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Feb 16, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Passion

Passion

I’m just back from a vacation in Argentina.  One of the many things that impressed me was the passion of the key players in the wine and lodging industry.  We stayed at a lodge that was built during an economic disaster in the early 2000s–  that lodge received a major

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Dec 08, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Fashion Crisis

The Fashion Crisis

Coming off a few days interviewing in NYC, can I say, those guys know how to dress.  And I’m not talking about unlimited access to the world’s best in fashion–though who can resist a trip to Barneys?–I’m talking about common sense. A friend of mine was in the job market

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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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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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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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Apr 14, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Nailing the Interview

Nailing the Interview

In another great article by Sarah Needleman, in today’s WSJ, she offers some very solid advice for those lucky enough to land an interview. Getting an interview right is more difficult than you might think. One of my top tips to job seekers is a page right out of media

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Mar 13, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

It has been said that success covers a multitude of sins. Like a delicious frosting covering the cracks, bumps, and imperfections of a newly baked cake, success smoothes over one’s flaws. When companies are successful, they are often overstaffed which can shield the need for performance management. The underperformers are

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Mar 01, 2009 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Getting on a Board

Getting on a Board

In the past month, I’ve been to an event–a packed house–geared toward getting more women on boards and have been asked by a couple people just how you get on a board. It’s more difficult than you may think. There’s often a time in your professional career where you’ve interacted

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