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Networking Online Posted on
August 11, 2016 by

5 Ways to Discipline + Network Online

The word networking conjures up so many thoughts and words. What do you want on or off-line networking to do for you? How do you want to be perceived on the different networking mediums. Does this matter that much to you or are you a mild observer or a light or non-participant on Facebook, LinkedIn, […]

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Loose Cannon Posted on
July 21, 2016 by

Did You Just Hire a Loose Cannon?

By David Snyder and John M. O’Connor The hiring process in one of the most delicate tasks that companies face. Employee turnover costs firms thousands of dollars every year, and making poor hiring decisions can be devastating. While it is critical that managers attempt to hire workers with exceptional character, it is equally important that […]

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Rethinking LinkedIN Posted on
July 18, 2016 by

3 Ways to Change Conventional LinkedIn Thinking

Conventional career coaching wisdom, advice columns and more seem to agree. The mindset for most professionals and many people advising folks who are in career transition is the more you do on LinkedIn the better. Just like most cliches that mindset contains some truth and it seems okay and kind of mild. This thought process […]

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NC Economic State of Things Posted on
July 07, 2016 by

The NC Economic State of Things

You can really draw any conclusion you want about North Carolina’s economic situation if you’re selective enough in your data. Optimists can cite rising GDP and falling unemployment numbers, while pessimists can point out that HB2 has already cost the state around $500 million dollars in lost revenue and that unemployment rates are one of […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. Posted on
January 27, 2016 by

First Rites – My Dad’s Article and Interview with Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the story of my dad’s interview with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1957; Philip F. O’Connor wrote and published this article, First Rites, in SF Gate in 1997: In the late spring of 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. was struggling to gain control of the budding civil rights movement. On a ridiculously smaller scale, […]

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Connect with the Right Staffing Firm Posted on
August 13, 2015 by

How to Connect with a Staffing Firm

Working with staffing companies, recruiters (both third party and company/organizational) can be intimidating. In a recent interview and discussion with one of our longtime networking friends I found some notes I thought would be helpful to our readers. Jeff Raxlin serves in an executive role with a leading recruiting company in North Carolina, Kelaca, and I posed a number of challenging questions to to find out some of what I call the insider secrets to networking with and building a relationship with recruiters. What you will see focus on Mr. Raxlin’s thoughts and my notes and thoughts on this issue of staffing and recruiter communications.

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Behaviors-That-Drive-Success-Podcast-CareerPro Posted on
May 02, 2015 by

Behaviors That Drive Success

Behaviors That Drive Success Podcast In career search and challenges, ensuring that your behaviors are aligned with your career brand can help motivate and drive people’s career transitions. Feeling like you’re holding back? John O’Connor discusses how positive daily behaviors of thinking creatively and positioning yourself so that your actions will have a positive direct […]

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Successful Work-Life Balance Posted on
April 01, 2015 by

Do You Have A Successful Work-Life Balance?

What’s the good news? Simply put Jeff Davidson outlines a number of fundamental steps to find out if you have a work-life balance in one of our latest podcasts entitled – Personal Balance Identifiers (to hear the podcast click here). Most of us think we have a work life balance but most of us don’t. […]

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fgtbwal Posted on
March 30, 2015 by

Opportune Times For Self Renewal

By Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC and John M. O’Connor, MFA, CRW You might encounter career milestones, such as a large pay increase, your appointment to a special/high office, or election as an officer in your professional association or group. You might be interviewed by a national publication, obtain career recognition and raises or have your […]

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LinkedIn Fundamentals: Part One Posted on
January 23, 2015 by

LinkedIn Fundamentals: Part One

You need a LinkedIn profile and it needs to be strong. We will cover the basic LinkedIn fundamentals here because most people in career transition or change, which is probably all of us, do not understand or implement the basics. The basics include a professionally rendered resume and accurate career material. We assume you understand […]

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