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Four Steps to a Successful Job Fair

Have you been wondering if attending a job fair is worth your time? Or worse, have you been to one and felt it was useless?

Job Fairs have a place in your job search plan – but only if you know how to work them effectively. And far too many attendees do not, they just show up.

First step:

Select a job fair which offers you access to employers you have targeted in your job search plan. If employers which interest you and have the jobs you want are…


Added by Kathleen Smith on March 19, 2012 at 5:27pm — 3 Comments

The Parks and Rec Effect

I’m quoted in this AOL Government article on citizen participation. The story makes the point that you can have a much bigger impact in your community than at the federal level.

I’ve seen that in DC (the city, not the metaphor), where local issues are frequently debated to death. For example, the…


Added by Joe Flood on March 19, 2012 at 2:08pm — 3 Comments

Is Your Agency or Organization Ready for the Facebook Timeline Switch? You Have until March 30th!

Did you know that your Facebook Page is going to radically change in look and functionality on March 30th?


Below is an overview of Facebook Timeline that we prepared for our Ketchum clients that outlines all of the major new features, and recommendations for how to use the new format.


Keep in Mind that All Pages will convert to the new timeline by March 30, 2012!

However, between now and then…


Added by Katherine A Watier on March 19, 2012 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

3 Ideas on Data Center Consolidation - Join us Tomorrow - 3/20 for more

As government IT looks to cut costs and do more with less, data center consolidation is one of the key strategies most CIO shops look to.  It makes perfect sense to consolidate as there is no reason to have hundreds of data centers for each federal agency as hosting costs are driven down with scale (from staff to equipment).  However, data center consolidation is easier said than done and agencies have been grappling with the issue for years now.

As such, it is the topic…


Added by GovLoop on March 19, 2012 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

Federal Civil Service: Are We Deceiving Ourselves?

I have read many a good article here, predominantly covering how to do things better.  Some are practical, logical, but others are very gee whiz "pie in the sky".  However, 99% of them would require an outlay of funds to accomplish what they would do.  That is the rub of the whole thing, money.  And my question is:  Are we deceiving ourselves?  Are we deluded and hoping for something that will never occur.  This year’s budget was less than last years.   And, unless a miracle occurs, and the…


Added by Earl Rice on March 17, 2012 at 9:07pm — 14 Comments

Article: "Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity"

Here's an interesting article on productivity and overtime that I think is worthwhile reading. . . Only if I could convince my boss that this is true.

"Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity" by Sara Robinson

Added by Curt Klun on March 16, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

The Fifth Gate in the Pipeline: Managing a Business

By the time, we've gotten to the Fifth Gate in the Leadership Pipeline, we should have spent some quality time mastering the previous four. This gate is punctuated by enormous complexity and significant (perhaps the most significant of all the gates) changes in thinking. The Business Manager needs to come to terms with being highly visible;…


Added by David Dejewski on March 16, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Be CEO (Chief Empathy Officer)

In government, we are the masters of overcomplication.  We setup committees, author manuals, and track changes until we're blue in the face.  We write information memoranda, action memoranda, and seek an endless list of clearances for the back pages of each.  You would think our routinized collaboration would yield an organizational ethos of communication, mutual understanding, and trust.  Typically, it does not.

So who bears responsibility for continuous improvement to…


Added by Andy Lowenthal on March 16, 2012 at 11:16am — 5 Comments

Hacking the hacktivist: The inside scoop on how Anonymous works

Hacking the hacktivist: The inside scoop on how Anonymous works by GovLoop Insights

2011 may very well be the year of Anonymous -- the hactivist group took down the…


Added by Emily Jarvis on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Into the Unknown: What an Anonymous attack looks like

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has been a persistent pain to government agencies and private companies alike for the past few years; after a 2011 full of attacks, that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing. To learn more about how Anonymous works, we spoke with Rob Rachwald, Director of Security Strategy at Imperva.

Attacks by Anonymous are often simple Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) where they overload a server with requests, causing it to either crash or slow to the…


Added by Corey McCarren on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Top 10 Benefits of GIS Technology


Added by Pat Fiorenza on March 16, 2012 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

New on GovLoop: Drop Downs and Tag Choices in Blogs

Way back in November 2010 ("GovLoop Tags and Feeds Project"), I asked the GovLoop community if anyone would be interested in helping me on a little project - figuring out a way to collect and categorize the tags associated with blogs and forums so that it would be easier to mine the vast treasure trove of insights and information on GovLoop.…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on March 16, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Local Governments Need To Embrace The Passion Of Amateurs!

One of my favorite quotes is: "

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

The first edition of Britannica Encyclopedias appeared in Scotland in 1768. In 11 years a group of Internet volunteers…


Added by Paul Wolf on March 15, 2012 at 10:19pm — 3 Comments

Educating Chicago

Chicago parents have a new tool for understanding the public school selection process: Chicago Public School Tiers, an app launched last week by Open City. The application is a perfect example of how independent civic developers can use open data to improve complicated yet important public processes; an…


Added by Abhi Nemani on March 15, 2012 at 6:07pm — 1 Comment

Overcoming Obstacles to Social Media Use in Government

Participants in the Government Social Media Class offered by Digital Government University's recently compiled a list of common arguments they've heard against the use of social media in government.  How do you counter--firmly, but politely--these arguments?  Are there any others that you encounter and have had to defend…


Added by Gadi Ben-Yehuda on March 15, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Strategies to Increase Digital Literacy and Accessibility

Microsoft had an…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on March 15, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Opening Up Government: Using Data to Stimulate Economic Growth

Recently IBM released a report, Opening Up Government: How to Unleash the Power of Information for New Economic Growth.…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on March 15, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Federal Employee Pay Raise in 2013 - Federal Pay vs. Private Sector Pay - Which is higher?

According to this article, Will Federal Employees Get a Pay Raise in 2013?, it depends. This is an interesting article, including the comments.

Most every day I hear "I am looking for Federal job so I can have more stability," from people who are willing to take a pay cut, perhaps thinking the Federal benefits will balance it…


Added by Camille Roberts on March 15, 2012 at 12:28pm — 1 Comment

Outlook for Social Media Innovation in Government

Social media provides great opportunities for government agencies to connect with citizens. Through social media, providing access to information and reaching citizens can be done easier than ever before.…


Added by Pat Fiorenza on March 15, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

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