I write an anti-establishment HR/career advice blog that does two things:
- I capitalize on my experience in the corporate world and
- I mock the people (and systems) that allowed me to build this platform in the first place.
I bite the hand that feeds me. Every. Fucking. Day.
Something about my style & tone seems to be working. Right now. It may only be a matter of time before I get slapped down. If you want to make fun of the status quo and reap the rewards of mediocre corporate dysfunction, this is how I do it.
- I build relationships. This sounds stupid and trite, but it’s 100% true. I spend time trying to understand the world of Corporate America, the HR/recruiting industry, and social media. I spend an excessive amount of time on the phone with everyone from CEOs to CIOs to regular chumpsters (like me) who have great ideas. This is especially tough because I hate the phone.
- I respect community. You can’t knock down a world that doesn’t accept you as a credible voice. You just look like a dick.
- I respect the role of conference organizers. Some of the biggest thinkers in your industry are organizing conferences and pulling together great speakers and writers to discuss the hot topics of the day. I get to know the people who help those conversations happen. I do my best to promote every event that I attend. I move merchandise. I work to sell tickets.
- I speak and write. I try to buffer the snark with thoughtful ideas.
- I demonstrate editorial discretion. While it’s important to maintain an independent voice, it’s also important to STFU if you don’t have anything constructive to add. When I mock something, I try to balance out my snark with thoughtful commentary.
You have to earn the right to be a pain-in-the-ass, and I work extremely hard to be sarcastic and send invoices to clients.
It’s a bifurcated world, yo. I’m doing my best.