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April 26, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

Informational (Exploratory) Interviews: Strategies for success for asking or answering questions!

By Aliza Golshani, Founder of Your Path Careers


Alisha Golshani

An informational interview stands alone from other types of interviews in its purpose and conventions.


Informational interviews explained

The word 'informational' is key to understanding that this type of interview is fundamentally about seeking and receiving advice. It is not an interview used exclusively by job seekers hoping the conversation will lead to a direct job offer (although those with relevant experience, aligned skills and goals may get lucky.)

If you are considering asking for an informational interview, read this advice first:

Informational interviews...

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April 17, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

An Anthropologist's Peek into Behind the Scene of Hiring

By Ilana Gershon, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana UniversityIlana Gershon

I recently published a book on the hiring ritual, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don't Find) Work Today ( There is always a risk of disappointing readers when writing an anthropological book about hiring for the general public. Anthropologists like to analyze how social interactions take place, and they don't like to give advice about what people should do. But what most people want to know about hiring is how to get a job, which is perfectly reasonable. I have been spending time since writing the book trying to think...

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March 9, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Career

Aliza Golshani, M.A, Ed

Aliza Golshani, MA Ed

Volunteering provides opportunity for you to benefit society, through your local community, the environment, non-profit organizations or people outside your immediate family. Additionally, the benefits for you personally, are many.

Volunteers are defined by the United States Department of Labor 'as persons who do unpaid work (except for expenses) through or for an organization' - undertaken by choice. This definition is deliberately broad and enables people to choose widely how they would like to give their time. As such, volunteering has become a popular activity for people of all ages and across all demographics. The US Department of Labor (Bureau of Statistics,...

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March 4, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

Hiring Older Workers Benefits the Entire Community

By Jennifer Vaida, Teacher and Life Coach

Older Worker

Older workers are a valuable resource for companies, and there are countless reasons for hiring them: they bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the position; they have long and well-established network contacts that can be valuable to a company; their loyalty, punctuality, and attendance tend to be impeccable; they have a vast arsenal of problem-solving strategies and real-world applications for all kinds of situations; they typically have fewer distractions (family obligations, social media interests, personal branding priorities, etc.) than younger workers. The list goes on.


But what's equally compelling is the value that ...

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January 17, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

Job Market Trends for 2017

By Jennifer Vaida, Teacher and Life Coach

Jennifer Vaida


It's a new year, and many of us are happy to put 2016 behind us and look ahead to what's to come.

Fortunately, if you're in the job market in 2017, prospects look pretty good.

According to ManPower Group, in the first quarter of 2017 employers nationwide are expecting a 16% net increase in employment, and California is among the top five states with a positive employment outlook, with projected hiring rates of 18% (

"The job market in 2017 will be about as good as it gets," according to Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics. "There are currently a record number of job openings and layoffs are at a record low." Zandi ...

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January 17, 2017 @ 9:07 AM

Turning Your JobSearch Fears into Success

Aliza Golshani, M.A, Ed, Your Path CareersAliza Golshani, M.A., Ed


It is time. The new year has begun. The sleepy holiday season is over. Companies and organizations have ramped up their recruiting volume. You are ready. You need a new job.

You may be in this situation for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps you have been in your current role for so long that you can practically do it with your eyes closed and you need a fresh challenge. Your situation could have been precipitated by an organizational restructure, you officially retired from your company and are embarking on your second career phase or your personal circumstances necessitated a rapid change - you relocated, experienced major family commitments ...

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December 29, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

Finding and Achieving Your Career Goals in 2017

By Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2CareersImprove Finances

We begin every New Year with lots of enthusiasm, new ideas and projects we want to launch, which brings forth a flurry of questions that need to be answered:

  • How can we make them succeed?
  • How can we make this year different from the past?
  • Do you have a road map for your career plans?


It is important to take a look at what has worked and what hasn't. Ask yourself:

  • What did you accomplish in 2016 that you are proud of? Both personally and professionally?
  • What were new discoveries for you in 2016 (resources, people)?
  • Moving forward, what would you like to accomplish in 2017? Big or small?
  • Is there a class you ...
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October 27, 2016 @ 1:29 PM

Phase2Careers' Second Annual Award Ceremony

Phase2Careers held their second annual award ceremony on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 before an enthusiastic crowd of local employers, human resources professionals, and career coaches at the South San Francisco Conference Center.


Erin McInrue, VP of Research of Age Wave, gave a riveting presentation about:

Lifespan vs. Workspan: Can employers adapt to meet the reality of our longevity bonus?Erin McInrue, Key Speaker

In essence, she discussed new ways for employers to engage workers who are working and contributing well beyond the previous traditions of retirement at age 65.

"Many workplaces think about organizational structure, workplace policies, job titles, and career paths in a way that’s ...

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September 28, 2016 @ 11:18 AM

Ageism: Real or Not?  How to Handle It

By Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2Careers

Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2Careers


Ageism in the workplace is real.  However, what matters most is how we deal with it.

George was given his pink slip. 54 years of age, 20 years with the same company, a seasoned procurement specialist. "How am I going to get the next job?" Why is this happening to me? "Who will hire an older worker like me?"

Beverly, was a returning-to-work mom after a hiatus of 20 years in order to raise her kids. She had worked for many years in the hotel industry at the front desk. "They probably want someone younger," she thought. "How can I compete with someone younger and prettier?"

Jeanine is a ...

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August 23, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

Notre Dame de Namur University Logo

Mary Haesloop, Executive Director, Human Resources, of Notre Dame de Namur University recently provided a captivated audience of Phase2Careers
a detailed look into the history of the college, as well as their student body and their current and planned course work.

She also gave a snap shot of the college as a Peninsula-based employer. She gave insights into the working environment, current and future job openings, and the HR process. 

Mary cited her personal satisfaction working closely with employees while wearing many hats.

Mary, with pride, noted Notre Dame de Namur University's strength from their special vision of creating access to the more than 25% Hispanic student body, with 60% first generation college attendees.


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