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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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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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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 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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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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