Author: DPaulk

Getting It Right: Truth vs Accuracy

President Obama received a notorious honor at the end of 2013 — numerous Pinocchio votes for Lie of the Year: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it . . .  PERIOD.” It was uttered numerous times, but it was a promise impossible to keep.

Word of the New Year: Resiliency

In the mid-1950’s, a Hungarian endocrinologist, Dr. Hans Selye, wrote a seminal book called The Stress of Life, in which he conceptualized the physiology of stress. One of the many findings that intrigued him involved individual differences in the reaction to, and coping adaptations to stressors. In one of his anecdotes, he relates the story… Read more »

Status Update: Your Social Networking Personality and Employability

  Gone are the days when all job seekers had to worry about were their résumés and cover letters. Today, those documents still remain a staple of the job search process, but they are joined by a significant and growing pre-screening phenomenon: reviewing an applicant’s social-networking websites (SNW). Some job seekers are even being asked… Read more »

The Problem with Interviewing

Jerry Seinfeld once remarked that “the only difference between a job interview and a blind date is that there is a slightly higher chance you’ll be naked at the end of the date – otherwise, they’re not that much different.” Indeed, both share a lot in common; two strangers meeting for the first time, trying… Read more »

Think Twice Before You Say Nothing

The political season is upon us again and we are being presented with the latest episodes of SYTYCD—So You Think You Can Debate. A recent study from Harvard offers the following research-based advice: If you’re stumped by a question in an interview, fake it. You’ll have a better chance of making a good impression if… Read more »

Learn a New Language and Gain a New Soul

Three unrelated events have transpired over the last few weeks that have inspired me to share a message with you that you know all too well: translating meaning from one language to another language (accurately) is very tricky business. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned that lesson the hard way when she presented Russian Foreign… Read more »