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Getting your First Job (or your Next Job)


I have the honor to work with individuals to aid them in finding their true work calling.  These areas range from my "day job" in the Executive Search world to my volunteer work with the with career transition groups. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal also prompted me to give this some thought. Each population has unique needs, but there are also some commonalities.  My intent is to give 4 common themes that affect each of these groups.

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  1. Know who you are and what you do well.  This may
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#Nextchat RECAP: Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17

On May 17, @shrmnextchat chatted with the #SHRM17 Bloggers, SHRM staff members and SHRM Annual Conference attendees (past and present) about Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17.

If you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:




An Interview with Steve Gilliland

Here is a brief overview of Steve Gilliland’s work excerpted from Steve’s website with a few SHRM Annual Conference highlights:

A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world, as well as a long-time favorite of SHRM conference attendees. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jeff Foxworthy on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age,...


How can HR Help Business Embrace the Future? #SHRM17

How well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your ‘social currency’ is your digital footprint.
How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumulated through your social media platforms?  Yes, platforms as in plural.  It doesn’t count if you have a Facebook account to keep tabs on the kids and post photos of Sunday’s cafe breakfast!
Global communication and collaboration has never been easier and building networks has never been more powerful.

A lawyer and a writer walk into a bar...My chat with Louis Lessig, #SHRM17 speaker

When you schedule a talk with an employment lawyer who is speaking at #SHRM17, you’re never really sure what you’re going to get. I mean, sure, you’ll get an expert in his field who knows a lot about employment law and how it impacts HR professionals. But these meetings are typically at least an hour long. Good lord, what if he’s BORING?

Well, rest assured, Lou Lessig is anything but boring. He most certainly IS an expert in his field, having done all sorts of impressive, lawyerly things....


Productivity Tips for Marketers: An Interview with Laura Stack #SHRM17



I made a joke on Facebook recently that I’m really close to getting my life together; I just need a nap, a personal trainer, a paid sabbatical, some Sharpie pens, a personal chef and $14,000. Most of these items wouldn’t really help anyway, but you know who can? Laura Stack, world-renowned productivity expert, speaker and best-selling author. Luckily for me she’ll be speaking at the 2017 SHRM National Conference in New Orleans, and I can’t wait to check out her session.

Stack says people have their action items and ideas in...


A #SHRM17 Interview with Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel is the New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success. Don’t miss his presentation on “The Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2017” on June 20 at 2:15 p.m. at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition.  He will be doing a book signing following his session at 3:40 p.m. in the SHRMStore.

JJ:  What key highlights would an HR practitioner gain from reading your book? Why do you think that?

DS:  HR practitioners who want to get ahead in...


Helping Your Employees Protect Against Identity Theft



Social Security is committed to securing today and tomorrow for you and your employees. Protecting your identity and information is important to us. Security is part of our name and we take that seriously.  

Identity theft is when someone steals your personally identifiable information (PII) and pretends to be you. It happens to millions of Americans every year. Once identity thieves have your personal information they can open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name. You can help prevent identity theft by:

  • Securing
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A #SHRM17 Interview with Amanda Haddaway


Hello you. I’m back with an insightful Q/A with Amanda Haddaway – one of the awesome speakers from the #SHRM17 Conference that’s happening this year in June. You might be wondering why I selected this topic – well, let me share with you’ll that I have two years of experience working as an HR Department of One! I loved every bit of it. Yes, sometimes it gets overwhelming, but hey – you get to be the jack of all trades and no two days are the same. Who doesn’t like that?



The Model Minority Myth and Asian American Heritage Month


It is Asian American Heritage Month.  As we celebrate the many contributions of Asian Americans, let’s also bury the “model minority myth.”  The myth hurts Asian Americans and here’s why:

  1. If you are a model minority, you are not likely to get the help that you very well may need.  When we assume all individuals in a group are stellar, the individuals who need support are less likely to get it.
  2. If you are a model minority, then there is an implication that you may be stronger than others.  This can result in bias against individuals who are white
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