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Adam Smith: 18th Century Blogger

February 26th, 2021 by

I’ve been reading The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, the great 18th century liberal free markets thinker. It is wise, rambling and full of sharp insights about how economies work and people act. A bit like a blog: Adam Smith 18th century blogger.

A Job Search Varies by Career Stage

February 19th, 2021 by

How and why you look for your next gig will be shaped by the stage you are at in life.  Fresh out of college the possibilities are endless but so is the need to focus and the need to sell yourself without a track record.  Mid career, you’re likely building on a story your resume tells, and may have personal and financial obligations that lock you into a set path.  End of career and you have the luxury of leaning on years of experience but the challenge of staying relevant (and competitive.)   And, sometimes desire or necessity set you towards making a major career change.

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

February 15th, 2021 by

If you are starting your working life or are in mid career and wanting to make a career change, it makes sense to do some careful thinking about what you could do.  In the best case, what you choose to do will be at the intersection of your skills, what you like and areas where there are a lot of opportunities.  You’ll notice I said “What you like” and did not say “What you are passionate about.”: few of us will find the thing that drives us with passion.  Most of us will be content with something we enjoy, most of the time.

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Pitch Yourself

February 9th, 2021 by

Thinking of yourself in the business setting as a product – a bundle of skills, personality traits, experience and connections – can be a challenge but is essential to effectively pitching yourself.  I like to have folks figure out what their tag line is – a simple phrase that sums them up – and use this to develop an elevator pitch, a 3 – 4 sentence summary of themselves.  Harder to do than you might think.

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Focus Your Job Search

February 3rd, 2021 by

The job market today is highly, highly specialized and an organization hiring you wants to know that you understand their ecosystem and will fit in it. To do this you need to focus your search on at most three areas (one or two is better) and go deep in these so that you develop momentum in them.  Going wide is a waste of time.

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