Tag Archive | "employment musings"

Day 231 — Economic Adventure

Monday, December 14, 2009


Jelly beans have a lot in common with drugs. The next time you’re in a drugstore, look at the poster for poison drug look alikes. At my CVS in Northwest D.C., a poster near the pharmacy shows more comparisons with Good & Plenty than any other candy. But a drug doesn’t have to be poisonous […]

Day 223 — Peek-a-boo

Monday, November 30, 2009


Hiding things begins at an early age and carries through to adulthood. Take the game of peek-a-boo. As a child, you hide your eyes, and if you’re really annoying pop up in front of a stranger’s airline seat and say, “Peek-a-boo.” The other person is supposed to smile and engage with you, when in reality […]

Day 219 — Marketing Moves

Friday, November 20, 2009


The knuckleheads at Southwest Airlines lost my luggage to Las Vegas last night—on a direct flight. Oh, the minor inconveniences of a girl on the brink. Traveling to Vegas has inspired new marketing ideas in Ann. All the better to nab that marketing dream job that’s going to strike her like a boxer’s left punch. […]

Day 215 — Sound Appeal

Monday, November 16, 2009


I don’t know about you, but I love total sensory experiences. The moving escalators at the Tenleytown-AU Metro station sound like whales mating. The only thing missing is the whales and a good salty ocean. I hope the maintenance folk leave them as is. Sound imagery—particularly the sounds of labor (work) and love (making)—help me […]

Day 214 — What’s That Smell?

Friday, November 13, 2009


Generally, offices smell benign, compared to men. Exception: A restaurant. Its smell defines its business. You expect to smell fried food in a diner but not in a pizza place. Men also define themselves by their smell. Unfortunately, few men know how to choose such an important first-impression element. I once dated a man who […]

Day 213 — Modern Job Makeovers

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


As I search online job boards, the same old job descriptions tumble through my computer screen like a load of laundry in the dryer. One job folds into the next. Nothing stands out. Career counselors say that would never do when submitting a resume. You need to inject action words, stress accomplishments over responsibilities and […]

Day 212: A Penny Saved Is One More to Spend

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


There are more people on the Earth than the planet is old. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand. There are more people who are unemployed (15.7 million) than during the Great Depression. Startling facts. Even more startling times. In the months before Christmas (and all the other upcoming holidays), everyone […]

Day 212 — It Could Be You

Monday, November 9, 2009


Employees can make an employer look good. But who makes the boss look good? The brownnoser. To Ann, that’s too dull and has a pejorative ring to it. Nobody wants to be called a brownnoser. With so much free time on her hands from being unemployed for almost a year, Ann has spent a good […]

Day 209 — Looking for Success

Thursday, November 5, 2009


When I read online dating profiles, I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I just know it when I read it. I spend about as much time reading them as I imagine recruiters spend reading resumes—about 30 seconds. Like a hiring manager, I’m looking for someone that grabs my attention. It could be the […]

Day 208 — Pop Thoughts

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


While walking to my temp job, I passed a man in overhauls blowing leaves (n0, not with his lips) into the street along Wisconsin Avenue. Almost immediately, I had a pop thought. When he attended kindergarten and his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, do you think he said, […]