Author Archives: SS-Admin

Brian and Ann thought they were the lucky ones. After all, they’d survived a barrage of corporate changes; including downsizing and then a takeover; and still had their jobs, their seniority and a generous company-funded benefit package. But neither Brian nor Ann felt particularly lucky. In fact, both found it increasingly difficult to show up … Read more

By Mark Tudi | This question is asked all the time. The importance of on-the-job experience is becoming more and more important for students entering the marketplace. Employers are looking for application of knowledge as well as the ability to work well with others in an office setting. One must decide what is exciting and … Read more

Interviewing is an art. Before artists begin to put thoughts on paper or canvas, they have to have an idea, a purpose in mind, and the skills to “draw the picture” for the viewer’s pleasure and understanding. Likewise, actors must read the script, understand the theme of the story and have a good feeling for … Read more

FAILURE AS AN OPPORTUNITY

December 20th, 2011

By Mark Tudi | Henry Ford once commented “failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Take this to heart and remember to follow up with a hand written note to all your interviews. If you are overlooked for a position, learn from the experience, find out why you were overlooked, and then correct … Read more

NETWORKING

December 15th, 2011

By Mark Tudi | Almost all the literature I have read about networking goes into detail regarding the necessity of expanding your network and always building your network base. Former President George Bush made it a point to contact ten new people a week. Now, I won’t sit here and discount the theory because, well … Read more

THE HANDSHAKE CAN SAY A LOT

December 13th, 2011

By Mark Tudi | We have all heard that when shaking someone’s hand, you shouldn’t squeeze too hard, present a wet noodle or shake too long. But did you know that there are guidelines telling us how many pumps, length of time and the amount of firmness used, as well as the little known fact … Read more

Most of us have taken the path of least resistance when choosing (or being chosen by) our careers. You took a job based on your education or connections, or you sought a job that you believed would allow you to make “a good living.” Maybe you felt compelled to keep the family business going. While … Read more

By Mark Tudi | Let’s test your knowledge. • Name the five wealthiest people in the world. • Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. • Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. • Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. • Name the last half dozen Academy … Read more

MANAGING EXPECTATION

November 30th, 2011

People enter situations with certain implicit expectations. These are best identified and managed through a performance agreement. The major human interaction problem is unclear, ambiguous, or unfulfilled expectations. Conflicting expectations regarding roles and goals cause many people pain and problems in organizations and in relationships. Illustrations or examples of conflicting expectations include the following: •  … Read more

HOW TO WRITE A WINNING RESUME

November 17th, 2011

Tim Daniel was confident he’d get the job. As a university professor with more than 30 years experience in teaching, research and consulting; he had exactly the qualifications needed for a strategic planning position in the high tech industry. Tim assembled his resume, and smiled as he dropped it into the mailbox. He had to … Read more