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Liz Ryan

Celebrating the Millennial Perspective

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

Millennials have learned a lesson that many of us Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers never did, a lesson in priorities that is both surprisingly mature and quite refreshing.

PayPal President to Staff: Use Our Stuff, or Take a Hike

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Liz Ryan

PayPal President David Marcus is coming under fire for blasting his employees via email for their failure to use the company's products. I got these ...

How Corporate Jargon Shapes Corporate Culture

Liz Ryan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

When I was 19, I got burnt out on waiting tables and decided to become a part-time office bunny. I stocked up on office attire and went down to Kell...

Reinvention and Relationships, or, Not Everyone Wants You to Change

Liz Ryan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Liz Ryan

I went to speak to a group of people in transition. We talked a lot about the non-transactional side of job search or career change -- the personal, i...

How do I bring up relocation expense on my job interview?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.04.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Dear Liz, I have a second interview for a Director job next week, and at the first interview I didn't say a word about relocation. I had just finishe...

Whose Brand Is It, Anyway?

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

"So anyway, that was my old company's policy," said the breathless guy on the phone, whose name turned out to be Phil. "They used to tell us that we c...

Job References Are Pointless

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we cared about talent in our organizations, we'd recruit differently. If we cared about talent, we'd scrap the early-twentieth-century recruiting process we follow in nearly every organization.

Policies Are Evil

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we care about quality, and energy, and trust, we'll talk about situations that arise, and handle them in context, the way people have done in every society since the dawn of time.

Employers Need to Stop Whining About the Skills Gap

Liz Ryan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

Managers want job applicants to be able to fly and see through walls. Managers want what they want, but as my husband's friends used to say on the southwest side of Chicago, "People in Hell want ice water."

Converting Letters of Reference to LinkedIn Endorsements

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

I used to be shy about gently nudging people to join LinkedIn, but of course I'm not shy about that now.

Putting The 'Human' Back In HR, Part Two

Liz Ryan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

Whoever misconceived of HR as a process and systems role is fooling themselves and the millions of working people who rely on them because the real work to be done is empowering for employees and customers and shareholders.

Five Easy Things to Do for Your Career in December

Liz Ryan | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

Whether you're thinking of making a job change or re-entering the workforce in 2012 or whether you're planning on staying the course in your current gig, here are five good things to do for your career this month:

How Do I Reframe My Background for a Career Change?

Liz Ryan | Posted 01.25.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

What do any of us have to lose when we're applying for a job? Why not jump out there and be ourselves, totally, and see what happens?

It's Hard Not to Grovel on a Job Search

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

Dear Liz, I've been interviewing for seven months without an offer (six interviews, about one a month) and I'm getting somewhat desperate. This trans...

Abusive Boss Is Making Me Miserable

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

People like an abusive boss can only exist because other people allow them to. What if the whole crew up and quit one day -- how would he run his business then?

Can I Quit Before I Start the Job?

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

There is no ethical or etiquette problem involved in quitting a job you haven't even begun yet. It's another thing to quit the job on the third day or second week of work.

How to Show Volunteer Experience on a Resume

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

If you're using a "Human Voice" Resume style in a chronological format, what is the best way to include volunteer work experience?

Getting Fired for Using (Legal?) Medical Marijuana

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

You thought your medical marijuana card made it legal for you to smoke or ingest THC? Too bad. Colorado employers are claiming their pot policies don't have to allow for medical marijuana use.

Resume Gaps, Blemishes, & Career Shifts: Yikes!

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

Job-seekers have a lot on their minds, but I don't know of anything that worries job-hunters more than resume gaps and blemishes.

Ten Quick Salary-Negotiation Tips

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

Don't assume that no one has any money because of the recession. Ask yourself: what is their business pain costing them, right now?

Will My Consulting Experience Hurt My Job Search?

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

Half the world jumps from consulting to in-house employment every couple of years. Consulting experience isn't a problem in any way.

In These Times, Is Respect on the Job a Pipe Dream?

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

No matter how hungry we are, if we decide that getting a job means abdicating our power and allowing ourselves to be disrespected, we are done.

Can You Steal an Introduction?

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

In general, it is best to err on the side of caution when approaching people we don't know and using our friends' names as entry points for job opportunities.

When They Say "You're Overqualified"

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

"You're overqualified" is a sales objection, like a client saying "The price is too high." When we run into a sales objection, we want to ask questions.

They Made Me an Offer but They Don't Like My Start Date?

Liz Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Ryan

If your new manager's department is so poorly run that three more days without your presence would be so devastating, what could you possibly learn from him?