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  • Top Ten Career and Work Myths
    by Debra Wheatman - March 19, 2019
    The workplace is a place of social interaction, complete with power dynamics, cliques, popular kids, and of course, its own mythology. As with any myth, the reason workplace or career myths come to be is due in part to their believability and in part because of their pervasiveness. A concerted effort in critical thinking can help to validate or dispel some common myths. Here are my top ten work/career words of dubious wisd...
  • Top Ten Career and Work Myths
    by Debra Wheatman - March 19, 2019
    The workplace is a place of social interaction, complete with power dynamics, cliques, popular kids, and of course, its own mythology. As with any myth, the reason workplace or career myths come to be is due in part to their believability and in part because of their pervasiveness. A concerted effort in critical thinking can help to validate or dispel some common myths. Here are my top ten work/career words of dubious wisd...
  • Are You Limiting Your Options By Geography?
    by Debra Wheatman - February 28, 2019
    No one enjoys a daily commute to a job. If you’re in your car, you’re probably sitting in traffic, wasting time that could be otherwise spent on something productive. If you take public transportation, you are at the mercy of their timetables, the delays, and schedule changes, as well as having to share your space with hundreds of other people. So it’s not surprising that when people decide to make a caree...
  • End of Year Gift Giving
    by Debra Wheatman - December 24, 2018
    I dread the end of the year. There are endless office parties and niceties that, although technically optional, feel mandatory. For example, I am invited to my department’s holiday party, the company-wide holiday party, and another product team’s holiday party. Both my team’s and my product team’s parties require that I bring a $25 grab bag gift. In addition, one coworker is collecting donations of...
  • The Admissions Essay - A.K.A. Lazy Recruiting
    by Debra Wheatman - December 10, 2018
    The numbers are out. The job market is hot. Top candidates are in high demand. The current market is one in which Lazy Recruiting—a top peeve of mine—has no place. And yet, it continues to be SOP at many hiring companies. Lazy Recruiting has many facets. In its most common form, Lazy Recruiting is when a hiring company posts an open position and sits back and lets the applications roll in. After a few weeks, sai...
  • Is Women's Career Advice a Form of Gaslighting?
    by Debra Wheatman - November 30, 2018
    I came across an article recently that had a unique take on the kinds of career advice that is typically given to women. The main concept of the article is that women are being sold on the idea that it is up to them to change workplace culture and to make the workplace more encouraging and nurturing to the women who occupy it, and that this is a form of gaslighting. Gaslighting, in case you’re unaware, is a form of ma...
  • Get Real and Optimize Your Hiring Strategy
    by Debra Wheatman - November 19, 2018
    You’ve noticed. The job market has changed. A few short years ago, you were able to sit back and let the resumes of highly qualified candidates roll in. Between 2008-2014, you could require all sorts of criteria for candidates, and you could put them through a myriad of exercises, assessments, and interviews. But today, the candidates hold the cards. You can sit back and complain that you can’t find any qualifie...
  • Identify the Untapped Talent of Your Team Members
    by Debra Wheatman - November 1, 2018
    Employees are critical to the success of most businesses. They are the profit makers of any company, without whom delivering products and services to customers would be impossible. Savvy managers understand that success is dependent upon teamwork. But are you sure that you’re making the most of the talents your team members have? Each individual is unique and has her own set of experiences and strengths formed thro...
  • Why Are You Looking to Leave Your Current Role?
    by Debra Wheatman - October 23, 2018
    This can be a sticky, tough question for a lot of job seekers. On the one hand, you don’t want to give away too many details as to why you’re looking for a new role. On the other, you don’t want to come off as wishy-washy with a non-answer. How do you best effectively answer this most common question? Let me start by saying that this question is one of those often used but irrelevant questions. Irreleva...
  • Here's What to Avoid if You Want to be Taken Seriously at Work
    by Debra Wheatman - October 16, 2018
    You want to be taken seriously by your managers, peers, and clients. But are you doing everything you can to ensure that you are? It’s possible that some things you do are undermining your credibility. Brands are collective. They’re built on the sum of experiences. While your big accomplishments are notable, it’s the little things that happen regularly that truly define you. If you do any of these, you may...