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

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

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 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

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

Honestly, Why Are Resumes Still Around?

For job seekers, resumes have always presented an array of frustrating options, from whether or not to use an objective statement or include employment dates, to deciding if disclosing your college graduation year opens you up to quiet displays of age discrimination. But something else seems to be going on with resumes. They’re still around.… Read More