A Noodle-Centric Next Chapter

Some personal news. Throughout the last nearly four years, my job situation has been..fluid. There’s been freelance work, contract work, retail work and just about everything else you can imagine. I’ve managed social media programs, written white papers, edited email newsletters and slung more than a few lattes over that time. Now it’s time for … Continue reading A Noodle-Centric Next Chapter

Do What You Must Without Shame

Society’s expectations are kind of misaligned. There are millions of people who have been laid off in the last few weeks. The job market they’re entering is even more uncertain than the one I faced when I was let go in the middle of 2016, with far fewer options available. If they had retail/service industry … Continue reading Do What You Must Without Shame

Vertigo, MAD and the Power of Weird Brands

There needs to be a place for material outside the mainstream. [Note: I wrote the below back in August but obviously never published it. In the wake of the news that Dan DiDio has seemingly been pushed out of DC Comics and that DC Collectibles is reclaiming the DC Direct name it was founded under … Continue reading Vertigo, MAD and the Power of Weird Brands

Chris Thilk Shares His Years of Writing and Content Experience With Others

[Note: While updating my resume recent I decided to have a little bit of fun and try something. You can see the results below.] With so many talented individuals to choose from, it’s become clear Chris Thilk is the best choice you can make when looking for freelance or contract writing and content management services. … Continue reading Chris Thilk Shares His Years of Writing and Content Experience With Others

Getting Older

I'm quoted in a piece written by the talented Kristina Monllos about the struggles people, including myself, find themselves having in securing full-time work in the marketing industry now that we're getting closer to middle age. If you're new and want to read more about my journey over the last three years, you can find … Continue reading Getting Older

Hot But Inexperienced

The gist of this story is that labels are so interested in signing and promoting bands and artists that have begun to gain some popularity on SoundCloud or other streaming services they don’t take into account that those artists have almost no experience actually performing on stage. The labels want to tap into that buzz … Continue reading Hot But Inexperienced

Let Employees Direct Their Own Continued Education

There’s some decent thinking here in a post about the kinds of ways companies can focus their thinking around employee training. It’s a good conversation to have given that such training is one of the many ways companies have failed to adequately invest in the productivity of their workers. The fatal flaw in the guidance … Continue reading Let Employees Direct Their Own Continued Education

College Degrees Are Not An Indicator of Ability or Value

I was taken aback by this opinion piece. Objectively, I understand that the message the author was trying to convey was that grade inflation has become so pervasive retail coffee chains see no issue with requiring potential hires have college degrees. She draws a line from an education system afraid to risk the displeasure of … Continue reading College Degrees Are Not An Indicator of Ability or Value

How Big Is Gig? Not Even the Federal Government Knows

(Ed. Note: The following was written back in early July for a work project but in light of a new report on the gig economy from JPMorgan that has its own questionable methodology I felt it was a good time to publish this. Many of the same points of pushback against the BLS report also … Continue reading How Big Is Gig? Not Even the Federal Government Knows

I Have These Skills..So Where Are the Jobs?

There’s a lot of interesting information in LinkedIn’s most recent hiring report for the Chicago area, including how the city primarily draws talent from only the surrounding states but that people are leaving for the coasts. Part of the report covers the kinds of skills that are too common in the area, meaning there are … Continue reading I Have These Skills..So Where Are the Jobs?