Lunchtime Poll: Discretion or Honesty?

My husband says that I offer up too much information, doing myself a disservice in the act. I just like to think I’m a rule follower. Yes, I will declare that jar of jam that we’re bringing back from England, it’s fruit. I don’t want them to do a random search and find it and say I was hiding something. But sometimes… he might be right. Case in point… Read More Lunchtime Poll: Discretion or Honesty?

How to Be the Best New Employee Ever

It’s your first week on a new job. You are the new kid in the cafeteria, the one unfamiliar with the lingo and the customs of this environment. You will be awkward. You will be a little too formal on Monday and a little too casual on Wednesday when you overcorrect. People will forget your name and they will stare at you in meetings. You will get lost on your way to every conference room and you will agonize over whether to sign your emails with “Thanks,” “Sincerely,” or just your name. You may get stuck in a stairwell.

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What Do You Look For In an Institution of Higher Learning?

Thanks to several wonderful list-servs, I receive a lot of emails about graduate school positions, post-doctoral positions, academic jobs, government jobs, and even industry jobs. These emails pour in year-round, but they make up an especially prominent proportion of my inbox in these early fall months. When discussing this trend with a friend (woops unintentional rhyming), we started talking about what we looked for when considering moving to a new university. Read More What Do You Look For In an Institution of Higher Learning?

Lunchtime Poll: What’s the Most Interesting Job You’ve Had?

Hooray for Friday! To be honest, when you work from home and your spouse works retail, weekends don’t mean as much as they do to the typical 9-5ers, but for those of you headed into days off, I raise a glass in solidarity.

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