Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Copeland Coaching Podcast with Glassdoor Career Trends Analyst, Scott Dobroski (Glassdoor.com)

Episode 8 of the Copeland Coaching Podcast is live! I'm so excited to share this great episode with you! If you haven't listened to one yet, this is the one to start with.

This week we talk with Glassdoor.com Career Trends Analyst, Scott Dobroski. Scott shares great insights on salary negotiation, company research, and leveling the playing field in your job search.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download it for free on iTunes (search for 'Copeland Coaching Podcast')! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Career Transitions for Scientists

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Career Transitions for Scientists.” In it, I provide advice on how to transition your job between different industries.

I’ve recently received multiple letters from scientists in the research community with questions about their career transitions. Researchers struggle with a problem workers in all sectors face: how to change industries. Most get into research with a three- to five-year contract. But this is not before completing a lengthy Ph.D. program. By the time their contract ends, the researcher may be in their 30s or early 40s.

With no experience in corporate America, and with little support about where to begin, many of these brilliant scientists struggle to decide what’s next.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can transition to a new industry, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Also, if you have a friend who is in this situation (nearing the end of their research contract), please forward a copy of my article to them. I was truly surprised to learn how many people are struggling with the issue of whether or not to leave research, and how to get into corporate.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Memphis Daily News: Conquering Rumors

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Conquering Rumors.” In it, I provide advice on how to prepare when you hear rumors that a layoff may be coming at your job.

It seems that every week there’s another rumor. Some big corporation is going to lay off its employees. A company’s going to relocate to another city. A department is going to be restructured.

Whatever rumor you’re hearing, it can make you nervous. It can even keep you up at night. You may wonder how long it will take to find another job – or worse, if you’ll find one at all. What if you have to move? What if you can’t sell your house? Most of all, you may worry about how the situation could impact your family’s future.

If you find yourself in this boat, you’re not alone. Whether or not a layoff ever occurs, the thought can be daunting. The best thing you can do is be prepared. In fact, this even goes for when there are no rumors at all. It’s better to start early than late.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can conquer layoff rumors, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dressing for Career Success

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Dressing for Career Success.” In it, I provide tips on what to wear to 'knock 'em dead' at your next interview.

You’ve been applying online for months, and finally something has clicked. You have an interview in a few days for the perfect job at the best company in town.

This scenario sounds great on the surface, but can often lead to stress and anxiety when job seekers prepare to suit up for their next interview. And it makes sense, because your outfit can impact your overall interview success.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can dress for success, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Copeland Coaching Launches Podcast: Listen Now!

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! The important holiday honoring our veterans is always a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones.

As you continue your job search, keep those close to you in mind. They can be a great resource for learning.

Of your friends, think of the one with the most interesting job. You know, the friend whose job you secretly wish you could have.

Have you ever thought about calling that friend and asking them to have an informational interview with you? An informational interview is when you sit down with another professional to learn about their career.

It's not a job interview, but it is an excellent learning and networking opportunity. It can often help you to identify jobs you don't want, and can open your eyes to jobs you hadn't considered.

You might be surprised at just how easy it is to ask someone for an informational interview. Most people love to talk about what they do, and are more than happy to share with you.

I have found this to be true in both my personal job searches, and with my new podcast. As the title of this blog suggests, this is an exciting day. Today, I'm launching the first episode of the Copeland Coaching Podcast!

I sat down and interviewed my friend, Amy Ware, to get her perspective on the job search process. Amy is a long time career coach and Director of Career Services at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.

In my interview, Amy shares tips on job searching, dressing for success, and nailing the interview. If you've ever had questions about what you should or shouldn't wear to an interview, this podcast is for you! Amy also gives great tips on what to do after an interview to follow up with employers and to increase your chances of getting the job.

You can listen to the podcast in two ways. First, it's available for download on iTunes. You can also listen on SoundCloud.com. So, whether you want to listen on your desktop, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, you're covered! Listen from wherever, whenever.

If this is your first time to listen to a podcast on iTunes, you may not see the episode above listed right away. If you're having trouble, search for "the podcast app" in the App Store. After you download The Podcast App, you can search for the "Copeland Coaching Podcast." You should then be able to view the podcast episode for download. Once you download it, you can begin listening!   

I hope you will enjoy this first episode of the Copeland Coaching Podcast. Tune in each Tuesday for a new podcast and expert guest. We will be discussing everything from getting an interview,  switching career fields, offer negotiation, and finding happiness at work.

