If someone ask me what would be the best piece of advice I can give to a recent graduate who is about to start his/her first job, I would have to say: “make sure your social skills are impeccable”.I have blogged about this topic in the past but this time I want to look at it from a different...
Hello Everyone! There is an old saying, that goes “He who hesitates is lost”. This is very true in life. If you spend too much time dithering, and calculating what might or might not happen, if you do or don't do something, chances are,the opportunity will be gone before you get off de...
When I was working with a career coach to find my current job, I was in a networking rut. I had already been through the basics of networking: learning about the major employers, the major professional groups and the general needs of the industry in my location. I did this by going to a lot of ...
Since it’s on my mind now, I’d like to talk about the job interview. It’s taken me a long time to come to a few realizations about job interviews. I’ve been on a lot of interviews over the decades, but I know there are still a lot of things I need to learn (and practice). N...
A fun buzzword I am seeing in job descriptions is agile. You will be part of an Agile team..., or ...using Agile methodology. It’s very common in the software industry, but certainly getting some usage in other industries that have projects where the goals or scope may change during the devel...
If I ask you what is the single most important thing you can do to find a job or advance your career, what would be your answer? Some people might say get a college degree, others could say stay current within your field or maybe get trained in something that can complement your formal educatio...
A career in the federal government can be rewarding and interesting. However, if you’re considering a career in the federal government, here are a few tips to keep in mind. They’re broad generalizations, but you’ll most likely run into at least one of them. Knowing these thin...
I’ve always enjoyed attending meetings and conferences, and not because I’m a technology nerd or need to escape my work environment. Whatever field you’re in, here’s hoping you’re really into it, or at least find it provides more than a paycheck. If you at least like what you do, you ...
References are a critical part of the hiring process, and I have seen the strength (or weakness) of professional references influence the ultimate hiring decision. You don’t want to scramble last-minute to collect your references when you’re in a job search. First of all, it takes time to track ...