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Job Hacks: Teamwork for Trying Times

Job Hacks: Teamwork for Trying Times

From our team to yours: Tips, shortcuts, and best practices we've learned by working together across the U.S. to the U.A.E. this summer. Scroll down to enjoy short videos with our tips!   Suzanne: Author & Manager Many of us have drastically adapted the way...

Failure: How To Defeat It

Failure: How To Defeat It

  Can anyone reading these words say that they have not experienced failure?   Our Fear of Failing   Overprotected Children A research center at Columbia University, headed by Xiaodong Lin-Siegler and dedicated entirely to the study of failure, finds...

What’s Most Terrifying About Writing a Book

What’s Most Terrifying About Writing a Book

Hint: it's not the work.   The Long Hours No One Sees Maybe you've heard of authors who perch briefly in front of a screen and spew an entire book within mere days or weeks; I suspect foul play there, in either the process or the product. My two rotting novels,...

ANNOUNCING: Our Gen Z Book Is Here!

ANNOUNCING: Our Gen Z Book Is Here!

New Book!   Did you know?--every purchase helps create jobs to end poverty.  Unique Focus and Content Coauthors Suzanne and Sanam worked together for two years on our book.   My young coauthor, Sanam Yusuf, was still in high school when we began concept and...

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Today

Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Today

Editor's note: The MY JOB Gen Z book soon will provide hundreds of tips and tools to help young adults land their first job and advance toward their dream job. -- However, we won't stop sharing other resources that come our way! Finimpact, a software and finance...

My Delayed Book Feels Like an Overdue Baby!

My Delayed Book Feels Like an Overdue Baby!

Writing Is NOT Like Sex, but... Anyone who's attempted to write a book can attest that the process feels entirely different from making a baby. You do get moments of bliss when the words conjoin in perfect harmony, but ninety-nine percent of the time you're just in...

How to Find Hope to Get to Work

How to Find Hope to Get to Work

    Excerpt from the Epilogue of our forthcoming book. We're grateful to Dr. Wendy Leonard, founder of TIP Global Health (formerly known as The Ihangane Project) and The Hope Initiative, for sharing her expertise on supporting health, care, and hope in young...

How to Save Time & Effort in Your Job Search

How to Save Time & Effort in Your Job Search

  Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. This penultimate entry from our new book helps you save time and energy by setting up a simple tracking system and using your ultimate weapon--your phone--to find the perfect job.     How to Organize...

How to Interview to Get the Job You Want

How to Interview to Get the Job You Want

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. *INCLUDES UPDATES FOR COVID-ERA INTERVIEWING. This entry runs long, because interviewing provides such a vital opportunity for you to reveal your true self and talents--and to glimpse the company's culture and the...

How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Profile

How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Profile

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. Think LinkedIn is only for older professionals? Well, that may be where your next boss is looking for YOU.       LinkedIn: Why Bother?   Over 760 million users from over 200 countries. 80% of users cite...

How to Write a Winning Cover Letter

How to Write a Winning Cover Letter

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. The first step in reaching out into the void of the unknown, at the company where you believe you want to work, might just be the most difficult. If you do better with talking, then dial them up and see if you can get...

How to Compose a Succinct Resume

How to Compose a Succinct Resume

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. Even though, during the COVID pandemic, you may never take the bus or train across town with a paper resume in hand for a job interview, you still need that winning resume. It could your first chance to be "seen" by...

10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Generation Z

10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Generation Z

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, in spite of all the challenges we face as individuals and as a global family, I realize that much of the gratitude I feel (TRULY feel) comes from my work on this Gen Z book. Here are some of my favorite qualities of Gen Z, and why I...

How to Land Your First Internship

How to Land Your First Internship

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. Do you find yourself caught in the "no experience/no hire" bind? Does it seem that everyone around you has a resume full of credentials and extracurriculars long before graduation? One of the quickest ways to catch up...

How To Job Hunt during the COVID Pandemic

How To Job Hunt during the COVID Pandemic

Highlights from Chapter 4 in our forthcoming book. Dear Wonderful Readers, We hope you're enjoying our five-month blog series that previews the book we'll release, open-source and free for you (and on sale via online booksellers), on New Year's Day. So far, we've...

Gen Zers in Retail, Transportation, & Travel

Gen Zers in Retail, Transportation, & Travel

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. An entire ecosystem of products and services exists by and for Gen Zers. Here, we showcase just a few examples: handmade candles, designer sneakers,  bottle-cap decor, sports and office equipment, online youth-centric...

Gen Zers Working in Internet and STEM

Gen Zers Working in Internet and STEM

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. Jobs for the pandemic, the present, and the future: These Gen Zers didn't wait for someone else to hire them--they taught themselves how to code and invented their own ventures. Meet two Adams and ten others from the...