And speaking of switching fields and findings happiness, I'm searching for a Social Media Intern for Copeland Coaching.

This person should have extremely strong organization and time management skills, with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. They should have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

At a minimum, they should have experience personally using social media. But, it's not critical that they've used social media in business before. This will be a great learning opportunity for the right candidate.

This is a paid internship, and the intern may be located in Memphis or may work virtually.

The full job description is located here (note: this is a PDF document). Interested candidates are asked to send their resume, cover letter, and social media links to intern@CopelandCoaching.com.

I hope these tips have helped you. Visit CopelandCoaching.com to find more tips to improve your job search.

Happy hunting!

Angela Copeland

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scaling Your Career

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Scaling Your Career.” In it, I encourage you to consider transition between different industries - and to learn about the differences that may hold you back during your search.

One of the most exciting career transitions job seekers make is changing industries. You may want to move from nonprofit to corporate or from a large organization to a small business. These moves expose you to a new workplace and can reenergize you if you’re feeling burnt out in your current environment.

However, the one issue many job seekers struggle to understand is scalability. Scalability is an understanding of how your old work environment translates into your new work environment.

For example, a friend was recently working as a manager at a major university. He had 75 employees, large-scale projects and an impressive budget. Interested to move to a corporate job, he was concerned about titles such as “manager” and “director” that appeared on job postings. In the university setting, these titles were reserved for a select few with expansive responsibilities.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can learn more about how to scale your career, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Does this resume make me look old?

My latest newsletter is out, "Does this resume make me look old?"

If you're in the later part of your career and find yourself starting over, you may be worried about a number of things. In particular, many older job seekers are concerned about the discrimination they may face during the interview process.

And honestly, it's for good reason. First impressions happen quickly and make a lasting impact.

Even the Bureau of Labor Statistics agrees. Unemployed workers who are 55 and older stay out of work 20% longer than those between 25 and 54.

To learn the steps to take to avoid this dilemma and shave years of your resume, check out my latest newsletter here

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Networking Over Coffee

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Networking Over Coffee.” In it, I encourage you to expand your network and learn more about new industries.

Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees only stay at a job for a little over four years on average.

In the past, people making quick transitions were sometimes looked at as flaky or unstable. Today, it’s common to assume those who transition more frequently are also more experienced. They’ve seen different environments, and have been forced to grow their skills.

If you’ve decided to become part of this growing trend, you may wonder where to start. You’ll need to decide if you want to keep the same type of job, or try something new, and whether or not to stay in the same industry. When changing careers, it’s often easiest to either keep the same job function in a new industry – or try a new job function in the same industry.

But first, you need to decide which job function, and which industry. This is a place where people often get stuck. They wonder how to gather enough information to make this decision.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can learn more about different industries and jobs, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Transitioning Between Corporate and Nonprofit

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Transitioning Between Corporate and Nonprofit.” In it, I give you tips on how to transition your career from corporate to non-profit or from non-profit to corporate.

Career transitions are all the rage these days. Whether it’s moving between jobs more frequently or updating your skill set midstream, change is happening. One trend growing in popularity is employees who are making a move between the nonprofit and corporate worlds.

Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on now, the grass often looks greener on the other side. And, the good news is, many employers are warming up to the idea to. Now the questions becomes, how do you make such a bold move?

To read my entire article, and learn about how to successfully transition your career, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

How to survive the most uncomfortable 5 minutes of your job search

My latest newsletter is out, "How to survive the most uncomfortable 5 minutes of your job search."

Lately, I’m finding myself having the same conversation. It has to do with your salary negotiation, and it starts a lot sooner than you’d think.

Typically, your very first interview at a company is with the HR manager. Sometimes, it’s with the hiring manager. Either way, the first discussion is fairly casuel with questions about where you’ve lived, or how many people you’ve managed before. These questions are all easy and routine.

The question that really throws people for a loop in the first interview is this one: “How much do you make?” It can also come in the form of, “How much do you want to make?”

Many people feel obligated to spill the beans. The interviewer is in a position of authority, and they really want to get a job offer.

To learn how to successfully survive this uncomfortable 5 minutes, check out my latest newsletter here

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Lesson Learned: Being Open to New Opportunities

My latest newsletter is out, "Lesson learned: being open to new opportunities."

