About Doug Anders

Doug Anders, MS in Counseling Founder of PurposeWorks with 25 years experience in Career Counseling and Resume Writing.

How to Change Careers

By | August 3rd, 2018|Career Change|

"In all things, patience is the key to victory. Those who cannot endure, cannot hope to win. Ultimate triumph belongs to those who can forebear.” These words of wisdom from Daisaku Ikeda, President of an international Buddhist organization, apply to many things in life, but are particularly relevant when it comes to bringing your [...]

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Talk at Parties Can Help Your Career

By | December 22nd, 2014|Blog|

'Tis the season to go to family gatherings and parties. Sometimes the small talk can be fun and interesting, and other times, it can be awkward or just plain boring. Career plans or employment are a natural topic of many party conversations, but not always a piece of cake to navigate. Even though many of [...]

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Qualitative Contributions & Resumes

By | August 31st, 2014|Blog|

Lots of people tell me that they don’t have any accomplishments to highlight on their resume. But, if you’ve been in a job for any reasonable length of time, you have contributed something that’s of value to your current AND future employers - in the qualitative realm.  And, you want to keep track of it. [...]

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Size Matters

By | February 2nd, 2014|Blog|

Like it our not, we live in a time and society where the size of things matter – especially bank accounts, income levels, and other external gauges of success. Numbers matter more than at any point in history, to businesses and public sector organizations at all levels. Reasons for that are many: Steadily shrinking budgets [...]

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New Year Career Resolutions

By | January 16th, 2014|Career Change, Career Counseling, Dreams, Resumes|

KEEP THESE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE YOUR CAREER IN 2014 I can recommend more than four, but if you attend to these, you’ll be miles ahead of most people. I’ll introduce each with an important question to ask yourself: 1. “What’s working for me and what isn’t in my work life?” Many people go through [...]

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Craft Your Interview To Get The Job

By | September 20th, 2013|Career Counseling, Interviewing, Outplacement Services, Resume Writing Services|

I interviewed a candidate for a position who made me want to call her up and share why we didn't hire her and how she was perceived by the interview team. (I was really worrried about her ability to get another job after that fiasco!) I am pretty sure she didn't realize how negative her [...]

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Linked For Your Job Search

By | June 12th, 2013|Career Counseling, Job Search, Linkedin, Oregon, Resume Writing Services, Social Media|

I simply cannot give LinkedIn enough positive kudos for the role it plays in networking and assisting job seekers in securing employment. A few months back, I was looking for a highly specialized candidate for a hard to find leadership role. I posted the position on a variety of job boards with no interest. So, [...]

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The Dreaded Behavioral Interview

By | May 9th, 2013|Behavioral Interviews, Behavioral Questions, Career Counseling, Interviewing, Job Interviews, Job Search, Outplacement Services, Resume Writing Services, Resumes|

Everyone loves to be offered a job, but I don't know anyone that says, "I just love to interview for a job!" Why don't people like to interview? Because you never know what a potential employer is going to ask you. (One time, I was given the questions in the lobby right before the interview. [...]

Five REAL Reasons To Update Your Resume

By | April 8th, 2013|Career Change, Career Counseling, Dreams, Job Search, Outplacement Services, Resume Writing Services, Resumes|

Every single day, I hear from someone how unhappy they are in their job, how they are bored to tears or wishing for more opportunity or money. When I ask them if they are looking for a new job, more often than not they tell me they haven’t updated their resume. The idea of an [...]

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Three Tips On Creating Your Dream Job

By | March 10th, 2013|Career Change, Career Counseling, Dreams, Job Search, Outplacement Services|

This is me dreaming big! All of us have an idea of a dream job in the back of our minds.You know the one.It's that job you think about late at night when you can't fall asleep.  It's that job you daydream about when you're in the middle of doing a mundane task at work. [...]

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