Monthly Archives: February 2008

Feb 29

Too technical to hire

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

As candidates looking for new positions, we want to show our skills for the job. And why shouldn’t we? Reading most job postings, especially in technology, you’d think that every person on the planet needs to know every single thing about every single thing for their new position. We are driven to showing our prospective […]

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Feb 28

Decision and Choice

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

A reality on our current (working) life is the torrent of information coming at us. All of the information requires a new skill to manage it: brilliant information filtering. Brilliant information filtering requires us to clearly understand the difference between a “choice” and a “decision.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve confused these […]

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Feb 28

Your work is not the company stereotype

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Going out into the job market after deciding that you no longer want to work for your employer reveals interesting tidbits about your company that you, essentially, have no control over but gets associated to your work. Like stereotypes, the characteristics of the company culture are associated with your work and effects your ability to […]

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Feb 27

I am a company

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Over at Life Optimizer, Donald Latumahina writes a great article on “How to Make Yourself Your Own Company.” It’s a great perspective. Most of us have, perhaps, thought of ourselves as “consultants” or “independent contractors” with our work, but I think that putting a “company” label on it offers up some good advantages: A company […]

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Feb 27

Companies can’t let go

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

As faithful readers of this blog know, both Kate and I were laid off from our jobs on December 10th, 2007. Outside of the straight-up layoff, there are tons of details to attend to with the old company in order to move on. It is a true project. It’s easy for a company to let […]

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Feb 26

Communicate Why Before How

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Kevin Eikenberry offers up a short post with lots of impact. In What to Communicate, Kevin offers up this simple, but powerful, communications statement: Communicate why before how, and don’t switch too soon. He goes on to note: In most organizations and teams the “why” is missing. When the why is strong enough, the how […]

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Feb 25

Return from Ireland

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

As I am writing this on Sunday morning, Kate and I are sitting in the Dublin, Ireland, airport awaiting our return flight to the United States. It’s been a great two weeks here in Ireland — a lot more than what we expected. The Irish people are famous for their hospitality and there was no […]

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Feb 22

Job Interviews for Dummies — Part 5

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

If you read the news, you’d think every company on the planet was laying people off. Certainly, we’ve seen a lot more people heading out for job interviews — and getting shocked at the Interview Gauntlet. So I asked Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published in January of this […]

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Feb 21

Straight from the Job Seeker’s Mouth

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

A couple weeks back, the Career Management Alliance Blog wrote an article called “Straight From the Recruiter’s Mouth.” The basic premise of the article is straight-forward: “You must follow-up on Internet job applications whenever possible.” I agree with that premise. I just don’t know how it is possible. In the United States (and this is […]

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Feb 21

Job Interviews for Dummies — Part 4

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

If you read the news, you’d think every company on the planet was laying people off. Certainly, we’ve seen a lot more people heading out for job interviews — and getting shocked at the Interview Gauntlet. So I asked Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published in January of this […]

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Feb 20

Job Interviews for Dummies — Part 3

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

If you read the news, you’d think every company on the planet was laying people off. Certainly, we’ve seen a lot more people heading out for job interviews — and getting shocked at the Interview Gauntlet. So I asked Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published in January of this […]

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Feb 19

Do No Harm

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

The other night, my wife and I had dinner with my former manager. He has always been a student of business and provides great insight. In his last interview, he was asked by the CIO what the first priority would be upon taking over the position he was interviewing for. His answer: “Do no harm.” […]

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Feb 19

Job Interviews for Dummies — Part 2

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

If you read the news, you’d think every company on the planet was laying people off. Certainly, we’ve seen a lot more people heading out for job interviews — and getting shocked at the Interview Gauntlet. So I asked Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published in January of this […]

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Feb 18

Job Interviews for Dummies

By Scot Herrick | Book Reviews

If you read the news, you’d think every company on the planet was laying people off. Certainly, we’ve seen a lot more people heading out for job interviews — and getting shocked at the Interview Gauntlet. So I asked Joyce Lain Kennedy, author of Job Interviews For Dummies, 3rd Edition, published in January of this […]

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Feb 16

Outsourcing isn’t great yet

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

If you work in cubes and your position is in the mix for outsourcing, you already know this without the study information published in the Silicon Republic in Ireland, don’t you: Enterprises entering into outsourcing arrangements are focusing too heavily on reducing costs through labour arbitrage alone, resulting in high levels of disappointment and conflict, […]

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Feb 14

Career Management in India — Part Two

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

This is the second guest post on career management in India from Mrityunjay Kumar, who writes about career management in India on his blog Perspectives on Career Management. Mrityunjay is a software engineer by training and a manager in an IT company by profession. I’m privileged to have Mrityunjay write two posts on career management […]

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