Philly Restaurant Review – Walnut Street Supper Club

Friends took me to this lively cabaret for my birthday. It’s in a prime location, 13th & Walnut Street hence the name of the restaurant. By the way, those of us who have called Philly home for a long time will recognize the Walnut Street Supper Club occupies the space that was known for 38 years as Portofino. When youRead more…

Catcher

As some of you know, I am a former thespian.  Graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in theatre arts and, shortly thereafter, did a year-long internship with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.  For one of my intern projects, I adapted JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye into a one-man show and performed it on BTE’s main stage.  I took theRead more…

The Art of Saying ‘Thank You’

Contrary to popular belief, an interview doesn’t end when you leave the hiring manager’s office, wrap up with the final person on your itinerary, or even when you walk out the company’s front door – it isn’t over until each person you’ve met with receives a personal note from you thanking them for their time.  The ‘thank you’ note, sadly,Read more…

I Prefer ‘Headhunter’ Thank You

I was at a party the other night, and a woman came up to me and introduced herself as an executive looking for a new job – “I heard you’re a headhunter and thought maybe you could…”  She paused for a second with a bit of a guilty look on her face, and then said “um, sorry, I meant…um…”  IRead more…

A Lesson in Resiliency

Last week I had the pleasure of attending The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design event, Building Personal Resiliency, presented by Nila G. Betof, Ph.D. at the Radnor Hotel. To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. Nila, an expert on the topic, did an excellent job of drawing in her listeners and encouraging us to look deeper and think aboutRead more…

Thoughts on Your Personal Brand

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about this idea of a personal brand, and wanted to offer my two cents.  Here’s what I think: the strength of your personal brand depends solely on the strength of your professional network – how much you value, respect and care for each of your contacts and, in turn, how much theyRead more…

Six Rules for Your First Six Months

Lately, I’ve been hearing about a number of candidates that have landed good jobs, but are struggling since joining their new companies.  Why are they struggling?  Simple.  They aren’t following the rules that everyone needs to follow during their first six months of employment: Rule #1 – You Turn the Lights On, You Turn the Lights Off.  During your firstRead more…

Philly Restaurant Review — Monsu

Many restaurants have excellent food. Some even have good service. Monsu is fortunate to have both! Located on the corner of 9th& Christian in Philadelphia (in the heart of the Italian Market), this restaurant is a little gem.  Those who have lived in Philadelphia and spent any time in the Italian Market area will probably remember another little gem ofRead more…

LinkedIn Endorsements – What’s All the Fuss About?

So today I received endorsements from two of my LinkedIn connections and, at the risk of sounding juvenile, I don’t get it.  One of the endorsements was for US GAAP – just to be clear, while I’m a recruiter for finance executives and like to think I know a lot about the profession, I have never held a Controllership positionRead more…

How Much Do You Make?

Discussing compensation is a crucial and often difficult part of your conversation with a recruiter or potential new employer.  I find that some candidates are reluctant to disclose their current compensation, or their expectations regarding future compensation, due to the misconception that they would somehow be giving up negotiating leverage.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact theRead more…

Time Management

Transitioning from High School to College, and from College to the working world, requires the development of good time management habits. And if there’s one thing being an athlete in college taught me, it was how to properly manage my time. As a baseball player I had 5 games a week in-season, with roughly 6 hours spent at the fieldRead more…

Do Your Due Diligence

Well, I had yet another one of these conversations this morning – a candidate that recently accepted a job offer has realized that he made a huge mistake in joining this particular company, and now is back looking for a new job after having been with the company for only 4 months. I’m amazed at how often I hear theseRead more…

“Help and Hope Against Melanoma”

I wanted to take a moment to make everyone aware of an organization whose mission is very important to all of us at Attolon, as well as to the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been affected by melanoma – the Susan Fazio Foundation (SFF) for Melanoma Research. The SFF was founded in early 2006 to honor myRead more…

Being Young in the Workplace

The transition from college to the working world can be a harsh one, but there are definitely steps that you can take to ease that transition and get off to a good start with your employer.  I want to give some guidance to the young work horses of corporate America, who need a cheat sheet on getting their career offRead more…

Philly Restaurant Review — Amis

I had the good fortune of being introduced to Marc Vetri’s Italian restaurant Amis, a gift to me from friends who were undecided what to give.  It’s located right off Broad Street, on 13th between Pine & Lombard.  Boy I’m happy for the introduction. I can see this restaurant becoming a regular haunt for me. Delicious food and unencumbered service. The entireRead more…

Put Your Best Face Forward

Your LinkedIn profile gives other business professionals a unique opportunity to “meet” you before they actually meet you – and everyone wants to put a face with the name and credentials they see on the screen.  For that reason, your profile should include a picture.  Just keep in mind that LinkedIn is not Facebook – a picture of you withRead more…

The Three “Be’s” Of Networking

The Three “Be’s” Of Networking – Be Organized. Be Curious. Be Valuable. 1.    Be Organized.  More than likely you’ve had a list of to-dos every day, week and month when you get to the office.  Think of networking the same way — create some structure around your days so that you can be productive and be able to measure progress. Read more…

Taking Ownership of the Hiring Process

When I ask our clients the question, “who is responsible for hiring at your company?” I get a variety of answers: The Human Resources Department The Recruiting or Talent Acquisition Team Outside Agencies or Recruiters While these groups may perform many of the necessary recruiting and hiring tasks, the one who is actually responsible for the hiring process is you,Read more…

Recruiters: The Buck Stops with Us

As a Theatre Arts major at Bloomsburg University, I was required to take a course in theatrical direction taught by the late great Michael Collins. The first, and probably most important, lesson Professor Collins taught the class is that the success of a production rests solely on the shoulders of the director. If the production is a smash hit, the director getsRead more…