Guiding Gen Z

FOCUS ON: Describing the Gen Z Lifestyle Trying to connect with recent college graduates as they enter the workforce? Understanding anyone born after 1995 requires a look at their media consumption, brand interests, entrepreneurial bent, marketing eye, and desire to co-create culture. The need to learn about Gen Z has resulted in a number of […]

Best Jobs For…

FOCUS ON: Best Jobs for Americans According to Glassdoor, Data Scientist tops the list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. Three engineering jobs made the top 10, as did jobs in HR management and occupational therapy. The three factors that determined these results were number of job openings, salary, and overall job satisfaction rating. […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

The Job Search Jungle

FOCUS ON: Defining Unemployment Job seekers are not always specifically those out of work. Yes, some may be unemployed, but they may also be underemployed or have given up on finding employment. Terms such as “discouraged workers” or “marginally attached workers” are used in addition to terms such as “the real unemployment rate” and “nonsense.” […]

Performance

 FOCUS ON: Measuring Performance Athletic performance is measured down to the hundredths, even thousandths, of a point in the Olympics. School performance could refer to the students’ grades or the education system’s achievements (e.g., “College and Career Readiness Performance Index”). Staff in organizations no longer just have “annual reviews” – they go through a “Career […]

May Mortarboard Momentum

FOCUS ON: Advice for the Graduate Confidence makes a difference. Gaining belief in oneself can come from taking risks, travel, teams of high-level advisors and taking action. Read this on-target advice for all graduates from the author of “The Confidence Factor for Women in Business” Carol Sankar. JOB SEARCHING: How to Make Good Decisions for […]

How to Work Like an Entrepreneur

FOCUS ON: Staying Motivated It is a daily choice: be motivated to continue as an entrepreneur or lose focus and pride. It helps to remember what you left behind and surround yourself with positive people. Read more hints from a successful entrepreneur. JOB SEARCHING: Write Your Next Job Description With a New Mindset In the […]

Servant Leadership

FOCUS ON: Taker-Leaders versus Giver-Leaders Leaders who have an inner vision that drives their purpose for the benefit of others are giver-leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington. These people are servant leaders and inspire others to enthusiastically follow. Taker-Leaders, such as Hitler, more often are driven by external opportunities and they gain followers […]

Graduates and the Job Market

FOCUS ON: Backpacks to Briefcases Google that catchy term, “backpacks to briefcases” and you will find hundreds if not millions of links that offer something on the topic of what graduates are facing this month. One source is the book with that title found on Amazon.com (2006, published by Life After Graduation). Several other search […]

Leadership

FOCUS ON: Improving Leadership Skills Quick: think of someone who you admire as a leader. What traits does that person possess? Chances are, the characteristics that come to mind might include authenticity, adaptability, and passion. When considering your own growth as a leader, it can be helpful to not only look towards the people we […]