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I remember reciting my first speech

I remember reciting my first speech – “Respect the flag . . . “ – those are the only words I remember, maybe because that’s the title.

Although I don’t remember the words, I do remember the feeling I had as a seven-year-old reciting the poem from memory in front of judges and others I didn’t know.

I was nervous. I had butterflies. And I knew I didn’t want to mess up.

I adjusted my sparkly Uncle Sam hat and waited for the judge’s nod while my heart seemed to pound out of my chest.

I drew a deep breath and began the poem. With shaky hands I...

Five things you should do in your first week at a new job
Five things you should do in your first week at a new job

Starting a new job is among the most daunting experiences in our professional lives.  After all, you only get one chance at a first impression.

As well as trying to wrap your head around your new responsibilities, learn the office culture, make friends, and demonstrate your ability, you’re also trying to keep your feet on the ground and build a successful future for yourself.

It is natural to want to keep your head down and not draw attention to yourself, like a mouse among sleeping cats.  This is a mistake!  Here are five things you should do in your first week...

Recruiters hire through social media
Recruiters hire through social media

What if I told you that Facebook has been around since 2004?  That’s 13 years!  Twitter has existed since 2006.  Even seemingly newer forms of social media like Snapchat (2011) and Instagram (2010) are not new.

Most jobseekers are only just waking up to the potential of social media for their careers. 

More and more, recruiters hire through social media.  Even if they rely primarily on job boards, you can be confident they will investigate your social media for background checks.

By failing to demonstrate your employability on social media, you are doing yourself a disservice.  In this blog, I will focus on how you can convey your skills and expertise on social media.

During your day-to-day work life, you demonstrate your professional abilities.  You may write articles, speeches, or research briefings.  Perhaps you show your organizational skills by managing an event, or you demonstrate your communication skills by speaking at a conference.

You should post these activities on your social media, partnered with...

The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?
The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?

On Tuesday, April 11, the Trump Administration made a surprise announcement that could be good news for job seekers across DC.  

The federal hiring freeze will be lifted.

Instead, the administration is calling for a reform of the federal government, and a plan to reduce the overall size of the Federal Civilian Workforce.

But what does this mean for job seekers in Washington D.C.?

Cautious optimism.