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.

September 19, 2013

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.