September 20, 2018

Caltrans is Hiring Big Time!!!

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article218170925.html

March 14, 2018

Is Your Career Souring?

Your career is like a carton of milk. It has an expiration date. If you fail to move up after a reasonable length of time in your position, or if you do not get a job within a certain amount of time after graduation it may never happen. It is a pretty harsh reality.

Things are not impossible but you make it a lot harder on yourself if you just sit there and age in place. Growing your career takes a lot of effort on your part! A good economy helps – but it is most definitely not enough.

January 29, 2018

The Time to Make a Move is Now

The economy is great! There are jobs out there and people are getting hired. Companies are bullish and the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in over a decade.

November 27, 2017

Cyber Security Demand Far Outstripping Supply


Want a career that will never stop giving? Want a career that will be increasingly important and give you opportunity to grow your career and increase your income while challenging you to learn new things constantly?

November 1, 2017

CA Dept of Business Oversight Hiring PM!

I received a note from a former computer science student who wants me to share information about current plans to hire a Project Manager under the Sr ISA classification. The Department of Business Oversight is recruiting for one (1) permanent full-time Senior Information Systems Analyst (Specialist) in the Executive Division's Information Technology Office located at 1515 K Street, in downtown Sacramento. The link to the job is https://www.jobs.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=86611

September 19, 2017

Caltrans Hiring Tons of Engineers - Here's How to Apply!!!


CalTrans is hiring 1100 professionals! They are seeking mostly civil engineers, electrical engineers, surveyors, right-of-way workers and environmental planners. Caltrans also has 250 openings for blue-collar maintenance workers, mechanics, and heavy equipment operators. Some jobs will include apprenticeships.

August 10, 2017

Defense Microelectronics Activity - DMEA Sacramento is Hiring Computer Science Intern


I received this job posting from the DMEA in Sacramento. They are hiring an intern for a really interesting position!!!

July 1, 2016

DMEA Hiring Interns - Deadline Short

Want to get a job with the federal government in Sacramento, CA (McClellan Park) in one of the most interesting and challenging engineering areas? If you said yes and you are an electronics engineering student in your sophomore or junior year in an accredited college or university and you have US Citizenship - apply immediately through USA jobs! There are 13 positions at the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) at this location. Your application will take time and the deadline is July 8th so get on it now!!!

June 10, 2016

State Tech Hiring Event Today in Roseville

Sacramento Bee reporter, Jon Ortiz, shared in his column today that 23 state agencies are hosting a hiring event.  The state is hoping to hire experienced IT professionals recently laid off from HP and Intel.   In his column, THE STATE WORKER, Ortiz reported that the state has $3.3 billion worth of high tech projects in development.

May 17, 2016

Choose Your Major Wisely… It Affects the Rest of Your Life! © Cici Mattiuzzi

Picking a college major is one of the most important decisions a person ever makes. It is one of the first steps in finding your purpose in life. The choice of a major will significantly affect your career options and life satisfaction - what job you will have and how your life will unfold.

April 28, 2016

Federal Hiring for Students, Recent Grads & Experienced Professionals © Cici Mattiuzzi

The Federal Government employs just over 4 million people throughout the US according to the Office of Personnel Management’s most recent data reported in August of 2015. (About a million people fewer than in 1969 when the military was double it’s current size). The executive branch employs 2,663,000 civilians; there are 1,459,000 uniformed military personnel; and the legislative and judicial branch personnel number 63,000 - for a grand total 4,185,000 Federal personnel when the last count was taken.

April 20, 2016

As Effortlessly as Breathing

I believe that a career counselor’s job is to give people permission to do what they want to do. When I ask, “What do you really want to do?” or “What do you do when no one is telling you what to do?” - most people can describe things that they enjoy. That is where we start.

April 1, 2016

I Totally Disagree!

I’m a hiker. I am not intrepid or rugged. I just love hiking. I love reaching a peak and looking out on the long view - Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe, or the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve trudged all along the Pacific Coast Trail and along the Appalachian Trail - at great effort and with a lot of help from fellow hikers. I can always count on someone crossing a stream or heading up a steep trail before me to turn around and pull me up. We all help each other. I believe it is important to turn around after you’ve made it and give a hand to the person behind you. Especially since I am frequently the person bringing up the rear…

March 28, 2016

Time for a Raise? Salary Negotiations Require Leverage!

