What we wish we knew at graduation…10 pieces of advice to college grads

It’s college graduation season and as a result, there’s a lot of new entry-level job seekers entering the job search market right now. When I graduated from the University of Colorado in 1989, I saw the President of the University of Colorado at my graduation and walked up to him.  “President Gee,” I said.  “What’s […]

NEW RULES FOR JOB SEEKING No 1: Job Boards

I graduated from college in 1989 and parlayed an internship with a US Senator into a full-time press secretary position.   I relocated from Denver to Washington D.C. and two years later, my boss, in the beginning of a hard-fought reelection campaign, abruptly announced he was quitting and my job in Washington, D.C. came to a […]

“How do you feel about a monkey in the office?” The worst job interview questions ever

Today’s  job seekers try to prepare for everything. They diligently research the background of companies to try to match their specific talents, experiences and expertise with what is required in the job posting.  They spend long hours customizing their resumes and cover letters.   They have incredible patience and perseverance, waiting by the phone and willing […]

Everything I ever learned about hard work, I learned working in a restaurant

When I was doing a lot of hiring at previous jobs, one question that I would always ask potential employees was, “Did you ever work in a restaurant?” From the time I was 13 to 23-years-old, I worked in a variety of restaurants and in a variety of positions and knew the type of skills […]

The office jerk explained….

This morning’s Wall Street Journal gives us a psychotherapy session as to the wide variety of office jerks and why they behave the way they do.  As expected, it all traces back to childhood trauma of one sort or another. According to the WSJ, “Amid a growing focus on workplace quality, some managers and coaches are […]

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