I recently had the special opportunity to interview an old friend about his exciting and successful career. Hint: I will be launching the Copeland Coaching podcast very soon! You will be able to listen to the entire interview online. Watch CopelandCoaching.com for updates. In the meantime, I want to share a little preview of our conversation here.

Shane Presley has had an amazingly career in technology. I met Shane when we worked together at FedEx back in 2001. Since then, he's found great job after great job that have taken him to cities all over the world. A few years ago, he worked at Netflix in San Francisco and most recently, he worked for a large bank in Sydney, Australia.

He's back in the US now, so I had the opportunity to sit down with him to learn more about how he's grown his career. There were many great takeaways from our discussion. You will be able to hear the entire thing very soon, but there's one piece of our conversation that really stuck out to me.

To learn how to open up yourself to incredible career opportunities, check out my latest newsletter here.

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Negotiation 101

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Negotiation 101.” In it, I encourage you to begin to negotiate your job offers.

Negotiation is one of my favorite topics. You negotiate things every day – from which movie to watch to what to eat for dinner. At work, your ability to negotiate can hit close to your wallet.

I learned the importance of negotiation at 19. I was given the opportunity to spend the summer working as an engineer for General Motors in an automotive assembly plant. It required me to relocate over 1,500 miles, so I hoped the company would pay to move me cross country. Unfortunately, they didn't - because I didn't negotiate.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can avoid the misstep I made at my first job, visit the Memphis Daily News site here



Monday, April 28, 2014

How to successfully relocate anywhere

My latest newsletter is out, "How to successfully relocate anywhere."

I hope you had a beautiful weekend. With the weather starting to warm up, many people are beginning to consider their next big move. But, for some, their only relocation experience as an adult came when they moved away to college, or for their first job.

Since leaving my hometown in Oklahoma, I've relocated to 5 different states: New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and California. Not once did I ever know a single person in any of the places I moved to. All of this relocating helped me to develop best practices for how to relocate successfully.
To get my best practices on successfully relocating to a new city, check out my latest newsletter here.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Relationship Building Blocks

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Relationship Building Blocks.”

In it, I focus on the importance of networking and relationship building to your job search. When you’re working to turn over a new leaf in your career, you start with the basics: an updated resume, a catchy cover letter, new business cards and a fresh LinkedIn profile. These pieces are requirements of your search, but they’re not where the important work happens. The foundation of a long-term career is built on networking.

To read my entire article, and learn about how to grow your network and improve your likelihood of getting hired, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Successfully transition your career now

My latest newsletter is out, "Successfully transition your career now."

If you’ve been thinking of abandoning your current career path, you’re not alone. Many people decide to switch careers for similar reasons. Either they’re not happy with the type of work they’re doing, they want to make more money, or they want a better work life balance.

Transitioning your career can feel hard. In fact, it can often feel impossible. Even after you’ve gone back to school to learn a new trade, it’s difficult to get new potential employers to see you beyond the walls of your old box.

To learn how to make a big career transition, check out my latest newsletter here.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Memphis Daily News: Unconventional Career Advice

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Unconventional Career Advice.”

In it, I give tips on trying something a little different in your job search - to hopefully help you to avoid burnout.

Conventional wisdom seems to indicate that the steps to finding a new job are writing a resume, and then applying to job postings online. Soon after, every company will contact you for an interview and after one meeting, you’ll get a great offer and start just a few weeks later. Months after trying this method, jobseekers feel frustrated and confused.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can avoid burnout and be more creative in your job search, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Copeland Coaching Presents at Multicultural Job Fair in Memphis

Thanks to Alex Matlock and Contigo Creative for inviting me to be a part of the Multicultural Job Fair!

Thanks too to those who sent me messages after seeing me on the news at the fair. WMC-TV News Channel 5 featured Alex discussing the importance of the fair, and me teaching.

Below is a clip of me presenting on Building Your Personal Brand.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Make More Money: Supercharge Your Income Now

My latest newsletter is out, "Make More Money: Supercharge Your Income Now."

What would you buy if you had more money? A new car, a beefed up retirement account, or a vacation home perhaps? I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love to make a little more money.

I've talked about the concept of negotiating for more money in my newsletter, "The 10 Minute Conversation That Will Change Your Life." The concept is that if you stay at the same job and receive 2% raises each year, it will take you over 10 years to grow your salary by 25%. When you switch jobs, you have the potential to increase your salary overnight.

