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5-Minute Lightning Talk on Career Failure
Category: ARA Mentors, Career Advice, Uncategorized, Women in Tech, Women in Technology Tags: , , , , Comments: 0
ARA Co-Founder and McCann Partners’ CEO Megan McCann presented a five-minute lightning talk to a crowd of 200+ during a recent Women in Tech breakfast hosted by General Assembly. Each of five speakers were asked to answer a specific question. Megan was asked about career failure. ...
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Want a New Job in 2017? Think Like a Recruiter!
Category: Career Advice, General, Hiring Advice, Job Search, Job Seekers, Resume, Social Media in the Job Search Tags: , , , , , Comments: 0
As one year comes to a close and a new one begins, many people will examine their career progress and choices and decide it’s time to make a change. If you plan to be one of the millions of Americans who begins 2017 with a search for a new and/or better job, I have one piece of advice I want you to consider. Rather than thinking like a job seeker ...
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#4TechDiversity Spotlight: Ellen Kapoor, Manager of Talent Management & Leadership Development, ITW
Category: #4TechDiversity, Company Culture, Diversity, Holidays Tags: , , , , Comments: 0
This fall, I was blown away by a short, powerful speech at DisruptHR on the challenging topic of diversity and inclusion. Just five minutes long, “Radical Inclusion” was the talk given by Ellen Kapoor whose witty and thoughtful insights hit exactly on challenges we have faced with the #4TechDivesity blog series, including the fact that diversit ...
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From Full-time to IT Consulting
Category: Career Advice, Compensation, Contracting, Job Search Tags: , , , , Comments: 0
Sometimes you just need a change at work. Do you find yourself scanning job openings and consulting projects at every chance you get? With the numerous well paid and often high-profile contracting opportunities out there for tech professionals, it can be very tempting to leave a full-time role behind and go contract. But, it’s important to consid ...
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#4TechDiversity Spotlight: Jimmy Odom, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Intersect Illinois
Category: #4TechDiversity, Company Culture, Diversity, Innovation Tags: , , Comments: 0
We all have an idea of how we think government works (and everything we think is wrong with it). And then you meet someone like Jimmy Odom and everything you thought you knew changes. A vibrant, visionary, technology-loving entrepreneur, father of three and Chicago insider to the core, Odom served as Senior Advisor of Minority Business Development ...
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When Championing Diversity, Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Category: ARA, ARA Mentors, Diversity, Women in Tech, Women in Technology Tags: , , , , , , , Comments: 0
In all likelihood, you’ve heard the saying “actions speak louder than words.” My parents raised me on this motto, and it’s a gift that has shaped both the person and the professional I am today. One of the best examples of its life-shaping influence on me is my response to the challenge of increasing gender diversity across the tech sector. ...
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Diversity: Another Reason Commodity Thinking Is a Recruiting Problem
Category: #4TechDiversity, Career Advice, Company Culture, Diversity, Hiring Talent Tags: , , , , Comments: 0
The enduring notion in some areas of the recruitment industry that it’s good business to treat contract-based employees as commodities has always been a problem for me. Actually, it’s not really a problem. I think it’s absurd, and it stands in stark contrast to the importance and incalculable value of diversity in employment today. ...
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Summer Job Searches: Wasteful or Worthwhile?
Category: ARA, ARA Mentors, Career Advice, Hiring Advice, Job Search, Summer Vacation Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments: 0
August is here and an eerie quiet across Chicago, in your neighborhood or workplace, will confirm it. It may be serious vacation season, but is it time to take a vacation from job searching? Many professionals ask me this question as they enjoy the lighter workloads and shorter work hours that mid and late summer sometimes offers. ...
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