Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

by Kerry Scott on 14 December 2009


I started this blog just about a year ago.  My one year anniversary will be on New Year’s Day.

So this seems like a perfect time to quit blogging, and that’s what I’ve decided to do.

Here’s why:

  1. I don’t have too much more to say. My overall philosophy around job hunting is this:  Don’t be an idiot.  Don’t be a jerk.  Use some common sense.  If you do those things, somebody will eventually hire you.
  2. It’s cold in Wisconsin. As I write this post, the windchill is well below zero here in Milwaukee.  That means I have to have the heat on, which means the gas and electric company is going to want me to pay them.  Blogging is paying me…well, not much.  If I stuck to it, I’d eventually (maybe) make more than that…but the gas and electric company does not care to wait that long. The opportunity cost of blogging is not insignificant, and I’m planning to spend at least a little bit of my blogging time making some actual dollars in 2010. One thing I’ve learned from blogging is that I really like to write, and that’s something I’d like to pursue going forward.
  3. I’m not in HR anymore. Things change, and the longer I’m out of the business of actively hiring people, the less relevant my advice is.  I firmly believe that the best job-hunting advice comes from people who are actively hiring right now. Those are the people you should be listening to, and I’m no longer one of those people.

This blog and the posts will remain up for at least a little while (the hosting bill is paid through January, I think).  After that, I haven’t decided what to do with the domain just yet.  I might sell it, or I might keep it and use it for something entirely different of my own…but it won’t be about job hunting anymore.

This hasn’t been an easy decision.  I’ve met some amazing people through this blog—fellow bloggers and readers alike.  I’ll miss all of you.  This has been a great year.

So the last post will be two weeks from today.  I’m keeping the regular posting schedule until then (except for Christmas Day, because I’m taking that day off, because Santa is bringing some pretty kick-ass toys to my kids and I want to see if the Tonka garbage truck picks up the trash at the Barbie Dream Mansion).

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Stephanie McDonald December 14, 2009 at 7:52 am

Wow! I’m shocked and saddened, but understand your need to focus on things that will pay the bills. Your blog was one of a handful that I looked forward to and opened with a reverence and excitement that reminded me of Christmas morning. With extra snark included for good measure.

If you ever want to take applications for a successor, I’d be proud to apply!

All the best in everything you do, and Merry Christmas,


Angie Sallese December 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

People and things are in our lives for as long as they need to be. You’ve certainly given us lots to think about, and good ideas to help us, along with a healthy dose of humor and of common sense. That was your gift to us. And now it’s time for you to move on, so no apology necessary. We thank you again and again, and wish you the best.

Thomas Copenhaver December 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

Sorry to hear that. I will miss not only the content of your postings, but your clever, entertaining writing style.

Best of luck in all your future endeavors!!

Erica December 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

Wow! I am definitely going to miss you and your take (and tales of the Cluefree) but your decision makes sense.

What are you going to do with your money-making spare time? Do you have a new project?

Definitely keep this domain name! It can work for so many other non-HR things. It’s great!
.-= Erica´s last blog ..An Open Letter to My Beloved =-.

Susanne December 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

wow! I will miss you! I have stumbled on some great blogs in the past year and yours has been one of my favorites. You have a great writing style and I wish you much success and fun in whatever you end up doing next!

Ask a Manager December 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

While I fully understand your reasons, it doesn’t make me any less sad! I have two favorite bloggers, and now I will only have one.

You will be very missed!

.-= Ask a Manager´s last blog ..negotiating for flex time =-.

Amy Boland December 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

I, also, will miss your blog; but only for a minute, because I’m a Gemini, and because you’re not dying–you’re evolving. Hooray!

Brilliant reasoning, as usual. What a fantastic idea to turn your energy to a new venture! Go! Go! Go! Congratulations on your decision, may you have absolutely fantastic luck, and I hope you’ll still tweet things. Because reading your tweets is like finding a dollar in the pocket of a jacket I haven’t worn in awhile.
.-= Amy Boland´s last blog ..Bûche de Noël Challenge =-.

Natasha December 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

I just recently discovered your blog so I am sad that you will no longer be writing. I very much enjoyed your posts. They were not only helpful, but incredibly entertaining and honest. I’d have to say your honesty is what appealed to me most. Y ou said things that most HR people are afraid to say and you said them with zero BS. Its inspired me to be more of an individual in the HR field – not just another follower.

I applaud you for making the decision to leave and open another chapther in your life. Good luck in everything you do!

