Green Career Spotlight: Construction Project Manager


by Lisa Thompson

Construction requires a lot of steps and people. Construction project managers manage and schedule this process, often juggling many things at once. They work with clients to help them decide what they want to do, including how to incorporate green building practices. They spend time in the office and at construction sites. This work requires using and understanding spreadsheets, reading blue prints and drawings, and being able to problem solve.

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6 Non-technical Skills Hiring Managers Want


by Sharon Boerbon Hanson

You get the interview because the company recognizes you have tech skills. You get the job because the hiring manager is impressed with your business understanding and personal effectiveness skills. You keep the job because you have six of the most highly sought-after non-technical skills that demonstrate your fit into the organizational culture:

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Green Career Spotlight: Stream/Trout Habitat Specialist


by Lisa Thompson

Like working outdoors? Then a career as a habitat specialist may be for you. Habitat specialists work to protect the environment by sampling water, soil, and other substances to identify problems and possible solutions. They work with people, communities, and businesses to help them make better environmental decisions that benefit the communities where they live and work.

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Get Hired: 5 Tips to a Great First Job Interview


by Marni Hockenberg

While your resume provides an important initial “snapshot” of you and your professional experience, the in-person interview is the first real opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer and “sell” your skills, personality, and ability. That’s why it’s important to prepare in advance, so you can truly put your best professional foot forward, create a memorable first impression, and demonstrate with confidence how you and your skills stand out from your competitors.

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Career Downgrades


by Karen Kodzik

One of the greatest fears for my job seeker clients is that they will “settle.” Settling could mean taking a job for less pay, at a lower professional level, or doing something they don’t enjoy. However, job searches have been the longest we have seen in decades, and job seekers are running out of severance, unemployment benefits, savings, and time…..so what should you think about when looking at the possibility of a career downgrade?

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Wading into Telecommuting: What You Need to Know


by Lisa Thompson

With today's technology, telecommuting—or "telework" as it's sometimes called—is easier than ever. According to U.S. Telecommuting Forecast 2009 to 2016 (.pdf), more than 34.5 million adult U.S. workers telecommuted in 2008. By 2016, the forecast estimates this number will increase to 63 million. But working from home isn't right for everyone or suitable for every job.

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