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January 29, 2016 by

Your #1 Career Resolution – Thrive During Change

by John M. O’Connor and Barbara Hemphill It’s just so easy to set resolutions at the beginning of a new year. It feels good to do it. Even in the best of times, your work life can be challenging and managing interruptions happen in literally every job, blue collar to white collar. When unexpected changes […]

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2016 Global Perspective Posted on
January 29, 2016 by

Career Planning: A 2016 Global Perspective on Business and Career

by John M. O’Connor and Sallyann Hulick Business and stock market fluctuations continue to be the order of the day. More than any other time in history, those fluctuations come from a global marketplace. So how do you navigate that marketplace for your business and even your own career plans? Today a successful business and […]

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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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December 08, 2015 by

How Ronda Rousey and Jon “Bones” Jones Lost (and How They Can Come Back)

Ronda Rousey lost her fight to a fit, able and motivated opponent Holly Holm on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Jon “Bones” Jones, the undefeated (in the octagon) but former UFC light heavyweight champion, lost a much more important bout out of the ring by doing drugs, causing an accident and becoming a felon. Both are […]

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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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August 01, 2015 by

Behaviors to Energize a Stalled Job Search

A local news anchor and reporter recently asked me about these issues and it inspired these thoughts:

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References-Featured-Image Posted on
June 23, 2015 by

References Matter

Some people that are in career transition underestimate the impact of references. In fact one executive in career transition literally said this to me last week: “John, the last company I worked with didn’t even bother to check my references.” So does that mean you don’t need to nurture your references? You do. Here is […]

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Old School Ways to Increase your Brand Awareness Posted on
June 02, 2015 by

Some “Old School” Ways to Increase Your Brand Presence

Is it every day that someone sends me, or my Google alert pops up with, another “secret” to personal branding? A LinkedIn trick. A social media short cut to gain customer loyalty. A never before tip to give a brand edge? How often do we see these great ideas? Every minute of every day? The […]

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Interview Preparation Advice and Primers Posted on
May 18, 2015 by

Interview Preparation Primer

Do you feel lost in a recovering economy career-wise? Are there things you feel you need to do now to recast your average career path into an extraordinary career path? Would you like some kind of basic interview career strategy and thought process that you can use today? In 20+ years of working with top […]

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Three Steps to Check and Build Your Online Brand Posted on
May 12, 2015 by

Three Simple Ways to Check and Build Your Online Brand

You wouldn’t build the world’s finest hotel without first drafting up the architectural plans and laying the best possible foundation. The same applies to your reputation online. ~ Andy Beal in Repped The world is listening and watching your every move. Everything you say online, you scream from the highest building and from the mountaintops. […]

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