Kerry Sandberg Scott December 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

Dammit, people, stop being all nice to me. I have been avoiding my long-needed trip to Costco because I don’t want to be there with the holiday shoppers and the wind chill and stuff. As a result, I’m out of Kleenex. There is a role of toilet paper on my desk right now. If you make me all sniffly, I’ll be out of that too, and I’ll be wiping snot on my sleeve. Is that what you want?? IS IT???

Erica—I don’t have anything definitely nailed down on the money-making front. I have a few irons in the fire though. First I have to do some of the things I’ve been behind on…like go to Costco and buy Kleenex.

Amy—I’ll still be tweeting (although whether it will be under my ClueWagon handle or something else depends on whether I keep the domain name). Rest assured that you’ll always know who I’m annoyed with on a given day.

Evil HR Lady December 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

No! I live for Tales of the Clue Free. Really. On Friday I get up thinking, “Yeah, today is clue free day!” For this behavior, you can’t quit, I’m firing you!

Oh, wait. No, I’m not. I totally understand, but if you get new clue free stories you need to share them anyway.
.-= Evil HR Lady´s last blog ..Why we should put filters on our work computers =-.

Sid Prince December 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

I’ve been with the same firm for 15 years and I’m no where close to HR. So what kept me reading Kerry?

Well, besides your lovely smile and bedroom eyes (too much?), I really enjoy your humor and writing style. They’re the hardest thing, IMHO, to get right in a blog. I’ve tried. Sometime succeeded. Mostly failed.

You, on the other hand KSS, have mastered both.

I’m a better writer for having read you.

Knock’em dead out there! And let us know how to keep up with your new (ad)ventures.

.-= Sid Prince´s last blog ..Post X =-.

The Engineer December 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

I too will miss your insights although like Sid, HR issues are not at all a part of my work life. Hate to see you go. I am glad you took the time.

Marie December 14, 2009 at 10:12 am

I will plagiarize Alyson from AAM: I have three favorite HR bloggers, and now I will only have two. I will miss you.

Kerry December 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

Sid—those aren’t bedroom eyes. Those are kitchen eyes. The photo on the About page was taken in my kitchen, by my husband, who was standing in front of the fridge, which is where we keep the ice cream.

“I’m a better writer for having read you” is the direct cause of snot on my sleeve. I am naming it the Sid Prince Commemorative Blob of Snot. You’re welcome.
.-= Kerry´s last blog ..Two Weeks Notice =-.

Steve Boese December 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

Kerry – Like the others I will miss your excellent writing and wish you much success in the future. I tried once (unsuccessfully, sadly) to get you on my little HR talk show, and I am extending an open invitation for you to appear any time you like in the future, if nothing else to say hello to your fans and readers in the HR world, and maybe drop a ‘Tale of the Cluefree’ on us.


Steve Boese

class factotum December 14, 2009 at 11:41 am

I hope you’ll keep writing. It doesn’t have to be on HR. I read your blog not because I’m job hunting — I’m not — but because I like how you write. There is good material everywhere for a good writer like you.
.-= class factotum´s last blog ..Marriage 201, Lecture 326: Mr Fixit =-.

Ask a Manager December 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

I should mention that I’ve already started pressuring Kerry to consider doing an occasional guest post at Ask a Manager, and it wouldn’t hurt to have others join in that pressure…
.-= Ask a Manager´s last blog ..should you take on extra work without extra pay? =-.

class factotum December 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

PS Blogger is free.
.-= class factotum´s last blog ..Marriage 201, Lecture 326: Mr Fixit =-.

Lisa Rosendahl December 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm

No more Tales of the Cluefree?! I’ll miss checking into your space here and hearing your stories, reading your writing. Best of luck to you and I’m with the others, I’ll always have a warm guest spot open for you if you wake up one day and just have to post!
.-= Lisa Rosendahl´s last blog ..Quietly, The Firewall Comes Down =-.

Elizabeth Evans December 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I’m seriously bummed. This is one of three HR blogs I read regularly. TALES OF THE CLUEFREE MUST NOT DIE.

Kerry Sandberg Scott December 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Perhaps one of my fellow HR bloggers will take on Tales of the Cluefree. I’m actually pretty much out of stories, but I’m certain that there are others. The world is full of cluefree people. They’re the one natural resource we’ll never run out of.

Kerry December 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Class—the blog itself isn’t expensive at all (the hosting is actually pretty cheap). It’s just the time to write the posts, do admin stuff, answer reader emails etc…which cuts back (or eliminates) the time available to do paying work).

I’ll definitely still be writing something, somewhere. I like to write. If there was a job where all you did was write snarky remarks all day long, I’d be a happy camper.
.-= Kerry´s last blog ..Two Weeks Notice =-.

