Phil Robles's Blog (11)

What is Professionalism?

Some say it’s the way you carry yourself throughout the day; a snap in your walk, firm handshake, or an expensive tie. Others believe professionalism is a job title – the higher up the corporate ladder you are the more professional you are.

What is professional and how often do you cross paths with a true professional in life?

Early Memories of Professionalism

When the span of my life could be measured by counting all fingers on both hands (I have… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on October 7, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Recruiting in the Great Depression of 2009-20??

It has been several years since the more astute professional has seen gathering storm clouds across the horizon.

And, there are a multitude of reasons why not just the U.S., but the entire world, is facing extremely troubling times ahead. There's even talk that what lies ahead will be even more challenging than what our grandparents (and great-grandparents) faced during the 1920s.

Now is not the time for a weak heart or complacency. The mother of trouble is bred… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 28, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why Mentoring should be higher on your Agenda

Every successful professional can recall the exact moment when the "seed" to succeed was planted by their mentor.

In most cases it was that moment you and someone kind enough to help your career forged a bond in mentorship. That one person you fondly remember as your first (and maybe only) mentor was the catalyst that woke you up to the potential that lay within your mind and soul. Your mentor was the person who showed you what you could become with effort and attentive skills to… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 27, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

What Makes You HOT In IT

This almost sounds like the title for an article in some romance magazine and in a way, one could say the concept of romance does come into play with what the article is all about.

In our case, we, as IT professionals, have two choices to make about our future:

1. We can find a wonderful company to work for and hunker down for the long-term (i.e. retirement).

2. We can continue to sharpen our skills and choose an area of IT that has a deep need for new… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 20, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What is "Differential Strategy" And how can I use it to find a job?

You have been job hunting for months and you are "THE GURU" in within your market niche, but no one is biting.

The savings account is shrinking (along with your ego) and the bills are starting to pile up on that corner of your desk you find increasingly hard to look at.

"What is wrong with me?!" you ask yourself.

The truth is, nothing is wrong with you and the market is just not looking to hire someone with your skill set and experience. You are now… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 17, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

From Boots to Suits

Whether you're facing military retirement or you're about to complete your contractual agreement in serving your country in the Armed Forces, you now face a tremendous opportunity to start using your skills in the civilian market.

Where do you begin?

I would highly recommend you start by taking advantage of the available time to make an assessment on how marketable you are: skill sets, experience, both here in the States and abroad, and the coveted government… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 17, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

When, "Lesson's Learned" is Worth More than A Good Salary

There are many reasons why you might not be getting paid enough at your job. Chances are that you would never guess the real reason: you.

Why am I writing this article? Because I did have a chance to bump into someone this past weekend at a social gathering. One of the first things that we talked about (I had never met this person before that night) is about salary.

She told me that she worked for a very successful medical supplies and services company… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on September 16, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Information Technology (IT) Gap in The U.S.

An under-representation of cross-diversity in the IT Workforce

Keywords: IT workforce, IT professional skills gap, under-represented groups, virtual social networks.

There's something in the "air" in today's Information Technology (IT)employment environment. You can almost hear it; it's not unlike an ultra high pitch sound of air escaping from a microscopic fissure in an overblown balloon. This analogy of the sound of escaping "air" is nothing less than… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on August 15, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Finally, A Network for Subject Matter Experts!

Finally a Network For SMEs!

There is no doubt in the mind of many web-savvy users that social networking sites have made a huge impact in career management and industry hiring practices. According to a major web information company,, social networking sites occupied five of the top fifteen visited websites. A quick search at any of the popular social networking sites (Linkedin, Facebook, and MySpace, etc) will show there are many "super" social linkers who have… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on August 15, 2008 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Self-Marketing = Effective Career Management

Career management requires a very important ingredient that some are uncomforable with -- self-promotion. SMEOracle not only makes it more comfortable to promote your skills and experience but also makes it very easy process!

SMEO's Professional Highlight feature allows you to promote your talent and skills in a manner very similar to what branding experts use to promote products. The trick is to create a brand image that conjures images that pop into other people's minds… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on August 15, 2008 at 9:56pm — No Comments

SMEOracle Offers Many Recruiting Tools & Rich Features and Its FREE!

SMEOracle Offers Many Features!

And Its Services are FREE to Recruiters!

by Staff Writer

SMEOracle provides a wealth of features for both the SME and Recruiter -- many features and services that our competitors do not offer.

SMEOracle is not just a "job board" and it is not just a professional network site that allows you to… Continue

Added by Phil Robles on July 6, 2008 at 4:33pm — No Comments


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