So, what do you do?
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So, what do you do?

In the DC area, we are infamous for the first question we usually ask those we meet: What do you do? It’s our go-to conversation starter in all situations professional or social. In a social context, the expected response is usually just your job title and employer. Or perhaps, simply your profession. For example, you…

Banish buzzwords
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Banish buzzwords

There’s been no shortage of writing lately about buzzwords and their (over)use in business communications. But *I* haven’t written about it yet, and I have thoughts to share. First, a definition, thanks to Merriam-Webster: An important-sounding word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress. You might think that using buzzwords makes you…

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Resume writing is more art than science

Some years ago now, my son’s friend “Ryan” came over to play. During a break in Minecraft sessions, they came into the kitchen and announced that they were SO HUNGRY. I offered to make scrambled eggs and they both readily agreed. A few days later, Ryan’s mom called me to say that he had come…