Articles by ransomplace

Put a positive spin on it

When you’ve been out of work for six months or more, interviewers are going to ask, “What have you been doing for the last six months?” You need to explain reasons why you haven’t been…


Climb a tree and holler

Your job campaign feels stuck because you’re spending too much time answering ads and posting on the Internet and not enough time making personal contacts. It’s a paradox. You hesitate to contact people who can…


Creative Destruction

ALTHOUGH EMPLOYERS CONTINUE TO CUT PAYROLLS  to the bone, they appear reluctant to hire again after leaving millions of laid-off workers out in the cold. It’s true that the labor market has been going through…



How to Start New Habits

Because I procrastinated a new daily task that I wanted and needed to accomplish, I felt like a loser. I didn’t feel like doing it and felt something was holding me back. After weeks—okay, months—of delaying…





Lincoln’s Birthday

It’s a good idea to reflect about Honest Abe on the occasion of his birthday today because our sixteenth President has passed along some great advice.  One of Lincoln’t sayings  is about the importance of preparing for whatever…