Mike Villafranca

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Concerning the Existence of Mythical Beasts in Corporate America and Also the Impossibility of Simultaneously Possessing and Consuming Cake

by Mike Villafranca on Apr 4, 2017 2:27:58 PM

It’s not clear to me why the industry term for the impossibly-qualified candidate of a hiring manager’s dream is a ‘unicorn.’ The

The Four Downs of Recruiting

by Mike Villafranca on Feb 1, 2017 5:03:44 PM

In honor of what is unquestionably the greatest annual event on the secular calendar, the upcoming rendition of which features a typically corrupt group of Yankees ...

Leading the Witness (Candidate)

by Mike Villafranca on Nov 22, 2016 10:38:23 AM

There’s an excellent movie called Primal Fear in which Ed Norton plays a disturbed young man who murders a Catholic Cardinal in Chicago. Ed’s lawyer, played by ...

The polite way to decline an email

by Mike Villafranca on Jun 22, 2016 3:11:05 PM

The last company I worked for was small enough that when someone emailed the ‘info@company.com’ address, everyone including junior salespeople like me received the email. ...

The case for basic manners in the workplace

by Mike Villafranca on May 4, 2016 3:01:50 PM

In many respects, manners have fallen out of style. Perhaps the implied inequality between persons giving and receiving courtesies convinced the dimwits who are incapable of grasping a ...

Technology in the workplace: where should we draw the line?

by Mike Villafranca on Mar 2, 2016 10:02:14 AM


The story of Talia Jane’s open letter to the CEO of Yelp and ensuing dismissal from the same company has received enough attention in the news lately that it hardly deserves any more thought. The ...

Playing the part

by Mike Villafranca on Dec 30, 2015 12:57:06 PM

My brother, who I think of mostly as someone who consistently beats me in about 9 out of 10 games of HORSE, as someone who made me look good for years by getting in trouble more often, as a ...

How to approach your first week in a new job

by Mike Villafranca on Nov 3, 2015 12:12:45 PM

Signing a contract for a new job is exciting. It means a new opportunity, maybe a better paycheck, and it gives you a chance at a fresh start. It also means--and in some ways this feels best--that ...