But, when you really get down to it, most people have never negotiated before. It's a dirty little thing that many people don't feel comfortable discussing at all. Those who don't negotiate often can't picture themselves asking for more. Something bad might happen. On the flip side, those who do negotiate are surprised that anyone would ever accept a first offer without negotiating. They've personally experienced the power of negotiation, and aren't going to turn back.

To learn how to make more money now, check out my latest newsletter here.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Grey Ceiling: Beating Ageism

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “The Grey Ceiling: Beating Ageism.” In it, I give tips on looking for a job if you're feeling worried about how your age may impact your search.

The unfortunate truth of today’s job searching climate is that applying for jobs is competitive – very competitive. Employers can be picky about who they hire and how much they’re willing to pay. For many job seekers over 50, the search process is a longer, harder road than they remember from years past.

Many companies view an older employee as a big risk. They’re typically more expensive, and more likely to quit since they’re creeping up on retirement. An older applicant may be looked at as less flexible, and behind the times when it comes to technology.

I’ve worked with many clients who share the same story. They want to switch jobs, but they feel trapped. They’re certain another company won’t take a risk to hire them. The interesting thing is, the age someone guesses you as is largely determined by signals you send and have control over.

To learn about how you can beat ageism in your job search, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Business School Shifts Your Career Into High Gear

Today's a great day! Pepperdine University invited me to write a guest column for their blog, the Graziadio Voice. The title of the column is, "Business School Shifts Your Career Into High Gear."

In it, I encourage those in business school to take advantage of the many opportunities available - including making career transitions.

I earned my MBA from Pepperdine University, so the school holds a special place for me. Check out the entire column here.

Photo courtesy of Pepperdine, taken at the beautiful campus in Malibu, CA.

Monday, April 07, 2014

How long should my job search take?

My latest newsletter is out, "How long should my job search take?"

Remember back to a simpler time. A time when you had more hair, less wrinkles, and were just graduating from college. The entire world seemed full of options.

You were more open to suggestions back then. You would consider jobs in different industries, and various departments. You were open to moving to a new city, and were willing to take very little money just to "get your foot in the door." You may have even taken a job for free in exchange for the title of Intern.

To learn more about why your job search is taking too long, check out my latest newsletter here.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Going Back to Graduate School

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, "Going Back to Graduate School." In it, I provide my perspective and guidance on going back to grad school after you've started working. 
“Should I go back to graduate school?” This is a question many professionals wonder about each day. If you’ve struggled to find a new job in the difficult economy, you may be seriously considering it.

I challenge you to carefully weigh the pros and cons of graduate school before enrolling. It’s both expensive and time-consuming, so if you’re going to go, you want it to be for the right reasons. 
To read my entire article, and get feedback on whether or not school's for you, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Cleaning Off the Cobwebs

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Cleaning Off the Cobwebs.” In it, I discuss proactively cleaning up your personal brand.

When new jobseekers start their search for the perfect opportunity, they’re often met with one of two concerns. Either “I’m too old” or “I’m too young.” Those who are older feel their experience will be overlooked because they have too many gray hairs. Those who are young feel their lack of experience will trump their abilities.

To read my tips on spring cleaning your personal brand and positively influencing perception, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Monday, March 31, 2014

The Danger in Comparing Yourself to Others

My latest newsletter is out-- The Danger in Comparing Yourself to Others.

Do you compare yourself to others? Your accomplishments versus theirs? Your resume compared to them? Your clothes, even? 

We all do it, and for some reason, we assume it’s helpful. I’d argue it is just the oppose for a few key reasons. 
  • First, you’re making a lot of assumptions about the other person, which may or may not be correct. You don’t see the entire picture – just the part they choose to present. 
  • You’re minimizing your own strengths, and assuming the other person is in some way superior to you. You have your own talents that you want to showcase. 
  • You don’t look outside the box for new ideas. If the best your competition did was to create a stellar resume, is that all you should do? Of course not. Just keeping pace with the competition is not enough. You’ve got to do your best; not their best.
Click here to learn about my recent trip to the NSBE Career Fair in Nashville, and read my 4 tips for being the best YOU you can be.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

6 Tips to Spring Clean Your Career

My latest newsletter is out-- Spring Cleaning Your Career.

