HR WTF: Asking LinkedIn Connections to Be Job References

Um, you’re doing the Interwebs wrong. Technology is supposed to facilitate relationships, not replace them. Just because someone accepted your LinkedIn request, it in no way obligates that person to share your profile, pass along your interests in a job at their company, or vouch for you in any way. In fact, it is rude… 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 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

HR Brands Are Being Undermined by Archaic Online Applications

In an earlier post we discussed how every HR department is a boutique branding firm. For job seekers, HR experiences are personal and emotional, and there is no more powerful form of advertising than word of mouth. Oftentimes, however, HR departments find themselves doing damage control for their employers who make stupid mistakes – like… 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