Should You Work for Free?

Some of the factors to consider:

  • Do they pay other people who do this work? Do their competitors?
  • Am I learning enough from this interaction to call this part of my education?
  • Is this public work with my name on it, or am I just saving them cash to do a job they should pay for?
  • If I get paid, is it more likely the organization will

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Unemployment Rescue Kit

When IT program manager Andrew Makar found himself the victim of unexpected downsizing, he mapped out a strategy for finding a new job – and it worked. The tips, tactics, and contact matrix tool included in this download will help you build your own plan of action.

Mass Career Customization (MCC)

Mass Career Customization (MCC) is a way to enable a corporate lattice organization that allows employees to both dial up and dial down. The MCC framework articulates a definite, not infinite, set of options along the four core dimensions of a career – Pace, Workload, Location/Schedule, and Role – as well as the trade-offs associated with choices across four, highly inter-related dimensions. In collaboration with … [ Read more ]

Get Written References

Before you leave a job, always ask your supervisors for written references. You can add your letters of reference to your career portfolio, and they may come in handy during your job search. You can even add letter excerpts to your resume to show how much your previous employers valued your performance.

Obey the Rule of Three

Have three points to drive home and an anecdote to support each one. If you’re applying for a sales position, maybe the points are: “I’ve sold before,” “I have great contacts,” and “I understand this business.” “This may seem obvious,” says the former McKinsey recruiter, “but you’d be surprised how many people come in with zero structure to what they’re saying. If you’ve thought ahead … [ Read more ]

Top 10 Blunders of Online Job Hunters

When it comes to using the Internet to find a job, a lot of very smart people are making some very stupid mistakes.

The following is a list of the top 10 online job-search blunders gleaned from the job-hunt horror stories and other howlers I’ve encountered in recent years. Having seen plenty of candidates navigate their online search with ease, I’ve also … [ Read more ]

What to Do When You Get Laid Off

Following these steps will help you get back to work as quickly as possible.

  • Don’t Burn Any Bridges
    This is the number-one post-layoff rule, and it applies to almost every layoff-related situation. In all your dealings with the company, your supervisor, your human resources representative, and your former coworkers, use “don’t burn any bridges” as your personal mantra. You never know when contacts you

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Key Attributes Employers Look For When they Recruit

Froma speech to the 1996 Dean’s Associates Conference by Gordon Myers, Chief Operating Officer, ISSC (Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation, asubsidiary of IBM)

  1. Competence and Knowledge
    • You must be knowledgeable in your chosen field.
    • You must have a familiarity with business finances. The odds are high that, regardless of the field, within the first year of work you will be asked to estimate future costs, look at

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How to Fool the HR Bots

It’s hard to trick the “applicant management” software, but here are a few tips that might get your resume to the top of the pile.

  1. Lift key phrases from the job listing on the website and put them in your resume. Also be sure to use them when filling out online questionnaires.
  2. Be sure to mention your critical job skills early and often. That way,

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What companies are looking for:

  • LEADERSHIP
    • Earn respect of colleagues
    • Passion = Winner, Aggressive
    • Future potential to grow and make change, not just manage
    • Problem solver and implementer
  • DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
    • Persuasive abilities
    • Strategic thinker
    • Goal orientation and execution
    • Ability to achieve
    • Engaging business discussion
  • INTEGRITY
    • Professional Ethics
    • Self-confidence to take a dissenting position if it is a better way
  • FLEXIBILITY
    • Accept changing roles
    • Adapt to dynamic environment
  • TEAM PLAYER

Know yourself: Strengths and weaknesses and how they apply to the above. Know specific examples in … [ Read more ]

Will You Get Ahead?

True or false?

  • You add more value to your organization than most of your coworkers.
  • Colleagues often seek your counsel.
  • Your department is well-regarded.
  • Your boss is well-regarded.
  • You do important work.
  • You’re upgrading your skills.
  • You’ve cultivated important allies in and outside your organization.
  • If you were the boss, you would hire yourself.

The more true answers you gave, the more likely it is you’ll move up.


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Make Your Own Luck

Ten Traits IT Managers Look for in a Job Candidate

  1. Self-starter skills
    Give me 10 thoroughbreds over 15 slow runners every time. Managers want employees that take initiative and want to do a good job. Being proactive is an excellent trait, especially when it is consistent with the company’s mission. I’ll pay more for each individual in the team of 10 than for the team of 15, but I’ll accomplish more.
  2. Adaptability
    IT is constantly changing

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Four Kinds of Luck

Luck is defined here as an unexpected reconfiguration of events – or things happening in ways that are surprising. There seem to be four kinds of luck. You cannot control any of them, but you can influence two of them.

  1. First is luck by accident. This kind of luck is unplanned and you have little or no influence or control. Natural disasters fit this

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Five Luck Skills

Why are some people luckier than others? What do lucky people do that others don’t? They set goals, work hard and master the skills for making their own luck. Here are the five luck skills.

  1. Challenging Assumptions is questioning what most people see as the truth or status quo. It’s examining your belief systems, asking why things are always done a certain way, seeking

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Blind Ads

Some ads are “blind”–the employer’s name isn’t given. To find out what company is behind a blind ad, copy and paste the firm’s description from the ad into a search engine, such as Google, suggests Randy Cyr, a vice president in the Wellesley, Mass., office of Gilbert Tweed Associates Inc., a New York-based recruiter. (At most search engines, you can put quotation marks around a … [ Read more ]

Creating Luck: A Personal Action Plan

Now that we’ve talked about other peoples’ luck, let’s talk about yours. How do you get started? Here are some suggestions for a personal action plan:

  1. Review your own luck. Think about your life. When were you lucky? What did you do to influence your luck? Perhaps your current job was a result of telling a friend or colleague that you were looking. That’s

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