We are excited that Fleetwood Mac is getting back together. But that’s not why vocalist Christine McVie is our hire of the week.

McVie retired in 1998, and she’s been holding on to her retirement. But she decided to let go of her ego and get back with Fleetwood Mac without worrying if it will make her look like she’s going backwards.

She was passionate, and we should all take a cue. If you have too much pride to take up a certain job—say one you resigned from a while ago—drop the ego and focus on the passion.


Uncle David has gotten every job he has ever gone for, so when he gives job-hunting advice, you better listen up. Join us every week for Uncle David’s 100% Successful Job Hunting Tip. 


Your resume is the gateway to your future career. So it’s a bit jarring to find out that hiring managers only spend about 10 seconds looking over it.

Fortunately, we have a way to make hiring managers look over your resume for more than 10 seconds.

Engage hiring managers by adding hyperlinks to your resumes. The great thing is, most people view resumes on their computer, meaning they can click links in your resume.

So if you work for, say, SnowCorp, put in a link to SnowCorp’s website on your resume. Also make sure to attach a hyperlink for your LinkedIn profile to your name at the top of your resume.



Uncle David has gotten every job he has ever gone for, so when he gives job-hunting advice, you better listen up. Join us every week for Uncle David’s 100% Successful Job Hunting Tip. 


When you’re looking for a job, you want to make sure you have a personal email address listed on your resume.

There are people who feel that using their company email address on their resume legitimizes them and proves that they have a job. But that’s not the way you prove your legitimacy. There’s references for that.

For one, your company might be filtering its email system for any mentions of “resume.” In most cases, you wouldn’t want your company to be privy of your job hunt.

It’s enough for your future employer to see, “ABC Inc. | XXXX – Present.” Like we said, you can always put a co-worker as a reference to legitimize your time there.

And if your personal email is comprised of something ridiculous like jess2hot4u@gmail.com or something, create a new email address, don’t use your company email.







There’s been a lot of coverage of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, who was declared brain dead in December. The controversy arose when Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield started a legal battle to keep Jahi’s breathing apparatus in operation even after she was declared legally dead.

Whether the family should keep her alive or not is not a topic for this article. We’re more focused on the extended family gathered around by Jahi and her parents in news reports. It’s been the same group of people for the past few weeks.

It’s admirable that they’re supporting her. But we can’t help but wonder what these family members do for a living that allows them all this time off. We’re also wondering the position their co-workers and supervisors are put it. Everybody’s going, “OK, we feel really bad for you,” but after some time this begins to shift. We all know this because we’ve experienced it before; the sick relative you have visit or the kid athlete you have to support during meets.

Eventually co-workers start asking, “Where is cousin McMath? Why isn’t he here? Why am I doing his job?” Everybody wants to be supportive, but eventually people stop cheering.

If in a few more weeks the extended family is still on TV, there’s not going to be just one angry, insensitive a-hole on the job—there’s going to be a group of resentful co-workers who are secretly hating that they have to pick up the slack.

The bosses of the extended family members hired them for a reason: to fill a gap in the company. When they’re not on the job, other employees must fill that gap.

At some point, support turns into resentment. They’re tired of you being sick all the time, they’re tired of you being at your son’s events every week. For a little while, they wanted to support you. But now they’re not even talking about it.

In the case of Jahi’s parents, we understand the need to be by her side. But there is another type of person out there, and some of you know who you are: the tragedy/family junkie.

Tragedy/family junkies are easy to spot. They’re the people who need to take a day off to grieve over a train derailment, or attend their kid’s track meet every time. These people are really good at making people feel guilty for not supporting them.

What you don’t realize when you fall into this mind frame is you’re accreting gradual resentment; co-workers will start to ask themselves why they can’t see their ill mother or their daughter’s game. The boss wants to avoid this collective attitude at all costs, and that means eventually firing you if things continue the way they’re going.