Happy first week of Spring! It’s so nice to see the bright sunshine again, streaming through my windows. If you’re like many folks, you’ve already started on your home cleaning checklist. You’ve paid extra attention to your baseboards, and your ceiling fans, but what about yourself? 

Spring is also the perfect time to get your career goals in order. You’ve made it past the hiring freezes over the winter, and jobs are popping up every day. Even if you’re not looking to quit your job tomorrow, now’s the time to work on yourself for three very important reasons: 
  1. The best jobs are often found by chance. If a recruiter called you out of the blue tomorrow, would you be prepared? 
  2. When you wait to polish up your personal brand (and your LinkedIn profile) all at one time when a job does come around, you raise suspicions at your current employer. 
  3. You never know when you might be unexpectedly looking for a job. Even top performers are at risk when a corporation goes through a layoff.
Click here to read my 6 tips for spring cleaning your career.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Becoming Your Own CEO

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Becoming Your Own CEO.”

I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”

To read the entire article and learn how to take charge of your career if you're faced with this situation, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Copeland Coaching on Local 24 Memphis

I hope you had a lucky St. Patrick's Day yesterday. A huge thank you goes out to the staff at ABC news channel Local 24, including Joy Lambert & Jenn Allmon!

Joy interviewed me about how to increase your luck when you're looking for a job.

In case you missed it, you can watch the interview below.

Monday, March 17, 2014

How do I improve my luck this St. Patrick's Day?

My latest newsletter is out-- How do I improve my luck?

Happy St. Patrick's Day! You may be asking yourself how you can catch "the luck o' the Irish" you've heard so much about from that cereal eating leprechaun. After all, it seems some people get everything handed to them. The best job, most money, and a life everyone admires. When will my luck change?

On this day last year, I was touring the Guinness factory in Dublin, Ireland learning to pour the perfect pint. But, my luck almost ran out and I nearly missed my opportunity to learn more about my Irish heritage.

Click here to read more about how I improved my luck, and how you can improve yours.

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Learning to pour the perfect pint of Guinness in Dublin, Mar. 17 2013

Friday, March 14, 2014

Defining Luck

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Defining Luck.” With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I found myself in a long discussion with a friend about what it means to be lucky.

Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes.

How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change? Read my entire article and learn how to improve your luck here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Copeland Coaching on “An Education That Works” Radio Show

Huge thanks to Kenneth Kinney for having me on his radio show, "An Education That Works" Tuesday morning on KWAM 990.

I appeared with students and professors from Victory University, which recently announced their closing. It was Kenneth's last radio program, so students and professors shared their fond memories of the school.

I spoke about what to do when you're laid off unexpectedly, and how to get job experience when you're just starting your career.

My heart goes out to all of those impacted by Victory's closing. I wish them the best in their search for new schools, and new jobs.

Listen to the interview below.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Time for a change

My latest newsletter is out-- Time for a change.
Good morning! There's a decent chance that today you're a little tired. With the time change over the weekend, it seems that everyone's sleep schedule (including our animals and children) are a little off. The good news is we'll have more light to enjoy at the end of the day. That is, of course, after our sleep schedule adjusts to the new routine.  In the meantime, we're all a little grumpy about the entire situation.

Change is hard. It can be a long, sometimes painful process. But in the end, good things often come from it.

Are you someone who embraces change or who runs from it? If you got the impression your company was downsizing, would you start to look for another job, or wait for your boss to walk you out the door? I recommend the first, more proactive approach. It puts you in the driver's seat, and allows you to make your own decisions about your career path.

Read more about embracing change to grow your career here

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Friday, March 07, 2014

How to make the most of career fairs

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, "Making the Most of Career Fairs."

In it, I discuss taking advantage of upcoming local career fairs - whether you're just out of college, or have been in the workforce for many years.

Read the entire article here.

**Note: the NSBE fair is in March, not April. I apologize for my typo.**


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Copeland Coaching on An Education That Works with Kenneth Kinney

A huge thank you goes out to Kenneth Kinney who included me in his latest "An Education That Works" television show for Victory University.

He interviewed me and Alex Matlock from ContigoCreative about the upcoming Multicultural Career Fair, and tips for how to best navigate a career fair. Watch the show below to learn more.

Are you prepared to weather the storm?

My latest newsletter is out-- Weathering the Storm.

You’ve made it. It’s officially March. You’ve been waiting months for the cold weather to move on, and the possibility of warmer weather is starting to become a reality. But, your patience for freezing temperatures is dropping every day.

