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Category: Job Search Resources

The Local Government Winding Road: Why Leaving Could Enhance Your Career

By Greg Stopka, Strategy and Innovation Manager, Park District of Oak Park In 2011, I accepted the position of central region director with the Alliance for Innovation, leaving the local government world I had spent three years in previously as a budget intern and an assistant to the city administrator. Leaving what many consider the … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Internal Candidate

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to [email protected] and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, A promotion opportunity has come open in my City due to retirement. I don’t … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Passed Over for Promotion?

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to [email protected] and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, I’ve been working with my City for 5 years. I started as a management … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Supervisory Decisions

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to [email protected] and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, I’m a new supervisor, and I am responsible for providing annual reviews and job … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Proper Etiquette on Gifting in Local Government

Ellie & Jill received this message from Gifted: Thanks for providing this great venue to get some real answers. What’s the proper etiquette on gifting in a local government organization? We have blessedly 9 months before Christmas, so it would be great if you could share who I should give gifts to. I am worried … Continued

Does Your Cover Letter….

Each week Graham Caulfield, Expert Resume Man, will provide tips for improving your resume. Graham is an expert at helping career transitioners present themselves to their best advantage with potential employers.  By Graham Caulfield – LinkedIn, Twitter, and World Wide Web Does your cover letter… …tell the employer what you can do for the company, … Continued

Rethinking Your LinkedIn Profile

Each week Graham Caulfield, Expert Resume Man, will provide tips for improving your resume. Graham is an expert at helping career transitioners present themselves to their best advantage with potential employers.  By Graham Caulfield – LinkedIn, Twitter, and World Wide Web To maximize your success using LinkedIn in your job search, you should complete these … Continued

Cover Letters: The Hardest Part of the Search

DECEMBER 18, 2014 BY IAN DAVIDSON In this series of articles, ELGL members reflect on the themes from our recent survey on careers. So far, we learned tips for interviewing and writing a resume.  Ian Davidson, a recent graduate of Oregon State University’s MPP program and ELGL project assistant, offers some tips for writing a cover letter. Cover Letters: The Hardest Part of … Continued

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