There are other ways to give back to people. It’s great to be supportive and attend your kid’s meets, but it’s just as great to be a role model by going to work and getting promoted. If you’re the guy who’s constantly leaving early, you’re not displaying yourself as an exemplar, but someone who lacks leadership qualities and work commitment.

When you do fall into a situation where you have to be there for someone, you can still check in on work. Sitting and staring at the individual is a martyr game: it doesn’t get you anywhere.

You can be present at the bedside while being present on the job with FaceTime or Skype or whatever. This goes for the inverse as well. The McMath extended family can be present at work and, at intervals, check in on Jahi.

Stop playing the tragedy/family junkie card on the job. Co-worker resentment will only be followed by a docked pay or, worse yet, the boot.



Last week, Beyoncé got the world in an uproar by releasing her new album. She did it without any marketing, any fanfare or any promotions on iTunes. The ballsy move has redefined the music world and launched a thousand round table discussions about girl power. Everybody is dissecting girl power.

Somebody on the Melissa Harris-Perry’s show said that it launched a thousand women’s studies papers. We saw the show. All the women were high-fiving each other while the male pundits just sat there.

All these guys are thinking is, “I have to check myself now, make sure I don’t say something so offensive it gets me in trouble.”

We’re all about woman at Job Talk.  Girl power is awesome, but that’s last week’s expression. Women have been victims of prejudice for hundreds of years. We get it. We’re not denying that.

What’s happening in offices is that men are scared to talk freely in front of women. We’re not doing the, “Oh, poor men” bit here. The bottom line is, men feel scared and emasculated. Of course, women should not change the way they operate to keep men from being held back and anxious. Here’s an example of our point:

A month ago, Auntie Evan was sitting in a meeting in a school where his organization helps get underprivileged kids into college. It was Auntie Evan and eight women around the table. Normally, Auntie Evan is highly integrated in this sort of settings. They’re all brainstorming how to make a better college-bound program, and Auntie Evan is jumping in with all these ideas. And then someone says: “Evan, calm down, let other people speak, you’re overdoing it.” Auntie Evan wasn’t not calm, he was just passionate. So he watched all the women brainstorm as he sat shut out.

And when Auntie Evan saw the Melissa Harris-Perry show, he felt the same way. He felt that if he or any of the guys on the show would open his mouth, they’d get in trouble or get shut down.

We acknowledge the power of women and their ability to be heard. But the way this conversation is going now, the victim is victimizing. This is hard to deny and it is what it is. Girls should not minimize themselves so the “poor, little boys” can have their egos built up. That’s ridiculous, and this is not what we’re saying.

We’re saying we need to start a new conversation, and get powerful in a wholly different way. Men and women see the world differently. Women believe in growing the pie: they can get more power and men can keep having power. But men see the world in zero sum: when something gets added, something else must get taken away. Thus men feel diminished.

But there is a way to lift this layer of binarism and have people power. We’re going to tell you how to be heard as a man, how to get promoted without offending, and how to live in a woman’s world.

Usually, there are two ways men go when they’re in a female-dominated office with a female boss: they wither get angry and bitter and tell themselves that she got to that position just because she’s a woman, or they have the male wimp syndrome and are afraid to say anything. Neither of these will get you promoted. You don’t have to be the angry guy or the wimpy guy.

There are a few things guys can do to keep their part of the power and be a man in a woman’s world. It’s not an us or them situation anymore. It is not a zero sum game were if they win you lose, where the winner takes all. This goes for both sides. Here are a few steps to reach a people power threshold:

  • Stop the winner-takes-all mentality and start thinking in the team-takes-all mindset. The rising tide causes all boats to rise. Consider the team and how to make it better. When you do this, you’ll be noticed as the go-to person. A female boss will be looking at a male job candidate to see if he’s team oriented and not just looking out for himself. (Any boss is looking for this quality.)
  • Be solution oriented. Don’t just talk about the problems. There’s paint chipping on the wall, what do most people do? They complain that the paint’s chipping. Solution-oriented employees figure out who’s going to get the paint, who’s going to get the brush, who’s going to fix the chip. They create a team atmosphere. Don’t complain, do. This is what makes you into a leader.
  • Like a scholar athlete, you must have both brains and brawn. The straight-A jock. Guys should reveal their scholar side, not just jump into a conversation and take it over. It’s not high school anymore—the high school star quarterback is not king anymore.