Human Rights and Impact Champions

Human Rights and Impact Champions

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. Today, on Election Day in the United States, we celebrate the passion and compassion of Generation Z--many of whom consider themselves inherent human-rights activists: They were born believing all humans deserve equal...

Scary Jobs for Generation Z

Scary Jobs for Generation Z

Happy Halloween! We interrupt our regularly scheduled posts from our forthcoming book in an attempt to spook you. Hoo hahahahaha . . .     Ghost Jobs Just months before COVID hit, the New York Post reported that 43 percent of employees age 22 or younger had...

Jobs in Food, Nutrition, Sports, & Gaming

Jobs in Food, Nutrition, Sports, & Gaming

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. Turns out, Generation Z includes a LOT of foodies. You can find plenty of amateur chefs on TikTok and Instagram, but we've included here a sampling of youth who've created entire industries around nutrition and food....

Finance and Marketing for/by Gen Z

Finance and Marketing for/by Gen Z

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. Meet Gen Zers who've developed bitcoin and rallied funds to finance youth-led companies, and amplified the value of Gen Z businesses out to the world through peer marketing.    Finance   Aaron Easaw Age: 18...

Gen Z Environmentalists Fighting for Our Planet

Gen Z Environmentalists Fighting for Our Planet

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book. Discover some of Gen Z's fiercest advocates for the environment, whose voices are being heard from Native American Reservations to the United Nations.    Environment   Greta Thunberg Age: 16 Environmental...

Fashion Design, Beauty & Body Products

Fashion Design, Beauty & Body Products

Highlights from Chapter 3 in our forthcoming book.   Our next few posts will cover outliers who've earned fortunes, invented products, entertained millions via social media, and had tremendous impact with their work in a range of fields.  We found scores of...

Webcam Porn, Grocery Clerk, Hospital Intern

Webcam Porn, Grocery Clerk, Hospital Intern

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book. The three Gen Zers highlighted below all have wound up in jobs they may not have envisioned for themselves--but that pay decent money, in the case of Tessa tending a small grocery store and Theo doing webcam porn....

U.S. Marines, Politics, International Management

U.S. Marines, Politics, International Management

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book. Some people seem to find their way early in life . . . Kristen lives in Spain and manages construction, repairs, and deliveries for an international company. Michael L. lives in Hawaii and serves the U.S. Marines as...

Hulu, Homeland Security, & Real Estate

Hulu, Homeland Security, & Real Estate

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book.   Many of our Gen Z friends wrote in to tell us about the high-profile jobs they've landed at very young ages! Meet Danielle from Homeland Security in Florida, Kamrie in real estate staging and photography in New...

REAL Gen Zers Working Through COVID-Part 2

REAL Gen Zers Working Through COVID-Part 2

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book. These three innovators transformed the COVID pandemic into an online internship abroad, a socially-distant lifeguard post, and a gap year on a farm in Hawaii.    Lana Age: 19 Job: Online Tutor Location: New York...

REAL Gen Zers Working Through COVID

REAL Gen Zers Working Through COVID

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book.   Meet five resilient members of Generation Z who've found inventive ways to keep the cash coming in, or take a breather, during the COVID pandemic.    Catherine Age: 18 Job: University Student Location: St....

Meet Our First Group of Gen Zers!

Meet Our First Group of Gen Zers!

Highlights from Chapter 2 in our forthcoming book.   We surveyed REAL Gen Zers to discover what it’s like to launch a career, with or without training or college courses, in today’s world. Our narrators hail from across the United States and around the world....

How Gen Z Works

How Gen Z Works

Highlights from Chapter 1 in our forthcoming book. As sixty-one million Gen Zers enter the workforce in the U.S. alone, what advantages and challenges do they face? What are their values and aspirations?    How We Define Generation Z First of all, who is...

The Rising Power of Gen Z

The Rising Power of Gen Z

  Preface to Our Book, by Suzanne Skees   The World You Were Born Into—and the Pandemic You Graduated Into You Entered a World of Trauma You entered life during the Great Recession, watching your Millennial and Gen X/Y parents lose their jobs, homes, and an...

“WE ARE Gen Z,” by Sanam Yusuf

“WE ARE Gen Z,” by Sanam Yusuf

  How this Gen Z author defines herself and her approach to work in the midst of the COVID pandemic.   “You’re Too Young”--I Don’t Think So!   So many people tell me, “You’re too young to write a book.” But I also hear others say, “The future belongs to...

The Face of America: What Does It Look Like?

The Face of America: What Does It Look Like?

  Who Is the Face of America? Media entrepreneur Pierre Gervois, who's managed marketing campaigns for luxury brands and built successful communications campaigns in more than twenty countries, was born in France but wound up in New York City, struck by the way...

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