Similarly, you made it through the long stretch of the holiday season when hiring slows down, as recruiters and companies focus on their families, and wait for the New Year. Job postings are starting to pick up. You’ve been unhappy at your job for a while, and you’re ready to move on.

There’s just one problem: your bonus. Whether your annual performance payout for 2013 was 5% or 50% of your salary, the thought of walking away from it now is just not an option.

Read more about weathering the storm: http://bit.ly/1c5GCuv

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Networking With No Fear

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Networking With No Fear.” In it, I discuss how much more successful we would all be at networking if we could leave our fears and worries at the door.

I tell a story of one of my 3-year old neighbors, and his ability to approach adults without the fear or baggage that we all pick up along the way. 

How much more career progress would we all make if we lived with a little less fear?

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Moore, Oklahoma Update on Local 24 Memphis News

Thank you to Sean Parker and Local 24 for a second amazing story today! Sean did an update on the Memphis To Moore fundraiser, and my hometown of Moore, Oklahoma.

Last May, Moore was hit by an EF5 tornado that was more than 1 mile wide. It caused damage to more than 1,400 homes and 20 of the 35 Moore Public Schools buildings.

As a former student from Moore Public Schools, I felt compelled to partner up with The Westin Memphis Beale Street, and RedRover Sales & Marketing to host a fundraiser for 200 Memphians to raise funds for the schools.

We raised over $34,000 in donations, including gym equipment for my junior high school, Highland East. The equipment was donated by Karen Wilder Fitness and shipped by Big League Movers (who donated 100% of their shipping services!!). Cash raised was donated to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund to cover the needs of teachers and students impacted by the tornado.

In all, there was $55M in total damage to the school system. The three most badly damaged properties, Plaza Towers Elementary, Briarwood Elementary, and High East Junior High, are all still under construction. Most other school properties have been repaired, and students are back in school.

For those who have asked about my parents street, one home was beyond repair and was rebuilt completely. Two others were badly damaged and are almost completed. Other repairs are complete.

Thank you to everyone who donated their time, money, and energy for the fundraiser. I appreciate all of your help and support! Moore teachers, students, and residents send their thank yous to everyone in Memphis.

Read Sean's entire story here.

View the interview below:

South Main Recyles on Local 24 with Sean Parker

Thank you to Sean Parker, and Local 24 for a great story today about South Main Recycles!

My neighborhood in Downtown Memphis lost its recycling bins last year after our grant funded by the Office of Sustainability ran out. That's when myself and two of my neighbors, Bob Lundy and Sharon Leicham, decided to do something.

A visit to single stream recycling facility ReCommunity and a few phone calls later, we found that adding recycling back into the neighborhood was just $100 per month for everyone. We started an online campaign to accept donations from other neighbors. We were able to raise over $1,200 from donations as small as $5 and as large as $100. Then, the Downtown Memphis Commission generously matched what we raised!

Recycling is back! If you'd like to use the single stream bins, they're located next to the Memphis Farmers' Market at G.E. Patterson and Tennessee Street. If you'd like to learn more, or to donate, visit Facebook.com/SouthMainRecycles.

Read Sean's entire story here.

Watch the interview below:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two voting days left! Your help needed!

Just 2 voting days left! I need ~300 more votes to make it to Round 2. Please vote & share! Thx for your help! http://bit.ly/CopelandCoaching

Friday, February 21, 2014

Make More Money This Year

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, "Make More Money This Year." In it, I discuss important strategies for increasing your salary at your #1 income source: your job.

If you’re like most people, you created a list of new year’s resolutions at the end of December or in the beginning of January. One of your resolutions was probably related to your finances. It may have been to save more, to make more or both. Regardless of which you selected, increasing your income can achieve both goals. 

If you’re like me, your parents and grandparents worked at the same jobs for their entire careers. Companies were more loyal to their employees back then, and in turn, employees were more loyal too. You often stayed at a job for 30 years where you grew your career, got promoted, earned more money and, eventually, retired with a fat pension and a lifetime of amazing health insurance. 

Unfortunately, times have changed.... 

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Just 7 voting days left!

Happy President's Day! We're up to 1,441 votes!

Just 7 voting days left! In order to move on to Round 2, I need to be in the top 100 of the over 5,000 companies entered. Right now, I'm hovering right around 100, so I need your vote to keep Copeland Coaching in the competition.

