Resume Magic

It can be a daunting task to tackle your resume.  In fact, many people spend day after day telling people they need to update their resume while never even touching it.  Why the sudden writer’s block’. Continue Reading

Tough Interview Questions

Take this quick quiz and see how well you can answer some common job interview questions that can be difficult to answer if you’re not well prepared.  The test was developed by Sue Campbell at  Check it out and see how well you do. (Ah…come on, you know you want to!  Even if we already have a job, we still like to know how we might fare on an interview – right?)

I’ll just add that I agree it is great to bone up on questions that may be asked during your interview. But more importantly prior to this stage you will need to really do your work on why you match up with the organization. Continue Reading

Hello New College Grads!!

Good news from the job market…

According to the Job Outlook 2007  report, produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE, new college grads will see increased hiring in 2007.  NACE reports that employers state communication, honesty/integrity are key candidate skills/qualities.

Increased hiring is always great news and as part of this hiring mania new grads will need to be ready to tackle their job interviews.  Good grades (NACE reports employers want 3.0 or better) and a targeted resume will be the knock-on-the-door’, but the real test will be what they say and how they express their value to the employer in the interview. Continue Reading

Jobfox – A Date or An Offer?

Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be another idea around job search’ we have a new resource tool.  JobFox is the brainchild of Rob McGovern, the founder and former Chairman and CEO of  According to McGovern, they’ve built a new job search engine that is smart as a fox’.  Continue Reading

Part Time Options in HR

I tripped across this organization recently and think it is worth a look for those of you who are HR Professionals and would like flexible HR management or consulting opportunities.  Continue Reading

Take this Job and LOVE IT

My business partner (Chris Fogarty) was giving a workshop the other day and one of the attendees asked her how you could find work/life balance with your job when you are overwhelmed with all of the work that needs to be done.  In other words, it sounds nice to say that you want balance, but achieving it is another thing all together. How do we do it? Continue Reading

New Grads — You can WIN!

I read so many articles that try to scare New Grads to death about their coming of age’ into the real world. Sometimes I think these articles are written more for the parents than the New Grads. They are like finger-pointing, “I told you so” type articles about the financial burdens that New Grads are about to take on in the real world.

I would like to propose that New Grads are savvier than we elders’ may think. Many New Grads don’t have the golden-spoon feeding them throughout their college experience. Many are footing the bill for college (or a majority of it) and are working part time as well as studying. I can name a handful right off the bat. Hats off to them! And those that do have the luxury of fully paid tuition and parental financial support are certainly not coming out of college as neophytes to the financial world. After all, they too have parents too and you can’t tell me they haven’t been preaching the woes of bill paying, saving and investing for years.

I really don’t believe that these kids are skipping through college thinking that they their upcoming employer paychecks won’t have taxes taken out, or that their auto insurance rates will be sky high (after all, they were in high school — right?)

So, let’s stop scaring these New Grads who are the next generation of business, technology, educators and family heirlooms. Let’s give them the tools they need to make it BIG in this world. To really achieve success in their career and not turn them into poor-me victims’ who think their bills are too high! Let’s turn into educators instead of finger-pointers. Sure they will be starting closer to the bottom of the career ladder and need to work their way up and prove their value — let’s educate them around how to achieve that. Yes, they will need to plan their finances (don’t we all?) — let’s educate them on how to plan, instead of scaring them with spooky financial death stories. And, they certainly will have some bumps in their path to success — it’s just part of life.

So, if you’re a New Grad — what are the questions you have that would help you better prepare for work/life balance?

If you’re a parent — what do you believe is the most important information you would like your New Grad to be aware of when they step into the world of employment?

Let’s share a conversation here so we can get some good/needed information and tools up on this blog that will truly help New Grads make it BIG! That way when we say I told you so’ it’s because we already know they are winners.

Start Your Engines

We’re half way through 2007 and I bet many you think ‘Wow’ time is flying by and I feel like I’m going no where fast. If that comment applies to your career then let’s do something about it.

I’m Robin Ogden with FiredUP Careers and I’m thrilled to be the career search blogging expert for ContentQuake! I’ll be blogging a lot here and I’ve got a lot to say about career search and careers in general, so be sure to add this link to your favorites.

I’ve spent over 20 years in Human Resources in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley. My real love has always been “startups”. Mostly because I love fast paced environments, minimal red tape, along with the teaming and passion that surrounds and energizes the startup environment. Although they certainly can have their downsides, (which usually has to do with the next round of financing – if they get it…) startups are teaming with entrepreneurial spirit and the chance at ‘grabbing the golden ring’ – which many have (hello Google!).

Although my focus has always been diversified within HR organizations, both in developing and running them; I have spent many years in the area of recruitment, which means I’ve reviewed about a billion (or at least it feels like it) resumes and have interviewed thousands of individuals over the years. I’ve spent the past few years having fun working with people in career transition, individual coaching and delivering training programs in career development. I am also a Career Clarity certified career coach.

About a year ago I started FiredUP Careers with my business partner, Chris Fogarty who is an expert in the career development field. Our mission is that everyone deserves to ‘dig what they do’ and that includes you.

I’m looking forward to helping you with your career search, career questions, career transition and career fulfillment, in order for you to find meaningful work that you love without compromising your life!

Don’t hesitate to send me questions or provide helpful comments and informative resources. As Henry Ford once said “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”.

So, let’s get moving…