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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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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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