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“Life. Is. Hard.”

When it came time to look for a job, no one promised you a rose garden as the book title famously put it. Today, it’s probably exponentially harder: hiring managers are notoriously uncivil; people don’t answer your emails or calls … Continue reading

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How the Other Half Works.

I was recently in California visiting my daughter and son-in-law, Bastien. He’s the Vineyard Manager at a winery in the Sierra Foothills about an hour east of Sacramento. The vineyard hires Mexican day laborers on a regular basis and he … Continue reading

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The Email Problem.

Chris Anderson has defined the problem succinctly: “We all love the power of email connecting people across continents. But… we’re downing in it.” The corollary of this, or rather one of the causes of this is that, “ The total … Continue reading

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What have you been doing with your summer so far?

And…what will you say when you’re asked this at your next interview? Hanging out at the beach? Taking in the latest films at the multiplex? Doing a little of this and that? Painting the house? Or have you been going … Continue reading

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“What’s in a name?”

…as the Bard famously wrote. (And that’s not Daniel Bard, the pitcher for the Red Sox, either!) Un-employment. Job-less. Let go. Fired. Out on the street. Think of all the terms we have for that period when you don’t have … Continue reading

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Why Marketing Is important.

What the hell is marketing anyways? It’s certainly perceived as an expendable cost center by the current crop of finance whizzes masquerading as CEO’s. To sales people it’s just a source of collateral and leave behinds that don’t have much … Continue reading

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Time and Money; Money and Time.

In yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe, an artist was quoted as saying along the lines of, “In business, time is money; for an artist, money is time [to work on their art].” In many ways the job search can be about … Continue reading

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Who Says April Is the Cruelest Month?

Early Spring has always brought an admixture of forces to bear both on the land and our expectations. This spring has been no different: for two weeks we were deluged by rains of Noah’s Ark proportions; the Charles River nearly … Continue reading

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Now on Computer Screens Everywhere: A Video For Those Who Have Been Laid Off and Looking for What’s Next.

Yesterday afternoon, I saw “Lemonade”, the 37-minute video that has been making its rounds of the job-seekers community. Written, filmed and produced by recently laid off advertising executives, it’s an impressive production. It follows a group of creatives who were … Continue reading

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So…What Makes You So Special? Huh?

Hear the intonation in this question: it brings back taunts from the playground, put downs from parents and teachers… and, worse yet, our own inner voices that aren’t sure that we are all that special at all. Yet…and this is … Continue reading

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