Careers and lasers are not naturally focused. Your career focus will determine whether you have the career you want, or the one that is most convenient for your boss and coworkers.
Lasers, by nature, are also unfocused. A common misconception is that the light comes out of a laser in a tight beam. It does [...]
If you look at every job search decision, action, and result as a measure of your worth, you are setting yourself up for massive failure. In this article a world renowned poker player talks about evaluating decisions based on the information you had at the time you made the decision.
There may be absolutely nothing [...]
I went to a Boy Scout camp where a fire company put on a rescue demonstration. They had 3 cars. One by one they ripped them apart using hydraulic tools. Right then I decided that I want to be a fireman when I grow up. I was 49 and ineligible, but I’m willing to dream.
The best people have the hardest time finding jobs when they are laid off. It is a fact. It is not for the reason you are thinking.
This is my experience.
I was the only person out of 300 that knew for sure that layoffs were coming. I had a mole in the headquarters in [...]
When you quit, make a clean break. Offer to work for two weeks. Let them know you have made up your mind. Don’t tell anyone at work where you are going. Use this letter:
Name of Person Resigning To
City, State ZIP
Please accept this letter as my official [...]
It can be difficult if not impossible to know where your career should go. It’s not that you can’t pick a direction, it is making sure it is the right direction. You may climb the career ladder of success, only to find out it is leaning against the wrong wall.
Here is a great article [...]
Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. (Lois McMaster Bujold)
I know two accountants who were in leading positions when something went wrong: fraud. Both did exactly the right thing. Both had to pay a price. Both will recover. The folks who were actually at fault are ruined.
Into everyone’s life comes people who just don’t get it. There is even a chance that you will be that person for someone else at some time. The fact is, no one sets out to be an idiot. They are always well intentioned, they just don’t get it. So how do you deal with an [...]
I help people get paid enough. I’ve gotten a few people 50% pay raises. [...]
How would you react to a candidate who said, “You have to give me a new job. I am seriously considering suicide.”
I deal with that problem for real, literally. Forgive me, please, all of you suicide counselors, but I react the same way to that statement as I do to a threat on my [...]