Author Archives: Mark Charney

Pidgins Take Flight: Campaign against Plain Language

The British Empire has been decaying for decades, but in 1979, English woman Chrissie Maher attempted to rally the troops and lead a resurgence. In that year, Maher stood in London’s Parliament Square and shredded hundreds of public documents in … Continue reading

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The Absolutely Unbiased Algorithmic Job Interview

Some large enterprises like Fannie Mae, Bank of America, General Motors, or A.I.G. might occasionally be lax in their hiring processes. With such unwieldy organizations, a mistake or two in hiring can happen and isn’t always of much concern, especially … Continue reading

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The Undercover Cover Letter

Like so many things related to the job search, cover letters are inconvenient formalities that should be done away with. I predict that someday, a business with enough clout will have the courage to stop asking for them and other … Continue reading

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The Many Delusions of C. Auguste Dupin

Other cities would like to claim him, but Baltimore has Poe. There is a society of scholars and devotees who meet to discuss Poe works and a special Poe room in the main branch of our library. There are Poe … Continue reading

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Lobby Observances: The Pre-Interview Job Search Process

l have yet to meet any sane person who wants to work a generic office job, wear taught ties and suit jackets for eight hours a day, sit in broken adjustable chairs, and sniff paper stacks inside gray partitions. Most … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Resume Lines

Although I have never hired anyone for a job, I have been very close to a few people who have, and I have witnessed the torments that these employers put themselves through when choosing someone to help build the company … Continue reading

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Late Boomer Male Writers and their Wardrobes

If clothes make the man, and help make the brand, then I wish I had spent less time learning how to write and more time learning how to dress. After talking with my marketing and management consultant, Rhonda Serendip, and … Continue reading

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Branding the Offbeat: A Path for 2016

The beauty of blogging is that once you’ve published your post, you can check your “stats” minutes later and see if anyone is looking. I say “looking” because who knows if anyone reads such things. When I visit other blogs, … Continue reading

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Charney’s Codification: Prohibitive Perfectionism

This being that most wonderful time of the year, I was at the shopping mall searching for that perfect gift. A few weeks previously, my wife had informed me of her interest in a new leather handbag and gave me … Continue reading

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Female Foreign Nationals: A Good Time to Discuss?

I have long been irritated by emails from females from Russia, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe: women offering to travel to meet me and promising matrimony if I turn out to be a nice guy. If they had done their … Continue reading

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