How to Use Social Data to Find the Best Employers

I spend a lot of time listening to job seekers discuss their skills and accomplishments and expressing their concerns as to how those skills can help or hinder their job search and their careers. Unfortunately, not enough emphasis is put on soft skills, which are the most important ones. Soft skills are the non-measurable, subjective skills that are not specific to one’s role, industry, or their career. They typically speak to how well one interacts with others. They are essentially personality traits that help define one’s character, however, they do offer less proof of their experience.

Relational Leadership and MAD Leadership Matter!

Let us turn now to the question, how much are you worth to your Government agency? Assuming the job you do has been well designed and that you interact with members of the public on a regular basis (thus have a professional relationship with the public), or that you support those that do, then you are immensely valuable to your Government agency.

7 Tips to Help Get the Most Out of Attending an Industry Event

Whether you’re sent to an industry event by your current employer or attending one on your own dime, work conferences are an ideal setting for forming relationships that can help grow business and further your career.

Nail Your Interview with an Insightful Brand Statement

We often think of a brand statement as applicable to a company, but did you know you have a personal brand statement as well? When preparing for an interview, your priority should be creating a confident, accurate brand statement. This is a personal summary of who you are, your skills, and attributes you bring. You must be clear, succinct, and land the message.

Why Organizations Can’t Afford to Tolerate Bullying

Bullying causes immense personal grief as well as inhibiting employee work performance and work passion. Even so, it is all too common that bullying is ignored in organizations. Bullying often takes the form of subtle behaviors over time as opposed to bold actions – so, it can be difficult to gauge if a particular boss or employee is bullying.

Nine Tips for Ensuring People Meet Your Expectations

I was recently visiting with a friend who just so happens to be a vice president within her company. I could tell that she was frustrated so I asked her about it. She told me that she was frustrated because of something that had happened in an important meeting. She indicated that one of her colleagues had spent most of their meeting complaining about having to fire one of his key people. When she asked why he had to terminate the individual, he indicated that his employee was not meeting his expectations. When she asked him if he had given this individual that feedback, he stated, “No. I hate doing that kind of thing, but now I have to get rid of him anyway, which is even harder.” She was troubled by not only his lack of candor, but also of his unwillingness to manage his own expectations.

Lessons From the Possum

I once had a possum on my sorting line.  Weird way to start an article I know but bear with me.  The possum had come in the back of a garbage truck with a load to my transfer station.  Who knows how he got there, one can only guess it was in the container when the...

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Improve your LinkedIn Profile

Everyone has probably been told many times now that job seekers should be on LinkedIn.  It’s a great networking tool and can help build your digital presence, impressing an employer when they Google you.  It can also help you get found by recruiters and introduce you...

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Find Your Federal Job Fit

The road to a federal job is sometimes rocky, never smooth, but navigable if you can follow their instructions.  Some folks apply without really knowing what they are doing and give up in a pique of frustration.  Below are steps to help you stay focused and, if you...

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Service is Not a Dilemma

Each of us within our professional roles have a fundamental responsibility to support our organization to the extent that we must also support our colleagues and peers if we are truly dedicated to the greater success of the company. But, when exactly does that...

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New Learning at a Higher Level

“Each of us are the Chief Executives of our learning.”  - Dr. Terrence Roberts For each of us, the process and opportunities to advance come with some form of a requisite series of achievements.  These can be accomplishing advanced college degrees, new certifications,...

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Working for USAID

A master’s degree in international relations provides the foundational knowledge and professional skills you will need for a career in the field—which may include a service career in the government and nonprofit sectors. Students in these programs gain an in-depth...

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5 Tips for GRE Preparation

It’s definitely not the SAT. As the portal for entry into most graduate programs, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is another academic animal altogether—and something you’d better be sure you’ve prepared for before you pull up that first question. As Neil Seltzer, the...

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Putting the Meat in Team

There is a growing trend in the private firms of staff development which has shown signs of success.  The lunch meeting with a potential new team member to see how the person interacts with potentially new coworkers has been on the rise.  The theory behind the concept...

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