How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You’re clear about your career aspirations — the work you really want to be doing — but sometimes, fate didn’t work in your favor, and you’ve had to accept the second best job just to pay the rent. Or third best. Or maybe you took […]

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Don’t let your resume be all about process

I see a lot of resumes. They are fascinating in their sameness. There is a quite reasonable love for active verbs. I like active verbs. But if you don’t pay close attention you may find that your resume becomes all about process. Bullets indicate that the writer leads, reports, plans, prepares, delivers, identifies, facilitates, provides […]

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3 tips for acing a job interview

1.    Know everything you can about the company before you show up. Know their products and their ambitions and their competitors. Understand their values and culture.  Don’t parrot it back to them – they know it already – but use this background to show that you understand what they are going for and how they […]

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What should you put in your portfolio?

Do you think of your portfolio as a marketing piece or a catalogue or perhaps it’s your archive?  You should be thinking marketing.  Your portfolio is the proof of your creative talent – whether it’s case studies or designs or images or film clips or objects. Your portfolio should tell the story of who you are […]

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Which words should you avoid in your resume?

Heads up: this post appears to be about menus or houses, but don’t be fooled – it’s really about the effectiveness of the language you use in your resumes and pitches. It’s about what words you should avoid, and why. So process accordingly as you read. In Freakonomics, Dubner and Levitt tell us that houses […]

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Getting hired today: the hive grows itself

The trend in company culture is to have everything be transparent so that everyone sees everything. Crowd-sourced evaluations and raises and so on. Actually the self-evaluations transparently shared in some companies and commented on by anonymous co-workers put me in mind of the self-criticisms that were so important in Maoist China. I keep hearing the […]

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Company culture: command and control gives way to the age of humility

Mass sharing and the inherent complexity of today’s digital products and 24/7 data driven communications are serving to put an end to the arrogant creative leader with the killer instinct who has ruled creative businesses in recent decades; and to the command and control business culture that she/he enjoyed. When there was time for a […]

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Words of wisdom from Matthew McConaughey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFrTJIQqGN0 “Just want to be here.”  So says Matthew McC. This clip was sent to me by Mark Gothelf, an IT consultant from New York.  “I was struck by the simple wisdom in this statement,” Mark wrote me.  “How many times do we just go through the motions, or overlay what we do with anxiety, […]

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How should a freelancer get a staff gig?

An experienced freelance broadcast producer was having a hard time being taken seriously as he applied for staff positions in ad agencies and the like.  The hiring people viewed his freelance background as a negative. Here is what I told him. Being a producer on staff is a very different game from being a freelancer. It’s […]

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