How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online
Jan30

How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online

Searching for a job is scary. Especially when you’re looking for your first job straight out of college. You have a diploma with your name written in fancy calligraphy that proves that you’re properly educated. You just need your shot. The good news is that sites like Zip Recruiter, Monster, Indeed, and Career Builder make it easy to apply for dozens of jobs with a few key strokes and a mouse click. But there’s a catch. Those...

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How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview
Aug23

How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview

I’ve written before about how to craft your resume so that it contains the information that employers look for most (read that post here). But what about the cover letter that accompanies your resume? What should it contain? Before offering 8 specific tips on how to craft your letter, let me first define what I believe is the goal of a cover letter: To point the employer to your resume where they can see a list of your quantifiable...

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Feet of Clay: When Your Hero Becomes Human
Feb28

Feet of Clay: When Your Hero Becomes Human

He was a man’s man. He had a keen intellect and a charming wit. But broiling below the surface was a man fighting to overcome setbacks and keep his spirit intact. His fight was an inspiration to me. Many were the people who crumbled beneath the spell of Rodger Hoover’s charm. He once eyed a pre-lit Christmas tree at K-Mart. The price was $200. As was his m.o., he started haggling with the clerk. “Two hundred...

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Looking at America through the Eyes of an Immigrant
Sep29

Looking at America through the Eyes of an Immigrant

She reminds me of Veruca Salt from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. If you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll see what I mean. It was her 16th birthday. During her lunch hour at school, a teacher tapped her on the shoulder. “Step outside. Your Dad has a surprise for you.” The girl squealed. She leapt to her feet and ran outside. Her friends followed close behind. Her Dad was standing in the circle...

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Why Do We Avoid People Who are Different from Us?
Aug20

Why Do We Avoid People Who are Different from Us?

Oh, the things we miss when we avoid people who are different from us. We’re odd, you and I. We rail against divisions in our culture — political, economic, social, racial. Yet, if we’re honest, most of our friends look and believe and think exactly like us. What a waste. People who live in silos miss out on so much. Some of the most electrifying conversations I’ve had have taken place with people who are not at all like me....

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How the Sex Talk Can Cement Your Relationship with Your Kids
Apr27

How the Sex Talk Can Cement Your Relationship with Your Kids

I always assumed Dedee would get the sex-talk with our girls. But parents are not always in charge. Sometimes the kids run the show. Our oldest daughter Taylor decided that I would be the parent who got The Talk. It turned out to be one of the highlights of being a Dad. Blind-Sided by “The Talk” Taylor was 10 years old when it happened. We were driving in the car, just the two of us, making small talk and listening to the...

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