5 Predictions for HR and Employment in 2018

Human Resources is an extension of our humanity. Finding, losing, and pursuing a job or career is inextricably tethered to larger shifts in political leadership, economic trends, and cultural events. Few will dispute that 2017 was a uniquely compelling and perplexing year in the world of human resources. From combative national politics and groundbreaking sexual… Read More

The 3 Secrets to Writing an Unforgettable Professional Bio

You’re not arrogant. You’re not self-centered. You’re not pretentious. Congratulations, your parents raised you well. However, that excellent upbringing that instilled in your soul important values such as humility, self-awareness, and compassion did little to prepare you to write your own biography. Most decent people loathe the idea of writing their own professional biography because… Read More

How to Write Job Descriptions That Emphasize Cultural Alignment

Every year companies spend many millions of dollars to recruit, vet, and hire job candidates. And every year companies waste millions of dollars and countless work hours parting ways with employees who ultimately don’t work out. Why does this happen? Because finding the right fit for a job means finding someone who also fits the… Read More

Why “Do What You Love” Is Awful Advice

A Basic Human Need Advice about work and life is inherently full of annoying platitudes that people bandy around to make themselves feel intelligent, wise, and in general better about their own decisions. Oftentimes, when people dispense advice the last person they’re concerned about is the person they’re talking to. It’s just the way human… Read More

3 Cover Letter Tips That Promote Job Seeker Mental Health

Don’t Freak Over Typos Everyone needs to calm down about typos. If job applicants had a dollar for every “cover letter writing tips” article that lambast typos they wouldn’t need a job in the first place. Of course typos are bad. No shit typos are a deal breaker. But guess what? No one has a… Read More

The Bathroom Barometer: Why Every Job Candidate Should Take a Sh*t at an Interview

Go to the bathroom. Seriously. As part of the interview process, every job candidate should find the time to go to the bathroom on premises either before the interview begins or immediately after it ends. During the interview? Well, probably not so much. But it doesn’t matter. Just get in there, and not just in… Read More

Is Digital Addiction & Horrible Meeting Etiquette an HR Issue?

Take a Look Around At your next business meeting, take a look around. Forget the impersonal conference room, the digital TV on the wall that no one can sync to their laptops, and the starfish conference phone in the middle of the table that people talk at like it’s an aging grandparent. You don’t even… Read More

The Best 8 Movies about Jobs, Employment, & HR

#1: Office Space Released in 1999, perhaps no other movie about work has survived the test of time – well, 18 years – better than Office Space, starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, a hated printer, an itinerant red Swingline stapler, and a ridiculously talented supporting cast. The enduring legacy of this movie resides in its… Read More

Probation for New Hires: A Bad, Horrible, Terrible Idea

For job seekers, navigating the processes and protocols of securing employment can be nerve-racking, dehumanizing, and emotionally exhausting. By the time a job seeker has survived having their resume and cover letter vetted, portfolio dissected, and personality, work history, references, and professional skills and talents analyzed via a battery of phone interview and in-person interviews,… Read More

Should Employers & Professionals Identify as Being Republicans or Democrats?

In an ideal world all companies would be politically impartial – places where employees could speak freely about their political leanings, or not at all. For much of recent history the prevailing wisdom of workplace etiquette regarding politics was for employees to be smart about when and how they disclosed their political beliefs. Self-awareness meant… Read More