The green economy is coming — some say it’s already arrived — and around the country new jobs and training programs are popping up rapidly, while old jobs are changing to align with sustainable practices. Green services and products are already in demand, and workforce development experts agree that this movement is going to have
Even in a turbulent economy there’s hope for sustained employment in careers that stand the test of time. The downturn means an opportunity for those who want to return to school to increase their skills and earning power — or for those who are training for their first job.
We grew up learning that gossip was something to be avoided (and definitely “not nice”). But it turns out that office gossip can help us get ahead at work–if used carefully. “It’s not realistic to say, ‘Don’t participate in [workplace] gossip,’ because if you don’t participate, people tend not to include you in the conversation,”
You probably work with at least one person who simply gets on your nerves. Although you hate to admit it, interacting with him or her is a struggle, and the person’s actions set you on edge. You dread collaborating with this colleague–and doing so negatively affects your mood and productivity.
Accomplished professionals often don’t consider the federal government as a prospective employer. But they should–half of federal hires in the past several months have been at starting salaries over $100,000, says Seattle career coach Robin Ryan. And by some estimates, the government needs to hire more than 270,000 people just to keep “mission-critical” functions up
Whether you’re a recent graduate who recently accepted your first “real” job or a seasoned professional, walking into a new workplace for the first time can be very stressful. Keeping track of new people, processes, policies, and priorities is taxing.
I. Background – Where We Were Universal need for information, growing demands and expectations for automated access As a public sector entity, the Louisiana Department of Civil Service faces the familiar challenge of efficiently providing access to information to those that we serve. Since we are the central human resources department for the state, our
I used to hate the sound of the alarm clock in the morning. As an accountant and internal auditor, I found my work tedious. People dreaded seeing me. I disliked having to confront them every day on recurring problems. I became disconnected from others and didn’t feel I was helping anyone.
Now I know why I haven’t always succeeded in interviews. Being a factual, logical, sequential-thinking person, I answer questions honestly and directly. If interviewers want to know about me, I tell them. I haven’t known anything about creating “shared control” with an interviewer. I didn’t realize that by asking questions, I could literally force interviewers
In 1997, we flew to Seattle and hauled our film gear to the quaint little town of Langley on Whidbey Island. There we filmed the poet David Whyte, who is known for the message he shares with organizations about bringing one’s whole self to work. We became immersed in conversations about wholeheartedness in the workplace.
Rick Lackey worked in the Atlanta office of real-estate firm Grubb & Ellis when he lost his job during cost-cuttings in 2002. Like many downsized executives, he was averse to commit to another employer. “I never want to put myself in a situation where I can do a good job, probably better than the other
On the face of it, Kate Digney’s career change — from finance to fragrance — was dramatic. The two fields, after all, don’t appear to have much in common. But Ms. Digney, 30, says the move was not about turning off one side of her brain and turning on the other. It was about finding
A common misconception about working in the videogame industry is that it’s more play than work, says Fred Galpern, 36. “Everyone thinks it’s like Tom Hanks in ‘Big,’ where we just sit around all day trying out different things and seeing what’s fun, but it’s not,” he says.
Many people find it difficult to change careers because they think they have to do it in one big leap. But you can start by taking small steps that will lead you where you want to be professionally, without losing significant income or disrupting your family.
“I have 15 years of experience in higher education administration, specifically in international education. This includes foreign student advising and international admissions. My international admissions responsibilities require me to travel abroad and represent my institution at college fairs. I’m tired of higher education and the low pay and recognition it gives administrators and I’m wondering
Some people seem to be bullet-proof and can save their jobs, if not their reputations, after the worst or even multiple mistakes.This kind of smart/slippery character may be naturally blessed with the instincts to survive any blunder, but you don’t have to be a politician to survive.There are certain things you can do to help
In a past life, I spent more than two years as a headhunter in the technology sector and have nothing but admiration for people who have found success in the world of recruitment. It’s competitive and requires confidence, determination and a positive mindset.