If you want to be paid more money to do what you do well, you will probably have to ask for a raise or change jobs. There are so many reasons to keep up with salary increases: inflation is eating up your earnings faster;  you need more money to survive in a high cost of living area; you deserve a raise because you are delivering innovations that drive company profits; the guy sitting next to you is doing less and making more; or the men are being paid more than you are for similar work … to name a few.

February 25, 2016

Who is Hiring? ©Cici Mattiuzzi

I have recently been inundated by email from long time friends asking me if I have any people who might be interested in working at three of the most prestigious tech firms.  A pedigree from any one of these companies would set you up for your career life.  Anytime you can get in with a large- big name firm you get an extra bust for any future job applications.

So who is hiring in my world?  Google, Netflix, and Facebook.

February 14, 2016

Timing for Job Shift is Strategic

The American labor economy is very good right now. The unemployment rate is at 4.9%- the lowest it has been in almost 8 years. The latest report from the US Department of Labor shows 5.6 million job openings. A lot of great companies are hiring. That could change with current global uncertainty.

January 22, 2016

When the Music Stops, You’d Better be in a Chair!

Tuesday and Wednesday were really bad days on Wall Street. Yesterday was a good day. Today looks great. It has been like that since the beginning of 2016. The stock market has been gyrating wildly. Economists cite a number of reasons for the volatility – fear and uncertainty mostly.

January 18, 2016

Your Career Depends on How You Tell Your Story

I have visited hundreds of companies and met tons of top managers in technical and business environments.  It is always easy to tell who is in charge.  The people in charge have excellent communication skills.  They are smooth, smart, and confident.  They speak well and they share a clear mission.

April 30, 2015

The Scandal of Pay Inequality

On April 29,2015, Pope Francis spoke in support of pay equality for women, saying:

“Why is it expected that women must earn less than men?”
“No! They have the same rights.  The disparity is a pure scandal.”

When women are paid less, not only women suffer - families suffer.

April 20, 2015

Push Hard to Get The Best Offer

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 5 million job openings in the United States in January 2015, the highest number of openings since January of 2001.

Serious job seekers are getting interviews and job offers in record numbers.

March 19, 2015

Networking to your Perfect Job

The vast majority of people who attend job fairs are uncertain about what to do next.  They connected with interesting possibilities, but they are at a loss about how to close the deal.

Job seeking is a contact sport.  You have to interact with people to get hired.  It is not easy for the timid.  It is not something that comes natural.  No one really tells you how to do it when you are growing up. Job seeking for the first time is like jumping off of a cliff… You have to throw yourself out there.

February 26, 2015

Get Licensed!

If your profession has a licensure requirement or option associated with it- get the license, even if it is not necessary for the organization you currently work for. It is a no brainer and it is an insurance policy for the inevitable ups and downs of the economy. You will have more options if you get the license. You can always set up a home office in the backyard and go after business.

January 22, 2015

First Day on The Job

Your first day on the job is a very exciting day. It is a day that is important for your career future. Do it right and you are in. Do it wrong and you may find yourself back in the job market so fast that it gives you whiplash.

December 11, 2014

Managing Your Career

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything in life just fell into place? It would be so much easier if you could just relax and not think about your career. Imagine going to college, having a perfect job waiting for you, keeping on track for 40 or so years, and finally retiring in comfort. There are a few souls for whom this is possible. They were born into their destiny. For those of us who were not descended from royalty or didn’t inherit the farm, it is a bit more difficult.

December 4, 2014

Reputation, References and Recommendations

Your good reputation is one of the most important assets you have. Reputation is about the beliefs or opinions that are held by others about your character. It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation and it must be managed daily.

November 24, 2014

Turkey Gravy for Job Seekers

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday - family, friends, and food. Since it falls on or near my birthday, my husband does the grocery shopping and cooking. I make the menu and the list of ingredients. Then I stay out of the way as he turns the kitchen into a disaster area.

This is, by far, the best American Holiday! The entertainment value of it alone is worth the effort. How often do you get to see the whole bird parked on the table? You can debate a lot about what tastes best - the white meat, the dark meat or the drumstick. And snicker as your prim cousin drips cranberry sauce down her chin.

There is also a hidden job market right there under the turkey wing.

