Author Archives: Pablo Vitaver

Don’t Join a Winning Team…

Don’t join a winning team. Make your team win instead. Sure, people have flaws, they are human beings in the first place, and the human condition is hardly perfect. That is precisely why a good leader can transform an ordinary … Continue reading

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Embrace the Change!

Opposition. If you don’t encounter some, you are probably doing it wrong. ‘Going with the flow’ means lack of innovation, risk-taking, initiative, etc. Staying ‘safe’ by avoiding challenge maybe the surest way to be at risk (of losing your job, … Continue reading

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Fear of change is… still fear.

Would you do it for free? In my experience we excel at what we enjoy, what we would do if no payment was involved. Obviously we all need to pay bills and need an income, so working ‘for free’ may … Continue reading

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High among the list of causes that destroy morale we often find lack of empowerment. When employees are not given real authority over the tools and actions required to deliver on their responsibility, they feel powerless, distrusted, hopeless. Supervisors at … Continue reading

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When Geeks Dance, Charity Wins – Vitaver Announces First Ever “Dancing Geeks” Charity Competition for IT Professionals

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. – Vitaver, a Florida-based staffing firm announces their first ever “Dancing Geeks” contest designed to promote charitable giving and bring the IT/Technology community together in a fun and meaningful way. Vitaver has long supported local community organizations … Continue reading

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Are “damaged goods” your best employees?

If your employees won’t need pressure-coping skills, imagination to innovate, ability and fortitude of character to prevail against adversity, tenacity to stay the course and persist because it is the right thing to do, then you can do with perfectly … Continue reading

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Green Card attached to Diploma?

Employers will find Software Engineers, here or elsewhere. If here, taxes and spending stays here. When highly trained professionals are not allowed to stay, they hold a grudge and they take with them (the knowledge and grudge) to wherever they … Continue reading

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Job-seeking Tips to End the Year with a Bang

The Holidays can be so hectic and stressful. There are so many demands to meet that before you know it, you’ve completely forgotten about job hunting – that you should never do. You should also get rid of the impression … Continue reading

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Of Good Workers and Singers

As important as it is to sing a good song, being able to deliver a good job trumps it every time. Some people are excellent at selling themselves, they are stars at interviewing and they describe their work ethics, abilities … Continue reading

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About the Art of War, Super-planners, Commander’s Intent and Your Management Style

Innovation and creativity are essential for creating wealth, in the form of ideas for new products and services, improving existing ones, new and better ways to communicate their existence (advertising and sales) and to deliver them (logistics, internet, distribution chains, … Continue reading

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Your Responsibility as a Recruiter

Every President and CEO of a corporation (with the exception of the founders and their descendants), one day sat on that chair, in front of you, and a Recruiter just like yourself decided that he/she was a good hire. If … Continue reading

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The Angry Employee

Someone defined anger as an expression of fear: attack as the best defense to a real or imaginary threat.  Anger also masks true emotions, which the person can now hide (and become less vulnerable). Anger can also show up as … Continue reading

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For the Sake of the Company

Oftentimes, when I hear a Candidate’s offer of ‘sacrifice’ for the sake of my Company, I feel like getting sick to my stomach. My immediate reaction is: I don’t believe it; and that is the good option. If I were … Continue reading

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For the Team, for Oneself

It is trendy to ask workers to put aside personal aspirations for the benefit of the team. It sounds good, generous, devoid of greed, etc. Truth is that Socialism failed because we are selfish individuals.  In a positive way.  It … Continue reading

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The Person at the Door

An interviewer at a Staffing Agency or Employer is a gate-keeper.  That person (or team, but normally one of the interviewers opinion tends to prevail) can change your life. Most interviewers are professionals and do a good job. A minority… … Continue reading

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Is Your Employer a Democrat or a Republican?

Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, Eric Schmidt of Google are a few examples of the very rich who are also Democrats. Some of the richest dynasties in America are also Democrats, like the Rockefellers, the Kennedys and now the … Continue reading

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Union or Not?

I happened to talk with business owners who praised the Union that affiliated most of their employees. In those cases, they were very satisfied that the Union would enlist, train and supervise the conduct of their members, and always have … Continue reading

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The Big Picture

When interviewing, at either side of the table, consider the big picture. For a Candidate, consider the mission of the Employer, the division and all the way down to the team where you will be working. See (and show) how … Continue reading

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Victimhood

Believe it or not, some people come to a job interview as victims. Victims of previous bosses, of the last crisis, of luck, of ‘unfair’ promotion practices that left them behind, of colleagues that had no ‘team spirit’, etc. etc. … Continue reading

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Intent

As a Recruiter, besides the obvious (and above the obvious) I check for ‘intent’.  What is the intent of this job-seeker? After interviewing, rejecting, hiring and referring thousands of people over my career, I developed a ‘sense of smell’ for … Continue reading

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In Praise of the HR Manager

Coming back to the USA after a trip to Europe, I was ‘inconvenienced’ by an Immigration agent, who asked a few more questions that I cared to answer before showing some impatience. I was not a US citizen yet. After … Continue reading

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Interview Panic!

The more you need that job, the more likely that interview panic (worst, interview freeze) may pop up right at the time you need to appear confident, energetic and able to communicate effectively. How do you fight it? First, remember … Continue reading

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Things you should NEVER say during your interview

…during your interviews as a Candidate you should never say: I want this job because you pay more. I want this job because of the location. I want this job because my friend/s work(s) here. I want this job because … Continue reading

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The Nasty Interviewer

OK, you wrote a killer resume, studied the potential Employer, cleaned up your public profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), got new corporate clothes and shone your shoes: today is the big day and you are in front of the person who … Continue reading

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Body Language

When you interview, your gestures and body language are speaking louder (and truer) than your words. First off, the way you go dressed. Make sure you are impeccable in every aspect. Make certain you enjoyed some mints before the interview … Continue reading

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Why are you there?

An interview is where you both (you and your interviewer) find out if you are a good match for each other. OK, not personally the interviewer, but the Company and job she/he represents. That is all. If you are a … Continue reading

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Workplace as Playground

People excel when doing the jobs they like, just like playing. When you seek a job, seek a company and duties you would like to ‘play’ at. When seeking a new team member, choose somebody you would like to play … Continue reading

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Breaking Character

The Interviewer inadvertently dropped a pencil on the floor. The Candidate applying for a job in Customer Service did not even gesture to pick it up. Consistency between your behavior (even more so than your words) with the job you … Continue reading

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