Today, I take a break from career advice to talk about excuses like ‘I want to become a writer but don’t have anything to say’ and other excuses preventing you from becoming a writer. I wrote this article for myself to remind myself of all the excuses and lies I tell myself, preventing me from […]
My Dear Friend, I’m writing this to let you know that I’m selling my Master’s Degree in English Literature. It has never been used and remains in exceptional, out-of-the-box condition. So what will this piece of paper do for you? I say this with absolute sincerity, purchase my MA from me and your life will […]
Last month, I launched a 14-day course about skill developing and choosing the right career path. Below is a sample of a lesson. If you find value in it, you can join my email list (below and at the bottom of the page) and you’ll be notified when the free course is available again. […]
I recently ran a free email course about picking careers and skill development. I’m about to collect feedback from the first participants and then will make the course available for free on my website. If you want to get the course when it is ready, just sign-up for my email list (on the left). […]
Jessica recently wrote to me and shared her story of quitting her PhD and finding career happiness outside of academia. This is a guest post by her. I found her story very interesting and realized that I need to allow myself her 4th permission at least a few times per week. It’s hard to […]
This article has 5+ helpful tools and techniques to help you quickly find job postings online. I’ll show how to find hidden posts by companies, scan social media sites for new openings, and how to expand your job search beyond Craigslist or industry job boards. I once read that half of job […]
Over the last few months, I’ve been unhappy with my skill development. I have lots of interests and passions. And while I work around 50 hours a week and have a satisfying career, I always have that nagging feeling of things I’m not accomplishing. For example, there is a course I really want […]
These are the emails that keep me writing this blog. Here’s another academic researcher showing the world that we can adapt and thrive in the private world. Good work Matt making it through my 18-week challenge and getting out the other side. I write to thank and congratulate you for writing a book which […]
This year, I leave my twenties behind. Looking back, here are some things I did wrong, some things I learned, and some things I wish I discovered sooner. One Most of the ideas you have now will embarrass you later. Two Take out student loans. Buy a car. Get married. You are about to […]
This article offers seven rock-solid ways to help you get out of your dead-end job. It is based on personal experience and contains advice I’ve learned from successful people who worked their way up into careers from dead-end jobs.
In this article, I’m going to layout a very simple formula for writing a cover letter. This isn’t the typical advice you get around the internet. I’m not going to talk about formatting, generic tips, and why you should proofread. Instead, I’m going to show you the psychological friction you encounter when an employer […]
In the bowels of America’s heartland, a lone truck is leaving a parking lot in the early morning. Inside, a poet. He will work a few years, drifting into factories, roaring a chainsaw above a lake, and helping the men tear roads through America with giant machines. He will work. And you will hear […]
1. This book to help you to not be intimidated by business majors. 2. This career book. 3. This article to help you understand how to sell your liberal arts degree to employers. 4. This basic tutorial to help you learn a bit of Excel. Not knowing Excel in the non-academic world is like not knowing how to […]
Last month, Selloutyoursoul.com launched a simple contest. Readers were asked to share the “best advice or lesson they’ve learned trying to find a career with a humanities degree.” I really encourage you to check out the full response. There were really some insightful, knowledgable, and unique answers that will help you if you are searching […]
The word Entrepreneur. It probably makes many academics shake. I was always attracted to an academic career because of lifelong job security, quiet campus hallways, and a comfortable cheque appearing magically every month. This interview offers advice from a PhD who left the security of tenure and launched her own successful business.
They never had enough to fulfill us. Our parents went to university to escape the factory. But when we came, the factory was gone. We never considered it. And so, the defining choice of our generation wasn’t if we’d go to university. Of course we’d go. The question was–how good would we decide to […]
On grad school admissions websites, they lie. They tell you how long it takes to complete the degree–Master’s degree one to two years; PhD, four to five years–but they never talk about the years of career limbo after you graduate. For me, the longest year of career limbo was after I finished my Master’s degree […]
A short guide to some principles writers should think about. Offers advice for turning your blog into something larger than a personal project. Not career advice, but a little writing break.
You have an English degree. No job experience. And little career direction. Here are 10 practical ways to find a job with no experience.
This is a comprehensive career guide for English majors. Learn how to translate your liberal arts education into a profitable business, marketing, or corporate career.