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Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter (Career Trend)

Hi Megan,
What a vigorous checklist for one's career and personal 'health!' I love all of the questions you pose. A reader can simply print those off or cut/paste into a Word document and use them as a guide every quarter when they are 'taking their temperature.'

I like how you not only talk about brand/career/job search health but also the importance of work life quality. The delicate balance between all can make the difference between general well being and collapsing from exhaustion and burnout!

Thank you also for your constant wisdom and detailed sharing of your valuable expertise in the careers and personal branding arena. Your blog posts are gems! Love sharing with you in the Career Collective.


Megan Fitzgerald

Thanks Jacqui.

I find in the throws of life, work and especially when someone is in active job search finding the time to stop, take a breath and reflect on what's working and what's not can be lost.

Our personal brand and career need tending to to stay healthy, just like ourselves.

It's fantastic to be a part of such a great group of experts in the Career Collective!

Tim Tyrell-Smith

Hi Megan -

Love that you included "personal brand" in your post. Actively managing the evolution of our brands is so important!

And love the checklist - those are really helpful for people still learning what their brand is all about!

Megan Fitzgerald

Thanks Tim - indeed managing your career and your personal brand are one in the same. In today's competitive global marketplace we cannot afford not to do everything we can to stand out! Great to see you as a new member of the Career Collective!

Dawn Bugni

Megan -

What an information packed post! And those checklists; they're worth their weight in gold. Definitely bookmarking this post to share with future clients.

Excellent! Thank you.

Susan P. Joyce

A quarterly checkup on your personal brand and career is an excellent idea. I'm adding it to my to-do list immediately.

And the checklists are fabulous! Just the kind of concrete help most of us need, particularly in a job search but also to manage our careers.

Thank you, Megan!

Great post!

Walter Akana

Wow, Megan! Great post!

I absolutely love the idea of a quarterly brand, career, and job search check up! And while some elements should be an automatic part of living one’s brand, there is always a need for a regular review!! As well, I think the areas you suggest for examinations are right on target – especially for long-term career management!

Frankly, though, I think your quarterly work life assessment is absolutely the most brilliant part of your post! As I see it, just about everything else is tactical while this is truly strategic!!

Ultimately, it’s the answer to these quality questions that will drive everything else. In the end, the best careers are the ones that create fulfillment across all parts of one’s life – and that’s what we should all strive for!!

Megan Fitzgerald

Thanks Dawn, Susan and Walter for the positive feedback!

I find that without such tools not only does the day-to-day tend to lead us away from consistently working towards our career or business goals, but we can't assess progress and course correct as necessary to realize our goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

Great to be a part of such a great team of career experts!


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Great posts posted here i read it through out
and found it very useful and I love to read this blog in future also. I wish you for your good work.



This is a great post. I am 100% sure that this will be useful for anyone's career - not just those looking for jobs overseas.

Megan Fitzgerald

Thanks for the feedback Chris. Getting regular checkup for career health is indeed something everyone can benefit from!

To your success abroad,

Shannon Sachvie

Hi Megan,

Great post!

I am a huge fan of the idea of this job search check up. Very well organized, easy to follow checklist. This is priceless. I agree with many of the other comments here that the ultimate goal should be happiness in one's career and that this checklist will be useful for anyone's career - not just those looking for work overseas.

Megan Fitzgerald

Hi Shannon,

I'm glad to hear you found the checklists helpful.

Please feel free to share with others if you think they would benefit as well.

My best,

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