Author Archives: Rachelle Lappinen

About Rachelle Lappinen

​Rachelle Lappinen is a Career and Academic Consultant and a Green Energy Ambassador. Currently, Rachelle serves as an education advocate for MassEdco working with high school students on college and career navigation. Rachelle also consults working with MIT on a research program, researching the effects of long-term unemployment on the middle class and developing best practices to help this population. Rachelle has worked at Mount Wachusett Community College, the YWCA and Becker College as a Career Development Counselor. Before becoming entering the field of workforce development, Rachelle spent over 10 years working as an insurance underwriter. Throughout her coaching and volunteer experiences, Rachelle has been noted for her determination and persistence to help those in need of career guidance. As a volunteer, Rachelle is actively involved with the non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg and the Center for Women and Enterprises. Prior to entering the coaching world, Rachelle was a senior group insurance underwriter for Unum, and sales representative for Prudential Financial. She actively involved with the Career Counselors Consortium and is a member of the Career Resource Rachelle M. Lappinen, MBA, GCDF, CPRW

Vacation from a job search?  To rest or not…

  As it is summer and I am going on vacation next week, I thought this previous blog about job searching on vacation is very timely: A couple of years ago, I was in a job search that had lasted … Continue reading

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5 Things to Consider When Furthering Your Education in a Job Search

5 Things to Consider When Furthering Your Education in a Job Search Two years ago, I received my MBA.  Since graduating with dual majors many years ago, I had planned to go back to school.  I thought about law school and … Continue reading

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Community Networking – 6 ways to incorporate your community into your job search

Networking, Networking, Networking!  In a job search, we are told again and again that we must network.  The question I get from job seekers is where to network.  Do we limit networking to organized events?  Do we network in every … Continue reading

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90 Second Commercial – Stand Out with Video

                    A very talented film digital engineer, Gary Brefini. Gary had agreed to film a 90 second commercial for me, which is part of my personal branding plan. Gary had developed an … Continue reading

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How Working Moms and Moms Returning to Work Can Succeed in Job Interviews

By Rachelle Lappinen, originally posted on One of the most stressful parts of a job search is preparing for job interviews, and this gets even harder when you are a stay-at-home mom trying to return to the workforce. Going from … Continue reading

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8 Ways to get Kids in Nature

Re-blogged by Rachelle Lappinen 8 Ways to Get Kids in Nature –

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The Benefits of Joining a Job Search Buddy Group

In past blogs, I have written about the benefits of attending job search clubs, from networking, learning new job search techniques and improving self-esteem, and getting out of the house and away from the computer. Now, I want to share … Continue reading

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Salary Negotiation Strategies for Working Moms and Stay-at-Home

By Rachelle Lappinen, reposted from Often the toughest part of re-entering the job market or changing jobs is the salary negotiation process. Is it a mistake to accept the first offer? Or, do you risk alienating your new employer … Continue reading

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Vision Boards – Finding your Career Direction and Bringing it all together

By Rachelle Lappinen Vision boards can be a great way to find direction in your job search. Whether you already know what you are looking for and just need clarification, or if you are unsure, vision boards can help bring … Continue reading

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How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Network to Their New Jobs

By Rachelle Lappinen First seen on When a stay-at-home mom decides to return to work, it can be a big surprise. According to Richard Bolles, author of“What Color is Your Parachute,” the job market has changed significantly since 2008. … Continue reading

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