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Sarah Vermunt

Career & Entrepreneur Coach. Founder of Careergasm.com

Sarah Vermunt is a career and entrepreneur coach, and the founder of Toronto-based Careergasm. She helps aspiring career changers and entrepreneurs create work that feels good…because everyone deserves to have work that thrills and delights!

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How To Not Hate Your Job

How To Not Hate Your Job Search

Job searches are stressful, right? They don't have to be. Conducting a job search can be an empowering experience if you do it the right way.
06/16/2016 02:08 EDT
Why You Need An Informational Interview - And How To Get

Why You Need An Informational Interview - And How To Get One

I'm shocked and amazed by how few people do informational interviews. Hell, a lot of people don't even know what they are. An informational huh? What is that? Well pull up a chair, sonny. You're about to get schooled. Here's what you need to know about informational interviews and how to score one for yourself.
06/02/2016 01:22 EDT
What I Learned When My Life Went Up In

What I Learned When My Life Went Up In Flames

During the same four year period of chronic illness and injury, I made a radical and terrifying career change, went through a devastating divorce, sold the only home I ever owned, tried to force myself to finish a PhD I hated, lost almost all of my money, and had a personal identity crisis.
05/20/2016 02:32 EDT
Are You Being Selfish Enough At

Are You Being Selfish Enough At Work?

The word "selfish" has a bad rap. I get it. Being "concerned chiefly or only with yourself" seems like kind of an asshole move, but is that always the case? I don't think so. The "Screw you, suckers!" variety of selfishness deserves its critics, but what about the kind of selfishness that simply means you're putting yourself first?
04/26/2016 02:38 EDT
6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.
04/22/2016 02:24 EDT
Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."
04/14/2016 03:44 EDT
You Have My Permission To Put Career On The Back

You Have My Permission To Put Career On The Back Burner

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes your career should be your LAST priority. Like, dead last. I bet that sounds crazy coming from a gal like me, right? I'm a career coach -- one who believes very strongly in career as a pillar of happiness, fulfillment, stability and even health.
04/06/2016 05:33 EDT
More Isn't Necessarily

More Isn't Necessarily Better

I work from home on Fridays. It feels like such a treat. I don't set an alarm, so I wake up when my body wants to. I shlepp around in jogging pants and I spend the day writing or working on administrative stuff. I take a long lunch and I enjoy a manicure or a hot bath or a sunny stroll. I love that I can do that.
03/31/2016 05:04 EDT
What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To

What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To Work?

If you're feeling frustrated or exhausted or stuck in your career, maybe it's not your job that's the problem. Maybe it's you. I may be right or I may be wrong, but you should at least consider the possibility. A lot of people bring a lot of baggage with them to work.
03/11/2016 12:32 EST
Is Your Job Making You Sick? Listen To Your

Is Your Job Making You Sick? Listen To Your Body

Think of all of the crap that is going on with your physical health, especially any recurring issues. Only you and your doctor can determine what might be causing these symptoms. But if you have an unresolved chronic issue, or recurring health issues, or multiple health issues, it's possible that some of that is rooted in some neglected stress. Don't you think?
03/02/2016 12:04 EST
The Right Way To Apologize When You've Screwed Up At

The Right Way To Apologize When You've Screwed Up At Work

We're human, even at work. Which means that every now and again we're going to screw up. When that happens (and it will) apologize and do better next time. Not sure how to stumble through an apology at work? (Because... um, hello, awkward!) Here's how to get it right.
02/26/2016 11:41 EST
Why Playing It Safe Is Actually A

Why Playing It Safe Is Actually A Myth

You can always be fired, downsized, or replaced. Your company could fold. The economy could tank. Depressing, I know. But, oddly enough, it's also empowering. Knowing there's no 100% guarantee frees you from pressure fall in line, fly under the radar, cave to the pressure, and suck it up, all for the sake of "security."
02/19/2016 01:28 EST
Don't Let Money Fears Stop You From Chasing Your Dream

Don't Let Money Fears Stop You From Chasing Your Dream Job

You are an intelligent and talented person. You are not going to up and quit your job tomorrow without putting some kind of plan in place. Yes, there is some risk involved, but you're a smart cookie and you would never let it come to that. Stop the horror stories, already.
02/02/2016 04:43 EST
Starting Your Own Business Is An Emotional Circus (And Totally Worth

Starting Your Own Business Is An Emotional Circus (And Totally Worth It)

Everyone talks about the benefits of being your own boss: The freedom, the beachside latte laptop selfies. But the downsides? The paralyzing anxiety? The terrifying uncertainty? The crushing doubt? The emotional circus involved with actually getting your business off the ground? Very few people talk about that. So let's talk.
01/14/2016 01:47 EST
Your Approval Hang-Up Is Killing Your

Your Approval Hang-Up Is Killing Your Career

Imagine that you didn't have to take flak from anyone, disappoint anyone, or impress anyone. Or pretend that everyone was so concerned with his or her own business that they wouldn't pay any notice to your own career choices. What would you choose if nobody was looking?
12/08/2015 03:54 EST
3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And

3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And Overachievers

Perfectionism is a BEAST. So are its cousins, approval-seeking and overachieving. If you've ever struggled with these issues, you know they wreak havoc on your career and your personal life. Armed with love, understanding, these books will help you chill the heck out so you can have a happier life.
11/25/2015 02:54 EST
Fearlessness Doesn't

Fearlessness Doesn't Exist

Everybody has fear. My particular brand of fear usually involves worrying about what people will think of me. Writing publicly about that fear now only punctuates it further. I care way too much about what people think of me and how I'm perceived. I like to say that I'm a recovering approval-seeker, but it's a long road, baby.
10/28/2015 08:04 EDT
These 4 Books Will Bring out the Entrepreneur in

These 4 Books Will Bring out the Entrepreneur in You

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, your heart is filled with excitement and fear, probably in equal amounts. You want it so bad but you're afraid. I've been there. These books will inspire you to find the courage to get out there and make shit happen.
09/24/2015 08:07 EDT