You win when everybody wins. This has been proven countless times. This is the reality in a girl-power world. You must be team oriented, not self-oriented.

We all have power; power in life and power on the job. Let’s focus on people power.




It’s not appropriate to give your boss a gift. And it’s doubly inappropriate to take up a collection for it.

There are three vital reasons for this that Auntie Evan has been mulling over in his head:

a) Someone may not feel the same way you do about the boss.

b) Other people can’t afford it.

c) Either way, it’s putting your co-workers in the uncomfortable position of saying “no.”

You’re not making anyone feel better by getting your boss a gift, and you’re not scoring any points.




Thanksgiving (or, more appropriately, Thanksgivukkah) is the real kickoff of the holiday season, and it’s a time full of obligations.

You’ve got obligations with family and at work; you’ve got Uncle Joe’s party you don’t want to go to, and your boss has this dinner or lunch thing that everybody has to go to. The big question is, should you honor these obligations?

We want to help you figure out where that thin line is—when you should buck up and say “no more,” or when you need to take one for the team and just tell yourself “I got to do this, there’s no way around it.”

Black Friday has turned into Black Thursday, which is making us think about this issue. Suddenly, beyond just the partying obligations and the gift-giving, there’s a new obligation that’s creeping up—Black Thursday.

Black Thursday is this new trend where stores like Wal-Mart, Sears, Macy’s, JC Penny all have decided to open up on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving and July 4th are really the only big, secular holidays we have where we don’t have to worry about religion of politics. Now that these stores are opening up on Thanksgiving, the employees that work there can’t really say “no.”

Here’s one side of the issue: times like these are the best opportunities for employees to buck up and get into a leadership role. It’s an opportunity for you to get out there and rally your teammates and co-workers to do a great job, even on a holiday, because it’s going to look amazing to your supervisor and boss. They’re going to remember that you chose to be onboard.

But where’s the line? When should you come in for no extra hours and no extra pay, and when should you finally say “no”? We’re not just talking about Black Thursday. We’re talking about any time of the year where your boss is making you work when you’re not comfortable working.

Here are several points you should consider before deciding that crucial decision whether to come in or stay home:

  • You have to figure out how much leverage you have and how replaceable you are. Ask yourself, “Am I willing to put my job on the line and basically tell management that it will be harder to replace me than to give me what I want?” Don’t undersell yourself; you may have a lot more leverage than you think.
  • Ask yourself: “Am I getting anything from this job? Why am I here?”  When you have a hard time finding a solid answer, it goes beyond simply drawing a line in the sand, it might be a signpost: when you put your all into a job and there is nothing left to be returned, it’s time for you to start looking for a better one.
  • If you still have something to learn, if you need this job to pay the rent, if you don’t have any leverage, the bottom line is that you have to do what management wants. Remember: don’t operate out of fear, just figure out your leverage with the company.

To put it in more coarse terms: you know where the line lies by the grip management has around your throat. If you’re somebody who feels like you’ve learned everything you can at the job and there’s no more promotions for you to get, and they’re still giving you a hard time, it’s time to find another job.

But if you need the job, you go in. Don’t whine and complain—make it an opportunity to thrive and succeed and be a leader. If you can’t pay the rent, and Wal-Mart or whoever is giving you the opportunity to work, clock in and stop complaining.




As a new adult, it’s time for you to start giving your boss regular updates on your progress.

We understand you’re busy, we get that you work your ass off. With so much on your plate, and so much more coming in, it’s more than a nuisance to take time off to send progress emails to your boss.

But all you’re doing is keeping them in the dark, leaving them to wonder, “What the hell is going on?”

