Why Politeness Is Killing Your Salary

You are a good person. You hold the door open for others. You floss. You never talk about politics or religion at parties. And you never discuss your salary with others, especially your coworkers. After all, disclosing how much you earn would make those who make less money than you feel uncomfortable and even inferior.… Read More

US Employers’ War on the Poor Loses Major Battle

Entire generations of Americans, and their children, are about to benefit from a new law recently passed in New York City. (Actually, when it comes to protecting Gotham workers, NYC is killing it.) This new law makes it illegal for prospective employers, recruiters, companies, and businesses to ask NYC job seekers about their current or… Read More

Alone No More: Creative Freelancers Empowered by New Legal Protections

Creative freelancers like writers, graphic designers, and photographers represent one of the most productive yet marginalized, undervalued, and exploited workforces in America, if not the professional world. The mistreatment of creative freelancers has been an institutionalized human resources disaster and cause of shame for decades. It is difficult to say exactly where and how this discrimination… Read More

The One Thing Employers Value More Than Experience & Education

Attitude. Yep. That’s it. It’s that simple. Attitude is the single human condition that an employee can completely control which can profoundly impact their career – even more than 25 years of industry experience or an Ivy League education. Employers want employees who will constantly strive to reach their potential and be a positive force… Read More

The American Dream Isn’t Dead, But Lifelong Employment Sure as Hell Is

The Ketchup Factor Okay, so this isn’t new information. Lifelong employment died the day McDonald’s stopped blindly handing you fistfuls of ketchup packets and started asking if you wanted any, and if so, exactly how many. It’s just a different world now, and that isn’t always a bad thing. Slinging ketchup around willy-nilly to millions… Read More

Something Pretty Amazing Happened on the NYC Ad Jobs & Networking Facebook Page

There are times in life when someone, somewhere, does something on the Interwebs that opens up a portal into a powerful dimension of feelings shared by swaths of human beings. Just like Eleven in Stranger Things, a Turkish woman named Sevtap Batir used her powers of perception to open up an informative and passionate discussion… Read More

Stop the Shakedowns: Why Employees Should Never Bring Cash to Work

Enough already. HR tried. They really did. Nevertheless, employees just didn’t listen. And they’re really not to blame, either. Sometimes corporate culture just isn’t able to remove the humanity from the human beings that work for them. Employees, after all, don’t stop being mothers, fathers, friends, and confidants just because they are sitting in a… Read More

This Is How You Screw Up a Phone Interview

In a world where a phone app can get you a face-to-face date, and perhaps even sex, on the way home from the gym, it is difficult for many professionals to take job interviews over the phone seriously. “Sure,” we say. “I’ll do the phone interview. But don’t think I’m going out of my way… Read More