If you're doing this you should be sure that the people you're looking at work in the department you're interviewing with. Many times IT people will be dressed very casually but the sales group will be all suit and tie. In very large companies the culture/dress code will be different in different divisions and… » 9/06/14 4:43pm 9/06/14 4:43pm

While you can get the content for free there is value in having to take the tests, write the papers and get graded. I listen to university level history classes during my commuting, sure I've got the content but I don't consider myself as knowing the course like I would need to if I had to pass the class when I was… » 8/31/14 7:17am 8/31/14 7:17am

The thing I'd stress is that people today will likely have a career that spans many different jobs. I'm an accountant and went to school to be one. That sounds pretty linear but along the way was a degree in engineering, stint at leading a small IT shop, corporate spy, forecaster then various accounting roles. With… » 8/31/14 7:07am 8/31/14 7:07am

one thing to consider is the hours you work vs. what a consulting company would expect. My experience has been that as consultants you're expected to be always on call and work 24/7. That's why the companies I worked for would hire them and why they 'bill' so much. The other thing is that I've noticed that they… » 8/29/14 9:00pm 8/29/14 9:00pm

It's probably a good idea to get some change when you get some foreign cash or at least get some at the airport. I got caught once because I didn't realize the drive from airport to hotel was on a toll road. That could have been costly but the nice toll booth lady cautioned me and sent me on my way. Then I had to get… » 8/27/14 12:13pm 8/27/14 12:13pm

I'd also suggest that before you start on a project consider when (time of day) you'll be able to work on it. If you get caught needing more screws or you need a plumbing bit will a store be available and open? I have a rule that I'll never start any plumbing project after 2 pm on a Saturday so that if I run into… » 8/22/14 4:59pm 8/22/14 4:59pm

I start getting antsy at the 3.5 year mark, that's usually when I've done 3 or 4 annual cycles in the current role and it's about time to look for the next opportunity. The other side is that I'm reasonably senior and experienced so I expect it will take longer to find the right fit. » 8/19/14 1:49pm 8/19/14 1:49pm

a Kreg pocket hole jig (they make a ton of other kinds of jigs btw) is probably the best investment I've made in tools. And it only cost around $40. Now that I have one I use it constantly and I don't have to design things so that I'm covering up screw heads or limit myself to using ugly brackets for shelves. » 8/09/14 2:00pm 8/09/14 2:00pm

I do something similar as an accountant - I have a blog where I post some of the process work that I do or some basic macros / ideas. Stuff that shows that I'm able to do the technical/hard skills and more importantly have good communication skills (the separator between management and analyst). It also gives people… » 8/06/14 7:20pm 8/06/14 7:20pm