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

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

3 Ways to Empower Your Job References and Advance Your Career

By the time a job seeker receives a request to provide contact information for professional references, 95 percent of the interview process has been successfully navigated. It’s exciting. What began with a cover letter and resume and then proceeded to phone interviews and face-to-face interviews with individuals or even panels of people, has now reached… 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