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Technical Careers: It's Not Just a Paycheck
By Jennifer Hay

Even in the toughest of job markets, it's important to keep your values in sight. Certainly money matters but we all want to work for more than just a paycheck. We need to be able to articulate what matters to us and what gives us satisfaction, whether it's in solving complex problems, providing excellent customer service, being part of a team that does great things, or anything else that motivates you to excel in your profession. Whether you are unemployed and seeking a job or feeling trapped in an unrewarding job, some introspection will help guide your career in the right direction.   Read More

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Tech Hiring Creeps Back to Health
By Lisa Vaas

The hiring climate in IT is gaining momentum, tech staffing agencies report, but its recovery pace is akin to that of a snail going about its business after recovering from a coma.   Read More

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Is This Normal - Or is there Something Wrong with Me?
By Jane Herman

Are you currently in a state of transition? Are you in the process of starting, or in the middle of navigating, a major change in your life (e.g., job change, career change, relationship change)? If so it is likely that you find yourself asking the following questions over and over as you move through the stages of the change process: "Is what I am thinking, feeling, and doing 'NORMAL' under these circumstances? Or am I making stupid mistakes and going in the wrong direction - is there something wrong with me?" These questions are especially meaningful when the transition is one that you are planning or initiating yourself (as opposed to one that is thrust upon you), because no matter how smart or skilled you are in your current life situation when you step into uncharted territory the sign posts disappear and you lose calibration.   Read More

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What is Your Secret Need?
By Jane Herman

What is your secret underlying need - the one that flows like an underground river beneath your thoughts and actions, that influences how you feel about things, situations, and people and drives your actions? I know that you have one because we all do - that core need that morphs into a core belief about yourself that is so powerful it reverberates through everything you do and say, and affects your actions and your relationships often without your conscious awareness. Chances are those who know you well can see it or at least sense it unconsciously, and it's a good bet that even you are aware of it at some superficial and intellectual level. But it is also highly likely that you are unaware of its great power over you and the unintended consequences it creates in your life.   Read More

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Food Fast, Not Fast Food: Eating Healthfully When you are Crazy Busy
By AK Rockley

The last five weeks have been insane for me, working 80+ hours and 7 days a week. It is times like this that good intentions for eating healthfully go out the window. It seems much easier to order fast food. Easier maybe in the short run, but in the long run you will end up with an energy deficit and ill health. Fast food is full of calories, fat, salt, processed carbohydrates, and lots of additives. There are ways to make healthy delicious food fast, often faster than ordering in.   Read More

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So What's Your Story?
By Jennifer Hay

Some people are natural storytellers. They describe events and circumstances in a way that captures attention, compels interest, and engages listeners. Storytellers are a direct contrast with those who use language solely for targeted and factual communications. In interviews and professional networking the storyteller has a distinct advantage " the ability to engage and interest people who can open doors and present opportunities.   Read More