Entry-level isn't beneath me

Thursday, June 23, 2016
"I think the role we are filling right now is too junior for you at this stage with all of your experience."

"Too much experience" will probably be the title of my memoir one day. And it's a bummer because, so long as I believe in what the company is doing, am enthusiastic about the brand, and have what it takes to do a great job, an entry-level position (with opportunities for growth) can be a wonderful thing.

Being an MVP

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
"We ultimately decided to focus on a candidate whose experience and aesthetic we felt better complement those already on the team."
This is from an email I received from a recruiter who has never met me, spoken to me or knows anything about me other than what's on my résumé and website. When I asked her to be more specific I got ... silence.

Sadly, this is the current state of hiring talent acquisition. Judgements are made not based on what you know or how well you do the job, but are instead based on seven seconds of interaction. I know that sounds bitter but it isn't. It's funny, actually. I am a goddamn MVP in the office but companies hiring right now for my "particular set of skills" will never know that. Poor them.

You're thinking, "That's a bit arrogant, isn't it? What makes you so special?" It's all about my four key abilities.

Becoming a hedgehog

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I consider myself an autodidact polymath: a self-taught person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In other words, I have deep knowledge of many, disparate things. I used to believe this was an asset but I'm beginning to have my doubts. The secret to success, it seems, is to do just one thing exceptionally well.

Right now, I'm reading "Good to Great" by Jim Collins and I'm fascinated by the Hedgehog Concept. In his famous essay "The Hedgehog and the Fox," Isaiah Berlin divided the world into hedgehogs and foxes, based upon an ancient Greek parable: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Subway sushi, anyone?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
One of the many reasons I love living in New York City is the wealth of random, interesting things that just show up overnight in unexpected places.

Enter TurnStyle: an underground shopping and dining destination that just opened inside the Columbus Circle subway station. Head down from any corner of 57th/58th Street and Broadway to find high-quality restaurants and cutting-edge accessories in an unexpected environment.

I wandered around for about 30 minutes and saw some fun stuff and spoke to interesting people who were surprised to find Turnstyle on their normally mundane commute.

The scene

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Sitting outside drinking a Shake Shack caramel milkshake. The sun is shining but it's not too hot to enjoy it and an old black guy just rode by on a bike with a boombox blasting "La Vie en Rose."

What I'm reading

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Now that The Biscuit is older and needs less of my attention, I have time to read non-kid books again.

Before she was born, I used to love to read collections of short stories. While I was pregnant, I devoured every parenting book mentioned in the New York Times. In the last four years, I've read just four books: Between the World and Me, Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories and both of Jenny Lawson's hilarious masterpieces.

One book a year seems kind of sad, right?

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