In today’s busy world where your career can swallow up your time and your very life it is increasingly important to focus on the “Vital Few” and Ignore or Delegate the “Trivial Many”—a model for leadership that’s based on the Pareto Principle. The Pareto Principle is commonly known as the “80/20 Rule.” Simply put it … Read More »
A troubling trend evolving in far too many segments of society demonstrates the growing absence of personal accountability in the many settings we know. Ranging from personal health and wellness choices we make, managing the alcohol we drink and the social issues/social-media commentaries we freely offer, to how we perform our jobs and even our personal … Read More »
My father-in-laws final words to me were that he was amazed how quickly his life had passed. He was 75. Not old by any means, but not exactly a short run either. If he was saying that at 75, what is it like at 50, or 35, or in your teens.
They are words that have … Read More »
By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Coach
Federal jobs can attract hundreds of qualified applicants all vying for the same opportunity. Although it’s easy to get lost in the sea of numbers, a tip-top resume can help you stay afloat in the competition. Before applying to a federal position on USAJOBS.gov, take a few moments to look over … Read More »
Have you been in the same job, role, organization or career for a long time? The chances of that occurring in the future are diminishing by the year. You are likely to move jobs and careers more regularly and work under different forms of employment. The real-life Transformers are coming in the form of robotics … Read More »
I began my professional career in mental health before working in state government, public relations, and now government relations. Imagine how helpful it would be to a career in any of those fields if you were able to understand patterns of behavior, to recognize hidden agendas, to anticipate actions correctly, and to appeal to each … Read More »
If you’re reading this blog post, you most likely are already aware of what LinkedIn is, what are its benefits, and even more importantly, how to use it. You’re a career minded professional reading Gov-Talk for Pete’s sake!
As a LinkedIn user, you may be tired of the disingenuous and impersonal networking that occurs in this … Read More »
The past few years have been terrible for Millennials. They’ve faced limited job prospects and mountains of debt. Even when unemployment hit a low of 5.4 percent in May 2015, they still couldn’t find any luck. But that grim picture is changing.
Unemployment hit a new eight-year low of 4.9 percent in January, and Millennials were the big winners. Between … Read More »
While walking on the beaches of Oceanside, California a couple of weeks ago, my family and I ventured onto the pier to take in the sights and sounds along that boardwalk.
As we did, we came upon a family as it prepared to take a picture. A familiar scene, the father was readying himself while providing direction … Read More »
Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials, have one thing in common that causes hiring leaders to hand slap their heads—it’s the use of a “Gen Eric” resume. Generic products are fine if you’re pinching pennies, but a “Gen Eric” resume is causing you lost time and salary.
Generic resumes (Gen Eric) continue to flood the … Read More »