First Principles

Good Ideas Left Behind

Distilling your experience, skills, and accomplishments down to a one page resume isn’t always easy. Some stuff just won’t make the cut. But too many times, stand-out qualities get snubbed in favor of more generic ones – the ones that sounds like they belong on a resume, instead of the ones that might actually distinguish …

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Notes from the FIeld

Here in the land of fabulous company perks; 24/7 food service, gym access, laundry delivery, dog friendly offices… we thought it was worth looking at another scene on the work environment landscape. Recently, we spent the day with a local Bay area business owner. It’s a thriving, creative, intense place with lots of deadlines, seasonal …

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High Sights, Low Results

Glinda had always set her sights high. Throughout high school and college she was involved in a multitude of clubs, projects, and activities, along with an ambitious academic agenda. And while her passion and dedication were obvious, she also had a tendency to bite off more than she could chew. With graduation approaching, she was …

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The Dirty Dozen

You’re just starting work. You only get one chance to make a first impression and you don’t want to be the subject of an office-all email. Here’s the dirty dozen of egregious don’ts: Show up on the wrong day Go in for the man hug Wear competitor’s swag Over-caffeinate on all the free coffee Face …

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Staying Current

Mervin was jazzed. He finally had a job interview. A real-life sit-down face-to-face interview. Now interviews like this didn’t come around too often for Mervin. He was a capable fellow with a college degree and superior tech skills, but he wasn’t always great at putting himself out there. He did some odd jobs here and …

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