Homework 101

Business / Bob Goldman /

There is one good reason why you shouldn't work from home.

Unless you let a band of gypsies use your Kelvinator, you can't steal anybody else's lunch from the fridge. All the moldy tuna sandwiches available will be yours.

Other than that, there is no limit to the advantages of working from home.

There is no dress code. You can work in the ...Read more

When You and Your Work Are Not Working Out

Business / Bob Goldman /

Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong!

That's the sound of the bell ringing in your head.

Yes, you frequently hear strange sounds at work: the rattle of chains, ghostly screams, not to mention the constant sniggering as you walk through the cube farm, but this bell is different. This is the bell that rings when you finally decide to throw off that cloak of ...Read more

Quit First. Ask Questions Later.

Business / Bob Goldman /

Go ahead! Give yourself a pat on the back.

You should have quit your job on Day One, but instead you hung on. Through thick and thin, but mostly thin, you hung. Facing constant criticism, ridiculous ridicule, and a burning realization, deep in every single one of your 114 chakras, that of all the people in the world who could do your job, you...Read more

Happy New Job

Business / Bob Goldman /

You've made your New Year's resolutions. Congrats!

Now, what are the odds you'll follow through with even one?

Remember your 2017 resolution to eat healthy? That went bust 350 Chalupa Supremes and 15 pounds ago. And don't forget your resolution to devote one day a week to charitable endeavors. That flopped big time -- unless you consider ...Read more

Yakety Yak

Business / Bob Goldman /

Talk is cheap, or so they say.

According to Joanne S. Lublin, talk is expensive. Really expensive.

Of course, you remember Joann S. Lublin, the careers columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and the person whose job I would definitely have if the world made any sense at all.

"Talkaholics Sink Partnership, Presentations -- and Careers" is ...Read more

Home for the Holidays

Business / Bob Goldman /

It's good to be home for the holidays, but if you're in your 20s or 30s, it may be far better to be far, far away.

Think Tahiti. Think Mozambique. Think St. Paul, Minnesota.

Yes, St. Paul, Minnesota.

St. Paul is not only an exotic destination, but it is also where Amy Lindgren, the owner of a local career consulting firm, writes the "...Read more

Too Good for My No-Good Job

Business / Bob Goldman /

We all know the danger of being bad at your job, like having three burly HR people descend on your workstation to pack up your collection of Holly Hobbie dolls and throw you, Holly, and her BFFs, Amy and Heather, into the parking lot.

But what danger could possibly result from being too good at a job?

It's a question you are never asked.

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Smarty Pants

Business / Bob Goldman /

Are you too smart for your job?

That's the question on the table, and seeing as you are under the table, as usual, your initial response may follow along the lines of the answer provided by Fredo Corleone in "The Godfather":

"I'm smart! Not like everybody says -- like, dumb! I'm smart, and I want respect!"

Too bad Fredo never met Jessica ...Read more

To Sleep, Perchance to Scheme

Business / Bob Goldman /

It doesn't happen frequently, but every once in a while, science throws us a bone.

Like the recently published studies proving that nonfat cottage cheese causes delirium tremors in the pigmy seahorse. (These studies have yet to be replicated with human subjects, but if you want to be part of an experiment, I can hook you up. No pay, but you'...Read more

From Hired to Fired

Business / Bob Goldman /

There are many articles with advice on how to get ahead in your career. What you need is advice on how to get ahead in your career when your career has hit the wall.

You may be surprised to learn that even people who work really hard to avoid working really hard can find themselves blindsided by termination, however warranted.

You've managed ...Read more

Losing Wait

Business / Bob Goldman /

Applying for a new job? What's the worst that can happen?

Getting a flat and irreversible rejection is bad, yes, but what's even worse is the waiting. It may only be a matter of days, or weeks, or, in your case, minutes, but it's long enough to leave you twisting in the wind, wondering if you've gotten the job or not.

What makes the wait so ...Read more

Asleep at the Wheel

Business / Bob Goldman /

Did I wake you?


I didn't expect you to be sleeping this time of day, but now that I've read Tim Herrera's eye-opening article in The New York Times, I realize that a good time to expect you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is never.

While I'm sorry to rouse you from your slumber, "Feeling Groggy? Here's How to Stop Robbing Yourself...Read more

Follow the Leader

Business / Bob Goldman /

There are people who are born leaders: Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Axl Rose. And then there are people like you -- a born follower. If your manager says jump, you reach for your pogo stick. If your manager says roll over, over you roll. You're the ultimately flexible Gumby employee, the kind of person companies want most because all you ...Read more


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