Let's keep voting daily!

Thanks for your support in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

(Feel free to re-post this. Thanks!)


Working the (career fair) room like a pro

My latest newsletter is out-- Working the (career fair) room like a pro.

When was the last time you attended a career fair?  Five years ago?  Ten?  Never?  Chances are the last time you went to a fair, it was in college.

But, career fairs are not just something for college students anymore.  They can be a great way to find an in person connection to a company you've been internet stalking for months.  They're also an alternative to submitting your resume to the online application process black hole.

Read the entire newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1mlKooc

Subscribe to my newsletter here: http://bit.ly/jobnewsletter


Friday, February 14, 2014

Putting Your <3 Into Your Job

Happy Valentine's Day!

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Putting Your <3 Into Your Job." In it, I discuss finding a job that aligns to your personal goals, and allows you to be happy each day when you go to work. Given how much time we all spend working, it's important to do something you love.  

The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?  

If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing for a living, it’s time to take stock of what’s important to you. Start out by ranking the following items in order from least to most important: Location, Career Fulfillment, Financial Stability and Career Field.

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Where to start when you're starting over

My latest newsletter is out-- Where to start when you're starting over

It's been a surprising week for folks in Memphis. Like we've seen too many times over the past few years, companies are restructuring. When they do, it impacts the personal lives of their employees.

Unfortunately, unlike previous generations, the luxury of having an entire career at one company is rare. Workers no longer stay at the same job for thirty years and then retire with a great pension and excellent healthcare. In fact, staying at one company can often be looked at as a negative thing. More value is often being been placed on breadth, rather than just depth, of knowledge.

Read the entire newsletter here: http://bit.ly/LQ2CgH

Subscribe to my newsletter here: http://bit.ly/jobnewsletter


Saturday, February 08, 2014

Copeland Coaching on WMC-TV with Lauren Squires

Unfortunately, Memphis continued to experience the harsh realities of restructuring, cutbacks, and layoffs this week.  Workers found themselves caught off guard, and forced to start over again.

Lauren Squires from WMC-TV interviewed me and Kevin Cochran yesterday on the topic of where to start when you're starting over. 

Watch the interview below to learn more.  If you are an employer that is interested to talk with Kevin Cochran, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Starting Over: When Corporate Goes Kaput

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, "Starting Over: When Corporate Goes Kaput."  It provides guidance on where to start when you're starting over.  I was inspired to write this column when I heard about the recent layoff at another large employer in Memphis this week.  If you know someone who's been impacted, please consider sharing this column with them.

For many employees in the Memphis area, the story is all too familiar. You wake up one day and go to work, just like it was any other. You wear the same clothes, drive the same route, and eat at the same place for lunch. Things seem fine at first, but something starts to feel a little out of whack.

You’re taken into a large room with your entire department or a small room with just your team. Then and there, you learn that the company has decided to take a new direction. And, the worst part – your job has been eliminated.

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Thank you for your vote for Copeland Coaching in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!


Thank you so much for all of your votes for my business Copeland Coaching in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest.  As you probably know by now, you can vote once per day between now and February 23rd.  What you probably don't know is why the daily voting is so important, so I wanted to take a few minutes and share more details of the contest with you.

The grand prize is $25K, but there are nine other prizes as well:
  • Grand prize grant of $25,000 
  • Four first-place grants of $5,000 
  • Five second-place grants of $1,000 
How it works
  1. Round 1: (happening now) Friends place votes daily from now to February 23rd at http://bit.ly/CopelandCoaching
  2. Round 2: The top 100 voted businesses from Round 1 will move on to Round 2.  In Round 2, each of the 100 businesses will answer four essay questions about why the grant is so important to them, and how it would help their business grow.
  3. Grant Winners Announced: Based on the essay questions, FedEx will hand select the final 10 businesses that they wish to award the small business grants to.
Our current status
  • There are 3,724 businesses entered to win the contest.  That's a lot of small businesses!
  • As of this morning, Copeland Coaching is ranked #91!
Yes, that's right, we are currently ranked #91 out of 3,724!  So, thank you for all of your votes to get us this far! With just 18 days left to go, we are currently in the running to make it to Round 2.  But, I need your help to stay there!

FedEx is headquartered here in Memphis, Tennessee.  I'd like to see Memphis represented right here in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

Please keep voting each day to keep Copeland Coaching in the contest, and encourage your friends to vote too!

