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Apr 30, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Moving to Agile – Changing Work Dynamics

Moving to Agile – Changing Work Dynamics

It seems that every day someone tells me they want to work remotely, work from home.  That’s becoming less of an option for many. There’s been an interesting shift, most noticeably in the last year or so, where companies that have moved to the Agile development process require ‘all hands

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Apr 20, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Second Chance

The Second Chance

News flash: Life isn’t fair. I’m hoping that you got the memo in the second grade and that’s not really a news flash. News flash: There are no second chances. OK, that’s not totally true, there are a number of great Hollywood romance movies that are built on the premise that

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Apr 16, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Our New Website

Our New Website

It’s funny how quickly things become dated.  Our nice, clean website served our firm well over the last 4 years. But as the war for talent continues to heat up, it is important to have a clear message that cuts through the noise.  We felt we needed a new ‘storefront.’

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Apr 04, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on 8 Resume Rules to Live By

8 Resume Rules to Live By

1. Be beautiful. Nice formatting, fonts, appropriate use of bolding and colors (if you have to). Don’t let your resume look like a cheesy eBay offer. It should look like an Apple brochure. 2. If you go all ‘fancy pants’ on your resume and put it into a horizontal or

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Mar 29, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Job Hopper

The Job Hopper

Four years ago, I would never have presented a candidate whose resume had a distinct pattern of changing jobs before the two year mark. Everyone got a pass on the blustery days of the bubble, ’98-01 but that was it. That policy is now under review. While I still think the

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Mar 21, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Presenting Your Next VP

Presenting Your Next VP

Whether you are a senior engineer, designer, in marketing or sales, or a CXO, it’s now commonplace to be asked to do a presentation during interviews for a new job. Often, just after you've been escorted in and offered the standard coffee or water, you’re on deck to present *something*

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Mar 02, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Lose the Job Description

Lose the Job Description

Increasingly over the last six months, we’ve been asked to find outstanding talent against a broad description. While the job description or (I hate this word) ‘spec’ can sometimes very valuable in filling a specific gap created by someone’s departure or a specific problem that needs to be addressed, it is a

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Feb 03, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on OMG, He's Wearing a Hoodie!

OMG, He's Wearing a Hoodie!

This week, a local radio news station interviewed a professor who made basically one point about Mark Zuckerberg:  stuttering and spitting bullets, the academic basically tried to make the case that a CEO of a public company couldn’t possibly be one that wears a ‘hoodie.’  In a sarcastic parental tone, he

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Jan 27, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Resumes Aren't Dead, but Your Work Product Rules

Resumes Aren't Dead, but Your Work Product Rules

Here is a great article about going beyond the resume. Whether they are Design, Marketing or thought leadership roles like a CTO, we’re interested in seeing what you’ve done. Portfolios, articles, blog– that helps hiring execs understand and assess how you think, how creative you are, what your style is

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Jan 17, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on How to Respond to a Recruiter

How to Respond to a Recruiter

It’s really in the candidate’s best interest to hear what a recruiter has to say before leading with money or title. I hear ‘I’m only interested in senior vp/director/grandpoobah’ too often. Titling can be something that’s negotiated sometimes, and can be deciving across industries. Everyone’s a VP at a bank

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