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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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by Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv., Principal and Director of Career/Life Coaching

Come Volunteer with Us!

April 5, 2018

Bell Investment Advisors’ staff is once again partnering with our office building neighbors three floors up, the legendary Oakland law firm, Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean LLP, to work side by side on a project to rehabilitate the home of a senior and/or...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Job

March 5, 2018

I found the following online 60-minute course on Glassdoor.com, a free online resource for job seekers. It’s an amazing resource that not only includes job listings, but reviews of businesses, reviews of employees who work at these businesses, and a tr...

How About a New Year Filled with Resilience?

January 24, 2018

As you have probably heard — or experienced first-hand — the long-term success rate of New Year’s resolutions is pretty slim. Statistics for 2017 reveal that 80% of resolutions set by people in January fail by February. So rather than even spend tim...

What’s Your Next Step?

November 29, 2017

I frequently find myself reminding people that “career” is not a noun; it’s a verb. We evolve, the marketplace evolves, the people around us evolve, and the organizations in which we work evolve; nothing about career is static or likely to last fore...

Interview Preparation

October 24, 2017

Many years ago I found myself racing from my then home in El Cerrito to the San Rafael Bridge, on my way to an important job interview. Just as I as I was about to make it to the freeway, the signal at the railroad crossing began to clang, causing me to s...

Why Do You Do What You Do?

August 9, 2017

Why do you do what you do? is a very different question than the most often asked question in day-to-day life, whether in a social setting or the marketplace: What do you do? The latter is a fair question and a reliable conversation starter, one that peo...

How to Plan and Take a Vacation Even if You’re Unemployed

June 19, 2017

Who doesn’t love a vacation? The mere word, which means “planned time spent not working,” along with other descriptors such as “break, breathing space, intermission, recess, recreation, respite, and rest,” immediately releases some sort of dream...

The Cover Letter (and/or LinkedIn Message)

May 9, 2017

The cover letter will never go out of style or cease to be of importance in the application process. A well-written cover letter, or LinkedIn message, for that matter, can literally be the added attraction to the application package that grabs the attenti...

It’s Not About “Who You Know” — It’s About Who Knows You!

March 4, 2017

I heard this twist on a familiar phrase at a meeting recently. The person who repeated it didn’t know where she’d heard it either, so I have no idea where it came from. If you happen to know the source, please let me know. Meanwhile, I plan to assign ...

The Resolution Revolution

January 12, 2017

By the time you read this, the new year will be at least a couple of weeks old, and if you made any new year’s resolutions at all, you may have already broken them. The statistics on keeping new year’s resolutions are not favorable. According to Ray W...

Myth-Busting Your Way to Career Success, Part 2

December 23, 2016

Myth #4: The only type of work available to older applicants is part-time. This is so not true! And oddly enough, younger workers who would prefer to work part-time rather than full-time for various reasons, including child-rearing, are convinced that the...

Myth-Busting Your Way to Career Success, Part 1

December 19, 2016

The Wall Street Journal’s Encore Section is always a treasure trove of inspiration and information for us all, no matter our age, but the November 28, 2016 cover story brings especially good news for the over-40 crowd: “Five Myths About Landing a Good...

Three Bulls-Eyes!

October 10, 2016

  I am always half-expecting a bulls-eye out of left field, meaning that one of my clients finds the perfect fit — the job that we designed in my office based on the clarity that has emerged regarding their gifts, talents, values, experience and de...

Life Lessons from the Olympics

August 19, 2016

Watching the Olympics this year has been like gobbling down manna from heaven — something completely different — and something for which I was starving to cancel out the particularly nasty political rhetoric that continues to swirl around us in this f...

The Art of Transition

June 2, 2016

One of our long-time clients at Bell Investment Advisors recently called me to ask if my Career/Life Coaching included “working with young people as well as older people.” I was surprised that after all these years, he didn’t know I work with client...

Interview Preparation

March 7, 2016

Many years ago I found myself racing from my then-home in El Cerrito to the San Rafael Bridge, on my way to an important job interview. Just as I as I was about to make it to the freeway, the signal at the railroad crossing began to clang, causing me to s...

The Search for Something Better – Redux

December 30, 2015

If you are familiar at all with my thinking, you know that I am big on recommending that people take seriously the notion of conducting a personal “Year End Review” in order to clear the path for the new. In case you have forgotten the questions that ...

Not Thankful at Thanksgiving?

November 25, 2015

Attacks by ISIS in diverse places, hate-filled political agendas at home, thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing from war torn countries, hunger, poverty — and yet right here at home, despite homelessness and way too many people in need, shopping ...

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Keep Your Eye on Corporate Earnings, and Turn Off the TV – 4/3/2018
April 4, 2018

An analysis of the market, the most important investment principles, the threat of tariffs and trade...


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The Tariff Tantrum and The Trade Deficit
April 23, 2018

Tune in to Jim Bell, CFP®, President & Founder, Bell Investment Advisors, as he presents a half-hou


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Trump Punishes Craft Beer
April 19, 2018

Thanks to the St. Patrick’s Day editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, I learned about America...

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Bell Investment Advisors to Sponsor Oakland Symphony‘s Season Finale: The Artist’s Struggle

On Friday, May 18, at 8 pm, at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, Maestro Michael Morgan will conduct Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium for Violin and Orchestra, followed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Op. 74, Symphony No. 6, “Pathêtique” in B Minor. As a young conductor, Michael came to know Leonard Bernstein at […]

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