Why You Should Job Hunt During the Holidays

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The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should put your job search on hold. In fact, Thanksgiving through New Year’s presents many unique advantages that aren’t available at any other time of year. Ever since I read “You Might Be Able to Get a New Job for Christmas” in… Read more »

How to Fix Our Math Education

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Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford think they know How to Fix Our Math Education (NYT, 8/24 Op Ed): “The truth is that different sets of math skills are useful for different careers, and our math education should be changed to reflect this fact.” I think they miss half the point. Here’s the other half: jobs. Even with… Read more »

The Great Potential of Linkedin

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As you have likely heard, Linkedin’s shares more than doubled in their first day of trading. Business growth may be sluggish in other arenas, but it is booming for today’s social networking sites. Linkedin alone has more than 100 million members, and has revolutionized the way people communicate–especially when it comes to networking. It has… Read more »

Buried Under Data

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  There are times in my life when my “to-do” list trumps my “done” list so completely that being “overwhelmed” doesn’t begin to describe the situation. I’m forced to explore other options: Find a twin to split the duties? Consider cloning? Wave a white flag, and take a nap? So far I’ve opted to simply… Read more »

2011’s Number One Game – Musical Chairs

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  Forces are building rapidly that will result in this year being one of the biggest for employee turnover in decades. Historically, there is a significant and natural increase in employees leaving current employers as the economy gains momentum and more job opportunities open up. After years of job insecurity, reduced or no bonuses, salary… Read more »

Snowstorms, Snowshoes and Anecdotal Evidence

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Becky, snowshoe racing in Wisconsin. Note the hat: it’s Packer spirit wear; she’ll be cheering Greenbay during Sunday’s Superbowl. Well, it’s here — the Snowstorm of the Century has hit Chicago. I’m not quite sure how significant that is in a century that’s only 11 years old, but we’ve definitely got accumulation, with some serious… Read more »

Having the Data is Not Enough

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For people in our industry, numbers have a life of their own. We get excited when data show us new trends, patterns and possibilities. But most of the world does not view this information in the same way. In fact, believe it or not, most people think of statistical data as dry, unfathomable, even boring…. Read more »

The Art of Building Relationships

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It’s been a remarkable year at Burtch Works. Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it has been just a little over a year that we’ve been together in this new, flexible practice. Working nationwide, we have strengthened our many long-standing relationships and established some new ones. Here among the staff, we have welcomed a… Read more »