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Oct 11, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on I'm unemployed. Is it better to take a marginal job or hold out for something that I really want to do?

I'm unemployed. Is it better to take a marginal job or hold out for something that I really want to do?

Unless you are competitive in a white hot market like mobile application development, it’s generally better to take a professional role than hold out in this economy. I was asked this by a colleague recently who had left a great, albeit somewhat unusual job, at a well known company in

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Oct 03, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Yeah! I’m about to get a job offer. What’s negotiable?

Yeah! I’m about to get a job offer. What’s negotiable?

First, check your expectations.  I’ve spoken to a number of candidates recently who thought the offer they received wasn’t ‘earth shattering’.  Maybe we’re spending too much time on the sports section—you’re not Derek Jeter, it’s not 1999, sanity prevails and that’s the kind of company you should be looking to join. If

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Sep 05, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Back To School

Back To School

I've noticed a new trend over the past year, tied to the economic slowdown. Companies are putting more weight on where a candidate when to school--even those who graduated 20 years ago.

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Jul 24, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Oh George.

Oh George.

Last weekend, drama entered the Tour de France once again, this time with an incredibly disappointing perspective into a great athlete. If you don’t follow the three week race through France, George Hincapie, an American cyclist, missed wearing the leader’s yellow jersey by a mere five seconds. I’ve watched every

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Jul 14, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Experience Matters. Talent Matters More. Attitude Trumps All.

Experience Matters. Talent Matters More. Attitude Trumps All.

I came in contact with two people yesterday that reminded me, no matter how experienced you are, how well educated, how much you accomplished–an extraordinary attitude can trump all of that. As an executive recruiter, I’m certainly used to people feeling that an opportunity isn’t ‘just right’ for them and

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Jun 19, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day, an executive who has been interviewing with an organization for some time. He’s getting frustrated by how long things are dragging out and asked me when the line is crossed by a candidate going from ‘persistent’ to what I’ll

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Jun 02, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Top 10 List: How to Enter the Job Market

Top 10 List: How to Enter the Job Market

Every week I take a call or two from someone who found themselves in the job market, sometimes for the first time in twenty years. Here is what I tell them to prepare for a job search: 1. Create a ‘personal brand’. Creating a story line of who you are

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May 04, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Help Wanted

Help Wanted

The cover story in Business Week’s May 11th issue talks about the 3 million jobs that are open in the US and are difficult to fill. It’s a great read — all we tend to hear about is the millions of people in the market looking for work. We’re experiencing

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Apr 28, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Leadership in the Clean Energy Sector: Help Wanted

Leadership in the Clean Energy Sector: Help Wanted

The Clean Energy sector is generating a lot of interest as it revs up to transform the sustainability of our energy practices and spark growth in the global economy.  Convergence and rapid innovation in technology combined with increasing investment, public awareness, and a supportive federal policy and regulatory environment are

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Apr 25, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

Unless something else takes center stage, we are about to enter into a media frenzy focused on President Obama’s performance during his first 100 days in office. If you just took a new role, assuming it’s not in sports or politics, you can be thankful that your own performance isn’t

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