment that it was said, I had a realization as to just how tough…

Career Corner: How Much Do You Make?
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Career Corner: How Much Do You Make?

One of the hardest parts of the job interview process comes in the form of a very simple question: “How much do you make?” The question typically comes up in the first screening call with the human resources recruiter. It is also asked on the online job application. The problem is that answering the question…

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