Effective Government Communicators

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Effective Government Communicators

Posted on June 13th, by Chris O'Neil in on the job. No Comments

A government of the people, by the people, for the people, cannot exist without effective communications on behalf of and about government. Without communication, citizens would not know how to access programs that make lives better, would not know about the services their government provides, or how their elected officials are representing their interests. Government … Read More »


Take on that Leadership Role With This 90-Day Plan

Posted on June 13th, by Chris Edmonds in Career Advice. No Comments

A friend recently accepted a senior leadership position in an established organization. She asked for my suggestions on how to “put her best foot forward” in her new job.

Anytime you start a new role there is a learning curve. No matter if you’ve been in an agency or municipality for a decade or more, every department has … Read More »


Your Interview: Don’t Waste Time Waiting

Posted on May 9th, by Erin Kennedy in networking/interviewing. No Comments

When you are sitting in that waiting room, waiting for your interview to start, it’s easy to just spend that time checking your email, fiddling with your tie, or chew on your nails. But that’s not the best use of your time because you are in a perfect location to expand your understanding of the … Read More »


Start Your Career in IT: How To Gain Experience

Posted on May 9th, by David Whicker in on the job. No 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 »


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 »