What’s Your Obligation If Somebody Helps You Find a Job?


I had a Starbucks with a stranger the other day.

I asked him how he got connected to me.

He said I helped one of his friends get a job at a great company.

I didn’t readily recall her name but her photo on LinkedIn returned her to my memory.

I never got any business leads from her after she got the job but I got a lot of nice projects from her company. Any connection?  Who knows?

I helped her during the Great Recession. Remember the Great Recession? It started a year after the first iPhone was introduced almost to the day. Continue reading

Job Jargon Of The New Normal


I love PR speak. I am an advertising guy. I have helped promote jargon and word speak.

I started my career aspiring to be an Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man.

When corporate America fires people their PR machines fire up the corporate jargon of today.

We have all heard the terms. Downsizing and right sizing, while salaries for those at the top are super-sizing.

“Honey and kids sit down.  My company just right sized me today. Where do you want to go out and have dinner?  Sweetie check the coupon draw.” Continue reading

Poor Career Advice For Young People.


I got a couple of emails recently. Both had graduated from the same school decades apart.  One introduced to me a young man who had recently graduated and was looking for a job.

A solid networking strategy is to reach out to your Alumni.  I went to the University of Western Ontario which is a long way from where I sit in Orange County, CA.  Yet I can do a LinkedIn search and plug in my zip code and the school name and over 100 people who went to Western pop up. Continue reading

I Want to Work in Shangri-La.


When I was growing up I loved watching movies about Shangri-La.  Just the name evoked numerous  senses and sensors.  The word Shangri-La danced in my young ears. A place that was the epicenter of enchantment.  I am still looking for Shangri-La.  I have had a glimpse from time to time.  A little peak. A taste from time to time. A vaporous kiss.

I was copied on a mass email update recently from somebody that I didn’t even know if I knew them. I  do not have enough time to go into that basement.  It was their personal update on their search for their next career opportunity.  The person didn’t come into focus but I remembered that  I had received a previous blast from them before.  They were still on the beach. Their email  blast made me easily accessible but their elusive job for them was still out of reach. Continue reading