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What’s Next If You Get Fired or Laid-Off?

One day, you wake up, everything is going well. You go into work, probably on a Friday. The afternoon comes and you’re invited to have a little chat with your manager. Within a few moments your life has changed. You no longer have a job. What happens now? As many of us already know, the […]

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How Good Are Your References?

How concerned do we really need to be about references? Aren’t all references predictable as no one will ever provide a poor portrait of someone that they know and probably worked with? Sure, as long as you know you what your colleague will say. But what happens when the all-routine reference check comes back with […]

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Who Do You Want to Work For and Why?

When we first entered the workforce, many of us didn’t have a lot of options. We just needed to either get a job or get started on some kind of a career after college or trade school. Bills were coming in and we didn’t have the luxury of time to do the due diligence and […]

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Reputation and Character

In any industry, electrical or not, sometimes a reputation and your character are all you have. Sometimes confused, the dictionary defines reputation as ‘the word which refers to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others’. Character is the ‘combination of moral and other traits which make one […]

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Are You Valuable Enough to Keep?

What do you have that the other person in a similar role doesn’t? Or, turn it around; what DON’T you have that the other has? Job lay-offs and RIF’s (reduction in forces) are still around and unfortunately they haven’t gone away. There is still so much uncertainty in the job market (and stock market). The […]

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Rising Stars and Superstars

Red Adair (1915-2004), the man made famous by capping oil well fires, once said “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” This quote, attributed to a firefighter, has much relevance to the electrical industry; or any industry for that matter. Companies are built […]

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Make Plans Instead of Resolutions

So how did those resolutions that you made in January 2013 work out? Most people start a brand new year with visions of grandeur of doing sensible things such as working out, finally cleaning the garage, etc. to major life decisions such as going back to school or getting a new job. All of these […]

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Do You Plan to Work After Retiring?

The one thing that we’ve always looked forward to since we were mid-career, is the luxury of retirement and the knowledge that we would never have to work anymore. Some retirees will be financially set; allowing them the option to return to the work force simply because they enjoy it. Others will find it a […]

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It Isn’t Always About the Money

Throughout our careers, the one constant has revolved around compensation. How much we earn has everything to do with our lifestyles: if we can afford to buy or rent, the ‘toys’ that we acquire, the vacations that we can (or can’t take), etc. While the cash is a critical part of one’s standard of living, […]

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How to Make the Résumé Sell You!

As a continuation of last month’s column entitled “Where Have All of the Good Résumés Gone?” let’s focus on the specifics of what a good résumé should include. How many pages? What needs to be included and what can be excluded? What do we like to see and what makes us cringe? One page, two […]

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