About this Blog

Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.

An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.


Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.

Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.

Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.

Previous entries

Saturday February 08, 2014 | 10:05 AM

If you’re engaged in a job search, the adage: "honesty is the best policy" is a good one to follow. However, it is important to be discerning and thoughtful about what and how much to reveal. Everyone has a big story to tell. But, don’t tell all when a snippet will do.

Here are a few examples of questions that could come up during any job search and real-life responses that could cost you your next job opportunity:

  • Why did you apply for this particular job?

Honest, but not the best reply:  “I love Maine and have always wanted to get

Monday February 03, 2014 | 01:58 PM

A poll cited in Spirituality and Health magazine asked Americans to choose among the following activities if they had more time in a day: sleep, rest and relax, work, socialize or play. Now what activity would you choose?

If you responded like the majority of those asked, you'd head for bed. That's not surprising, given that over 60% of us are sleep deprived. Americans, overall, are sleeping one hour less per night than our parent's generation.

Monday January 27, 2014 | 05:30 PM

Winter has come upon us with a vengeance. Since the season began on December 21, the winter solstice, there’s been no mistaking that it’s here.

Whether you truly enjoy winter or merely put up with it, this season remains a predictable aspect of life in Maine.


Wednesday January 15, 2014 | 07:07 PM

Imagine…It’s Sunday night and, even though you’ve had an enjoyable weekend, you’re feeling down, even a sense of dread.

At first your change in mood takes you by surprise, but then it hits you: tomorrow is Monday and you’re not happy about returning to work.

If you can relate to this scenario, you are not alone. It’s estimated that more than half of all Americans do not enjoy their jobs. To paint an even bleaker picture, more people suffer heart attacks on Monday mornings than on any other day—a sobering statistic.

So, what does it take to find work that is satisfying and that shifts your attitude about Mondays?

Wednesday January 08, 2014 | 01:46 PM

I heard some good news from a former client the other day who had been looking for a new job.

When I first met Ken, he was working in health care and wanted to explore a different work environment where he would be more intellectually challenged and have more opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Prior to contacting me, Ken had half-heartedly investigated options by talking with a few colleagues and submitting a dozen online applications. He did not like waiting for responses from prospective employers, especially since he rarely got any acknowledgement of his applications.