What is a graphic designer? Flow chart from Briteskies.com blog

Job search strategies for creatives: 2016


I quit my job. I enjoyed the variety and challenges that populated my daily workload, but a part-time gig with limited advancement or professional development didn't provide the permanence and teamwork that I need from a job. So, I'm off to my bright future. Or, my What I Want to Be When I Grow Up that never really came to…Read more Job search strategies for creatives: 2016

On Purple Squirrels and Unicorns


Recently at a higher education conference, I was told that I am a purple squirrel. I had never heard this before, so I found it intriguing. I'm currently seeking full-time employment (my position with NOVA is, alas, only part-time), so the desire to put "purple squirrel" on my resume is strong. Source: On Purple Squirrels…Read more On Purple Squirrels and Unicorns

9 things to help you become more Emotionally Intelligent


EQ is more essential than you think, and helps you reap benefits in both your professional and personal life. (original article from HubSpot)

Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration


Dealing with stakeholders, especially difficult ones, can be among a project manager’s more frustrating responsibilities. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 PMBOK, a project stakeholder is "an individual, group, or organization, who may affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project." Most project managers depend on the old…Read more Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration

STEM of consciousness for career changers

STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers


We hear a lot about the high demand for workers to fill STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. What’s less clear is what actual jobs are available, and how you, as a career changer, can leverage your experience to enter these fields. Interested in a STEM education? Consider the realities of today’s job market: STEM Advantages…Read more STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers

the gig economy versus full time employees


I have served as a creative on both sides of this fence; my last full-time position, working for a strategic management consulting company, was 1999-2002. After my layoff, I decided to work as a contractor, which was quite the shift! Autonomy was great, but I missed the stability and "buy in" that comes with working…Read more the gig economy versus full time employees

Beyond college: corporate training and career development


Do you, as an employer, view a degree as the only measure of skills and capabilities for your workforce? The answer is "it depends." Different industries have different requirements. But we need to step back and look at how the definition of higher learning—traditionally via a four-year degree program—has evolved, for both individuals and employers. Degree alternatives For…Read more Beyond college: corporate training and career development

content: social selling online


One of my basic lessons to any client wondering about social media and SEO is to "go where the people are." It is not up to companies to determine where they want to post content; it is up to the audience to drive where the content should be posted. Marketing has changed in this manner.…Read more content: social selling online