The Pop Up Job

Today, the New York Times reported a story on two professors at Stanford who created a case study of what they called a “flash organization” named True Story. True Story is a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups. The producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded." Flash organizations are ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups or governments. Thus those who are recruited are working in a “Pop Up” Job. Each project began with...
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Easy steps you’re likely not doing on your LinkedIn profile

I have written about LinkedIn before but it is improving regularly and you need to take advantage of these tips and LinkedIn's improvements. Using LinkedIn is a very effective and efficient tool to get your “story of success” in front of the thousands of people in your career field who need to hire professionals just like you – or just you! First, pay attention to your LinkedIn profile. It’s been said that “one picture is worth 1,000 words” for a reason: the “non-verbal” but visual language speaks to what people think and feel about you on first impression, to hook their interest. Your best photo will have a well-lit background and present just you with a friendly, professional appearance. Second, don't paste-in your resume! List your functional (not official) title, company, and general timeline for each job listed in reverse-chronological order. Also, cluster promotions in years (“promoted 4 times in 10 years” or “promoted Years X, Y, and Z”) instead of listing all...
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Coping When Quitting Isn’t An Option

  Those who say “quitters never win” are fooling themselves. If you stick something out just because you’re afraid of giving up—and it’s something that no longer serves you—you’re wasting your time. And ultimately, you lose. When it comes to work, quitting is sometimes the best move you can make. Often, it’s a necessary step for forward movement, growth, and pursuing your life’s purpose. But quitting now often isn’t an option. Not because it isn’t the right thing to do; sometimes, you just can’t feasibly move on. Maybe you just can’t financially afford to leave your current job. Maybe it is the benefits you cannot give up today. And, often the stress of leaving immediately would be far worse than the stress of simply sticking it out for a while longer. So, if you cannot pick up and move on the second you realize it’s the right thing to do, what can you do? First, admire yourself for thinking ahead. In fact, it’s rare a decision...
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