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Missed the chat with Jane and guests Tripp Hanson and Deborah Russell? Check it out here

ĈComment from Vanessa: New York a recession-proof city? Really? I live in New York and companies are laying people off left and right. Companies are consolidating offices (several colleagues in one office, which makes it a challenge getting work done).The landscape of interviewing has changed. You are now required to "brand" yourself and prepare to give the interviewer your "3 second commercial.” A good assessment tool is a book called StrenghtFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.

Comment from Lisa: Does one résumé fit all? I've heard that you should tailor your résumé to the job. That makes sense,  but can you give an example of how that "tailoring" looks?

Russell: Lisa, you should have a tailored résumé for every job you apply for. Every company and employer is looking for something unique and different. There are different résumé styles:


  • Chronological résumés provide dates of employment and are typically used if you’re planning on staying within the same industry and profession.
  • Functional résumés organize your skills by function that is articulated in the job announcement. This is usually the preferred style of résumé because it also does not highlight your years and therefore suppresses your age.

At the end of the day, it's about the skills you bring to the job, the successes you have had in your past job that you can apply to this new job and how you think you are the right fit for the job. If you want some great examples of résumés, go to

Comment from Nicole: Hi, Tripp, I stopped dancing a few years ago but often feel lost without it. Do you find yourself missing performance?

Hanson: I do, but I find myself always finding ways to include it — just not as the primary focus!

Comment from Ann Marie: Hi, everyone. What advice can you give to a recently downsized corporate someone who has taken all the assessments, is spending the time to assess/demonstrate how skills are transferable and trying to find what one really wanted to be when they grew up — but still feel so utterly clueless as to a direction? And yes — add the age thing on top of that too (late 50s).

Russell: Ann Marie, you are not alone with respect to not being clear about what’s next! It sounds to me like you might want to reach out to a professional career coach who might be able to provide you with some feedback and help you work through some of these issues. Some career coaches can be expensive; however, there are other options that are more cost-effective. Community colleges certainly have career counselors that will work with you; there are certified career counselors that might also be of assistance. If you go to, we have more information that will give you some direction. Good luck!

Comment from Elizabeth Craig: Hi, Vanessa, Nicole and others on that chat. You might want to check out the book Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra.

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