Surya December 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Kerry, congrats for making a change in your life and moving towards what you want.

I will, we all will, miss you and your stories, but interwebs is a very small place, and I am sure our paths will cross again.
.-= Surya´s last blog ..suryasnair: Dharamshala n Delhi =-.

HRLeigh December 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm

At risk of repeating what everyone else has already said, I am sorry to see you go. I love your blog and like the EHRL, I look forward to Friday mornings and reading the Tales of the Cluefree. I also read your blog every week thinking I wish I could have worked for you when you were in the business. But I still wish you the best of luck in your rediscovery expedition and a very happy holiday! I hope you enjoy the journey as well as the end results. Good luck!

jmkenrick December 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm

But you’re the only blogger who consistently has phenomenal images to go with their posts!

I’ll miss checking your Monday lists and the Tales of The Cluefree, but it sounds like you’ve made the right choice. I 100% support Ask A Manager’s idea of having you guest post.

Now I’m down from three favorite bloggers to two favorite bloggers. Hope you figure out where to go from here! Good luck!

Anya December 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Thanks so much for all the insights you’ve shared here! Best of luck to you.

abdpbt December 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Well . . . on the one hand, I’m happy for you that you’re going to take steps toward pursuing your calling (if I were a cheesier person, I would call it pursuing your bliss). But on the other WTF?! What are we supposed to do without you, Kerry? I do hope that you’ll at the very least continue to read blogs even if you decide not to write them (on any topic).
.-= abdpbt´s last blog ..17 Lesser-Known Christmas Carols, ca. 2009 =-.

Sharlyn Lauby December 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I’ve totally enjoyed reading your blog and hope you will stay connected via guest posts. You have a standing invite at HR Bartender anytime…

Natahle December 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm

My fridays won’t be the same if I can’t start it with Tales of the Cluefree… if you need more stories for your two week notice, I have several… I had a guy arrested at my desk in mid interview last year! Frisked and escorted out in handcuffs!

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! You are certainly a talented writer!

Ken Moir December 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Congratulations on making a big, bold move! I love to cheer for people who have the guts to take a chance, the smarts to improve the odds, and the mad skillz to make it work — and I’ll be cheering for you all the way to your next big thing.

Like many/most/all the previous commenters, I’ll *really* miss your sharp/wise/funny writing style and clear-eyed view of the working world. Let us know when you pop up again with a new blog topic, willya?

And have you given any thought to collecting your top posts in a “Best of Clue Wagon” e-book before you shut down the site? I’d pay for a download….

Melissa December 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’m sorry to hear this, but agree that you’ve made a good decision. I came across your blog only a few months ago and, even though I’m nowhere close to HR, it has quickly become one of my favorites. You have a lot of talent and I’m sure you’ll succeed at your next step. Thanks for all the wonderful tales and advice. Best of luck!

Oh, and I, for one, would love to hear Natahle’s handcuff story in full…

Jennifer McClure December 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Darn it! As others have said, I really enjoy my regular dose of Clue Wagon. You have a great writing style and bring a sense of humor to the HR/Job Search world – which makes you different that 97.3% of the rest in those spaces. Hopefully, you’ll find another creative outlet or topic for your writing, because it’s obviously a talent. That said, good luck with your quest for paying opportunities in 2010 and stay warm. Let me know if I can help you in any way possible!
.-= Jennifer McClure´s last blog ..11.12.09 HR Happy Hour Blog Talk Radio Show Featuring the Fistful of Talent Crew =-.

Susan Tiner December 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I just found your blog via Anna’s, and it looks really interesting. If you don’t plan to continue writing, will the archives still be available for awhile? I’d like to browse and send some links to my favorite 20-somethings struggling with the economy and job searching.
.-= Susan Tiner´s last blog ..Roth-O-Rama =-.

Kerry Sandberg Scott December 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The archives will be available through mid-January at least. Although I like Ken’s e-book idea, I’m lazy (and also booked up in January, since I knew this was coming and planned accordingly), so that’s probably unlikely.

I’d actually like to hear Natahle’s handcuff story as well. To get arrested in the interview is pretty impressive.

All of this praise is making me uncomfortable. Is there not a troll among you? Will no one stand up and say, “Good riddance?”

Jessica Lewis December 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

This blog post is making me think all kinds of things about my own blog, Kerry. I’m taking a break while I get comfortable with my new job and new career, but I’m not sure where I would even pick up my blog again. I wrote a lot about the job search and feel I have not much more to say. I also am not even in the same career I was when I started the blog. I might join you in retiring the blog. Moving on would be a good feeling.

