Comments Wanted, But Not if You’re Selling Drugs, Porn and Gold Watches

Culpwrit is getting over 200 bogus “comments” a day from tacky individuals and organizations attempting to improve their SEO standings through the numerous links buried in each message.  Fortunately, I must approve each comment so the site isn’t becoming cluttered with offers for everything from Ambien to Viagra.  Most of the comment attempts are easy…… Continue reading Comments Wanted, But Not if You’re Selling Drugs, Porn and Gold Watches

Staying Professional in Virtual Meetings

  One day last week I participated in four virtual meetings–one was more than two hours long.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit to multi-tasking during a couple of the calls.  At one point, it was quite apparent to others on the call that someone was hammering away on a computer keyboard.  I…… Continue reading Staying Professional in Virtual Meetings

Expect Jealousy If You Friend The Boss

Q.  I followed my boss to a new agency since he and I became good friends at our former agency.  It was a small agency where everyone was close, but we’re now at a much larger firm and I’m getting the cold shoulder from several of my co-workers.  The rumor mill  claims a relationship beyond…… Continue reading Expect Jealousy If You Friend The Boss

Evaluating a Job Offer

  Q.  After a long, stressful search, I received a job offer yesterday and need to accept by Friday.  It’s not exactly the job I wanted since it’s with a small, fairly new company that no one has ever heard of.  What do I need to know or ask before accepting the offer?  -BR A.  Congratulations, maybe.  Despite…… Continue reading Evaluating a Job Offer

No Need To Hide Office Relationship As Long As You’re Not Dating the Boss

  Q.  I was relieved to read the Wall Street Journal column about office romances.  “Relieved” because an agency co-worker and I have been secretly dating for nearly a year.  My parents advised us to hide the fact we’re dating since someone in my dad’s office was fired for dating a co-worker.  I’m thinking that we’re being…… Continue reading No Need To Hide Office Relationship As Long As You’re Not Dating the Boss

Employed or Not, Set Time for Career Planning

I often suggest that people do as I say, not as I do.   I encourage others to take their birthdays off and focus on themselves.  So, what am I doing on my birthday today–working all day, including a business dinner.  But I rationalize that I’m at the point of my career that this must be fun…… Continue reading Employed or Not, Set Time for Career Planning

5 Steps for Wise, Effective Use of Social Media

I’m amazed when I hear stories about how people potentially affect their careers via online indiscretions.  I’m also impressed with how many people positively impact their job searches thanks to their online presence.  In past posts, I’ve urged readers to fully engage in social media, but remain vigilant about the need to project an appropriate…… Continue reading 5 Steps for Wise, Effective Use of Social Media