AuthorAndrea Zak

Supporting your work peers during uncertainty


Two suggestions for folks during an especially brutal #layoff and #furlough season: * Write Linkedin recommendations for your coworkers while their contributions are still fresh in mind. Take an hour and write notes of gratitude for the folks that impacted your work world most. Folks then have an opportunity to refer recruiters and hiring managers to timely reviews of their...

Free meals to California kids


California is taking the lead on raising a healthy next generation. Children shouldn’t have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, and shouldn’t be distracted from learning by hunger. By making meals universally available to all school children, the state is also eliminating shame/stigma around not being able to afford lunch at school. I’ve run across far too many...

Recruiter fatigue & spending energy on fruitful outreach


I see a lot of posts in my feed about the value in responding to recruiters whether or not you are looking for new employment. – Even if you’re not interested in a role, you might know someone who is– Maybe this is your dream job coming knocking, and you can’t know if you don’t take the call– Maybe it affirms your current employment situation– It’s...

Style at thrifty prices


I love a James Perse bargain, so thredUP has me hooked. That it benefits that planet too is two birds with one stone. “Returning one clothing item back into the circular economy and extending its life by an average of 2.2 years would reduce your carbon, waste and water footprints by 82%.’ThredUp’s Second Hand Buying Report $10 credit for first time buyers because that’s...

PSA | Document your final care because there’s no predicting when worst cases scenarios strike.


2022 has not been my family’s year. My long-suffering mother passed from Covid in April. Her sister was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in June and passed away today. My mom didn’t have a will. While different members of the family had anecdotal and sometimes competing versions of my mother’s final wishes, at the end of the day, nothing was in writing. So final...

PSA to please get covid vaccinated and boosted


PSA to please get vaccinated and boosted — if not for yourself, for vulnerable friends, family, and community members whose names you may never know. My mom passed away this morning. She went home against medical advice after her second hospitalization in 2 weeks – this time for Covid – the latest in a revolving door of medical care for chronic conditions with acute episodes...

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