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Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.30.2017 |    1,129 |   reply |
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Having a job is an essential part of our adult life, and it is definitely something we need in order to survive. It is something we depend on.  If we think about it, most of us will spend most of our productive life working, so looking for a job or staying at a job that we are unhappy about might not be the smartest idea.  Finding a job, whether it is in our field of training or completely unrelated to it, is not an easy task, and once we have a job, holding on to it doesn't come any easier. In an...


Judy Lytle

06.21.2017 |    799 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.15.2017 |    783 |   reply |
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Today we’re continuing on the topic of networking…last time, we talked about how to say hello...now, we’re going to talk about what to say AFTER you say hello.  Like always, there is a right way and a wrong way to start off a conversation…the wrong way is to launch into...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

09.28.2016 |    4,063 |   reply |
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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 people...


Judy Lytle

08.29.2016 |    4,290 |   reply |
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So a month or two back, I attended a seminar on winning government contracts. I work for a non-profit research institute, and even though I spent seven years working in the Department of Defense, I thought maybe I could use a refresher. Being in Business Development, it pays to keep...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

06.27.2016 |    4,585 |   reply |
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In last week’s post, I shared Marketing Tips For Career Changers, but given that career changers will get more traction from Networking (so they can directly tell people their story, rather than hanging out a resume and hoping to get a call), this post focuses on Networking For Career Changers,...


Michael Salgaller

05.26.2016 |    3,811 |   reply |
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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 have...


Charlene Milliken

02.26.2016 |    3,023 |   reply |
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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 things in advance can...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.08.2016 |    3,684 |   reply |
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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...


Sandlin Seguin

12.23.2015 |    4,632 |   reply |
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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 development...


Charlene Milliken

12.18.2015 |    5,501 |   reply |
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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...


Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    5,152 |   reply |
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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...


Judy Lytle

12.07.2015 |    3,725 |   reply |
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Networking. It’s an anxiety-filled word to some.  But networking doesn’t have to mean showing up to numerous events where you don’t know a single soul, shelling out business cards to anyone who will take them. Of course that sounds awful. Keep in mind that you already have a network. It may be...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

12.04.2015 |    4,930 |   reply |
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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...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

11.25.2015 |    4,397 |   reply |
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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...


Lamar Blackwell

11.18.2015 |    4,416 |   reply |
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An introduction to the process A common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there.  It is difficult for a number of...
Tags: reaching your goals


Charlotte Mitchell

09.28.2015 |    4,598 |   reply |
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People are generally very happy to work with recruiters during their job search, but less happy to take a recruiter call when they are not looking for a job.  While it can be very annoying and awkward to be solicited at work for another job, many times, this is the only...
Tags: how to deal with recruiters, recruiter calling


Donna Kridelbaugh

09.23.2015 |    5,569 |   reply |
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January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and...
Tags: how to become a mentor, resources for mentoring, why is mentoring important


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