I do think you should figure out a way to keep the blog alive for reference. It’s a tremendous resource for job seekers. (I know because I was one of them.) Can you move it to the free Wordpress or Blogger?
.-= Jessica Lewis´s last blog ..A winner is me! =-.

HR Minion December 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I’m so sad you are no longer going to be blogging! I haven’t even met you in person yet! Please stay active on twitter and don’t be a stranger!
.-= HR Minion´s last blog ..For your information =-.

Andrew December 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Clue Wagon, ClueTrain – maybe there’s another Seth Godin in you? Don’t give up, you’ve just started the journey. If nothing else, keep the great URL and write a book from it.

I came across your blog by chance a few weeks ago – and will recommend it to anyone. As a manager I interview people, mostly technical types, consultants. There’s huge value in what you have created here. If only 3% of the people out there who come for interviews read your information they would learn and self-qualify themselves from applying.

Whilst in a job, if only the other 97% of people came back and read this, they might be reminded why they’re in the wrong job and to look for another. I like people, we have many good ones but leaving your brain in the lobby when you arrive and expect to be loked after like a 4-year-old beteen 8am and 6pm – those people need to get out of the pretend cosseted cubelife and get a real job.

You’ve done a great job. I’m now willing with all my might that every new person in HR comes across this site and puts themselves, through this knowledge, in that someone-elses’s shoes.

Please find a way of archivng all this knowledge onto the web you have shared (even if you never update it – the work is timeless), so that someone-else like me stumbles across it and also becomes enlightened.

Whatever you do next – I hope they and you enjoy the same enthusiasm and emotional profit that you have put into this pieve of work.


Bob Corlett December 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Fine. You need a troll? I’ll step up.

I am frankly sick and tired of comparing my writing to yours. I’m thru with feeling less clever than you. I shall not miss reading your posts, laughing and thinking – “Nailed it. That is the final word on that topic…I cannot add a thing.” I do not think there is any need to have you deftly skewer hypocrisy and stupidity, that well has clearly run dry – people will no doubt, from this point forward, be wise and truthful in their dealings, so there is nothing left for you to write.

Yeah, I’m tired of reading all your posts, and while you are at it, I don’t want to see that little red wagon on my Twitter feed. Everybody knows Twitter is practically overrun with cleverness and wisdom (and clever money making schemes) Yeah, I’ll feel way smarter without daily reminders how good your writing is.

But just in case you change your mind, I’m keeping my RSS feed to your blog…

Just another troll
.-= Bob Corlett´s last blog ..Why You Need to Keep Score =-.

Bill G December 15, 2009 at 12:17 am

No! No! No! You can’t go!

But if the others, above, cannot persuade you, what chance have I?

So, in the interest of maintaining some pretense of productivity over the next two weeks, here’s question offered as fodder for at least one more blog post:

What can an employer do when an employee gives two weeks notice, but the employer really, really, really wants the employee to change her mind and stay? I mean, besides schedule the exit interview?

Thanks for the memories! Yours has been one of my most favorite blogs.

Bill G

Melissa December 15, 2009 at 12:55 am

Wow. This is depressing. As others have said, I have enjoyed your writings. You capture the right tone of snark in a way that I have always coveted (no matter how I try my hand at it, I just sound stupid…)

And going along with the book idea mentioned earlier, I think you would have a hit on your hands if you did a compilation of “Tales of the Cluefree” stories from you and other contributors. Think of it as something like “Cakewrecks” of the HR world.
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Best-Laid Plans… =-.

Xavier December 15, 2009 at 5:44 am

I recently stumbled upon your blog and, even if I’m not job hunting or in HR, I enjoyed it enough to subscribe to it and be happy whenever a new post appeared on my feed reader. That probably means something.

Thanks for your writting and enjoy your new brave life!

Evil HR Lady December 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

You’re going to take this down and not even let us re-read your stuff? I get questions all the time about interviewing and since I haven’t hired people for years and years and years I always send them here and tell them to search the archives. (And I send them to AAM as well, but she would never leave us, right, Alison????)

You can’t take it down. What if I have to on a job interview. I fully intended to come back here to remind myself of the important things. I’ll blame you if I show up to an interview drunk, after cutting off the hiring manager in traffic, wearing mismatched clothing and holding a wrinkled resume on pink paper that doesn’t even begin to reflect my actual work history.

I hope you’ll be able to sleep at night. :>)
.-= Evil HR Lady´s last blog ..Firing with a delay =-.

Alison December 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

No!!!! I love reading your blog and now with no more Tales of the Cluefree, what am I going to do with myself? I third the vote for you to guest blogs on AAM. You need to keep writing, it helps my day go by and I get a good laugh to start the day. I love your snarky attitude!

