Tag: career advice
Few things zap your motivation than having a bad relationship with your boss. Trust me, I know from experience, people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. I have an executive coaching client. Let’s call her Mary. She doesn’t trust her boss, John. She feels John doesn’t have her back but doesn’t feel comfortable giving him … Read More »
What you are about to read is more the pilot of a television series than a non-franchise movie. As a primer, I will begin by asking the question, how does one advance a career in an organization? I raise this question following two weeks on a new job after staffing transfers and personnel deficiencies necessitated … Read More »
Worried about what the future holds for your career? You are not the only one who keeps thinking about what scenario will arise in the future that will make a resounding impact on your career. Being in an industry where skills need to be upgraded very often, I have learned that the most important thing … Read More »
Part 4: A Progressive Career in IT
The most fitting way to bring this series to a close is ironically the discussion of patience. I would like to thank all those who have been patient for the past four months as you read and followed this series of articles. The entire series has been possible by … Read More »
By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
After working for the U.S. government for four years right out of college, I landed a new job with the Department of Defense (DOD). I was a GS-12 and on my way to making a good living for my family. But, I did … Read More »
It’s a well-known fact that “freedom is not free,” but do we give sufficient thanks for the very freedom that permits us to live peacefully where we choose, with our families, and without fear? How many of us think about the expense of our freedom, and how many simply take our freedom for granted? How … Read More »
Everyone dreads the boot that come flying out of nowhere. I’m not just talking about a flying shoe in the air. I’m talking about termination, pink slips, bye-bye letters, or whatever you want to call it. I hardly believe that anyone would be “pleased” when and if (God forbid) that happens. Layoffs are difficult to … Read More »
Deciding to change career is a significant rite of passage. The process can be time-consuming, confusing, scary, frustrating, liberating, energizing and life changing. How do you go about it? What mindset helps?
One approach is the planned and systematic route. The mindset is one of reducing risk and uncertainty. It involves in-depth research of new areas, … Read More »
State agencies of every order use their power and budgets to contract others to do their work. These budgets shrink considerably when they are used for services like behavioral healthcare for children. In the case of adult services, the struggle as a state contractor is even greater.
Laura (name changed for privacy), a veteran social worker, … Read More »
Most of us have heard the tried-and-true advice for salary negotiation. Give a range, not a number. Do your research first. While this is solid advice, it doesn’t always work.
Negotiation can be difficult or intimidating for many people. If you’re on the lookout for your next job, try these fresh, research-backed tips to inject new … Read More »