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Networking: How to Increase Your Social Capital

by Capitol Standard  |  July 18, 2017

Think of social capital in the same way you think of building wealth. It is a form of currency built by making yourself valuable through collaboration, cooperation, and bargaining. In a study by Harvard political scientists, social capital theory Read More >

Bored at Work? These 4 Tips Will Help

by Capitol Standard  |  June 12, 2017

When Gallup surveyed a group of millennial workers the results were telling. The poll shows more than half of all millennials are bored at work.  The reasons are several, spanning a perceived lack of opportunity, to feeling ignored, and the disenchantment that comes from work that doesn't seem to serve a larger purpose.   Why are we bored at work? We Don't Feel Like We Belong Read More >

How to Master the Phone Interview

by Capitol Standard  |  April 24, 2017

Every day, qualified candidates fall out of the running for good jobs for one petty reason--they suck at answering phone interview questions.  But there's a very simple formula for winning at phone interviews--and it's more obvious than you think. Here are the rules: Rule 1: Only Apply to the Jobs You Want   The first, and possibly most obvious rule, is to actually want the job.  Phone interviews leave very little room for error. If you don't want the job, you're least likely to convey... Read More >

5 Tips to Improve Your Morning Productivity

by Capitol Standard  |  February 27, 2017

As a busy professional with a job in the federal government, a side hustle, and a social life, I've had to get serious about setting up a morning routine that prioritizes fitness.   Over the years, I've adopted a schedule of early morning workouts, as I've found the only consistently free time I have is in the early morning.   For many, choosing to wake up before the crack of dawn sounds crazy.   It wasn't easy at first, but my morning workout routine has been a game changer for m Read More >

How to Master the Art of Following Up

by Capitol Standard  |  January 03, 2017

Following up is an art. If done right, they'll never forget you. From job hunting to networking, all of your hard work, in the end, comes down to the final move: the follow-up. But what makes a follow-up effective? I argue knowing how to connect with whom is the best way to leave a meaningful impression. Here are a few strategies:  For The Client, Give Them a Call In Jim Domanski's article, 8 Esse Read More >

Millennials: Your Government Needs You (As Employees)

by Capitol Standard  |  October 24, 2016

In our search for perks, cool coworkers, and a career full of excitement, it's easy to overlook local government. But Willair St. Vil, of Washington, DC's Department of Human Resources, assures me there's more to the DC government than meets the eye. "In about 5 years, 20% of the DC Government's workforce will be retiring," begins St. Vil. "In turn, we are already seeing a great need for young, energetic new hires." St. Vil's tenure with DCHR began almost 5 years ago, and in that time... Read More >

How Interviewing While Working Can Help Your Career

by Capitol Standard  |  September 19, 2016

When you finally land the decent, well-paying gig you've been looking for, the last thought for most would be to keep interviewing. But Conrad Woody--a major Washington-based Talent Management Consultant- wants you to do just that.  Why interview when you're not looking for a job? So you can stay on top of trends "Sometimes, we can be so deep into our jobs that we stop exercising those competitive skills that helped get us there in the first place," says Woody. "Even if you're very... Read More >

4 Rules to Network Successfully

by Capitol Standard  |  July 25, 2016

Networking can be unnerving, to say the least. Meeting new people - particularly ones you want to impress - can leave many of us sweaty palmed, blubbering, and just plain out nervous. If you ask experts, networking is one of the most important parts to a successful job search. Here are four crucial ways to make sure every networking opportunity goes well:  Be intentional  Before you start handing out your business cards, decide what you're trying to accomplish. Are you s Read More >

A Day in the Life: Director of Communications, LeanIn.org

by Capitol Standard  |  June 14, 2016

"The question isn't can women lead, but how do we get them there?" I sat listening to Kelly Parisi- the spirited Communications Director of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In initiative- at the Washington Women in PR annual Woman of the Year Awards. She asks herself the above question often and in many ways, the answers have guided the course of her life.  As a wife, self-proclaimed feminist, and mother of two small children, Kelly has always been passionate abou Read More >