When people find out that I landed my government job on Twitter, they are usually shocked. Aren’t government jobs only searchable on horribly confusing government job websites? Don’t you usually have to go through a lot of bureaucracy before starting the job? That is all typically true, but as companies continue to perform Human Resources … Read More »
In what has shifted to a very clear candidate-driven market, candidates have more opportunity for choice among the offers they are fielding. At a quick glance, this is great news for those who have been slogging through a difficult last few years. Since the recession took hold, the market has been largely employer-driven, giving companies the opportunity … Read More »
Advancing in your career comes with the requirement of making more decisions. Those decisions impact employees, customers and financial results. Your ability to make good decisions in a timely manner can make or break your career. Given that, I thought it might be helpful to outline a process and options to consider.
Step 1: Understand the … Read More »
When you were applying for colleges and scholarships, it’s likely that someone probably told you to include any volunteer work you’d done on your resume. Why? Because colleges know that volunteering for something can teach you a number of valuable skills that are transferable to college and the world beyond.
But if you’re like a lot … Read More »
Many recent graduates in business and public administration find themselves valued by their “bosses” because they bring new and “cutting-edge” ideas and skills to the organization. For example, a young woman with strong analytical and methodological skills is hired into local government in what had previously been a rather conservative accounting-oriented budget office.
The new employee, … Read More »
When a disaster occurs, communities must be rebuilt and survivors require reasonable care and attention. In order for this to occur, adequate funding and staffing is necessary in order to meet or exceed the necessities of those involved. Individuals whom have been affected by a natural disaster are dependent upon local, state, and federal governments … Read More »
Did you know that each year coconuts falling from trees kill about 150 people? Your reaction to this might range from ‘you’re kidding?’, ‘how awful, it’s no laughing matter’ and ‘let’s cancel our holiday’ to ‘I’ve never even seen a real coconut tree’ and ‘I’m unlikely to be passing under one for the foreseeable future’.
I … Read More »
Digital technologies can change the way public administrators interact with citizens and stakeholder groups. Since their inception, these technologies have gone from one-way, static web platforms that allowed citizens to, say, pay bills online to interactive, knowledge-sharing platforms that can increase citizen participation, transparency, and accountability.
Considering the growth in this arena, public managers should work … Read More »
For every leader of an organization that seeks a higher level, accomplishing significant milestones can be a powerfully reaffirming process. Team members or groups selected for achievements draw an understandably renewed and deepened intrinsic value and worth to the organization; and purpose to the organization’s mission.
As we know, these achievements can be measured and memorialized … Read More »
The need to develop a workforce to meet the current and future demands of government operations, as well as foster an environment that values people is no small task. This effort compels our need to fully understand business priorities, citizen engagement, strategic investments and human nature – wow that is a tall order to fill! … Read More »