Month: January 2009

It’s Up to You

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the time required to find a new job has gone up less than a week in the last six months (July-December, 2008). In other words, in the worst job market in 80 years, job seekers are, on average, taking less than just seven days more than normal

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

The columnist George F. Will recently opined that one of President Obama’s principal themes in his Inaugural Address “was that Americans do not just have a problem, they are the problem.”  While he was referring to our national penchant to overspend, over-consume and over-indulgence ourselves, I think the statement is also an apt description of

The Intergalactic Battle With Resumes

One of my missions here on the WorkStrong blog is to bridge the divide between job seekers and recruiters.  If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then job seekers are from this galaxy and recruiters are from another one far, far away. How do I propose to create such a bridge?  By

Feature: Swimming With Something On

Feature: Swimming With Something On Warren Buffet describes the impact of the current financial turmoil in banks and other financial institutions this way: “You only learn who’s been swimming naked when the tide goes out.” It’s a wonderfully instructive image. A high tide covers a lot of missteps and oversights, while a low tide makes

On the President’s Call for Personal Responsibility

The other day, The New York Times magazine featured an article entitled, “My Genome My Self.”  It was an overly long rumination on “determinism”—on the idea that who we are and what we can be is fixed by our genetic makeup.  According to the author, Steven Pinker, there may be some flexibility around the edges,