One of the many unintended consequences of a free and open internet is the unbelievable amount of bad advice out there. When the litmus test for value boils down to clicks and streams, quantity (not quality) reigns supreme. This ecosystem encourages, even rewards, bad behavior. Personally, I loathe every “5 tips for ____” post or article that makes its way into my inbox or feed. More often than not, instead of providing practical wisdom or insight, these articles are unnecessarily disconcerting, provocative, or bombastic leaving the reader more afraid and confused than anything else. Or, they are so soft and fluffy that while the reader may enjoy thirty minutes of comfort or peace of mind, they rarely provide any discernible next steps.

For jobseekers trying to figure out which companies to apply to, which jobs to apply for, and how to write a compelling resume and cover letter there is no shortage of terrible advice available. A quick google search on resume writing will provide you with 10 bad articles and little that will actually help you secure a new opportunity.

Since Core Ventures opened up our doors in January 2017 we have had a fully remote workforce. We had, and still have, a brick and mortar office, but coming in has always been optional outside of a handful of regularly scheduled meetings. The reasoning had been that you can recruit from anywhere and the benefits of being able to work from home far outweigh the cons. Also, it allowed us to attract working moms who weren’t quite ready to jump all the way back into a full-time, in-office, work schedule. More on that later.

In January of 2020 though, our team had grown significantly and we were starting to get more serious and intentional about our culture. I made the decision to pivot from fully remote to partially remote, with plans for all team members to spend half of their time at the office on designated days. The reasoning behind this decision wasn’t complicated. I felt that with a growing team we risked being disconnected and that building culture would be slower if we weren’t rubbing elbows on a regular basis. I decided to roll out this new policy on March 12th at our all-team meeting. That’s March 12th of 2020.