Five Words You Don’t Want to Be Caught Saying After a Layoff
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Nov, 2009
Today a long time friend was laid off “unexpectedly” – she was given no notice and turned in her company computer and phone on the spot. Nothing against her employer (business IS business), but she was left ill-prepared, to say the least. “I have a few cards,” she told me in a flat monotone. “I am eerily calm.” Of course, I offered my commiseration and any help in the way of a resume and contacts. HOWEVER, I was absolut...
Office Politics Dos and Don'ts
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2009
DO - Set boundaries as to how you use various social networks (e.g. Facebook for personal, LinkedIn for professional) and make sure you communicate those boundaries so that feelings aren't hurt. DON'T let your boss and co-workers catch you chatting and playing with Facebook applications when you should be working. DO - Use your real name on Twitter to network with people you wouldn't have the chance to communicate with in...
Tell-Tale Characteristics of Company Culture
by Rob Taub - Nov, 2009
Many companies today promote building teams over individuals; respecting the entry-level mailroom clerk and the top salesperson equally; consider failure the beginning not the end of developing talents and careers; and where ‘Values’ are not fads. Still in other companies you will find a lack of esprit de corps where departments operate as fiefdoms not work in partnership with one another; where leadership is assigned not earn...
Would You Brush a Hippo’s Teeth?
by Dawn Bugni - Nov, 2009
As you may already know, I ran a pet sitting service in addition to my resume writing enterprise. (October 5th I notified clients I was shutting down.) If you think working for corporate America is demanding, try caring for someone’s animals in their own home. Goodness me, the stories I could tell. I also volunteer as a Career Expert for Careerealism’s Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) Anonymous individuals pose job search an...
Is it Time To Say Goodbye - Why It Might Be The Right Time To Quit Your Job, Even In The Current Economy
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2009
Is it the time? Do you really think so? Even in this economy? Quit your job. There, I said it. Many of us think about it. You think to yourself “I would love to get out of here – permanently.” How do you determine when it’s time to go? I speak to many people who lament their current work situation; yet, they are loath to do anything about it; plus the economy stinks – there are no jobs. Why? From my experience it’s because peo...
To Temp Or Not To Temp - That Is The Question
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2009
Working in a temporary position or on a contract assignment can be a great way to dip your big toe in the pool to see if you actually want to go for a swim. Frankly, I like the idea of temping – it’s try before you (potentially) buy. You can really get the ‘lay of the land’ and avoid buyer’s remorse that sometimes happens when you accept a position and then shortly thereafter decide that you hate it and made a mistake. You sho...
Dangling Carrots Wilt
by Nan S. Russell - Nov, 2009
"Red tape. Infighting. Office politics. Employee morale. Can't get things done. Lack of communication. Layers of bureaucracy. Not valued. Rude, difficult people. Indecision. Lack of support. Inconsistency. No clear direction." These are sample answers from readers to a Winning at Working survey that asked about the biggest problems at work. And then we wonder, as supervisors and managers, why employees aren't motivated? Wor...
What Nobody At Work Will Tell You
by Elizabeth Freedman - Nov, 2009
Here’s a workplace rule we all know, but sometimes forget: Don’t Assume They’ll Just Tell You That There’s a Problem. Whenever I deliver any kind of seminar, whether it’s about communication, business etiquette, or anything else for that matter, there are always a couple of cranky folks in the audience who provide the same feedback: “I don’t need this! I’m fine! I would never show up to work wearing or doing anything unprof...
Getting Rehired By The Company That Laid You Off
by Elizabeth Freedman - Oct, 2009
As the economy starts to slowly get back on its feet, companies are also slowly starting to rehire. You loved your old job and would like nothing more than to be rehired by your former employer. How to get back on the short list when your company starts hiring again? Here are a few ideas to consider: Here’s the good news: You’re well-positioned to be a top contender for a shot back in the door at your former employer. A...
Be Who You Want to Be
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2009
In high school, you probably had a friend whom all the parents loved. You remember the type: good student, athletic team star, community volunteer, kind to children and animals, etc, etc. This kid never got in trouble and always did everything that was expected of her. And every time your mom or dad praised her, you would feel a little twinge of envy. A part of you wished you were that kid. The part of us that wants to be l...
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