Life change philosophy

How often does anyone go through a life-changing experience? I suppose it depends on who you ask and what their particular circumstances are. I’m about to go through one, one that’s a forced change due to changing work circumstances. It’s a situation that’s familiar to more people these days – I will soon be on […]

LinkedIn looks promising

About a month ago, I joined LinkedIn, the latest service to hit the web to offer a way of networking together people who know each other. Unlike those networks which offer a social-only structure – almost a kind of online speed dating system – LinkedIn is geared to business networking. Recently, I seem to be […]

Online job boards and spam

One thing I’m pretty convinced about as I embark on my quest for a new career opportunity is that online job boards like Monster or TotalJobs are unlikely to be the route through which I find the next opportunity. My view is validated by an article I saw recently on the Wall Street Journal’s career […]

JOTW gives a helping hand

Great to see a big public accolade in the Wall Street Journal to Ned Lundquist, a fellow professional business communicator and publisher of the Job of The Week (JOTW) email newsletter for communicators looking for new career opportunities. JOTW is much more than just a job-search newsletter with job listings, though. There’s a real community […]

Blogs make firing a public issue

A story that’s been posted on a couple of blogs today concerns an engineer at Friendster who comments on her blog that she was fired yesterday because she blogs. In her post, Troutgirl (Joyce Parks) says “I worked really hard for that company, and I don’t think I have anything to be ashamed of.” Reading […]

Spill your secrets at Workdirt

Loosely continuing today’s theme of blogs and careers, here’s a blog that has a lighter (no, darker) side about the workplace: Workdirt. Self description: We’re here to make it all better because our jobs suck either sometimes or always, or when you-know-who is around. We like to break the rules and share dirty little secrets […]

Imaginative HR at Genencor

Great story in Fast Company on a biotech company in the US which nurtures its people with imaginative benefits, keeping them happy, loyal and productive. Genencor International‘s headquarters in Palo Alto, California, are the physical manifestation of what happens when you effectively transform employees into designers of their own work environment. The 1,260-employee, $380 million […]

Seeking the next challenge

Well, it’s official. I’m openly on the job search market. I’ve now completed my exit from my employer, Scala Business Solutions, a Tier 2 enterprise software vendor headquartered in Amsterdam. For the past five years, I’ve been VP Corporate Communication here. Five challenging and great years. Scala was acquired in June by Epicor Software Corporation […]

Community editing your CV with a wiki

As everyone knows, having an effective CV (résumé, in American) is a prerequisite when you embark on a new career search. Yet it’s not always easy to produce a good CV, in spite of great inputs from friends, colleagues and others who willingly give of their time and experiences to help. Today I found out […]

True value in IABC accreditation

I had an email last week from my professional association, IABC (International Association of Business Communicators), with an update on what’s happening with the association’s accreditation programme. A great deal, actually, which has given me cause to reflect on what a superb professional development opportunity accreditation is. The formal description of the programme says accreditation […]

PeopleSoft job seekers try eBay

After a team of in-house creatives was displaced following Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft, the group turned to eBay to try and find work, a report by Fast Company says. Not as individual job seekers, however, but as a complete team. According to a post on AdFreak, AdWeek’s blog, the team wanted to continue working together, […]

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Jeremy Wright Interview – January 27, 2005

Welcome to a the second Special Edition of the Hobson & Holtz Report, a 30-minute conversation with Jeremy Wright recorded live at the New Communications Forum 2005 in Napa, California, USA, on January 27, 2005. A high-profile business blogger, Jeremy authors the Ensight blog and is now focused on building his new venture, Inside Blogging. […]