Mike Landman’s 7 Rules for Job Seekers

You are a product. Your resume and interview are your marketing. And a product has to differentiate itself to have a chance of being noticed and valued. It astonishes me to continually get the same generic resumes, the same attempt to prove diverse skills, and the same generic answers – that I must conclude are coming from the world of resume/interview advice. The prevailing theory seems to be “offend no one, never take your self out of contention.” Imagine that process recruiting for a sports team or a movie cast. Terrible. So I have my rules.

Ripple, ROWE, and Inc. Magazine

Inc. Magazine published an article about starting and running a business in Atlanta. In it, I’m quoted talking about how Ripple is a results-only work environment, or a ROWE. Today I’ve had a number of people ask me what that means. I thought maybe the best thing to do would be repost my previous post about Ripple and… Read more »

Windows Can Be User-Friendly, Too

Microsoft introduced the “Windows Experience Index” in Windows Vista and it continues in Windows 7. A computer’s score on this standard set of performance tests (processor, memory, graphics, and hard drive if you must know) gives you a good idea of how well that computer is going to perform, or how good your computing “experience” is going to be.

Tips for a Bad Economy, Part Two: Print Less

Printing has several associated costs. There’s the cost of the consumables (paper and toner), the cost of the printer itself, and the cost of disposing of waste paper, which is even higher if you use a secure shredding service. So reducing your printing can save you money. Enable duplex printing as the default setting on… Read more »

Tips for a Bad Economy, Part One: Use Systems That Scale

For most companies, payroll is the single biggest cost of doing business. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to reduce payroll, you’ll see larger cost savings if the software and services that support those employees also scale. For instance, you can reduce the number of hosted email mailboxes you pay for every month, but if… Read more »

Email Marketing with MailChimp

If you do (or want to do) email marketing, there is no better service than MailChimp. The system itself is smarter than all the others on the market, and the value you get from reading their blog is ten times what you’ll pay for the service. Why are you still on this page? Go make… Read more »

Standardizing on Mac?

File this under “just wacky enough to maybe make sense.” A client with both Mac and Windows laptops asked if it made sense to standardize on Apple laptops for all roles, including roles that required Windows and Windows applications. Now that the Mac platform is Intel-based one can easily load the Windows OS instead of… Read more »