The High School Sweetheart Approach to Employment

The world of work has changed.  That’s obvious.  What isn’t so clear is how that change will affect our employment.  If the gold watch and career ladder are gone, what kind of relationship will we have with our employers? Enter the metaphors.  Folks are trying to explain the new employment experience by comparing it to

The Divergent Job Seeker

If you have a young adult in the house, you probably have heard of the book series entitled Divergent.  Now a hit movie, it’s the story of a young girl who doesn’t fit the mold in a dystopian future society.  Unlike most of her peers, she isn’t defined by the accepted attributes of her group,

The Talent Ceiling Facing People Over 50

Every human being is a person of talent.  Sadly, that’s hard for many of us to believe given how demeaning our experience has been in the job market.  But, all of us do in fact have talent, and we can bring that talent to work with us.  The problem is that too many employers ignore

How to Interpret a Job Posting

Job postings are the lingua franca of the job market.  They are the way employers communicate with job seekers.  All too often, however, the messages conveyed by those ads are one-sided and muddled by corporate jargon.  So, how can you interpret the content of job postings to determine which openings are right for you? Click

Her and Them

Perhaps you’ve seen the move.  Her is about a man who falls in love with his computer’s operating system.  It’s a cautionary tale about what can happen when we become too reliant on or addicted to our gadgets.  And yet, there’s a larger story, one that provides an important insight for Career Activists. For several

The Ineluctable Euphoria of Solving Your Employer’s Problems

Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, made an interesting observation in this Sunday’s New York Times.  He wrote, “Problem solvers are happier than bystanders and victims of circumstances.”  It could have been an aphorism for Career Activism. Career Activists face two kinds of problems: those which occur in the course of

GUI Careers

Income inequality is higher now than even during the time of Great Gatsby and the Titanic. And yet, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, just 21 percent of today’s employed workers say they plan to make a move in the next year or two.  That’s far below the historical norm for a recovery when workers

Good (Career) Literature Deserves Some Respect

There was an engaging article about book clubs in this past Sunday’s New York Times.  As a writer, I was thrilled to learn that there are still millions of Americans who not only sit still long enough to read a book, but they then invest an hour or two of their time to discuss it

Separating Yourself From the Shadows

I came across an interesting word in the newspaper the other day and was struck by how little we talk about it in conjunction with our careers. The word was “interiority.”  In today’s obsessive concern with the externality of our careers – with the push to make more money or to find greater security in

For Security at Work Be a Poet

We’ve all heard the news reports about the rise of machines in the workplace.  In the past, robots did manual labor; today they do professional work.  Stock analysts, nurses, telemarketers, even journalists are now being handed their pink slips thanks to some pushy machine. So, what should a Career Activist do? The experts suggest that