Start Your Career in IT: How To Gain Experience

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Start Your Career in IT: How To Gain Experience

Posted on May 9th, by David Whicker in on the job. 2 comments

Last month, we began our journey with part one of a four part mini-series titled, Start Your Career in IT. This series of articles have been constructed using years of my own experience to provide fundamental steps you can take today as you continue the path of becoming a very marketable IT professional. In the … Read More »


Leadership in Government

Posted on May 9th, by Allen Ellison in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

My fundamental philosophy is that if we are not willing to open our minds, listen with our hearts and seek understanding of some of the most crucial problems of our time, then we have failed as leaders.

Over the last few years, I have thought a lot about how leaders in government have been operating and … Read More »


Public Policy: Economic Growth & Development

Posted on May 9th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. No Comments

There are numerous forces that function together to enhance economic growth and development. The role of public policy has been one of those forces that can have either a positive or negative impact.

Examples of additional influences are deficits, educational investments, human capital investments, infrastructure investments, and technology and growth of knowledge. It is also critical … Read More »


Is The Media Too Hostile Towards Politicians?

Posted on May 9th, by Oscar Pearson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In the UK, such publications as The Sun take the cynical position as a default yet the more useful and human response is a neutral one. John Lloyd, in his book What The Media Are Doing To Our Politics, argues the out-of-control media is considerably damaging to the political process – he illustrates how the … Read More »


Government Communicators: The Inside Track

Posted on May 9th, by Chris O'Neil in on the job. 1 Comment

For as long as there have been government communicators and media who report on government, there has been lively debate on the function and value of government communicators. My post today adds to that discussion between the “flacks” and the “hacks” whose symbiotic relationship fuels our democracy through the free and open exchange of public … Read More »


Consequence Management Boosts Accountability

Posted on May 9th, by Chris Edmonds in on the job. No Comments

Every leader, manager, and supervisor in or out of the government sector struggles to hold team members and teams accountable for performance or for values. One senior leader told me, “It’s so hard to hold people accountable when you’ve known them for years and years. Why don’t they do what they said they’d do?”

I spent 15 years in … Read More »


Networking Tips & Myths to Build Connections

Posted on May 9th, by MyCareer@VA in networking/interviewing. No Comments

If you find that the word “networking” makes you want to run in the other direction, you are not alone. Many people are intimidated by the thought of networking.

But what if your current reservations about networking are incorrect? Abandoning those beliefs could actually help you find your next opportunity to build on-the-job skills.

MyCareer@VA can help … Read More »


Closing the Skills Gap

Posted on May 9th, by Sarah Landrum in Career Advice. No Comments

The so-called “skills gap” is well-known. Companies are looking for employees who, like Liam Neeson in Taken, possess “a very particular set of skills.” On the other hand, unemployed people would love to land a job, but don’t have the required background that those companies are seeking.

It’s a gap that could leave millions of people … Read More »


Monitor Your Career Progress Using a Personal Dashboard

Posted on May 9th, by David Shindler in Career Advice. No Comments

I track my running using an app to see how far I’ve run, how long it took, the average and fastest mile times and the number of calories lost. I could collect data on a whole lot more like my heart rate but, hey, I know I’m alive! This is particularly useful when I train … Read More »


Layoffs: 4 Tips for Your New Journey

Posted on May 9th, by American Public University System in Career Advice. No Comments

“Congratulations! You’re starting a new chapter in your career journey.” That is not what I told myself when I got the phone call informing me not to come into work because my position had been eliminated. I was told my personal belongings would be packed and shipped to my home (it never arrived). The new … Read More »