Career Development

Jan 12, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Sales DNA

The Sales DNA

I was talking to a consultant today who was being assessed for his ‘Sales DNA.’ It’s an important attribute, particularly to small companies always in search of new business. What is Sales DNA? If you have it, you are the type of person who scopes out the passengers on an airplane,

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Dec 15, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Portfolios

Portfolios

We’ve been working on a number of Creative Director type searches of late;  there’s been an interesting trend. For a long time, employers have been asking for portfolios of a candidate’s work.  Sites like Behance and Coroflo attempt to facilitate the creation and hosting of portfolios.  Suddenly, these sites seem so

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Nov 07, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Insight into UX Careers

Insight into UX Careers

One of the toughest searches we do is for exceptional designers...

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Oct 20, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Resumes for a Career Change

Resumes for a Career Change

http://www.fins.com/Finance/Articles/SBB0001424053111904332804576540560574814434/Ten-Things-Career-Changers-Need-on-Their-Resume A better resume will certainly help you if you are looking to change careers.  However, it’s my experience that changing careers is pretty difficult right now.  In today’s market, companies are under intense pressure to perform.  Bringing someone from outside may offer fresh perspectives but there will still be

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Oct 11, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Value of an MBA

The Value of an MBA

The Wall Street Journal asked students if an MBA is ‘worth it’. If they asked executive recruiters, I think they would find, that for people early to mid stage in their career, yes, the degree is definitely worth it. I guess I should add the disclaimer that I toiled through

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Sep 22, 2011 | Post by: Gwen Moore Comments Off on Attention Hiring Managers!

Attention Hiring Managers!

Transitioning into a new job is challenging enough to begin with, but it’s even more difficult if you’re a hiring manager in a growing organization. If you’ve got openings to fill, the pressure will be on to assess your new team and create a hiring plan ASAP. As the new

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Sep 08, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Does Your Resume Need Botox?

Does Your Resume Need Botox?

As you might imagine, I am asked all the time for feedback on resumes.  It’s tough to coach friends and family in the first place but my friends over 40 are impossible.  Has to be one page.  I need to cite that I programmed in Fortran when reptiles roamed the earth. 

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Sep 07, 2011 | Post by: Paula Lerzak Comments Off on Avoiding the Long Goodbye

Avoiding the Long Goodbye

Tips for Graceful Exits when Moving On to New Job So now that you have landed your dream job,  the excitement quickly subsides when you realize this means you must give notice to your current boss.  First rule of thumb, no long goodbyes please.  It is not wise to stick around

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Aug 28, 2011 | Post by: Kathleen Avery Comments Off on If you didn't come to party, don't bother knockin' at the door

If you didn't come to party, don't bother knockin' at the door

Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times recently wrote about the seeming immunity Silicon Valley has to the recent gyrations on Wall Street. Silicon Valley is the land of the eternal optimist…and sometimes believing works really, really well. The twenty- and thirty-somethings in and around San Francisco with big

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Aug 24, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on What to Read Before Your Child Picks a Major…

What to Read Before Your Child Picks a Major…

Mark Andreessen’s article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend reminds me of a story a friend told us.  After putting his daughter through Dartmouth, she said, “why didn’t you tell me an English major couldn’t land a job?”  Sigh.  Mark’s point on the challenges we face capitalizing on

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