Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Best band name ever?
I nominate Rage Against the Machine. It was novel without being too clever or too cute. It was descriptive but not verbose. And you knew exactly what you were getting. You knew they were political and what their politics were, and you knew to expect aggressive and angry. Zack de la Rocha isn't the smartest or most eloquent guy around, but this isn't Brains Against the Machine or Eloquence Against the Machine. It's Rage, and the man's certainly angry.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The timeout placebo
I'm not sure the timeout works as a technique for encouraging proper behavior in young children. What I'm starting to think is that its main advantage is what it isn't. It might not achieve much, but at least it's not actively harmful like spanking or some other kind of physical punishment might be. It allows parents to they feel like they're doing something, while protecting children from their parents, and parents from the consequences of their bad decisions. If only for that reason it's worth doing.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Worse than no apology
Friday, March 6, 2009
Unemployment: you're doing it wrong
Mr. Green said he had sent out 1,000 résumés and posted his credentials on more than 100 job boards since he was laid off from his management position at a data-analysis firm in January.
Carpet-bombing companies with your resume is not going to get you a job. Nor is putting your resume on job boards and waiting for a job to find you. It's not only this guy who has the wrong idea; his story is being used in the article to demonstrate how bad the market is. Even in a good economy that's a terrible strategy. It's a classic case of "work smarter, not harder."
Find the job that's a fit, where you can distinguish yourself from the other hundred resumes that have come in since Tuesday. You need to be proactive and selective, even in this economy. Ask The Headhunter has some good, sensible advice. It's not easy, and it's not magic, but it's the only thing that makes sense.