Month: June 2013

Why Are Smart People So Dumb

In case you missed it, PayPal has joined with the SETI Institute to form PayPal Galactic.  Its mission?  To boldly go where no other vendor has gone before – figuring out how to pay for martinis on Mars. Now, I’m all for such innovative forays into the future of humankind; that’s been the lifeblood of

Under the (Work) Dome

Under the Dome, the new series on CBS, describes what happens to the citizens of a small town that suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the world. The show is a drama about the impact of isolation and disconnectedness.  It’s also an apt metaphor for what many people experience on-the-job these days.

Being There is All the Fun

Movie director Steven Spielberg dropped a bombshell at a University of Southern California film school symposium the other day.  He said the movies as we know them are doomed. He explained that the notion of observing a performance through a square screen – whether it’s in a cinema or on your notebook computer – was

The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook Is the job market kicking sand in your face? Are you being pushed around by disrespectful employers? If either is the case, you need The Career Fitness Workbook. It has a number of special features: Organized just like a physical fitness regimen, the book tells you what to do to improve

The Academe-Academic Complex

In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the country about the “military-industrial complex.”  Today, it needs to be more concerned about the academe-academic complex. What is that complex?  It is the back-rubbing relationship between the administrators in most of America’s higher education institutions and the blind Greek chorus of educators on their faculties.  Together, they have

The Right to Be Remembered

Privacy advocates are fighting for the right to be forgotten on the Web. Online mistakes are visible to everyone, so we need to be sure they won’t live on forever. In today’s workplace, however, we require a different kind of guarantee. We need to preserve our right to be remembered. It used to be that

Networking to Avoid Notworking

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. His words could also serve as today’s definition of unemployment. What’s being done over and over again? Networking online. The results it yields never change and are best described as “notworking.” The conventional wisdom is that online

What to Do About Ageism & Sexism

The scourge continues unabated, so I’m reprising one of the most popular columns from my newsletter for job seekers. You’ll find it here:http://bit.ly/LvHwxu. Work Strong, Peter

The Career Fitness Workbook

The Career Fitness Workbook Is the job market kicking sand in your face? Are you being pushed around by disrespectful employers? If either is the case, you need The Career Fitness Workbook. It has a number of special features: Organized just like a physical fitness regimen, the book tells you what to do to improve

Don’t Look for a Job, Look for Respect

These days, job seekers face not one but two equally difficult challenges. Not only do they have to find a decent job, but they have to find a decent employer, as well. A decent job may remove them from the ranks of the unemployed, but only a decent employer can ensure they stay there. For