Abdicating continued communication gives way to tension. Your boss thinks you don’t trust them enough to keep them in the loop. Think of the time you take out of your day to send progress emails as time spent building trust.

Shoot them a simple email saying, “We’ve handled this,” or, “We’re midway through project X.”

Trust and communication is what puts you ahead of others when being considered for a promotion. It would be shame if you miss this simple opportunity to build upon both because you can’t sacrifice a few moments of your packed day.

Will Your Next Vacation Get You Fired—or Promoted?


While vacations sometimes feel like “playing hooky” from your professional life, the
truth is that they actually make you a better worker: When you have a healthier work-life
balance, you’re going to be a better, more productive employee. Companies like Google
are starting to acknowledge this fact by taking away their employees’ cell phones when
they go on vacay to ensure they really relax.

Despite this, chances are that you’re too scared to take all of those hard-earned vacation
days. A recent study shows that the average American accrues nine unused vacation days
every year. Well guess what—if you’re not going on vacation, then you’re completely
missing the boat (and the cruise ship). The fact is that, if you go on vacation the right
way, your vacay won’t put you at risk for getting fired—it could actually get you

How? Well, first, you have to develop what we call a boss mentality. This means that
you need to think and act like a boss, even if you’re on the lowest rung of the corporate
ladder. You might think you don’t have it in you, but you do—you’re the boss of your
house, right? You manage to cook, clean, get the kids to school, pay the bills, and keep
a roof over your head, right? That’s a boss mentality! Now you just need to apply it at
work. Here’s how:

1. DECIDE that you are leadership material. Again, you do it in your “home” life, so
you can do it at work.

2. BECOME the “go-to guy” in your position. When someone is having problems,
stay five minutes late to help them, whether you like that person or not. Be
proactive when you see problems instead of complaining about them. Suggest
ways in which you can help beyond your assigned duties.

3. BE COACHABLE. Be inquisitive and open to learning new things.

Once you have developed the boss mentality, you will naturally begin to excel in your
job in ways you never thought possible. But just as importantly, your coworkers and
your own boss will begin to see you as a leader—someone who deserves to be promoted,
because you already have the traits, skills, and knowledge of someone in a position of

So, how does this apply to vacations? Well, you just apply the boss mentality to how you
approach your vacation. Here’s how:

1. Make Your Vacation Request a solution, not a problem. When you’re thinking like
a boss, you’ll understand why boss’s don’t want you to leave: they’re nervous. So, if you
pitch a vacation as an apology (i.e., “I hope it’s not too inconvenient, but I really want
some time away”), you’re increasing your boss’s anxiety and he’ll see your vacation as a
nuisance. Instead, pitch your vacation as a solution:

When you ask for time off, present your boss with a plan for who will cover your
duties at that exact moment.

Tell your boss which projects will be done by the time you leave.

Determine who will take over your calls and emails

Provide a rationale for why the dates you want are actually GOOD timing for
your company/group/team.

2. Ensure everything at work and home is taken care of before you leave. Plan
who is going to pick up your mail, water your plants, and feed the cats. That will allow
you to enjoy your vacation instead of worrying about life back home. At work, don’t
just ask people to cover for you. Send an email to your boss and your coworkers with
this information in writing. This not only covers your butt if someone drops the ball,
but ensures the office can function without you. And, it’s a classic example of the boss

3. Make sure your boss can check in with you when you’re gone. Vacations are for
checking out mentally, but you want to make sure you can be reached if necessary. So:
Provide your boss with contact info for where you can be reached.
Set up an email a schedule for when you will check email (e.g. once every day),
and stick to it.
Before you leave, ask your boss and other coworkers if there’s anything they

If you follow all of these tips, you’ll be able to have a relaxing vacation, knowing that
everything at work is taken care of. But you’ll also show your supervisors that you have a
boss mentality—and that means that they’ll come to realize that you not only deserve that
vacation…you deserve a promotion!