It's fast & easy.  And, just takes one click at http://bit.ly/CopelandCoaching

Thank you for your help!



Monday, February 03, 2014

Guest Blog on 21 Words: 10 Steps to Career Professionalism

Today's an exciting day! Public Strategy firm Caissa invited me to write a guest column for their blog, 21 Words. The title of the column is "10 Steps to Career Professionalism."

In it, I provide simple tips on how to build up your personal brand over time. It's my first ever guest column, so be sure to check it out here.

Caissa Public Strategy is a great firm! If you haven't heard of them before, here's a little information from their site:

Looking for a smarter strategy? Want to shake things up? Dominate the game? That's what we're about. Caissa Public Strategy helps you move forward and achieve your goals. Focusing on deliverables and the endgame ensures we win for you. Whether you want to build trust with your stakeholders, develop support for your cause or need help running a project, our team has the experience and skills to develop and implement a winning game plan. 

Challenge us.


The 10 minute conversation that will change your life

My latest newsletter is out today. In it, I challenge you to change your life with just one 10 minute conversation.

Read the entire newsletter here, & sign up to be on my mailing list!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Applying Dinner Party Etiquette to Your Job Search

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, "Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search."

The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.

Much like a dinner party, you never know who you might be introduced to when you’re searching for a job. When you go for an interview, it’s important to be friendly to each person you meet – whether they’re the intern or the CEO. Look each person in the eye and greet them with a firm handshake. And, above all – do your best to remember their names.

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Copeland Coaching on “An Education That Works” Radio Show

Great news! Yesterday morning, you may have heard me on Kenneth Kinney's radio show, "An Education That Works," on KWAM 990.

Kenneth produces the show for Victory University to help educate the students and community members on career skills, and related topics.

Tuesday, Kenneth interviewed me, along with Alex Matlock and Brian Lowe from Contigo Creative.  We discussed career advice, interview tips, and the upcoming Memphis Multicultural Job Fair.

My interview begins at 27 minutes, 30 seconds.

Copeland Coaching featured on Pepperdine.edu

Thanks to Pepperdine University for your vote for Copeland Coaching. Copeland Coaching is featured on the Graziadio Business School website.  

"Angela is competing in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest to win $25,000. The winner is determined by online vote, and people can vote once a day. Cast your vote for Angela today.  

Angela recently launched her own practice, Copeland Coaching, based in Memphis, after nine years of informally providing career-coaching services. Copeland Coaching provides assistance at all stages of the job-search process; including networking, interviewing and negotiation, and is available for those seeking a career change at all levels."

 To read the entire article, visit the Pepperdine website here.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Copeland Coaching on WMC-TV

Thanks to those folks who've reached out to me since yesterday. Yes, that was me talking about Copeland Coaching you saw on the Sunday morning news.

 Big thank you to all of the folks at WMC-TV, including Kontji Anthony, who invited me and made this interview possible!

If you missed the interview, click the video below to play it back.

Your Business Card: don't leave home without it

My latest newsletter is out today. In it, I encourage you to revise your resume with a few simple tips. 

Read the entire newsletter here, & sign up to be on my mailing list!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Your Calling Card

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out: "Your Calling Card."

These days, the way in which you present yourself has become more complicated. It’s no longer just about being well groomed with a firm handshake. Your Facebook page, LinkedIn account, email address, business cards and phone number all say something about you. They are all pieces of your personal brand.

One important thing to consider when you’re looking for a job is business cards. If you have a current job, you may already have business cards. If so, that’s great. Use them. If you don’t have business cards with your current job, if you’re a student or if you’re unemployed, this is the time to get them.

To read the entire article, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Copeland Coaching on the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club Radio Show

Exciting news!  Last weekend, I had the opportunity to be on the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club Radio with Jeremy Park to talk about my business, Copeland Coaching.

I appeared, along with Caissa Public Strategy, & Gestalt Community Schools! I owe a huge thanks to Jeremy for the invitation to be on his show!

It was the first time I've ever done a radio interview in a studio before!  It was exciting to see the Clear Channel studios, and to meet Jeremy in person.

We talked about New Year's resolutions, and tips for finding a job in today's competitive environment.

You can play my Copeland Coaching segment here, or listen to the entire show by clicking the link below.

Here's the full show: http://bit.ly/lpbc