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Aug 27, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Reference

The Reference

It’s a dicey time in any offer process—checking references. The WSJ put out a solid article on how to approach your references. Step one, approach them. Take the time to chat with everyone you list, explain the job you are going after and ask that difficult question: ‘what will you

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Jul 27, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Guys & Gals: spend some money on your shoes. They matter. Gals: I love my 5” heels, and agree with Bobbi Brown who said she feels on par with others when standing at a party, but you gotta leave them behind for interviews. 3” is the max and you better

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Jul 26, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

You’ve decided on jeans, maybe with a cool jacket and shirt. Unless you are 35 or younger, opt for a nice indigo color, fairly conservative cut. Frayed seams, dyed, contrasting or embezzled are just too hard to pull off. Hint:  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get a

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Jul 25, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Don’t do it.  Too sexy or too matronly, it’s hard to get it right.  But the net is, you need to look like you are *working*– ready to roll your sleeves up and dig in.

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Jul 24, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

Interview Fashion Crisis #2 – The Tie

Sometimes, wearing a suit jacket with a great shirt is perfect for an interview.  Other times a tie is in order.  Sorry guys, it’s hard to know what’s best. Hint:  Bring a tie, take a quick glance around, duck into the men’s room and put it on if you get

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Jul 23, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

Avoiding the Interview Fashion Crisis – Part 1

Appearance really involves the whole package from the technology you carry (or don’t) to clothes to personal grooming to accessories.

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Jul 17, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Make “Working at Home” Work

Make “Working at Home” Work

A lot has been written recently about working at home — from management having tools to know what you are doing when (cloud computing and collaboration creates a transparency which lets everyone see who’s doing what when) to a level of disrespect from colleagues who view people they can ‘see’ as higher

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Jul 10, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Relo

The Relo

Relocation is becoming popular again. We’re seeing tech talent exit job markets that have narrowed, markets like Chicago and Toronto, to areas where there’s a talent shortage like the Bay Area. It’s an overwhelming process for many candidates to move. For others, it’s pretty simple.  Surprisingly, some of our easiest relocations

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Jun 05, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Is ‘Internal Equity’ a Dying Concept?

Is ‘Internal Equity’ a Dying Concept?

‘Internal Equity’ is predicated on the concept that people doing the same job description are contributing the same to the bottom line. Today, nothing could be further from the truth.

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May 08, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Yikes! Turn off that social reading feature, please!

Yikes! Turn off that social reading feature, please!

The newspaper business has been dying a slow death for some time.   I get it, some socially savvy marketer launched ‘social reading’ to help stimulate readership, at least online. I’m sure it sounded great in the executive suite but I think there should be a Federal Law that requires a

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