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The Gift of Life

Posted on September 11th, by Liam Ryan in Trends. 2 comments

A variety of routes exist that will take you from anonymity to being noteworthy. Most will travel by way of exceptional achievements in business or politics or sport or entertainment. In my case, the route was a little different. It selected me, rather than I choose it.

12 years ago I was very much minding my … Read More »


Master of Legal Studies: Career Options

Posted on September 11th, by John Sinden in education/training. No Comments

For many students and professionals interested in working in the government, a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree is a useful credential to have in order to advance in their education and career — and it only takes 12 months to earn the degree. A one-year MLS program mirrors the first year of law school, … Read More »


Create ONE Team

Posted on September 11th, by Chris Edmonds in on the job. No Comments

What makes employees productive and engaged at work? A safe, inspiring work environment that consistently treats them with trust, respect, and dignity.

The problem is that leaders typically put more time and energy into their team or department’s products and services than they do into its culture, yet culture drives everything that happens in organizations, good … Read More »


Digital Resume: 5 Steps to Create Your Future

Posted on September 10th, by Juliana Weiss-Roessler in networking/interviewing. No Comments

LinkedIn used to be the way to post your resume online, but now it has become passé. Almost everyone has a profile there, so you’re just another face in the crowd. If you really want to stand out, you need to create your digital resume from scratch, which means purchasing a domain name and developing … Read More »


Maintaining Employee Motivation Within the Public Sector

Posted on September 10th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. No Comments

It is not a secret that employee engagement has a significant impact on organizational outcomes. It also is not a surprise that what motivates public sector employees is different from those within the private sector. Employee engagement can vary between individuals and the two sectors. Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards play an important role in the … Read More »


Leaders: Do They Sabotage the Accountability of Their People?

Posted on September 9th, by John Stoker in on the job. No Comments

There has been a lot written and spoken lately about accountability. However, there is a question that is not often addressed: “Do leaders actually sabotage the accountability of their people?” Effective leadership requires both talk and walk. Some leaders don’t realize how their behavior undermines their talk. The role or a specific behavior of a … Read More »


U.S. and U.K.: Why Local Government Isn’t Working

Posted on August 17th, by Oscar Pearson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Giving ‘power to the people’ has a popular ring to it. But what power, and to which people?

That question demands a clear but detailed answer in order to achieve effective and efficient local government: as a Councillor in Devon, England, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience, first-hand, the operations of our local elected representatives for … Read More »


From Active Military Duty To Active Employee

Posted on August 17th, by Gonzalo Duran in eligibility/hiring issues. No Comments

The experience embedded into you by the military – order and discipline, once key to a successful mission, can now also hurt you. Yes sir, no sir, and parade rest are commands hard to be abandoned by a seasoned member of the Armed Forces. That mindset unfortunately puts one at a disadvantage because it might … Read More »


4 Essentials For Any Interview

Posted on August 16th, by Warren White in networking/interviewing. No Comments

Scenario #1: The person you were originally scheduled to meet with is stuck in traffic, and now you’re meeting with one of the managers on her team—and he doesn’t have a copy of your resume.

Scenario #2: The hiring manager unexpectedly asks 3 members of his team to sit in.

Scenario #3: Your first interview goes so … Read More »


Managing Your Federal Job Search Campaign

Posted on August 16th, by Karol Taylor in About the Public Sector. 14 comments

Can you think of ways you might conduct a campaign – any kind of campaign?  Three styles immediately come to mind: political, advertising, and fundraising.  Your federal job search can be understood this way:  In a political campaign, someone is selected based on written and verbal advertising that promotes his skills.  If selected, he gets … Read More »