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The Failure Mode of Clever

On 05/01/2013, in Email, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

In today’s virtual business world, you constantly communicate with those you do not know well. Individuals who may not understand your personality and quirks. Who may come from a different culture. Or live in another part of the world and not share your mother tongue.

It is a good idea to play it very safe when dealing with those you do not know extremely well.

Great business advice re email communication. 

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Things Never to Say to Your Boss

On 03/31/2012, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

There are a variety of things that you should never say to your boss.

Some should be (hopefully) obvious to readers. “You sure are one fat, smelly, idiot.” “Does the company provide free needles?” “Would you and your spouse be up for a three-some?”

But there are more subtle comments that also can hurt your career. Comments that most bosses hear everyday in the office.

Avoid these statements and you will improve the probability of career success. 

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Your Parents and Your Job Hunt

On 03/04/2012, in Career, Finding a Job, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Sometimes you read something and pray it is satire. But you know it is not.

Today it is a story on how parents help their children in finding a job.

When I say “children”, I mean adults. Those in their 20s.

And when I say “help” with the job hunt, I mean … 

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Terrible Cover Letters

On 02/16/2012, in Cover Letters & Resumes, by Jordan Wilson

Last week a cover letter from a JPMorgan job applicant went viral due to its sheer …

Is awfulness a word?

I did not intend to comment on the cover letter as it seemed to be everywhere. Then my nephew sent me one of his cover letters for feedback and, for some strange reason, the JPMorgan cover letter kept flashing in my mind.

Sadly, a true story. 

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(In)Competence in Business

On 01/24/2011, in Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

I do not expect perfection in business dealings (although I hope for it).

But I do expect that my staff, colleagues, and business associates are competent. That is, they can perform their functions within the minimum standards for their specific function.

If I am dealing with a person trying to sell me a product or service, I am even more demanding that they exhibit basic competence.

Sadly, this basic proficiency is often lacking.

For example:

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Always Be Discreet

On 01/13/2011, in Career, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

This amusing story from Above the Law serves as a reminder about discretion in business.

The tales are always amusing. At least until they involve you.

As a public accountant, periodically we would get emails with examples similar to Acela Bob.

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