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Andrea Kay is the author of 'Life's a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future.' Andrea Kay is the author of “Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk & On to Your Future. Andrea Kay can be reached via e-mail

Kay: It’s never too late to find your voice

By Andrea Kay
Editor’s note: This is Andrea Kay’s last column. I had an audacious idea in 1987. Out of all the billions of people on planet Earth, I decided that I would be the one to have my very own newspaper column …

Allow dialogue of the self

By Andrea Kay
Even at funerals, people talk about their careers. On Friday, right before the funeral of my beloved Uncle Butch — the part where people struggle to find the right words — a man I’ve known for years walked over, said …

Kay: How to pursue your dream, still get paid

By Andrea Kay
What can you do when you hate your career but must support yourself and your family? In the 27 years I have been writing about careers and helping people steer theirs, this question has popped up conservatively, 9,000 times. It …

Don’t  be afraid to be you

By Andrea Kay
You thought you were the only one. Turns out 75 percent of all employees hide who they really are at work. They cover up their true selves, whether it involves racial background, sexuality, age or personal style, according to a …

Speakers: Slides will get in way

By Andrea Kay
As Sunday gets closer — the day I’m giving a speech on how to get what you want at any age or stage of life — emails from the event organizers become more frequent. “What will you need? A screen …

These traits can help you boost odds of getting hired

By Andrea Kay
This is the year employers will be ever so cautious about adding many permanent employees to their ranks. It sounds a lot like last year — and the year before. Yes, 24 percent of employers expect to hire full-time, permanent …

Don’t be a word weasel

By Andrea Kay
And now, in keeping with my end-of-year ritual to eradicate hollow, credibility-killing communications, here’s how to expel weasel words and improperly used phrases from your speech. • Stop using noncommittal language. The young woman at my senator’s office has this …

Test your interview skill set

By Tribune-Review
You may not like job hunting, but who doesn’t love a quiz? So here’s your job-hunting quiz . 1. What is the objective of the job interview? a) To have something to write on that form for the unemployment office. …

Potential employees scared off

By Andrea Kay
Workers are on the march — or hope to be in 2014. Four in five North American employees plan to look for a new job next year, according to a Right Management poll. So how will you, a business owner …

Be smart with social media use

By Andrea Kay
Here’s more proof that social media can mean a boon or doom to your career. First, a brief history lesson: Think back — if you were alive and working — to a time before we had social media. If you …

New on the job? Lay low

By Andrea Kay
A heaping of common sense can make things easier when you’re new on the job. When Caroline Kennedy solemnly swore recently to do her duty in her new job as U.S. ambassador to Japan, I got to thinking about mistakes …

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