Em-Dash December 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

Kerry, you’re blog is always exciting!

This particular decision is exciting and (not wholly unexpected given some of your recent posts).

Whatever you are planning to do, I say go for it! Just let me know where you’ll be writing in the future — If it’s snarky, I am SO THERE!!

And I’d love be able to continue surfing the archives, if you are taking them down — please let me know so that I can re-read my favorite tales of the cluefree for a last chuckle!!!!
.-= Em-Dash´s last blog ..Not raindrops on roses =-.

Marsha Keeffer December 16, 2009 at 3:56 am

Love your wit and style. You clearly have adoring (and, in the case of Evil HR Lady, somewhat scary) fans. Well done and best of luck to you in everything! If you surface doing other writing please let me know…
.-= Marsha Keeffer´s last blog ..3 Who Know Motivation: Dan Pink, Nilofer Merchant and Ted Cross =-.

Natahle December 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

I just emailed you the story of the one that was arrested during his interview… enjoy!

Julie O'Malley December 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

[stomping foot] Not fair!!! Why is it always the good ones who go?

I applaud you and envy you, but I hate you for leaving us. Thank you for being a consistent source of wisdom, laughs, and unsweetened truth.
.-= Julie O’Malley´s last blog ..3 Easy Tips for Perfect Bullet Lists on Your Resume =-.

Rachel December 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

Count me in as one of the people who will miss reading you. You also have a standing invite to guest post at MediaJobsDaily any time you want, though I’m sure you have better things to do.

Go for the book; that would be awesome.
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Will The New Grads, Rejected, Ever Come Back? =-.

Marianne December 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Oh noooooo! You’re one of my favourite bloggers!

Please keep your blog up, even if it is inactive. You have some real gems on here. Particularly cluefree ones.

All the best with your new direction, I know you’ll do well
.-= Marianne´s last blog ..How I Tripled my Productivity (Warning: Don’t read this if you are naturally organised) =-.

Eliz December 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I figured this day was coming. I could tell you were thinking of changing paths. Congratulations, but also, boo! I hope you will continue to be “out there” reading, commenting and tweeting, even if you’re not blogging. You’re like a snarky kindred spirit. We can’t lose you!

Or blog about your new venture!

I so understand the dilemma of pursuing something that actually pays vs. devoting more attention to blogging. I’m starting to think blogging is the modern-day equivalent of serious charity work — it’s only for heiresses or those who have married very well. Or for guys named Seth. Or women whose husbands quit their job to be the wife’s one-man IT team and think they’re defending their wife on Twitter when what they’re really doing is damaging the family’s brand with his douchey and juvenile remarks … Wait. Where was I?

Good luck!

Kerry Sandberg Scott December 17, 2009 at 7:28 am

Trust me, I’ll still be “out there” commenting and tweeting. I’m over job-hunting talk, but I won’t ever be over snark.

I could try to talk my husband into being my one-man IT team and brand ambassador. Unfortunately, he doesn’t dance goofily around the kitchen or argue with strangers or grow beards to show how hard he’s been working. So he didn’t get the job.

I’d change my name to Seth and shave my head if I thought I’d make as much money as the real Seth. I don’t think it would work though. That’s not a good look for a pale female of Scandinavian descent such as myself. You’d see the veins in my head. No one wants that.

Dawn Kubiak December 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

Kerry~ Personally I wish you well and know you’ll be great whatever path you take, however, I think you’re truly going to miss the humor of HR cuz people are just humorous.

I’m sad to see you stopped blogging because I think your advice is spot-on and insightful and since dh doesn’t listen to my recruiting advice because we’re married (which is bizzare because when he tells me the computer is messed up I believe him even though we’re married) I forward these to him to help him in his job search (and not just because it’s a passive-aggresssive of way of saying I told you so!)

Since we have never found time to grab a diet coke, I hope this means you will be available to do so. AND we can compare pictures of the kids and argue about whose are cuter (you beat me in the girls competition!).

Take care and good luck!

Stacey December 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

How can you stop, I read all the time! It’s pretty much one of the few sites I frequent that doesn’t involve some sort of celebrity gossip or shopping on the internet!!
I feel like you’re leaving me all over again! You left me when you decided to stop being our boss last year and now you’re leaving again?
I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to do! Perhaps working in a library? :o) You are the only person I know who aspires to work in that area!

Bill G December 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm

So on the last day’s post (entitled “Exit Interview” ?) you’ll tell us what you’re doing next (as much as you prudently ought to anyway) and provide a link to your new blog on that topic, right?

I sure hope so!

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