Career Fitness Newsletter

The Career Avoidance Gene

Most American working men and women would be horrified to think that the outcome of their careers—their success or lack of it in the workplace—is the product of a genetic predisposition over which they have little or no control. After all, this is the U.S. of A., a place founded on and dedicated to the

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

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,