7 Jobs That Educate You Better Than College Did

“What do you want to major in?”A dejecting, cringe-worthy question teenagers get asked by adults and the one that matters the least in my opinion.  As a mother of a teen who is contemplating her college education, my daughter and I get into plenty of arguments discussions about what she’s interested in, what she’s goodContinue reading “7 Jobs That Educate You Better Than College Did”

Join me at Houston Tech Fest!

If you are in the Houston area, come to Houston Tech Fest on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. Free event. Lots to learn.  I’ll be speaking about: Interview Tips for Hiring Managers: If you are a Manager needing some interviewing education – this is your course! This session focuses on basic interviewing guidelines, including: preliminary interviews,Continue reading “Join me at Houston Tech Fest!”

SQL Saturday (Baton Rouge) Saturday, August 1, 2015

If you are in the Baton Rouge area, come to SQL Saturday on Saturday, August 1st, 2015. Free event. Lots to learn.  I’ll be speaking about:Interview Tips for Hiring ManagersIf you are a Manager needing some interviewing education – this is your course! This session focuses on basic interviewing guidelines, including: preliminary interviews, types of testing,Continue reading “SQL Saturday (Baton Rouge) Saturday, August 1, 2015”

SQL Saturday #408 (Houston) Saturday, June 13, 2015

If you are in the Houston area, come to SQL Saturday on Saturday, June 13th. Free event. Lots to learn. I’ll be speaking about: Giving Feedback: How to Effectively Communicate to your EmployeesAs a manager or team leader giving effective feedback is vital to the success of projects. In this session we will discuss softContinue reading “SQL Saturday #408 (Houston) Saturday, June 13, 2015”

Ten Things to NOT do at Job Fairs (for Employers)

In my career I’ve done a lion’s share of job fairs. While they seem “old fashioned” they are still (imo) the best way to get in front of employees, to find out what the market looks like, and  network. Employers show up with signage, free trinkets, and a smile trying to entice potential candidates toContinue reading “Ten Things to NOT do at Job Fairs (for Employers)”

Ten Things to NOT do at Job Fairs (for Candidates)

In my career I’ve done a lion’s share of job fairs. While they seem “old fashioned” they are still (imo) the best way to get in front of employees, to find out what the market looks like, and be able to network. Employers show up with signage, free trinkets, and a smile trying to enticeContinue reading “Ten Things to NOT do at Job Fairs (for Candidates)”

Just Say No to Policy Dependence

“Do we have a policy on…?”“Can you pull a job description for…?”“I have a bunch of employees who….” These are comments I hear from managers on a daily if not weekly basis. And in my years in HR when I’ve heard them I’ve learned to ask questions to get to the root of the issue.Continue reading “Just Say No to Policy Dependence”

Gravitas.

I don’t expect perfection from my co-workers, employees, managers, etc.I don’t expect days free from stress.I don’t expect all work to get done accurately.I don’t expect work to even get done on time. I do expect composure.In fact, I demand it. Most of the situations I deal with in employee relations distill themselves down toContinue reading “Gravitas.”

SQL Saturday #328 (Birmingham) Saturday, August 22, 2014

If If you are in the Birmingham area, come to SQL Saturday on Saturday, August 22nd. Free event. Lots to learn. I’ll be speaking about: Giving Feedback: How to Effectively Communicate to your Employees As a manager or team leader giving effective feedback is vital to the success of projects. In this session we will discuss soft skillsContinue reading “SQL Saturday #328 (Birmingham) Saturday, August 22, 2014”

SQL Saturday #324 Saturday, August 2, 2014

If If you are in the Baton Rouge area, come to SQL Saturday tomorrow. Free event. Lots to learn. I’ll be speaking about “Interview Tips for Managers” (what you should and shouldn’t ask, etc.) If you’re in the tech field, you definitely need to be there, big event, tons of networking. Stop by and say hi.