November 1, 2014

Want a Job at Facebook? Fail Harder

Dave Ferguson spoke in my career planning class a while back. Dave is an alumnus of the Computer Science Department at CSU Sacramento. He works as an engineering manager at Facebook. That alone was a magnet - more kids showed up than are registered... Facebook has cachet. It is a company that hires technical talent and exudes fun.

October 23, 2014

The Facts: Paid Internships are Critical to Your Career Success

For college students, getting experience is absolutely essential to career success.   Working teaches you the basics: show up on time, have a good attitude, and do your best work every single day.  You also learn commitment, how to meet expectations, and appropriate work place behavior.   It is about conforming to the expectations of someone who is paying you to be there and delivering your best – your expertise, and your talent.

October 16, 2014

Don’t Count on Karma - Ask for a Raise

Last week Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, won’t soon forget an interview he gave at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.  Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College asked him how women should ask for a raise. His answer was:

October 9, 2014

Life Lessons from Sesame Street: 5 Elements of a Good Career Plan

I recently had surgery on my nose. I thought it would be no big deal but the minor surgery to remove a little sunspot on my nose ended up being a major disruption.

After toughing it out for 6 hours, I took a pain pill and settled into a short, blissfully pain-free space. In my diminished state I sat back in the recliner and turned on the TV. A furry Sesame Street character, named Murray, was interviewing a rock-climbing instructor, named Stephanie, and two ten-year-olds about rock climbing.

October 2, 2014

5 Characteristics of Good Leadership

Rarely is the resignation of a leader as warranted as is today’s departure of Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service. The utter incompetence displayed by the Secret Service Presidential security detail is appalling and distressing to say the least. The fact that a disaster was avoided was shear luck. Who was in charge? Who was leading the Secret Service?

September 25, 2014

Salaries and Employment Up!!!

The August 2014 Regional and State Employment and Unemployment report of the US Department of Labor (DOL) shows the largest one-month increases in employment occurred in California (+44,000), Florida (+22,700), and Texas (+20,100).   The largest one-month decrease in employment occurred in Michigan (-9,500), Arizona (-5,400) and Massachusetts (-5,300).

May 15, 2014

Job Seeker Rip-offs and Scams

Job seekers are a particularly vulnerable group of people.  People need a job to survive and many will do just about anything to get a job… 

Companies that want people who will work without pay target students, particularly engineering and computer science students.  Unpaid internships… Really?  The demand is high, the supply is low, the skills are sought after – why would you work for free?

May 1, 2014

Interviewing and Dining Etiquette: You Are Being Judged!

A meal, dinner, lunch or even breakfast might easily be the first stage of your interview. You will need to traverse a minefield of dining mistakes that could cost you the job. Even after you get the job, you will profit or suffer because of your manners. Good manners are always in style. Never forget that!

In life it’s the little things that matter, the little things that make an impression: a smile, a door held open, a thank you note, and nice table manners. These are the things that get noticed and that make you stand out. Or maybe it is the absence of the little things that make an impression. Good manners mean that you have good judgment. That is really important to potential employers.

April 24, 2014

Spring 2014 Techie Salaries and Demand

The National Association of Colleges (NACE) and Employers released its Spring 2014 Salary Survey report for starting salaries of new college graduates. Approximately 400,000 employers were included in the survey. The data are collected from private as well as public employers across the US who have hired new college graduates in all disciplines. This is the first salary data for the Class of 2014 according to NACE.

April 17, 2014

Things No One Will Tell You

As a career counselor, I encounter all kinds of job seekers with barriers to employment.  It is frequently the case that people do not know why they are being passed over or rejected.  

When diagnosing a career problem I ask a lot of questions, I listen, and I observe - just like an employer will do.  The difference is that I will tell you if you have a problem you need to fix.

March 20, 2014

Resilience

Resilience is a gift in life.  It helps us recover quickly from the inevitable ups and downs that occur – a failed interview, the loss of a job, an illness, or worst of all - the loss of a family member.   We all need to learn resilience to regain the happiness and joy in life after something bad happens.

Webster’s defines resilience as the property of material that enables it to regain its original shape after being bent, stretched or compressed.   So it is with humans.  Everyone has disappointments in life.  It is how we recover our shape and balance that really matters.

March 13, 2014

Networking to Your Perfect Job is a Contact Sport!

The vast majority of people who attend job fairs are uncertain about what to do next.  They connected with interesting possibilities, but they are at a loss about how to close the deal. 

