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Climbing the Career Lattice - Nice dream

I really like the concept of climbing the "career lattice" that this HR exec from Deloitte discusses in this recent Times article Up the Ladder? How dated. How literal.
If only it were true. In PR...you step to the side and you're toast. You want to leave for a few years and come back...good luck. Not one of my clients tolerate a background that is anything but straight as an arrow linear. Maybe HR folks and hiring managers are harder on headhunters than they are when reviewing resumes that come in from job boards or through a referral. But what I see is that clients want people who don't stray off the path, and if they do, there better be a good explanation for taking the risk. And it you're too long on the path without upward mobility, that is sorely noted as well.
Maybe it's just a lot of HR babble to make them look good. I don't buy it.

NY Times Article on Gen Y Networking

For Help Finding a Job, Friends in Low Places - I don't get it...This NY Times article says ground-breaking Generation Y is using breaking tradition with the past, and using networking to get new jobs.
What's so different about that? I never wanted to do what my parents told me to do when I was their age, and "networking" with your friends when you need a new job is common sense 101.
Here's the article

Hold onto Your Job - Make Yourself Indispensible

This article, written in 1899, talks about how difficult it is to find a truly effective and trusted employee, and how once that person is found, they'll never be let go. A Message to Garcia, written by Elbert Hubbard.

I'm Really Busy (Not)

Last week I put "I'm really busy" on my linked in status and immediately got two responses! First of all I didn't know you could get a response from your status, secondly I thought wow, people actually read that, and third -- was me being busy really that startling? That's scary. Truth is that I decided I had bought into the doom and gloom just a little too much and the next thing I knew, I wasn't working very hard. Then dozens of stupid things to do started popping up. Next thing you know, my inbox was overflowing and no candidates are being sent for jobs and no marketing Charet & Associates was a thing of the past. Now I'm actually telling people who write to me how slow it is and what do you know...I'm spreading the doom and gloom myself!
So, I decided to get really busy. To start communicating to people, send letters and emails, answer my phone calls again (what?) call old clients, get out and meet people. I'm promoting getting busy. If fee…