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How To Lose An Interview In 30 Seconds Or Less

Interviews are a contact sport, where verbal sparring replaces fists. Don't ever walk into one unprepared. If you don't know what you're doing, you will get slaughtered.

Here are 10 tips to help you keep your reputation alive, even during the most brutal of Q&A sessions:

1. Know your subject matter cold. There is no such thing as "winging it." Study up. Get coached. Read. This should be happening far out in advance of the…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on May 19, 2013 at 1:25pm — 2 Comments

Daring Greatly (1)

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows,…


Added by Sabrina H. DeLay on May 17, 2013 at 2:55pm — 5 Comments

Over Fifty and in the Federal Government

I am looking for help in learning how to get a new position or what agencies will hire fifty and over


Added by Jean Honesty on May 14, 2013 at 3:43pm — No Comments

10 Great Commencement Quotes

Anyone go to a graduation this weekend?  If you didn't know, it's graduation season.  Where I live near a college campus, the students are packing up and moving on to summer jobs.

My favorite part of graduation - commencement speeches.  When else do we have a ton of successful people, share their tips on success.

Here's 10 of my favorites:

1) “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t…


Added by GovLoop on May 14, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Stop Talkin' Bout My Generation

Generation Y, Millennials, Generation C (for Connected), sometimes even (perhaps incorrectly), the iGeneration. These are the labels that haunt the members of my generation. The large groups of people spanning decades before me are called Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and a wealth of other names, each with their own negative and positive attributes.

"Baby Boomers are…


Added by Kate M. Long on May 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Invite Failure - What the Innovative Agencies Are Doing Right

In order for an agency to be innovative you have to empower your employees and leave room for failure. So which agencies are doing that effectively? 

Dan Helfrich is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting. The…


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Increasing your Professional Flexibility

Recent budget cuts, talks of sequester, reduced hours, furloughs are all challenging organizations (and the individuals they employ) to think differently and change the way they are doing things. With change comes uncertainty. But with that said, change also brings possibilities. There are some that say we cannot control but how we adapt to those changes is what will either elevate us or defeat us.

To make the most out of change, it is best to first see the positive. As change…


Added by Kathy Wentworth Drahosz on May 13, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Job Search Lessons from May’s Military Holidays

May is the month we recognize and remember several aspects of our military:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10) is a recent recognition of their support.

Armed Forces Day (May 18) recognizes those currently in service.

Memorial Day (May 27) recognizes those who died in war.



Added by Kathleen Smith on May 13, 2013 at 7:45am — No Comments

A Tale of Two Cities: Reflections From a Dual MPA Internship Experience

images This is the first installment in a new ELGL original content series titled “A Tale of Two Internships” by University of Kansas MPA graduate Ashley Graff.  Graff recently obtained a shared internship with the City of West Linn and the City of Sherwood.  In this series, Graff provides perspective on the experience of working for two communities and the similarities and differences she experiences with…


Added by Kent Wyatt on May 10, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

How the Navy Drives Innovation (and How You Can Do the Same in Your Agency)

This past Tuesday night during GovLoop's Career Energizer Event, Steve Rowe, Innovation Campaign Division Chief for the Navy Center for Innovation within the Navy Warfare Development Command, gave a lightning talk on, well, innovation. Below is the slide deck from his lightning speech as well as a guide that he referenced, which the Navy is using to spur fresh thinking and novel ideas.

What strikes you about the Navy's…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 10, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Uncertainty Principle: 3 Ways to Embrace the Unknown for Career Success

This post is based on a Lightning Talk delivered at the GovLoop Career Energizer event this past Tuesday night by Jessie Babcock, the Country Director for Chile and Uruguay with the Department of Defense.


Let me start with a shocking statement: we live in an age of uncertainty.  This comes as no surprise.  The…


Added by Andrew Krzmarzick on May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

DHS CIO Richard Spires Exits - Plus the DorobekINSIDER's 7 Stories

On GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER:

  • The drumbeat of low morale, budget cuts and pay freezes portray a dark vision of federal workers and the federal space itself. But in reality there is excellence brewing at every agency. The Partnership for Public Service highlights some of those great stories in their annual Service to America Medals.…

Added by Emily Jarvis on May 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Breaking Down the TSP in April - Plus Potential Changes to Automatic Enrollment

April was another good month for the Thrift Savings Plan. How good? Kim Weaver is the Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. 

She told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program that every single fund was up in April.…


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 7, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

On the Rocks: Best Icebreaker Questions for Meetings and Focus Groups

As a follow up to my post about Best Focus Groups Guides and Resources, here are some ideas about using icebreakers to get the session started on the right foot and not end up "on the…


Added by Michele Bartram on May 6, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Michigan's CIO and CTO give frank insights on the state of gov. IT - Part 1

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder believes technology can transform government. It’s state CIO David Behen’s job to turn the governor’s vision into reality.  Behen was recently named one of Government Technology's Top 25 in…


Added by Emily Jarvis on May 6, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Stop Thinking About Who Gets The Credit


Photo by Jim Bahn via Flickr

Kathleen Taylor works for the VA. The signature line on her emails is the famous quote by President Harry Truman:

"It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care who…


Added by Dannielle Blumenthal on May 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Leading a Life of Public Service

Yesterday I came across a talk recently given by President Clinton at Georgetown University. It is part of a series he will be doing on advice for a life in public service. I listened to this talk mainly because I am starting to re-imagine my public service career and I am unsure whether or not government is the right fit for me. I think President Clinton offered many great pieces of advice, and I encourage others to…


Added by Amanda Parker on May 2, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Dealing with the oversaturation of your inbox

I get a lot of email.  Between the different things that I’m involved in with my kids, friends, work and random other things I’m engaged in, it translates into lots of mail. It also sometimes translates into important things that probably should be kept track of but due to the sheer volume of emails incoming…


Added by Joshua Millsapps on May 2, 2013 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

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