Job seeking is a contact sport.  You have to interact with people to get hired.  It is not easy for the timid.  It is not something that comes natural.  No one really tells you how to do it when you are growing up. Job seeking for the first time is like jumping off of a cliff… You have to throw yourself out there. 

February 6, 2014

Solid Hiring Demand for Engineering and Computer Science

88 engineering or engineering-related companies attended the Engineering and Computer Science annual Career Day, on March. The annual event is always the most productive hiring event of the entire year for the College.

December 12, 2013

Managing Your Career

Wouldn't it be nice if everything in life just fell into place? It would be so much easier if you could just relax and not think about your career. Imagine going to college, having a perfect job waiting for you, keeping on track for 40 or so years, and finally retiring in comfort. There are a few souls for whom this is possible. They were born into their destiny. For those of us who were not descended from royalty or didn’t inherit the farm, it is a bit more difficult.

December 5, 2013

12 Action Steps to a Job!

When the semester is over and your finals are done, it is going to be time to kick into gear with a well thought out job search. There really is no time to waste. The market is improving and the people out in front of this train are going to be the ones who get hired first.

November 30, 2013

Engineering Salary Report 2013 NACE

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Summer 2013 Salary Survey was just released. It includes salary data for bachelor’s degree candidates and for master’s degree candidates.

The Summer 2013 report shows continuing salary increases for new college graduates overall, running 2.4% higher than 2012 salaries. According to NACE, the average salary for 2013 bachelor’s degree graduates now stands at $45,327. The economic recovery continues in a positive direction across most academic disciplines.

November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving … For All Members of Our Family

Thanksgiving is an American family holiday. We celebrate it to mark our gratitude for the blessings we receive. Individually we express our thankfulness for family, friends and food. It is also a time we gather to catch up on our busy lives.

November 14, 2013

Substandard Job Offer?

A number of people have contacted me over the past few weeks with questions about job offers they have received. The economy has picked up and companies are hiring. Several people are receiving multiple offers to choose from.

November 7, 2013

The Autopsy

Disaster rarely occurs without lots of inside people knowing it is coming. The faulty bolts on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the California Unemployment Insurance payment debacle, and web site disaster of the new Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare are a few glaring examples of huge system failures currently in the news.

October 31, 2013

Caught in a Lie

I recently had a job seeker tell me he had been caught in a lie. During a job interview he had been questioned about something that was on his resume. The time didn’t add up - there was a glaring discrepancy that the employer was trying to clear up. The question was asked - there was no answer. The candidate was like a deer caught in the headlights. He froze. He knew he had been caught in a lie.

October 24, 2013

Job Search – Finding the right needle in the haystack

The US Department of Labor announced today that there are 3.9 million jobs waiting to be filled in the American labor market in their Job Openings and Turnover Rate report. They further reported that 4.5 million hires and 4.4 million total job separations occurred in August 2013. That is a lot of movement! Companies across the spectrum hire and shed workers constantly.

October 17, 2013

Target Practice

From the time I was age 10 until I was 15 - I went to summer camp where my favorite activity was archery. It was a skill that I was determined to master. When you first attempt archery the arrow misses the mark completely. Arrows fly over, around and into the dirt in front of the target. Over time, with focus and practice I got better. Each day I got a little closer to the target until my arrows started hitting the hay bale, then the rings on the target and finally the center of the target.

October 10, 2013

Bid Leveling Your Job Offers © Justin Reginato, PhD


Justin Regionato is a professor of Construction Management at CSU Sacramento. He posted this article on Facebook and I think it is sage advice. In the article he compares negotiating the terms of employment to negotiating a bid for a construction project. Many professionals have to estimate the cost of doing a project whether is is a construction project, a consulting project, a solar power system, or a software project. If you are in the job market right now with hiring heating up you are going to be considering offers from potential employers. Many candidates are choosing between multiple offers. (I had one student last semester who had 9 offers on the table for summer internships!). Negotiating your salary is the first example your potential employer will have of your ability to estimate and bid a project. This first bid is one of the most important ones you will do - setting the tone for your career. Cici

October 3, 2013

Salary Data Summer 2013 from National Association of Colleges and Employers

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Summer 2013 Salary Survey was just released. It includes salary data for bachelor’s degree candidates and for master’s degree candidates.

September 19, 2013

Climb On!

