Gwen Van Steenberge reviving Lodi Iron Works

Gwen Van Steenberge IEM AlumGwen Van Steenberge reviving Lodi Iron Works
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Getting a Job on the Computer Won't Work.

crop380w_istock_000004468882xsmall-filling-out-form-onlineI know people who have sat down at the computer and spent hours pouring over, or any of the other myriad of job posting websites out there wanting to get a job, get a job, get a job. any job. Money, yesterday. That's what they need.

So they submit 28 resumes in one day, and then they wait. and wait, and wait. When they don't hear from anyone, they get depressed. What I rarely see anyone do, though, is take action.

If you're really interested in getting a job, you're going to have to meet people. Given that working a job has you interacting with the human race almost daily, I really have a hard time fathoming why when you seek to get a job the idea of--gasp!--speaking with a live person is so daunting.

I guess I do know, really. It's scary. It's an opportunity to be rejected, and much like breaking up with someone over text message, there are times when you just can't handle the rejection, so you let the computer do it for you.

It's easy to delete a "no thank you" email; it's painfully forthright to have to face a person who says "you're not right for this position." and of course, when you submit a resume, that's what you're risking. But hiding behind your piece of paper will not get you the job you need. 

You have to put aside what you want today for the thing you want most. and I doubt you really want a job so much as you want a career-something you can enjoy doing every day, and get paid for it.

Dale Callahan talks more about this topic in his article Resumes are Worthless.  It isn't really that the resume is not valuable for what it is, but as a society we've let the resume take on an almost imperial type role where we think if we uphold the resume enough that someone that will be the key to success, when in reality it's people who hire people, not paper. So more than a good look on paper, you're going to have to interact with the people in your career.

Jerry Seinfeld on Writing "The Pop Tart Joke"

From Michael Hyatt's blog, we are sharing this video by Jerry Seinfeld where he talks about how it took him two years to write "The Pop Tart Joke." Even art takes hard work. Watch the video and hear his story.

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Presentation Topics

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Dale Callahan, PhD, PE, and director of the IEM masters program enjoys speaking to community groups of all types and sizes. Whether speaking at your place of business or professional organization, below are just a few of the topics from the IEM program he can share with you to help you and your organization grow professionally. If you already have a topic in mind Dale can customize his presentation to meet your needs.

greenbullet Leadership
Can't seem to break into the next level of management at the office? Wonder why someone else was promoted instead of you? Dale has talked to company CEOs and knows what they want -- leaders. Discover the elements to good basic leadership skills and the tools you need to get to the next level.
greenbullet Entrepreneurship
Some of the best business ideas are born on the back of a paper napkin. Find out how to take your idea and turn it into business reality. Through the IEM masters degree program Dale has helped several clients turn their passion into real money making ventures.
greenbullet Reverse Interview - 5 Job Offers in 30 Days
We are all familiar with the "job interview" process, but Dale shows you how to turn the tables and bypass the Human Resource office by getting in touch with, and talking to, the decision makers. No more sending out resumes. Identify where you want to work, call them, and ask Dale's three simple questions.
greenbullet Networking for Introverts
It is not what you know, it is who you know. Right? Wrong! What matters is who knows you! This is fine if you are an attention loving extrovert. But what about the rest of us? How do we get connected to people in a way that they get to know us, remember us, and like us? Come and learn these secrets that will change your network, and your career!
greenbullet Now Hiring, All Companies
Unemployment may be high, but all companies are hiring if you know how to have the right conversation and with the right person. Those looking for jobs the old-fashioned way are setting themselves up for disappointment. Dale says the only way to succeed is to operate like a company of one - learning the skills of an entrepreneur.

IEM Faculty Member Brian Rabon wins BBJ Award!


Congratulations to Brian M. Rabon, CST, PMP,
The BrainTrust Consulting Group!

For being a winner in Entrepreneur Spotlight: 15 Trailblazing Startup and Young Companies will be recognized in profiles in the special section, event and  This is another first time awards program for the Birmingham Business Journal in which they will be profiled with art of their workplace.

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery in America

by Dale on August 2, 2011

We often reflect on the slavery issue our country has struggled to get past. We have books, movies, and even days to remember the struggles. But, as I look around and meet with people I see new forms of slavery in the most prosperous country in the world.


Speaker Portfolio: Clientele



Aerospace Coatings

Agile Birmingham

Alabama Gas Corporation

Alabama Power Company


American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Auburn University


BBVA Compass


Blue Cross Blue Shield


Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Career Focus Ministry

Brockwell Technologies, Inc.

Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators

Central Mississippi Medical Center



Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity

Evolution Technology

El Paso


Fortis Institute



Innovative Solutions

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) – Alabama Division


Mayer Electric

Motion Industries

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

National Society of Leadership and Success

Public Relations Society of America - Alabama Chapter


Regions Bank

Revere Controls

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Southern Communications

Southern Company Services

Southern Linc

Southern Nuclear

Southern Progress




University of Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham


UAB Health Services Foundation

US Pipe

White Plume