Couples that Quarantine Together, Stay Together



Many of us are “stuck” inside with our significant others. For most of us, we’re probably seeing a whole new side of them as we work from home alongside each other. Personally, there’s no one I’d rather be with 24/7! But, that’s a long time to be around anybody, so here are some tips to come out of these unprecedented times stronger, together.

Set Boundaries & Be Courteous

Things are a little bit different right now -- especially schedules -- and it’s easy to work crazy hours when working from...


Got My Resume Through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) with a 95% Success Rate!


Having trouble getting your foot in the door? In this video, Self Made Millennial Madeline Mann will show you some resume hacks that will help to get through a company’s automated resume scanning software using the right keywords.  



Originally published on the Self Made Millennial LinkedIn channel



Leadership, COVID-19 and Ms. Kennedy



“Don’t be afraid.”

The leader who says this to an employee either is very much afraid or lacks even a scintilla of empathy. In either case, the statement (or response) is so bad.

First, it is remarkably disrespectful. Don’t tell people how to feel!

Second, if employees listen to you, they may become ill (or worse). Fear is healthy now—it may keep us and those we care about safe as we social distance.

Third, the comment undermines whatever credibility the leader may have. I cannot think of a worse time to project dangerous...


Confessions of an Amateur Telecommuter and Home Schooler



We are in some uncharted territory! From toddlers to school-aged kids, to college students on sabbatical, to our adult, working community, and even retirees- we are all adjusting to our new normal. And, for the unforeseen future, many of us are all trying to make it all work under the same roof. 

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency I don’t have all the answers nor am I an expert at telecommuting while homeschooling under pandemic conditions. As a matter of fact, I find myself very much the amateur. Yet, there’s...


Right Now Won't Last Forever



We are concluding day three of mandated social distancing here in Northern California but it seems like it's been three months. Its been made apparent that this new style of existence may last for three months.... thus feeling as though we've been in the bunker for 90 years (don't check my math on that).

Our staff in the incubator exists of a sixth-grader and an eighth-grader (adapting to virtual learning), my wife, my dog, my mother-in-law and I.... so if you are alone and feeling lonely in this time, you might want...


Do You Know Where You're Going To?



Reading was tough for me. My comprehension was a bit slow, compounded by the slowness at which I read. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading and I was able to do so very early in my life, but I would have to re-read things to ensure understanding often. The stress of reading for class and then being tested on it forced me to take my time while not taking my time (figure that one out!). However, when I was able to read for pleasure, the doors opened for comprehension. My enjoyment was...


How to Stay Social at a Distance: Combating the Isolation Wave #Coronavirus



Just last week major corporations began implementing voluntary work from home policies that have quickly become mandatory as sweeping and very draconian social distancing measures are being mandated by major municipalities across the country.  

Working from home often conjures images of kicking back on the sofa with a laptop and a cup of coffee, but the new reality of “working from home” is quite different. My experience with working from home over the last 15 years has typically included morning takeovers of the kitchen counter (much to the dismay of...


An HR Guide to Working Remotely in Unusual Circumstances #Coronavirus



Human Resource executives are being asked to take the lead in facilitating the transition of significant portions of their workforce to a virtual environment. Currently, working from home has become a reality for a wide swath of employees and in many organizations literally overnight with no warning or time to train your managers or staff.

So where do you start?

First, recognize that normal work patterns, modes of communication, and team dynamics will be disrupted for weeks if not months. This brings with it the opportunity for HR to encourage and...


Maintain Your Mental Health While Working Remotely


Q: After working all of my adult life in a regular office job with regular hours, I have accepted a new position working remotely from home.   I’ll have occasional in-person meetings with other remote colleagues, but I’d say 95% of the time I’ll be on my own.

Since my kids are grown and my spouse has a regular job, I’m a little worried about going from seeing and interacting with people all day every day to being completely on my own.

But, working remotely is no longer rare, so I’m sure...