I went rock climbing for the first time this past summer at my daughter’s insistence. I was not really into it… I had a lot of anxiety about it and I spent time thinking about a ton of ways to get out of it. My daughter, Elizabeth, said "you do yoga; it is just like yoga on the wall". It is not – it is way more challenging. I went up the wall once came down and hugged the floor and said to myself – "done that, moving on."

September 12, 2013

No Second Chance

In a September 12th interview on NPR, it was reported that second chances to make it are getting harder to come by in the age of real time information.  I like to think that this is not true, but more and more I see that people are being locked out of their first choice employer because of an indiscretion.

May 23, 2013

Sequestration is a Job Killer

The day I wrote this article a bridge fell in the Seattle area... Thousands of bridges built in the middle of the last century or before are at risk in the United States.

May 16, 2013

Not Knowing is OK – Not Believing is Not OK

Not knowing what you will do next in your life – whether it is at the end of the semester, at the end of your degree, or at the end of a job can be unnerving. Humans like predictability. They like to know what comes next. That is just not possible. No one can predict the future. No one really knows what will come next.

May 9, 2013

Momentous Week - Still Going Strong After 35 Years and 100,000 Pageviews!

I just want to celebrate!

This next week marks the 35th anniversary of my tenure at CSUS! After completing my BA in Psychology, I worked for the California Employment Development Department as an Employment Development Officer and an Employment and Claims Assistant from 1974 to 1978.

May 2, 2013

Breathe!

Breathing is the first thing that you do in life. It is so natural. Breathing in provides the essential oxygen that sustains us. Breathing out calms us. Long slow breaths…

April 25, 2013

Salary Data for Spring 2013 from the National Association of Colleges and Employers!

The market is definitely back on track! The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) released its Spring 2013 Salary Survey report for starting salaries of new college graduates. Approximately 400,000 employers were included in the survey. The data are collected from private as well as public employers across the US who have hired new college graduates in all disciplines. This is the first salary data for the Class of 2013 according to NACE.

March 7, 2013

Timing is Everything!

I recently had lunch with a friend whose daughter is going to graduate in May.  She said that her daughter is planning to take six months off before starting her job search.  Alarm bells went off in my head… REALLY?!

February 21, 2013

Job Seeking is a Contact Sport

The average length of time it takes to get a job is 3 to 6 months.  When it stretches out longer than that employers start to wonder what is wrong with you… no matter what the economy looks like…

February 14, 2013

Best hiring climate in 4 years

The demand for engineers and computer scientists is exploding. More than 80 engineering or engineering-related companies are expected at the Engineering and Computer Science annual Career Day, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 1st in the University Union Ballroom. The annual event is always the most productive hiring event of the entire year for the College.

Speed Dating – Getting the Most Out of a Career Fair

Approximately 80 companies will be attending a Job Fair at Career Day 2013 on March 1st in the University Union Ballroom (10 am to 3 pm) at CSUS.

February 7, 2013

Re-Shoring: Has the Hemorrhaging Ended?

For two decades the US has been hemorrhaging jobs to countries where labor costs were a fraction of the American costs – Mexico, South America, China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Turkey and even Russia.

January 31, 2013

Salary Report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers


The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Winter 2013 Salary Survey of new college graduate offers has just been released and it is very positive. This is the final overall report for 2012 hiring.

December 6, 2012

The Power of Clothes

Since the Garden of Eden clothes have had a tremendous power over humans. Clothes protect and warm us, but they also give us identity.

November 29, 2012

Drug Testing

Drug testing is the last thing you think about when you interview for a job but it is the first test you will take upon receiving an offer. The job market is heating up after a four-year recession. Companies are definitely hiring, and for some candidates, job offers are coming in much sooner than they expected. That’s a good thing, but there can be some speed bumps along the way.

November 15, 2012

Job Seeking is Hard Labor

Like babies, job seeking requires hard labor, sometimes for prolonged periods of time. The average length of time it takes to get a job is three to six months. That is in a normal economy. It takes longer when the economy is slow, which is the situation we are in right now… Although the recession is over and the recovery is under way job creation is lagging. If you want a job you are going to have to do a lot of hard work.

November 8, 2012

Conferencing for Newbies

Going to a professional conference for the first time can be intimidating. First you have to register for the event, get hotel accommodations, and then catch a plane to the city that the conference is being held in. That alone is daunting. It is not like going on vacation with family or going to see Aunt Hattie in Phoenix for a week. Aunt Hattie would be thrilled to see you and she won’t mind if you wear jeans and a Batman t-shirt.

