Categories Archives: Careers

Race to the Top: Your First 90 Days.

Q: I have been working for a new company for about two weeks. A friend gave me a book: The First 90 Days. Have you read it and should I? A: There are a few business books that everyone should read and this is one of them. “The First 90 Days: Critica ...

Race to the Top: Your Career and Politics.

Q: Is it okay to talk about politics at work? A: First, thank you so much for your e-mail. It’s exciting to know that Race to the Top is valuable to you. Keep the e-mails coming. It’s also clear that a lot of people are interested in talking more abou ...

Race to the Top: Your Work-Life Balance.

Q: What is the best way to talk to my boss about work-life balance? A: Thanks for asking this question. In recent years, I have heard it more and more. First things first: it’s important to be clear with yourself exactly what you mean. For some people, ...

Race to the Top: Skip the Watercooler.

Q: What about office “small talk?” A: Last week, we started to tackle the issue of “politics” at work. The question for this week: what should I do if a delicate topic comes up among colleagues or coworkers? This is so tricky and i ...

Race To The Top: Are You Ready To Ask for a Raise?.

Q: I’ve been working in the energy sector for almost two years and do good work, but I am underpaid compared to my colleagues. In retrospect, I did not negotiate the best salary when I joined the company, so I would like to fix it. What should I do? A: ...

Race to the Top: Interview Process is Lagging.

Q: I interviewed for a job with a company in Houston two weeks ago, but have not heard anything. I really want the job. What should I do? A: Getting a job takes time – sometimes a long time. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone you met during ...

Race to the Top: Negotiating a New Corporate Salary.

Q: I am applying for a job with a large company here in Houston. How do I choose my references? A: Just like your resume, your reference choices are a way to tell your potential employer something about yourself, so start by asking yourself, “What i ...

Race to the Top: Negotiating a New Corporate Salary.

Q: After working for several years, I am interviewing with a large corporation in Houston. How do I negotiate a fair salary? A: This is a critical question. I’ll start with an important note: salary questions can come up at any stage during the intervie ...

Race to the Top: Winning in a Group Interview.

Q: I am applying for a corporate job in Houston and the HR representative said I may be interviewed by more than one person at the same time. How do I prepare and impress? A: You have already taken the first step – you are anticipating that this set up ...

Race to the Top: Better the Competition via Skype.

Q: How do I handle a video interview? A: This is a great question. Companies are relying more heavily on video for lots of tasks, including talent recruitment. First, you need to be comfortable with the computer you use. Even small tech issues will take a ...