Show Humility For Job and Career Success

All three of my daughters have volunteered abroad (two of them are in Africa as I write).   Spending time seeing the world in vastly different contexts and cultures, political... Read More »


What does your resume say about you?

I get to look through a lot of resumes in my line of work. I know, I know, you are jealous. Who wouldn’t want to look through thousands of... Read More »


The Interview: Practice Prepare Repeat

My career spans three decades in local government with wide-ranging administrative experiences in small cities, large counties and now with five years of private sector experience working in public... Read More »


Is an HR Career Right For You?

I have had this HR career conversation with many a person looking to get into the field of Human Resources.  Often it is with either a student who has... Read More »


Crisis in Blue Within the Policing Profession

Over the next 20 years, and more importantly the next five years, we will see a huge rush of Baby Boomers and older Generation Xers exiting the workplace and... Read More »


Resume Silence: Why Am I Not Hearing Back From Anyone?

Do you find yourself saying this?  Do you send out multiple resumes and applications only to receive back, via email, an automated response saying, “Thank You for your interest... Read More »


Resume Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

It’s common knowledge that spelling and grammar mistakes can be extremely damaging to your resume’s chances of landing you a job interview. Everyone needs to be aware of this... Read More »


Resume Achievements: Don’t Leave Them Out

One of the best ways to show a potential employer that you will exceed their expectations is to share examples of how you went above and beyond in your... Read More »


Spin Sucks: Public Sector Communication Strategies in the Digital Age

Public relations for state and local governments has many parallels to its private sector counterpart. By definition, PR is a strategic communication process that “builds mutually beneficial relationships between... Read More »


Gender Inequality in Public Service

As we know, our elected officials are our representatives. They are our voices within government, influencers regarding our healthcare and other significant issues whether at the municipal, state, or... Read More »


Public-Private Partnerships: An Innovative Solution?

One of the many challenges facing all levels of government is consistently finding new techniques to innovate and undertake policy and project necessities while saving the taxpayers’ money and... Read More »


Public Service: A Passion

When I started the University of North Carolina MPA program in August 2013, I knew that I had a passion for public service and that I was attracted to government work. But I... Read More »


The Psychology of Unemployment

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.5 million people fall into the category of the long-term unemployed—defined as those individuals who have not had a job... Read More »


Resume Writing: Aim for the Right Target

Your resume should be written with the reader in mind, and that means you need to understand who the reader will be. Therefore, beyond the usual advice on avoiding writing... Read More »


Why Mentors Matter

I consider myself fortunate to have had some great bosses over the years. Even when I was 18 or 19 and working for a large telecom company during the... Read More »


Active Duty Mindset For Human Resource

Entry into the military is difficult. The training you receive will break you down, than rebuild you back up to become a basically trained combatant, than leader, and finally... Read More »


Police Chief: Getting Hired

At the end of a police chief selection process, decision-makers should have done their best to select the best person to fill the vacancy.  For those of us... Read More »


Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough? Pt. 5

You will start many projects during your lifetime and only be able to finish a handful of them.  The best you can do is think, plan, develop and execute…!

In... Read More »