When most of us hear the word diplomat, we think of a secretive, high-profile individual who cruises around with special plates on his car, immune to the traffic laws that plague normal citizens. We also typically think of someone with decades of experience under her belt who speaks a half dozen languages. In truth, though, … Read More »
In August of 2002, I was somewhat unsure of the direction I was going to take my career, and my life. I had recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with my MPA. I had also just completed my work study program with the Social Security Administration. Not sure what local government had to … Read More »
One of the things I find astounding is how little research job seekers do on potential jobs.
The reason I find this astounding is that asking clever questions when you are researching roles has three main advantages.
You can decide whether you should apply for the role. You can put yourself ahead of the pack in terms … Read More »
Caution is urged: the advice that follows will not help you get a job you don’t deserve, but it will help you get one you do.
In my book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired, I contend that recruiters, hiring managers, and interviewing team members make a number of big mistakes when interviewing candidates. … Read More »
Location, location, location ….” may have its roots in the real estate world, but location can be a pivotal factor in your search for the perfect job as well. Let’s face it: if you are not a fan of snow, then taking a job in St. Paul is probably not a good idea – particularly … Read More »
Twenty years ago, clocks and walls use to tell us where work ended and the other parts of life began. But as technology exploded in a “do more, with less” economy, the clocks and walls disappeared.
To be our best, on and off the job, we need to learn how take … Read More »
“Birds of a feather, flock together” as the saying goes is also very well and alive in today’s workplace. If you are considering a change in your job, career, or company, be sure to shop around carefully to determine if the organizations culture is a good fit for you. Much like shopping for a new … Read More »
Whether you’re a manager trying to develop your people or trying to develop yourself and build a career, you need to know that one of the key ways you can have a positive impact on the business is by operating more as a Coach than a Manager.
A study conducted by Bersin & Associates, showed that organizations with senior … Read More »
What is career happiness? We all strive for it but it often feels elusive.
Luckily, there is a great framework created by Frank Digiammarino to help you think about career happinees “Happiness is a Balance: A Framework to Success.” Frank spoke at last year’s Next Generation of Government Training Summit about the road to happiness and what you need … Read More »
The greatest advice I gave as a government employee was always rooted in good common sense. This may seem obvious, but it really does make a difference when you are looking to move up in your career.
My advice is straightforward and goes like this:
“What you do when you DON’T get the job is just as … Read More »