Duke University Study Shows Why People Prefer Dead End Jobs
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2013
When I was a child growing up in Maryland, we visited relatives in New York and Philadelphia often. Back in the eighties, the toll booth operator job on the New Jersey turnpike was the national symbol of boredom. I remember sitting at the booth longer than we had to just so that the poor operator could have some human conversation. Albert Camus might have been thinking of the toll booth operator when he wrote The Myth of...
4 Steps to Landing a Job this Holiday Season
by Brad Karsh - Dec, 2013
Midterms are over and before you know it you'll be headed home for Thanksgiving Break. It's just starting to get cold, summer is a long way off right? Wrong. While getting a job or internship for next summer may be the last thing on your mind right now, it shouldn't be. The truth is, what separates successful job hunting students from the unsuccessful is what they do right now, before the holidays. As a former recruiting...
A New Job for the New Year? The Time to Start is Now!
by Melani Ward - Dec, 2013
In January, we will see many blog posts, newsstories, and talk shows discussing “new jobs for the new year.” Why wait and get lost in the crowd? Now is the time to get started! The job market varies significantly based on your geographic location, industry, and occupation. However, in general we know this is a challenging job market. That translates to a longer period to secure a new job. Getting out there quickly can g...
Company Research Leads to Interview Success – Knock em Dead Secrets & Strategies
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2013
As you sit down across from yet another interviewer, you feel strangely confident. After countless bad interviews you’ve fixed all your weak spots. Your resume is in good shape, you have an understanding of the job you’re applying for, and you can relate your skills and experiences to the requirements of the position. All the pieces are falling into place, and you know, just know, that nothing can go wrong this time. That’s wh...
Five Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Boss
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
If the kind of relationship you have with your boss can determine how successful you are in your career and ultimately how much money you can earn, why not invest the time and commitment necessary to make sure you and your direct manager see eye-to-eye? Here are five tips on how to improve your relationship with your boss regardless of personality type. 1. Schedule weekly catch-up meetings. Your boss simply cannot ke...
Gallup Reports 70% US Workers Unengaged - Enter: Personal Branding
by Jean Cummings - Dec, 2013
Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace Report came out a few days ago and finds that between 1010 and 2012 only 30% of workers report being actively engaged at work, 50% are unengaged, and 20% are actively disengaged (working against the company's interest). The report estimates that this high number of unengaged workers costs the US up to $550B annually. These losses result from absenteeism, health and safety issues, q...
Getting Along With Difficult People at Work
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2013
“Last week, my boss hired a “trainee” straight out of college to work in our department. She is young and it really showed in how she behaved. The problem is, this new “co-worker” of mine started acting like a prima donna. She has become manipulative and dominant. Some of my colleagues are complaining behind her back. It was becoming a nightmare for me just being near her. It has even made me think of quitting.” Dealing w...
Heat Up Your Job Search This Summer
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
Three weeks ago I met with a new client, Rich. He expressed urgency because he has been out of work for eight months. We discussed the career history information necessary to create his resume. After following up with Rich, he said he would need a few more days. In five days, I called again and Rich replied that he would be visiting friends in Seattle for a several days and probably would not have a chance to work on this....
How to Deal with an End-of-Year “Pink Slip”
by Ford R. Myers - Dec, 2013
The fourth quarter of the year is the most common time for employees to get laid off. One mistake many people make is that they leave themselves vulnerable by not being prepared for year-end changes in their work situation. If you (or anyone you know) were unfortunate enough to “get the pink slip” in December, the following six steps will help you re-gain control of your career and prepare for a successful transition: Per...
Staying Viable After a “No”
by Harry Urschel - Dec, 2013
A while ago I wrote a piece titled… “No” may not be final! The point of the article was that it’s not unusual for a company to be interested in hiring a particular candidate even after they rejected them for a position they were initially pursuing. The article gave a number of reasons to be sure to let the employer know you would still be interested in pursuing other opportunities at the organization as something approp...
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