How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

One of the biggest mistakes I see jobseekers make is keeping their search confined to job boards. Some of the issues with job boards do lie with employers and their standard practices. ATS is becoming the norm, which is making hiring and recruiting a low-touch profession and it is wreaking havoc on the candidate experience. It takes longer for candidates to receive a response – if they even receive one at all. Many clients have told me that prior to having their resume optimized it would end up in the black hole- what is commonly referred to as the deep dark hole in which a resume falls once it is determined that it wasn’t a fit for the role.

The Federal Government Needs to Expand Its Technology Talent Pipelines

In today’s digital landscape, all companies need more technologists — and that urgent need for technology talent will only grow. Unsurprisingly, the United States government faces the very same problem: There just aren’t enough tech-minded candidates to go around.

Strengthen your Mental Fitness at Holiday Family Gatherings

The holidays evoke feelings of joy and excitement, as well as stress and perhaps anxiety toward family gatherings. With today’s politically charged climate, it’s likely there could be some uncomfortable conversations around the dinner table. Instead of succumbing to the family fights, use the opportunity to strengthen your mental fitness.

Personal and Professional Transformation

As the last month of the calendar year finally arrives and we collectively celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new year, Raymond Carver’s question is so pertinent. As you look over the year that has been, ask yourself: “Was it the year that should have been?” In other words, when you go back to your wish list of dreams on 1 January of this year, “did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?” It is a wonderful question and turns our focus to purposeful self-reflection and to personal and professional transformation.

Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

One of the questions that I get asked the most is if cover letters are dead. The truth is, no, they are not. As I wrote about last month, ATS is scanning resumes for keywords to filter them more carefully. Due to this, some believe that cover letters slow down the screening process because they force hiring staff to read another document. This isn’t necessarily true, however.

Information Governance Insights: Looking Ahead – Get Your Training Plan Ready!

Information governance should be part of the annual training regime at every organization right along with safety and sexual harassment. In many organizations, these types of sessions are required for compliance. For others, it is recommended as a standard business process. Regardless, information governance should be part of the curriculum. If this is not the case in your organization you should be meeting with your training department staff immediately and bring it to their attention.

50 Ways to Love Your Leader

Many of us will remember a catchy tune by Paul Simon from the 1970’s called, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. As I listened to it in my car yesterday during my commute, I found myself actively thinking about trying to follow along with the song as I pondered some strong themes in how we can support those who lead us.

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My 5 Pillars of Resolve

Many people have asked me what goes through your head in the middle of an extreme cancer battle. Where did I find the resolve to keep going when everything looked so dark? And did I take anything from the experience that I still apply in my life today?

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3 Billionaire Traits Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg and Blakely Have in Common with a Postage Stamp

What do Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Sara Blakely all have in common? Well, apart from being an exclusive card-carrying member of the Billionaire Boys and Girls Club, all four remarkably share the same three traits of a postage stamp. Let me explain. I recently wrote a book titled, How a Postage Stamp Saved My Life: 21 Powerful Tips to Defeat Depression, Skyrocket Your Self-Confidence & Achieve Your Goals.

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Information Governance Insights: In with the New!

Happy New Year! This is the start of my fourth year writing this blog for Careers in Government and I am sure many of you that have been following it are wondering what there is left to discuss on the subject of Information Governance? The answer to this can be found in the time honored tradition of “out with the old, in with the new”! Every organization uses the new year to act on some new strategic plan and every Information Governance must be ready for it.

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How to Wow a Prospective Employer with Your Potential

One of the frustrations job seekers identify is the limitations of the resume and job interview for putting across who they really are. They may lack experience and their qualifications are no longer enough to convince employers. Many employers are risk-averse, particularly in tough economic times, and go for the tried and tested candidate. How do you get across your potential and persuade an employer you are a better bet?

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Rejecting Complacency

A couple months back I listened to a TED Talk by Jon Bowers titled, “We should aim for perfection – and stop fearing failure”. I could not help but consider the relationship between ideas on perfection and failure to the recent trend of near daily stories of sexual harassment and impropriety of men in positions of power.

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