The Purpose of Opportunity

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The Purpose of Opportunity

Posted on October 8th, by Stan Skipworth in on the job. No Comments

Many years ago, I received as a rather unique gift, a ball from major league baseball’s 1994 World Series—the series that was never played because of a labor dispute between players and team owners.  The regular season that year ended prematurely and no playoffs would take place.  Like most major sports enterprises, and particularly when those industries … Read More »


Your Career: Propel It With Rocket Fuel

Posted on October 8th, by David Shindler in Career Advice. No Comments

The British cycling team has been an astounding success in recent years. Much has been made of their meticulous approach to preparing for the London Olympics. In particular, they embedded small behavioural habits incrementally into their routines so they became second nature. This is a lesson for professionals everywhere who want to take charge of … Read More »


How to Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss

Posted on October 8th, by Karin Hurt in Career Advice. 1 Comment

There is no doubt, your relationship with your boss is the number one predictor of your job satisfaction. Studies have shown that your feelings about your boss, even trumps your satisfaction with pay.

It matters how it feels to come to work each day.

If you don’t have a perfect relationship with your boss, you’re not alone. … Read More »


Bribery is Bribery

Posted on September 13th, by Richard Bistrong in on the job. No Comments

When I was asked by Careers in Government to write a guest post, I thought about where my experience, as someone who was on the front lines of international business and who was charged and sentenced for foreign bribery (FCPA), might be relevant. So, I went to the “About Us” page of the web site … Read More »


Got an Interview? Read This.

Posted on September 13th, by Pete Radloff in networking/interviewing. No Comments

Short of getting an offer, getting the call or email to schedule a phone interview is one of the best feelings one can have in their job search. It means you’ve made it through the first hurdle of having your resume reviewed. And it’s an important step too. From a recruiter’s perspective, it’s the part of the … Read More »


Job Interview: The 20 Best Questions You Can Ask

Posted on September 13th, by Mark Babbitt in networking/interviewing. No Comments

As a career mentor, one of the most frequent inquiries I get asked is:

“What are the best questions to ask during a job interview?”

So, broken down by the most common priorities for job seekers (including just getting the job!), here are the questions that impress me the most when I’m hiring:

Priority: Teamwork and Testing Passion

What … Read More »


Public Sector Employment: 5 Common Misconceptions

Posted on September 13th, by Mardee Handler in About the Public Sector. No Comments

While many occupations carry stereotypes – think lawyer, professor, NFL player – few are less understood than those in state and local government. Media hype and outdated perceptions have led to several misconceptions about people who work in the public sector – from elected officials and administrative staff to mass transit workers.

Misconception #1: Public sector … Read More »


9/11- Where Were You When the World Stopped?

Posted on September 12th, by Bob Atlas in on the job. No Comments

Maybe you’re an Alan Jackson fan and maybe you’re not.  Either way I’m sure the question has come up in conversation in your life at least once.  Maybe you were asked by someone at a party or on the anniversary or just at one of those, well you know, those moments.  Without a doubt you … Read More »


Twitter Job Search: 4 Essential Tools

Posted on September 12th, by Jacob Share in Career Advice. No Comments

Using Twitter to quickly find your next job?

It’s a good idea- the USA has the most Twitter users of any country on Earth in 2014, according to a report that appeared in Forbes this past May. And many, many of them are recruiters and companies looking to hire.

Here are a few essential tools that will … Read More »


Career Passion: Have You Found It?

Posted on September 11th, by Martha Duesterhoft in Career Advice. No Comments

Are you hyped to spring out of bed on Monday morning and dive into your work? OR Are you already counting down to next weekend?

This is not a new revelation, but if your work incorporates your passion…it doesn’t feel like work anymore!

I recently returned from vacation in Europe and spent some … Read More »