About the Public Sector
So you’re pretty chuffed with your job title and like so many others have included it in your LinkedIn headline. The truth is, to make the right first impression you need more than a fancy job title (and good dress sense). The highly valuable headline space is your opportunity to stand out.
It may be the … Read More »
In the public sector, like other sectors, many would like to aspire to the top level executive job at some point in their careers. This, of course, means that your skills, abilities and knowledge must be finely honed to a level that can be applied at the very top of the organization and effective for … Read More »
The Effects of ‘Community Warming’
Local governments, public servants and their respective communities across the country are beginning to face the wrath of a phenomenon known as ‘Community Warming’. This drastic change in community climate is a direct result of manmade environmental conditions that have led to the continued erosion of faith, confidence … Read More »
It is a tough shift for some to segue from an enlisted or commissioned member of the military to a civilian. What is lost in the transition process is how valuable a Veteran is! What would make that individual marketable in the work place you ask? Let me paint you a picture of the average … Read More »
The idea of a career as a pre-determined and linear path is being challenged in many areas of working life. An increasingly common experience is a changing set of mini-careers, like riding a carousel rather than climbing a ladder, where you get on and off at various times of your life.
At one end of the … Read More »
The biggest problem with Taking Off the Boots To Put On A Suit is the transition from service member to civilian. Every service member knows that the mission to protect America comes first. This means your time while in service is consumed with tactical and strategic job requirements. Service members are compelled with a year … Read More »
Among the many facets of public administration one can be immersed into, perhaps the most interesting (and at times nerve-racking) is that of public sector labor negotiations.
There are many great books, essays, and papers that discuss the broad field of negotiations and labor relations, and some even specialize in the public sector. While most cover … Read More »
Oh, January. The month always starts out with so much promise—it’s a chance to set goals for the upcoming year and wipe the slate clean of past bad habits. We start out strong, buying fresh ingredients at the grocery store or starting a gym membership, but midway through the year (or the next month, in … Read More »
Despite serving on the Advisory Board of an organization dedicated to local government professionals, I came into my MPA program at UNC-Chapel Hill interested in federal government. But over the last five months, while maintaining an interest in the federal government, I have come to embrace and desire a potential career in local government.
There are … Read More »
Surveys measuring overall employee satisfaction attest to the fact that government workers are more disengaged on the job than their private-sector peers. Turnover can be directed to either the more positively perceived private-sector, or more forward thinking government agencies. The leaders/managers are the driving forces that can determine the outcome one way or the other.
Employee … Read More »