Job Hunting Tips for Young People

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I know how to get a job. That’s because I haven’t had a job for over a decade.

I do something more difficult. I create a job for myself each and every day.

All of it comes from my network.

In many ways I am surprised that I am writing this blog.

I have used paid interns or assistants since the beginning to help market myself and make me smarter. Continue reading

I Quit.

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Somebody told me the other that that they were going out on their own terms. I knew exactly what they meant and  how they felt.

The third rail of working has always been the fact that you can get fired. Right to work states etc.

During the Great Recession most people were afraid of getting terminated because they saw how hard it was for their peers, who were on the beach, to get a job.

That was followed by years of feeble salary growth because nobody wants to rock the boat. Take the raise with a smile or put your complaint into the company suggestion box. Continue reading

Agency New Business in the Digital World.

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I was returning from a trip to my hometown Toronto the other day. I have always learned from Toronto that the more things change the more things stay the same.

The Toronto Film Festival was on so the town was abuzz.

I remember when Gravity premiered there.

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield was on hand. He sang Space Oddity from above the world. It went Viral. He obviously wasn’t in the ad game but had the social media game down pat. David Bowie sent him a tweet. Continue reading

Can Your HR Department Find Today’s Best Digital Talent?

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Maybe yes. Most likely no.

I often connect with HR people.

Some live in the Old Normal and some live in the New Normal.

When I see an HR person with less than 500 connections irony overcomes me.

How can people who are supposed to find today’s digital talent be unconnected from the digital world?

That’s an Oxymoron.

Ever wonder why recruiters have more LinkedIn connections than HR people?  Because they have more skin in the game in many ways. Continue reading

Is It Time for a Digital Detox?

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I was listening to a news story on my CBC app on my Apple Smart Phone when I was working out at 24 Hour Fitness. I looked out at the Pacific Ocean. It was as tranquil as serenity. I was surrounded by music playing to people wearing ear buds and TV monitors screaming silent.

My CBC news story was about a digital detoxing.

The difficulty of disconnecting from our appliances and the constant content overload. Continue reading