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Stress, how do we deal with it?

Wow, its been a busy summer. So much so that I have not been able to practice what I preach and write my thoughts down. I have at least maintained my reading schedule to keep myself semi-sane (and for those of you who know me well, that’s even a stretch). I picked up an interesting . . . → Read More: Stress, how do we deal with it?

The Act of Journaling

I was asking a friend for advice about situations at work and he asked me if I journal-ed (as if it were a verb!) I told him I’d tried a few times to put things down on paper but that I’d never really been able to maintain the habit. He asked me what time of . . . → Read More: The Act of Journaling

The Consultant’s Mindset

Working for a large company makes it very easy to get comfortable. You wake up and go to the same office, work with the same people, and do relatively similar things consistently. It’s easy to get lulled into the pattern. In Silicon Valley, that pattern became a lifestyle. The internet bubble has passed and those . . . → Read More: The Consultant’s Mindset

So You Got the Job…Now What?

You’ve worked hard to understand your skills, history and goals and it paid off. You got the job you think you want. Now what? It’s time to do your homework again. You want to enter your new job as the leader and expert that your new team expects. Learn everything you can about the role. . . . → Read More: So You Got the Job…Now What?

Step 6: The Interview….

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job… Step 2: What’s Your Plan…? Step 3: What’s Your Value…? Step 4: Who Do You Know…? Step 5: How Do People See You…?

You are trying to achieve two goals in an interview. The first is to ensure that the interviewers understand how your talents will fit . . . → Read More: Step 6: The Interview….

Step 5: How Do People See You…?

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job… Step 2: What’s Your Plan…? Step 3: What’s Your Value…? Step 4: Who Do You Know…?

First impressions are lasting ones. As you make contact with people and expand your network, be very mindful of what impressions you are making. Always remember that people view the world . . . → Read More: Step 5: How Do People See You…?

Step 4: Who Do You Know…?

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job… Step 2: What’s Your Plan…? Step 3: What’s Your Value…?

“Networking” was always a dirty word to me. I came from a software development and network administration background where engineers felt that networking was for sycophants. My understanding was that people who actively networked were not sincere . . . → Read More: Step 4: Who Do You Know…?

Step 3: What’s Your Value…?

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job… Step 2: What’s Your Plan…?

You’ve now gone through a self discovery to understand what you want out of life and what you want out of a job; you’ve developed a plan for how to approach your job search, identifying what industries/companies you need to research and . . . → Read More: Step 3: What’s Your Value…?

Step 2: What’s Your Plan…?

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job…

I assume you’ve gone through your self-discovery process and should have some ideas about your goals. Do you? Do you know which industries you’d enjoy working in? Have you considered some companies that might meet some acceptance criteria for you? Do you know where you are willing . . . → Read More: Step 2: What’s Your Plan…?

Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job…

I am often approached by people for career advice. Usually they’ve decided that they’re not learning anything or they don’t like the people that they work with and need a change. The first thing they do is update their resume and check job advertisements on internal company web sites or Monster.com. My advice to them . . . → Read More: Step 1: So, You’re Looking For a Job…