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When asking a question at an interview, always start with a statement first. For example, "I am very much looking for a place where I can spend the next ten years. Can you tell me a little bit about the growth potential in this role and what other professionals hired at this level have done to accelerate their growth within the company over time?"

TOP 3 Takeaways From A Recent Trip To San Francisco
  • The Bay Area is full of talent! But not full of opportunity. Much of the hiring in the Bay Area is insular and relationship-based; other times it is on contract. Large corporate employers have an easier time bringing on temporary talent than full-time hires.
  • Local ESI vendors have become big shops. Much of the local vendor-ship in e-discovery in the Bay Area has consolidated with Inventus and Fronteo leading the charge. Discovia remains a ripe and well-known local player. Consulting firms all have a presence in this area, but none really seem to have a dominance.
  • Still the land of engineers. The roles that remain in abundance in Silicon Valley are for engineers. Many e-discovery, data analytics, and cybersecurity software companies call this area home. They are constantly cycling talent in and out at the development level.
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
TRU Tips

If you have voluntarily left your current position or have been let go during an active job search, it is critical that you update your resume and be transparent that you are no longer employed. Failure to do so may put your honesty into question and cost you the job.

TOP 3 Differences Between Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments:
  • Private Equity usually owns 100% of a company while Venture Capital usually owns pieces.
  • Private Equity usually buys mature companies then streamlines efficiency and operations to be more profitable. Venture Capital usually invests in new emerging companies where founders are still involved in operations and growth.
  • Private Equity firms use both cash and debt in their investment, but Venture Capital firms deal with equity only.
Friday, 14 April, 2017
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The budget for the U.S. cybersecurity and counter intelligence efforts is separate and distinct from the U.S. defense budget, despite Cybersecurity being one of the top threats to U.S. defense.

TOP 3 Fun Facts You May Not Know About The FBI's 2017 Budget Request
  • The FBI's 2017 budget request proposes a total of $9.5 billion in direct budget authority to carry out the FBI’s national security, criminal law enforcement, and criminal justice services missions.
  • The request includes a total of $8.7 billion for salaries and expenses, which will support 34,768 positions (12,892 special agents, 2,999 intelligence analysts, and 18,877 professional staff).
  • The request also includes $783.5 million for construction.
Wednesday, 05 April, 2017
TRU Tips

If you are on an interview and you want the employer to know you have done your homework on the company, your specificity indicates your sincerity.

TOP 3 Ways To Do Your Homework On A Company
  • Online research
  • Conversations with trusted confidantes
  • Research stock/IPO status
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017
TRU Tips

Forming good habits requires decication and diligence, especially in the beginning.

TOP 3 Trends For Q1 Hiring in e-Discovery & Cybersecurity
  • Clients are hiring faster and more frequently than they were in January and February and “pulling the trigger” on many jobs in the interview process from as early as November.
  • Consulting firms continue to put a premium on federal employees with the technical and consultative skills to build and grow cybersecurity practices throughout the country.
  • Law firms are showing particular interest in hiring contract e-discovery professionals to augment their staff for big projects, especially at the analyst level.
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017
TRU Tips

If you are managing up to your boss, then your boss has time to mentor you. If your boss is managing you, they will likely have little time for mentorship.

TOP 3 Ways To Manage Up To Your Boss
  • Organize reports of your activity and effort for your boss to review weekly. If your boss has to watch what you do daily they will likely be forced to micromanage.
  • Use escalation as a "teachable moment" for your boss to mentor you in a high stakes incident. Escalation does not mean you exit the equation. Ride sidecar with your boss and get exposed to how they handle escalated situations.
  • Set achievable quarterly goals for yourself, share them with your boss, and elicit feedback from your boss on whether you have achieved those goals. Then examine together how and why you did or did not meet your goals.
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
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Resistance to reinvent professionally with industry trends will only lead to disillusionment later in your career.

TOP 3 Areas Where An e-Discovery Professional Can Reinvent Themselves And Add Value To Their Career
  • Information governance
  • Incident response/data breach prevention and remediation
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
Wednesday, 08 March, 2017
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The base salary of Project Managers in e-discovery is quickly dropping.

TOP 3 Reasons Why Base Compensation For Project Managers In e-Discovery Is In Decline
  • Vendor and law firm consolidation have created redundant roles.
  • Supply is balanced with (if not exceeding) demand so salaries have declined, which is also why so many Project Managers are choosing the contract staffing career path.
  • Industry price compression and commoditization have eaten away at vendor margins, thus talent must be hired at lower, more profitable rates.
Thursday, 02 March, 2017
TRU Tips

Stuxnet: the first known digital weapon used to physically destroy its targets. First identified in 2010, Stuxnet was responsible for causing damage to Iran's Nuclear Program. The software erased itself in 2012.

TOP 3 Critical Infrastructure Cyber Terms To Know
  • Zero day: A "hole" or vulnerability in your computer which allows someone to execute code on your computer without your knowledge. There is no fix for a zero day.
  • SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) strings: Technology that controls automation or robots. Seen often in critical infrastructure.
  • PLC (programmable logic controllers): Computer systems used for converting digital codes into physical commands. Used often in manufacturing, power grids, and centrifuges.
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017