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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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Oct 06, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on New Pressure Emerges in the Hunt for Talent

New Pressure Emerges in the Hunt for Talent

http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2011/09/30/the-daily-start-up-vcs-upping-hiring-pressure-on-start-ups/?mod=WSJ_article_onespot Excerpt: For months, Silicon Valley start-ups have had a tough time finding qualified employees–especially engineers. Now investors are adding to that pressure Founders who don’t have what investors consider to be a full team–or are unable to prove that they can hire one–could face extra hurdles raising money and even

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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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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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Aug 05, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Hiring Like It's 1999

Hiring Like It's 1999

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/hiring-like-its-1999-08012011.html It’s an entertaining article, and hey, who doesn’t love free food?  But I’d argue that when you are in line at the Taco truck at Dreamforce, you’re more likely to be thinking about how bad your feet hurt or how good the guy in front of you looks in

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Jul 28, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Art of Reference Checks

The Art of Reference Checks

It used to be that a reference check was a ‘check box’ item after an offer was made, a CYA of sorts.  But these days, you just have to read the headlines to see prominent leaders who have fibbed on their resumes—ok, blatantly made stuff up, committed crimes and who

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Jul 15, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Google's Hiring Spree

Google's Hiring Spree

Wow!  Google brought on 2,452 new people in 3 months. That’s 40 each and every business day. 5 per hour. Holy hiring engine! Morning Coffee Jul 15, 2011 Joseph Walker You’ve got to spend money to make money. The old saying could very easily be Google’s mantra after the company

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Feb 23, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Landing Talent in Today's Market

Landing Talent in Today's Market

Top technical talent continues to be in high demand—in fact, there are shades of 1999 when companies fought hard for talent and those that couldn’t bring in “A players” fast enough faded into the distance.  Speed is key to competing for talent but that often makes hiring executives uncomfortable.  The top

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