Business & Entrepreneurs, Tips for Job Seekers

How Goodly Do You Talk?

By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA

 

How important is communication? Being in IT, I work with a lot of developers, technical architects, and folks whose first language is not English. First and foremost, I wrote this post for people in the North American corporate world, where the primary language of business is English. However, I still think that even if you’re in other parts of the world, the concepts here still apply. Read More…


Work Life

Steady Eddie vs the Blue Flamer . . . and Why You Need Them Both on Your Team

Every company has them, the Steady Eddies and the Blue Flamers. But not every company is smart enough to treat them with the respect they deserve. A company without the right mix of both is not functioning optimally.

 

The Blue Flamer

 

You’ve seen her. Prepared for anything that comes her way; she often has the answer before you’ve even thought of the question. Read More…


Up Close & Personal

Seeing is Believing? Or is Believing … Seeing?

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By Cat Lam, CPA-CMA

Founder of ITsolopreneurs.com

 

“Dad, how many Santa Clauses are there in the world?”

Here’s the backstory. Since I had my 5 yr old, I have been dreading the one day that I have to finally break it to him that Santa isn’t real. Growing up in an immigrant household, there was no concept of Santa Claus. Read More…


Work Life

Ten New Things to Try at Work this Week

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Feeling a little overwhelmed, or worse yet, underwhelmed at work?  Is it time to shake things up, get the creative juices stirring, bring some passion back to your nine-to-five?

Spring is here.  In my northern hometown it’s still a bit chilly (it will dip below freezing again tonight.  Sigh).  But the days are bright and getting longer.  Read More…


Business & Entrepreneurs, Tips for Job Seekers

How Guanxi can be the Wind in your Sail

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By Catherine Lam, CPA, CMA

Have you heard of Guanxi? Chances are, you might have encountered this term in passing when talking about business. If you grew up in a Chinese household like I did, you’d definitely grew up with it. It’s the Chinese term for relationships. The term guanxi (pronounced ‘gwon-shee’), is usually used in the context of doing business. Read More…


Business & Entrepreneurs

Temps for vacation coverage Y/N?

Right off the bat let me start by saying, “Yes!  Almost always yes!”  I might be biased because my world is temp-focused, however, there are many advantages to having a temporary employee join your team!

 

“I don’t have time to train”

This is the most common statement I hear. And most of the time it can be correct. Read More…


Business & Entrepreneurs

Are business cards a thing of the past?

By Cat Lam, CPA, CMA,

http://ITsolopreneurs.com

 

In the past few weeks, I attended an extraordinary number of networking events. One thing that is synonymous with networking is, of course, the exchange of business cards. Now, you might as well know. Ask me what I do with these business cards afterwards, and I’ll show you the top left corner of my desk where a pile of them sit collecting dust. Read More…


Tips for Job Seekers

Top 5 Recruitment Firm Myths – Debunked

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Disclaimer: you should know that I recently re-watched Jerry Maguire this past weekend so I apologize in advance for the TomCruise-ian undertones of this post.

To begin, it is just plain unreasonable for we Recruiters to expect you to know our process.  I want to peel back the onion and take the opportunity to give you an idea of what the process looks like from our side of the table.  Read More…


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How to Make a Smashing Introduction

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Guest Post by Cat Lam, April 2017

 

If you’re anything like me, I’m naturally an introvert. I am uncomfortable in large group settings. However, I know that if you want to build your network, there is only so much you can do online. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to suck it up and interact with people real time. Read More…


Tips for Job Seekers

How to Amplify Your Job Search During a Downturn

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Let’s be honest:  searching for a new job doesn’t usually excite most people. Update your resume or catch the newest movie? Search job ads or scroll through YouTube? Practice for interviews or hang out with friends? I know what I’d rather be doing.

Multiply that lack of a good time by throwing in an economic downturn and the pressure rises.  Read More…


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