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Heart-Healthy Workplace

  How heart healthy is your work environment? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and 2 killers worldwide. Did you know that “company culture can play a huge factor in heart health…”…
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Engineering Networking Events & Tips

Networking is an important aspect of growing your career, no matter if you are looking for a new position, trying to expand your knowledge or contact base, or wanting to mentor less experienced professionals in your field. For some, networking…
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Make 2018 your best year ever (professionally)!

A recent article featured on Thebalance.com "Top 10 Ways to Be Happy at Work" provides ideas that may help you find happiness at work and make this year your best year ever. Below are a few highlighted ideas from the…
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IT Certifications – 2017

Looking to take the next step in your career?  With technology changing constantly certifications give you the edge to that next step in your career, expertise to a new or current technology, or help you get started. Our top picks…
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May 2017: Time to Consider Contract Roles Instead of Perm?

Another great market for contract opportunities?  How to know if now really is a good time to consider contract roles instead of perm? Given the uncertainty surrounding H-1B legislation, IT professionals and departments across the US and here in Houston…
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Time to consider a contract job?

Ask yourself: Do I want to learn a new technology? Do I want to try a different role or work in a different Industry? Do I want to maximize my earning potential? Am I a fixer? (these folks like to…
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March 2017: Prepare For A Year With More Interviews

2017 rebound underway?  In our limited view of the overall refining and chemical marketplace, we've experienced a very sluggish 2016 that ended with a flurry of mid and high-level management hires. Although it's not unusual for us to see last…
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February 2017: Spring Clean Your Career

After a full weekend of near record temperature highs in Houston, “Spring Cleaning” is on my mind.  I know I’m probably a bit ahead of the curve on this, but having just put together:  2017 Goals, final tallies for 2016…
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December 2016: How to Have an Effective Performance Review

Pay and recognition are two of the most important factors that impact employee morale, performance and growth. From a company standpoint, if your business isn't keeping up with market trends, you can run the risk of losing talented employees and…
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May 2016: How to Bulletproof Your IT Career

Is it possible to bulletproof your IT career? Nothing in this life is ever 100% certain, however staying on top of new technologies and software programs, not to mention earning multiple certifications, is a way for an IT professional to…
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May 2016: Body Language During Interview

On a recent rainy Sunday I had the opportunity to go see the movie “The Revenant” and it struck me that for all of the great screenplay and dialogue, the really gripping part of the movie was what wasn’t said…
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January 2016: Boost Your Career in 2016

Welcome to 2016! The calendar is empty, our goals have yet to be accomplished and new opportunities wait to be discovered. There’s this feeling that we’ve been given another chance to get it right. With empty calendar in mind, we…
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Cover Letter- Get It Done!

As the school year is coming to an end I have gotten several emails from new graduates asking for advice on how to present themselves to prospective employers.  Presenting yourself correctly as a recent grad with minimal experience to prospective…
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How To Successfully Use Videoconferencing For Interviews

In a tight job market, we experience an increase in project demands and competition for quality professionals.  Good talent does not stay on the market for long, so it’s a “no-brainer” that our clients are using Skype and other software…
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How To Master The Typical Job Interview Sequence

The objective of an interview is to get a job offer. Once you have the offer, you then have the opportunity to accept or reject it. As you prepare for interviews and actually meet employers, remembering this objective is the…
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How To Ask For And Get The Job

From preparing for the interview to closing the interview, below you will find the eights steps that could help you land the position meant for you. Prepare for the interview Learn what your prospect employer needs. Research the company, formally…
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Questions To Ask The Interviewer

If offered an opportunity during an interview to ask questions, be sure to prioritize what questions you ask to learn as much as you can about the position’s responsibilities, expectations, deliverables and requirements. Most interviewers initially set aside only a…
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Interview Mistakes To Avoid

You’ve landed an interview at your dream company, now what? You’re nervous, excited, anxious – all these emotions spinning around in your stomach. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you and cause you to make common and avoidable…
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Reasons For Job Changes

Certain industries are seeing a rebound and good career options are becoming more available for top talent. Is a job change really right for you? There are four basic reasons a person changes jobs: 1. Situation Situation, has nothing to…
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