November 1, 2012

Professionalism and Judgement Must Start Early

If you are in a profession people must be able to trust that you not only have the requisite knowledge and skills, but that you also have solid judgement.

Yes, a professional is a person who possesses knowledge, skill, and experience in a field and understands standard practice, and methods but you also must instill confidence that you actually have the whole package - by your image – by what you project in your appearance, writing, speaking, and work product. People assess whether you are really a professional by observing you.

October 25, 2012

The 7 Biggest Job Seeking Mistakes

1. Hanging Around Other Unemployed People

The best way to find work is through people who are working. 80% of available jobs are never posted anywhere. That means that your full time job is to find your way to companies that interest you and contact them directly. Employees are most likely to know when their company is hiring. Sometimes a company manager hires because they notice a talented individual with incredible potential and they anticipate upcoming projects that need staffing.

October 18, 2012

The Naked Tell All: Career Suicide

It takes a lifetime to develop a good reputation. It takes a moment of indiscretion to destroy it. In a nano-second you can make yourself virtually unemployable… unattractive to potential employers. The prospect of hiring someone who has the bad judgment to share controversial opinions, racy pictures, or out right rants on the web is not someone that is a good candidate for a company that values its reputation. When a company hires you they are trusting that you will not offend clients or customers – that you have good judgment. After all you are the face of the company.

October 4, 2012

Where Are the Jobs? Here Are the Jobs!

In a report issued on October 3rd the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 325 of the 372 US metropolitan areas. The US unemployment rate in August was 8.2 percent, vs 9.1 percent a year earlier - nearly a full percentage drop.

September 20, 2012

Are You Unemployable?

Are you unemployable? My husband Paul is. He has a hard time putting up with incompetence. He likes working alone. He has a home office and can shuffle to work in jeans and a t-shirt. He is not dinged for his appearance – except occasionally by me... He works 60 hours per week since his work is engrossing and deadlines require long hours. He has a reputation for delivering high quality reports and is well respected for his opinion in a very difficult area of practice. He is a criminal/ forensic psychologist. His work is the product of his labor and his expertise alone. He works for the hardest boss ever- himself.

August 30, 2012

Employers Demand Experience – How do you Get Experience in a Tough Economy?

The success of any company rides on the talent and experience of their employees. As the residuals of the recession grind on, it is increasingly obvious that employers are being picky about whom they will hire. You need to look really good to get the attention of employers these days. Companies want the most talented, and feel that they do not need to settle for mediocre. They are looking for candidates who have something to offer and don’t need to be babysat.

May 17, 2012

Only Yahoos Lie on Their Resumes

Lying on your resume is a disaster waiting to happen. On Sunday, May 12, 2012 it was all over the news: Yahoo CEO, Scott Thompson, was fired for lying on his resume, claiming he had a degree in computer science. He has a degree in accounting and that should have been good enough, but he embellished his resume when he applied to Yahoo and claimed to have slightly better credentials than he actually has.

May 10, 2012

Where The Jobs Are

Political, economic, social, and technological change can alter the employment landscape in a nanosecond, either creating or eliminating jobs. If you fail to keep your eye in the ball you are going to be smacked in the face by some new reality.

April 19, 2012

Facebook Dilemma: Good Companies Don't Ask You to Do Stupid Things

From the time you were old enough to talk you have been told not to give strangers your name, address, or phone number. You were not even supposed to talk to strangers when you were a kid.

April 12, 2012

Choosing Between Multiple Offers

Hiring has picked up significantly. Numerous individuals are reporting multiple offers. Yep, the economy is up! Several students are in a dither about what to do. As hard as it is to believe, several offers in hand creates a problem.

April 5, 2012

Saying Thank You is a Big Deal!

In life it is the little things that matter. The little things that make a difference in whether you are going to be successful or if you are going to fail. A smile, a kind word, or showing up on time, all make an impression.

March 30, 2012

Procrastination Wastes Your Time and Your Life

Delay, delay, delay… we all do it. We avoid doing what we should be doing, putting it off until later. Everyone knows someone from the neighborhood who is still sitting on the couch with their parents at age 35. Like in the movie Failure to Launch, they just never reach their potential. Procrastination disrupts your ability to be successful.

