Changing Landscape in Local Government

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Changing Landscape in Local Government

Posted on April 7th, by Marc Plooster in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

During a recent conversation with a peer and Master of Public Administration student, I realized there is a predicament in municipal administration. For soon-to-be MPAs, there is concern among some who would like to be city managers but are not interested in the present political landscape of many communities. The challenge is multifold: there is … Read More »


Resume Tips for Local Government

Posted on April 7th, by Corey Hurwitz in Career Advice. No Comments

It’s no secret that government budgets are stretched thin these days. Couple this with the 2014 report by the Freelancers Union that found 34 percent of the nation’s workforce qualify as freelancers, and you have the recipe for a burgeoning job market.

So how do you break into a role as a freelance government contractor?

Your Resume … Read More »


Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

Posted on March 15th, by TL Cox in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In a May 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Leslie Kwoh warned that the term “innovation” was at risk of becoming cliché. To support her observation, she provided a number of examples, the most astonishing of which was a 64% increase in the number of times the word innovation (or some form thereof) was used in … Read More »


A Purpose Filled Career

Posted on March 14th, by Allen Ellison in Career Advice. 6 comments

People often call me up and ask me to help them find a job or to help them brainstorm on the best job for them. I ask this simple question, “Do you just want a job, or do you want a purpose filled career?” Often times, they will ask me to explain to them the … Read More »


Hiring: Take Control

Posted on March 14th, by Stacy Feiner in eligibility/hiring issues. 1 Comment

Hiring the wrong people costs too much. Here’s how to activate a recruiting process that will attract the right people to your talent bench?

No business can afford a bad hire, or to retain employees who don’t perform because the cost of poor talent management processes is staggering: A bad hire can cost up to 10 … Read More »


Mindfulness: Understand Your Brain for Better Productivity

Posted on March 14th, by Martha Duesterhoft in on the job. No Comments

Have you read much lately on “Mindfulness”? Mindfulness has been around for a long time but often associated with meditation and quiet reflection time. Most people think of it as being “aware” of what is going on within and around you. A more tangible way to think about it is “being present in the moment”, … Read More »


Can Email Etiquette Affect Your Job Search?

Posted on March 12th, by Gavin Redelman in networking/interviewing. No Comments

Most of us use email so often now it’s like we were born doing it. I’ll admit when I chat to my friends over email I don’t always construct a complete, grammatically correct and spelling-error free piece of writing. I use abbreviated web phrases like ‘Lol’ or ‘Brb’ and don’t always sign my name at … Read More »


Government Office Space Can Attract Silicon Valley Talent

Posted on March 12th, by Be Furniture in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

It’s that time.

Baby boomers are finally leaving their desks behind and signing up for AARP.

A lot of these Boomers worked for the US Government and everyone knows that “government job” equals cement gray tile floors, cement gray desks, cement gray chairs, and cement gray walls. If you have walls. Otherwise, it’s cement gray cubicles.

Millennials are … Read More »


Public-Private Partnerships: A Catalyst for Economic Development?

Posted on March 10th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

Most local governments have been struggling with cash-strapped budgets and forcibly cutting within agencies and programs. These tight budgets and cuts may lead to poor infrastructure, a decreased access to services and programs, and ultimately, inadequate economic development.

Economic development creates the conditions for economic growth and an enhanced quality of life for citizens by expanding … Read More »


Civic Engagement: It’s Time To Get Involved!

Posted on March 10th, by Olivia Burrell-Jackson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

How many of us are fully engaged in our community? Do we simply see something wrong with our neighborhood and complain about it to our family or do we try to figure out how to get it fixed? When we hear of a law being proposed that don’t agree with (or do!) do we contact … Read More »