Ok, You Just Graduated From College, Now What?

It would seem those who didn’t make to their college career and placement center may be in luck compared to previous years 2018 appears to the be the best year for this year’s crop of newly minted college graduates. According to a CareerBuilder, survey companies are in the hiring mode. They are on the hunt for graduates with business and technology degrees. Also, it seems that starting salaries are in the area of $40,000 or higher depending on your degree. Those who major the STEM areas are looking at salaries between $66,521 – $61,867 depending on your STEM major according to the National Association of College and Employers (NACE). For… Read More

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Happy Graduation Day – Maybe. Do You Have A Plan

May and June is the time when colleges and universities will be graduating their senior classes and setting them out to fend for themselves finally, or so they think. From the college or university perspective, they have honored their part of the education contract. They have provided the information the student needs to be successful in their future endeavors. At the graduation ceremonies, dignitaries will give lofty speeches, and admonishment about going forth to follow their dreams, and change the world. The graduating class of 2018 will be full of hope and confidence that they will indeed be able to apply the admonishment of taking on the world and having… Read More

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How are your social skills? You need them at work.

So, how are your social skills? What you say? Social skills, why would they be important. I have a great job in the IT industry. I work with people who like me and understand me and what I do. I get along with them just fine. If that is what you are are thinking while reading this, then I encourage to keep reading, and you will soon understand the relevancy of my question. In The Theory of Moral Sentiments Adam Smith wrote the following: “We can never survey our own sentiments and motives, we can never form any judgment concerning them; unless we remove ourselves as it were, from our… Read More

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Invest In Yourself Is an Investment in Your Future

The other day I was going through a bin of books and came across “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  It was a gift given to me by a colleague I worked with several years ago.  On the inside cover, she wrote, “Tim not that you need this! I thought you could use this to instruct others.”  I had forgotten that I had this book and finding it the other day I read through it and came to this lesson, “commit yourself to constant self-improvement.”   Such a simple statement and idea, but for many, it’s a hard thing to do.  Too many of us have commitment phobia.… Read More

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Why The Question: Are We Helping You Be Effective in Your Current Job? Is Important

In a recent post, I mentioned three questions that a manager should be asking of their employees. As a reminder the questions were: Are we helping you be effective in your current job? Are we helping your build a successful career? Are we helping you have a fulfilling life? Let’s consider the first question, helping you become active in your current job. It may seem obvious why a manager might ask this question. Logic would dictate, the more efficient you are, the more productive you would be in handling your assign tasks. However, I there may be more to it than just making you more productive. Every manager or supervisor… Read More

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When Asked: Are we helping you build a successful career? How Will You Respond?

Has your boss asked you the following question, are we helping you build a successful career? Would you be ready with an answer? You should be. Why? It is simple, that question is a good sign that management has noticed you and believe you are a keeper. So they want to know how they can assist you in your growth. If asked, how would you answer? Ideally, you should be ready with a reply. Many are not. Why? Well, people put off the things they do not want to do. To be able to answer that question there are a few things one must do in preparation. First: It requires… Read More

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You Want To Get Noticed? You Have 90 Days To Do It.

I have a question for you. You just started a new job. You have been through what passes for the company orientation. You are comfortably situated in your cubical, and you have all the office supplies you need. The folks from IT will be down later in the day to set you up on your company laptop, company mobile phone, and they will even allow you to mirror some of the company applications on your own personal devices should you decide.You have meetings set for the next several days, to meet with your team leader, supervisor, and the group manager. To say you’re excited would be an understatement. This is… Read More

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