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OPEN LETTERS

It loves me, it loves me not.

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Dear Craptacular Applicant Tracking System v. 666, a.k.a the ATS,

Why, in the name of Sweet Loki, can’t you get it right?

I remember the warm, golden days when a job hunter would see a job posted online and send a resume to an email that had a chance of being viewed by a living, breathing human.

This human would view the resume and assess its merits — or lack thereof — and decisions about the next steps would be made. You might get an email or even GASP! …


Thanks for the lobster

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Dear Hiring Manager, a.k.a The One Who Got Away,

Things were going so well.

You responded to my overture of a cover letter. You asked if I wanted to meet in person.

I did. Indeed, I did. Thursday at 2 pm sounds lovely. See you then.

I found your building easily because I’m a dork who made sure to walk by it the night before. #interviewstealth

The weird dude sitting in (not next to) the large concrete planter outside the building, crushing the Ficus bush, was still there talking about the end of the world. He muttered that I was…


What time is the whale show?

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Not so long ago, I worked on cruise ships in Human Resources. One of the benefits I enjoyed was being able to walk through passenger areas onboard, and as a result, I often had the opportunity to speak with passengers.

My employee name tag helped. Some passengers love to try to get the skinny on what it’s like to work on a cruise ship. Bless.

Most of them were absolutely lovely. I met some fabulous people who were kind, respectful and interested in the world.

I also met people whose questions or unreasonable complaints really floored me. Just unbelievably dumb…


Pandemic Reflections

An unexpected outcome.

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I acknowledge the title perhaps seems an insensitive statement. In no way do I mean to diminish the horrific losses we have faced this last year on so many levels.

However, please hear me out.

Unexpectedly, the Pandemic has been one of the best years of physical health some of us have had in ages, given that in many places, people had to wear a mask, and everyone was asked to be mindful of how their behaviour can impact others. People were encouraged to look out for each other.

A year ago last week, the Pandemic was declared, and many…


Consider jumping off the boat.

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Have you ever had a moment you are sure will change the course of your life? I remember that moment in my life, and I hope it is one of many to come. Recognizing I was floundering and being open to alternative possibilities allowed me to pivot my career into a life-changing adventure.

Someone called my desk on a sunny Saturday afternoon because they were confident I’d be there. They were right. Although I had just put in my full work week, I was at the office. Again.

A series of terrible personal disappointments had led me to bury myself…


Everything is helping you.

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During an interview with The Wall Street Journal Magazine, comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah was asked, “What’s the one piece of advice that changed your life?”

“Everything is helping you get to where you are trying to go to. If you put your focus and energy into something, it can get you to that place.”

Trevor Noah

Everything is helping you.

This statement isn’t the same as saying “everything happens for a reason,” as if there is an inevitable purpose or plan for the more challenging things in life. I don’t personally believe this is the…


5 ways they harm your well-being.

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BFF. Buddy. Pal. Crony. Mate. Chum. Your person. Whatever name you give them, undoubtedly, friends make the journey through life richer.

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., author of The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends, having strong relationships can make you physically healthier, more emotionally stable, empathetic and resilient. The benefits of strong friendship connections are many.

The path may not always be smooth. While you might realize on some level that certain behaviours from a friend don’t feel right, spotting the traits of a toxic friendship can be…


Do This Instead.

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“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”

- James Clear, Atomic Habits

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?

I have not. For two good reasons:

  1. Who knows what the year will bring? 2020 was a pear-shaped gong show.

2. I know, in the dark night of my soul, that I will likely not keep the resolution because it is too confining and overwhelming.

If you check the interwebs on this, the accepted statistic is that 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail. There have been some studies done by researchers…


Hint: You Already Know How.

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“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

- Albert Einstein

For years I said, “I’m not a creative person myself, but I appreciate the creativity of others.”

This thought is utter nonsense.

I’m not saying that we all have an opera inside us waiting to be written or a priceless work of art waiting to be sculpted, but we are all born creative. Not just in this modern era but from some of the earliest days of our human ancestors. We have created from the beginning. There was something that moved us to record what we saw. …

Olivia Dunn

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