My friend and I met for our weekly coffee-and-complain session when she told me something that shattered everything I’ve ever believed about working from home (like a child who discovers the truth about Santa Claus or investors who realize that their tubs filled with Beanie Babies are worthless).
As a child, I didn't know what a SAHM was. All I knew that my mom saw me off to school every morning and was at home every evening when I got off the school bus. I knew that I had a nice, hot breakfast every day before I left and a huge supper every evening. She was there to help me with my homework, as was my daddy. He worked at the local saw mill and was always gone before I left for school, but was always home by the time I made it home.
I would disappoint myself if I were to live life walking around in a fog, operating robotically with nary a chance of coming up with my own bright ideas and striking out on new adventures. Sadly, too many jobs fit that bill. Fortunately, there are enlightened businesses like Zappos to show us a better way.Fourth of a series.Zappos Core Value #4: Be Adventurous, Creative and Open-Minded...more
We all have experienced exhausting weeks: the ones where work piles up and life becomes a checklist of seemingly insurmountable tasks. We progress through such weeks by operating on a work-oriented autopilot, and become part of a balancing act that threatens to become undone at the slightest misstep. We feel both fragile and strong, and fuel our motivation with the pressure to succeed....more
I'm in my mid-forties and have been working ever since my early teens. I'm from a family who works. You can go to school, you can have your extra-curricular activities in life, but you'd also better have a job. Both my parents worked at the jobs they retired from for decades. My only sibling, my older sister, has never, to my memory, been out of work. She is now the manager of a credit union branch. Very successful and solidly employed.
I am forever the black sheep.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article on my blog about how to write a resume that would get any hiring manager’s attention. Today I’m here to teach you to write a cover letter that any hiring manager will love.Plus, at the end of this article I’m going to be giving away a copy of the world’s best-selling job hunting book “What Color is Your Parachute?” This is a great book for those of you who are entering the job world looking for your first job, or maybe need some help knowing what kinds of career fields to go into. So make sure you read this entire article!...more
Flight attendants, or stewardesses as they were called when I was young, were the coolest women I had ever seen. It was the early 60’s, and they wore cute uniforms with pins in the shape of wings. They knew where everything was and brought passengers whatever they needed. They got to push very cool carts with soft drinks up and down the aisle. And they had ginger ale! I loved ginger ale....more
I must admit: Zappos knows how to have fun. For Halloween, they held a bingo and donuts party for employees and held a scary film festival. My hat is off to those lucky Zapponians who get to spend the holiday season working hard and playing hard.Part 3 of a series.Zappos Core Value #3: Create Fun and a Little Weirdness...more
Today is National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day – or Traffic Directors Day.Just for fun, I decided to check out #TrafficDirectorsDay to see what anyone had posted.Apparently there seems to be a little bit of confusion as to what type of traffic director we’re talking about here.Most everyone in the social media world seems to think that today is a day for the directors of traffic, referring to the people who actually direct traffic on the streets....more