Scot Herrick

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. provides online career advice and products for workers who typically work in a corporate cubicle. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

Be Effective By Looking At Yourself As… A Customer

Posted In Looking in Tech
When it comes to business priorities, focusing on the customer is usually at the top of the list. There’s a reason “the customer is always right” has become a given. You can test this. Go to your coworkers and ask them who their most important customer is. For some, especially in sales and support, they will name external customers — those who pay your company for products and services. For others, especially in IT, that answer might not be the… continue…

The Tools I’m Using as I Look for a Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
One of the more frequent comments on Dice articles offering job search advice — including mine — Is this: You have no idea what you are talking about because you already have a job and don’t understand what it’s like to search for a job when you don’t have one. Well, I don’t have a job. I’m out there looking. Now, I’m a consultant. I expect jobs to end. But that doesn’t mean I like not having that paycheck come… continue…

Tips to Improve Your Job Search

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Job searches bring little feedback from your resume, phone interviews, and face-to-face interviews. Usually, what you hear back is…nothing. No comments on your resume, a silence after the phone interview, or the perfectly generic legal rejection after a face-to-face interview. What are some of the successful techniques you’ve used to find a job? Share your thoughts below.  But here you are, looking for the elusive job offer and not knowing what to improve on since you get so little feedback.… continue…

Don’t Get Creative With Job Titles in Your Resume

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The job title you have at your company is not the same as the one you need on your resume. Companies have their own way of providing titles for their employees. The titles relate to the culture or how someone did titles 20 years ago, or just to have people feel more important about the job they do. Sanitation Engineer, anyone? Resumes Are Different But when it comes to resumes, your company job title may, in fact, be hurting your… continue…

Review Your Performance Goals Now

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Networking Trio
Performance goals are a big part of many reviews, so it’s important to pay attention to them after the first quarter of the year. Otherwise, they can come back to bite you when you are vying for the all-important performance rating and rankings. What are your strategies for hitting your goals? Share your thoughts in the comments below.  Business priorities change. But if your goals are not updated with what is important now, you’ll never get credit for all the… continue…

How To Avoid Office Distractions and Actually Get Work Done

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We all fight fires at the office. The trick is figuring out how much of the fire fighting is just stuff that happens or is something preventable. Figuring that out means we need to step back to see what we are working on and what is causing the heartburn. There are many tricks to help deal with overwhelm, but an important one is to do something proactive every day. Are you proactive on at least one thing every day at work?… continue…

To Contract or Not to Contract?

Posted In Looking in Tech
Contract positions can be appealing due to increased flexibility, higher pay (at times) and as a foot in the door at a company, among other reasons. Before making the jump to contract, there are significant differences you should be aware of between being a contract and full-time employee. Contract positions typically entail being employed by a consulting company who works with employers to fill positions. The typical reason is usually “staff augmentation”, where there is a temporary need for more employees… continue…

Three Tips to Help You Change Careers

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Making a career change is a tough road to follow. Those with lots of experience feel the need to start over in a new career—and expect an entry-level salary to go along with it. Others just don’t know how to go about it. But you can. Here’s how to start. Know why you want to make a career change All interviews are about three questions: your skills to do the job, your motivation to do the work and how well… continue…

How to Update Your Resume for 2012

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Whew! That old 2011 is all over and done with, right? Good thing, too. But before you throw 2011 completely out the window (my year always ends with Super Bowl weekend…), it’s time to do something important: update your resume so you have it ready for 2012. How? Let’s take a look. 1. Add in your goal attainment for 2011 You had your goals in your performance review so now is the time to add them to your resume. You… continue…

Status Report as Killer Communication Tool

Posted In Working in Tech
Writing in the journal
Admit it: you hate writing a status report for your manager every week. Every manager has a different format for writing it, it seems no one looks at it, and every manager wants something different on it. Did I mention it is a pain to write? All true. I’d contend, however, that the lowly status report — written correctly — is your ultimate communications tool to show your results from your work. Consider: You prove your work delivered results every week You have an… continue…