Month: January 2014

But I Have A College Degree….

Tara Madden-Dent, Ph.D.

At the closing of my office hours, a college student asked, “How can I become more professionally competitive before graduation?”.   When I inquired about her unique skills and experiences, she simply responded, “Well, I’ll soon have a college degree. Isn’t that enough?”.

Unfortunately, her response is quite common among college students.  Why do they think that a college degree equates to being valuable in the job market or even entitles them to a job after graduation?  IT DOESN’T!  Passing a class does not mean you have the qualifications to lead and administer many jobs. If fact, I would not hire many of my graduating college students.

A University colleague had mentioned that a basic college degree is just that, basic. He noted that many employers complain about how their new college graduate employees lack basic skills and struggle keeping up in today’s evolving business climate.  An increasingly popular expectation…

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Serious About Excellence

It’s tempting when you have a job in the private sector to go day to day without noting what you worked on. In public accounting you have to keep track in order to bill the client, but in the private sector that’s not as much of an issue. When you’re really busy it seems that writing down what you’ve been working on is just a waste of time. It’s actually a very valuable exercise.

Even though I work in the private sector, I track my day exactly as I did when I was in public accounting. If I’m working on a special project, I take meticulous notes on the progress of what I call the ‘case.’ I keep a journal of all the names, dates, and summary of the conversations I’ve had with various people. I make note of any special things I do to get what I think is…

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4 rules of hiring: How to build a team (not just fill a desk)

Erin Burrell

Throughout my career, I have been lucky enough to build and create teams on a number of occasions. I have discovered that more often than not, it isn’t just about skills.  Great teams need a blend of the skills to do the job, fit to work together, personalities that are different and diverse, and so much more.

When I hire and recruit I see people that are about to be more than colleagues. I see the potential of chats over coffee, or some trash talking over late night deliverables. I see people who will not just meet the skills I require, but will truly complement those who already work there. I hire to put people with different talents and backgrounds together to work to enrich everyone’s experience. A friend of mine just started on the process of helping to build on an existing team so I thought I would share the…

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