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Since 2005, Hit the Job Running has helped THOUSANDS of young adults transition to their first job by providing easy to understand, action focused, step by step guidance on the areas that employers most want their new hires to know. Now in it’s 3rd edition, Hit the Job Running contains more critical information than ever.

Andrea Dolph is President and co-founder of Pragmaticus, Inc., whose mission is to enable successful transitions from college to the workplace.  She is co-author of Hit the Job Running, which outlines practical processes and skills essential to being a high-performing employee. Andrea has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in strategic business and technology planning, program management, process optimization and planning/managing budgets in the millions of dollars.  Her corporate and subsequent consulting experience spans the aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical, hospital, retail, and insurance industries. As a manager/director at GE and Lockheed Martin, she hired and coached hundreds of employees.  Andrea also served as executive coordinator for recruiting at her alma mater, the University of Virginia, where she earned her B.A.  She holds a Masters in Computer Science from George Washington University. She served as President of the Board of Directors of ContempraDance Theatre, and held various leadership roles for the Boy Scouts of America.

Linda Dowd is Vice President and Treasurer of Pragmaticus, Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Finance.  She was a director at GlaxoSmithKline and also gained exposure to many industries during her several years at Ernst & Young.  Her industry experience ranges from Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Property Management and Food Services to Healthcare and Accounting.  Past roles include training, finance, process improvement, operations and developing a Lean Six Sigma certification program.  Linda first became an entrepreneur at age 12, creating wooden jigsaw puzzles, which helped fund her college tuition. She has held many Officer positions, including President of a local Women’s Educational group called P.E.O.   She holds a B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  She also earned her CPA, a green belt in Lean Six Sigma and a PHR certification.

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