February 6, 2012

Are You at the Bottom of the Pool?

Why do some people walk into a burning building when everyone else is running away? Why to some people become fire fighters when others become teachers? What motivates an individual to become a doctor versus an engineer? It is part of the fabric of who they are – a combination of innate talent and early life experience.

January 6, 2012

Failure Analysis

When things are not working right it is sometimes good to do an assessment of the situation. It is time to call in the experts.

December 8, 2011

Start Your Engine With a Plan

There are certain indicators that I watch when I want to know which way the job market for engineers and computer scientists is going. I watch the reports from the US Department of Labor, car sales, technology hiring, state hiring, and Caterpillar sales. I think the job market is coming back faster than most people realize.

December 1, 2011

Managing Your Professional Career

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything in life just fell into place? It would be so much easier if you could just relax and not think about your career. Imagine going to college, having a perfect job waiting for you, keeping on track for 40 or so years, and finally retiring in comfort. There are a few souls for whom this is possible. They were born into their destiny. For those of us who were not descended from royalty or didn’t inherit the farm, it is a bit more difficult.

November 17, 2011

Youthful Indiscretions

Everyone has skeletons in their closet. Things that you have done that you wish you had not. Sometimes it is something small that just goes into long-term memory as a learning experience. Other times it is something that will come back to haunt you. Cleaning out the closet is not always an easy task but it is entirely necessary before you start applying for career level positions.

October 13, 2011

Your Work is Your Worth

How do you measure your net worth? Is it by your bank account, your investments, your car, your house or your possessions? Those are the traditional measures, and many people starting out in their careers tend to think of themselves as having a long way to go before reaching financial security. It is especially hard to think of yourself as having established any form of wealth if you are carrying student loans or other debt.

October 10, 2011

New Grad Salary Report - Salaries climbed in all areas for new college grads!!!

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Fall 2011 Salary Survey, was just released and the news is very good. The average salary offers across all majors in the final report for the class of 2011 is up 6 percent ($51,171) over the overall average salary report of the class of 2010 ($47,673). This final report of 2011 is a strong indication that the economic recovery is apparent, at least for new college graduates. Overall this is a very good report. The increases in salary are definitely a sign that there is significant demand for new grad talent.

September 29, 2011

The Lost Generation in Survival Mode

If you are in your 20s or early 30s and graduated from college or entered the labor market in the past four years you know the meaning of the Lost Generation. It is a term used to describe young people who are jobless, homeless (or living with parents), and seemingly future-less. It is a depressingly harsh reality that has been going on entirely too long. “Bright, eager—and unwanted. While unemployment is ravaging just about every part of the global workforce, the most enduring harm is being done to young people who can’t grab onto the first rung of the career ladder. “ October 9, 2009, The Lost Generation, Business Week

September 9, 2011

Get Out of Bed and Find Purpose

Getting a job is a full time job that requires drive, discipline, and determination. This is true no matter what your life situation. So many people are unemployed- it is easy to believe that there are no jobs. Many people have just stopped looking, discouraged by the prospects, and discouraged by the process. The news is rife with stories of the long-term unemployed - people who have failed to ignite at graduation or whose job has flamed out with a layoff notice. It is easy to just chuck it all and give up looking, give up trying.

September 6, 2011

The Economic Outlook is Sobering

If you are looking for a job right now you have a lot of company. There are not enough jobs and some companies, feeling that they are overstaffed and over budget with the new economic slide, are shedding workers once again. Bank of America announced 3500 to 10,000 layoffs in August on top of 2500 earlier this year. Manufacturing, where there recently was promise, is looking more uncertain by the day. It is also unlikely that any stimulus money will be arriving to create jobs in construction and government.

April 19, 2011

The Move in with Mom Phase is Over!

Over the 30+ years that I have been doing career planning and job search strategy, I have noticed cycles and phases in employment patterns. I have observed at least five phases.

March 17, 2011

What Have You Been Doing During for the Last two Years? The Dodge Durango Answer

If you have been out of work for a while, following graduation or in response to a downsizing, prospective employers are going to ask: what have you been doing during this time?

