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Caroline Ceniza-Levine

09.28.2016 |    3,742 |   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 down and if you wait till you’re in late stages with a company you’ll look disorganized (or worse, be disqualified) if you take too long to submit your references. Secondly, you want to proactively choose the references most relevant to the job you’re going for and have time to prep...


Judy Lytle

08.29.2016 |    4,004 |   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 |    4,230 |   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 |    3,579 |   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 |    2,841 |   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 |    3,379 |   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 |    4,248 |   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 |    5,272 |   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 |    4,779 |   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 |    3,563 |   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 |    4,702 |   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 |    4,141 |   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 |    4,133 |   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 |    4,367 |   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 |    5,255 |   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


Thomas Patrick Chuna

09.22.2015 |    5,625 |   reply |
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The word “networking” terrifies a lot of people..jobseekers “know” they need to do it, but the prospect can be very overwhelming, especially if you think you don’t know anyone..if that’s you, here’s how to get started.  You might think my premise is silly, but I assure you, the number one excuse...
Tags: Facebook, job search, LinkedIn, networking


Michael Salgaller

08.26.2015 |    4,906 |   reply |
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Being part of a group that enjoys similar interests and shared experiences is not a recent phenomenon.  When we were younger and in school, we’d gather with those who liked playing the same sports or volunteering for the same cause. It was a chance not just to form bonds, but to...
Tags: why networking is important


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.01.2015 |    6,739 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time, we're going to take a look at how to use that most basic of tools, the telephone.  Seems like these days, we use them to send text messages, as calendars, as cameras, as music players, as social media portals, and seldom for talking to people, which was their...


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