February 17, 2011

Employment Prescreening – Drug, Credit, DMV and Web Space Problems

Employment pre-screening could unexpectedly eliminate you from the running for job opportunities. It is a problem that you do not want to encounter- In the midst of your college days, it is hard to think about the consequences of your recreational activities. After all, most people in college are young, on their own, and answering to no one. For most college students, there is no one depending on you. But at a certain point, everyone has to grow up and stop engaging in high-risk behaviors. Breaking a leg snow boarding, getting arrested for drunk driving, going bankrupt for spending indiscretions, or being rejected from a job after testing positive on a drug test are sobering and maturing experiences.

February 16, 2011

Stop Hibernating!

Job Seeking is a challenge no matter what the economy looks like. In this economy it is not easy but it is not impossible. You have to have a plan and put yourself out there. You need to make rejection your friend and learn from each and every experience. Even in the tightest economy people do get jobs. Giving up is just not an option.

January 24, 2011

Ready, Set, GO! Taking Advantage of the Economic Recovery

The semester begins next Monday and there is a sense of urgency. Things are definitely moving in the economy. Students and alumni are being interviewed for internships and career positions in ever increasing numbers. We have had more jobs posted in the first 20 days of January 2011 than we received in all of January 2010. We now have twice as many companies signed up for Career Day 2011 as we did by this point in January 2010. 36 organizations have now signed up with a reported 1066 openings to fill over the next 6 to 12 months. I am hopeful that we will have 50 to 60 companies by March 11th - Career Day - 2011.

January 16, 2011

Who Engineers Most Want to Work For and Why

The list of the world’s most attractive engineering employers for 2010 (according to Universum) include: 1. Google; 2. Microsoft; 3. IBM; 4. Sony; 5. BMW; 6. Intel; 7. GE; 8. Siemens; 9. Procter & Gamble; and 10. Apple Computer. The September 2010 report by Universum is based on a survey of 130,000 career seekers across the globe. The IT-sector is out on top with Google, Microsoft and IBM keeping their position from last year as 1,2, and 3 on the list. Apple Computer, number 10, is the newest entry to the list.

January 6, 2011

New Year, New Beginning

The holidays are a time when we reflect on our values, beliefs and on what is important to us. We take time for things that are otherwise rushed. We think about giving, and gifts, and we think about what we are grateful for - the important things in life. We celebrate with the things that matter - family, friends and food. I like to think back through the past year and contemplate what has transpired over the last 12 months… Sometimes I am thankful that the year is ending.

December 2, 2010

Managing Your Professional Career

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything in life just fell into place? It would be so much easier if you could just relax and not think about your career. Imagine going to college, having a perfect job waiting for you, keeping on track for 40 or so years, and finally retiring in comfort. There are a few souls for whom this is possible. They were born into their destiny. For those of us who were not descended from royalty or didn’t inherit the farm, it is a bit more difficult.

November 18, 2010

Job Seeker's guide to the holidays: What? No Thanksgiving?

A couple of years ago, in my career planning class I happened to ask the students how they would be celebrating Thanksgiving. Everyone in the room said they would not be celebrating Thanksgiving. Huh? Some were foreign students uncertain about the holiday, some were recent immigrants not yet in the swing of things, and some students indicated they had too much work to do to bother celebrating Thanksgiving. I was in shock! This is the best American Holiday of all! No presents required, thus no shopping. No fireworks to burn down the house. No eggs to rot in the yard. No starving before. Just one big eating fest. The entertainment value of it alone is worth the effort. How often do you get to see the whole bird parked on the table? Or watch your relatives drip cranberry sauce down their chin. And turkey is cheap! And if you are vegetarian, there are plenty of fresh vegetables to make a meal. Oh, and the pie is divine. And it is easy. My husband, Paul always cooks our Thanksgiving dinner. It's no trouble at all.

October 28, 2010

Scam Hiring Practices

There were disturbing and amazing revelations this week about the hiring policies of companies in the Silicon Valley, the ones that hire techies. I received a call from “Aaron,” a recent computer engineering graduate. He wanted to let me know that he had received a great job in algorithm analysis with Walmart Corporation in Arkansas. He is quite pleased with the opportunity. He will be moving to a State with a significantly lower cost of living.

October 14, 2010

Two Years Later, It’s Not Really About The Resume

Since the recession started, I have had a large number of people in my office to “discuss their resume”. One person who graduated in 2008 came in this week. He had been unable to find a job for the past two years and he was sure it was because of his resume ... and the economy. He was right on both counts, but that was only a small part of the problem. Waiting two years to seek help from an expert was the bigger problem.