Starting a new job is always a little overwhelming. You don't know anyone, you are unsure of the lingo used and there's always stuff going on around you that you don't quite understand. You don't know if your boss is a complete jerk and you're always watching what you say, trying to avoid sounding like an idiot. Wouldn't it be nice to have some more information about your working environment before beginning the job to help with the transition? A new site called Glassdoor.com may be able to help. More than that, the site will be able to help you decide what companies to apply to in the first place. The site claims to have the opinion of over 40,000 employees from over 11,000 companies around the world (although mostly in the United States). Employees anonymously write reviews of their company focusing on important qualities such as compensation, work/life balance, CEO rating, and leadership. The site is free, but in order to fully access all the reviews, you yourself have … [Read more...] about Don't Let the Glassdoor Hit You On the Way In
Archives for July 2008
The article "How to dress for success at work" is the second most popular item on CNN.com right now. Are you kidding me?Here are some nuggets • Stock your closet -- Start with the versatile basics, such as a pair of black pants, a dark pant suit, some button-down collared shirts and a classic pair of dark shoes. Once you have the staples, you can continue to build your wardrobe to give you plenty of professional options.• Keep it neat and clean -- Make sure your pants, shirts and other clothes are ironed, stain-free and in good condition. When your clothes look sloppy, so do you.• Steer clear of bar attire -- Don't mistake the office for your local watering hole. Leave the slinky shirts, tight pants and cut off t-shirts at home.• Look the part -- Have a client presentation or a meeting with the CEO? Dress for the part, making sure you choose appropriate articles of clothing for your role.Doesn't anyone ever get tired of the same crap recycled over and over again? While … [Read more...] about Why Is Boring Career Advice So Popular?
Some of us hopped on the green train back with Al Gore, some of us bought a ticket in the early 2000’s, and the majority of us begged to get on once gas prices skyrocketed. Regardless of when you realized that we all have an impact on the environment, it can prove difficult to translate your lifestyle changes to work. Certain changes are individualistic, while other may require approval by the company to transform. Here are some quickie reminders:1. RECYCLE. This can be done on both an individual and company level. As an individual, you can recycle the cans or plastic bottles of pop you purchase from the vending machine (or steal from the fridge; if you do steal, see the blog entry “Mind Your P’s and Q’s At Work"). At a company level, encourage your employer to put out recycle bins for the employees, bins for paper, and encourage them to recycle computers as well.2. UNPLUG THE CHARGER. Whether at home or work, if you use a cell phone charger, be sure … [Read more...] about Quick Ways to Be Green at Work
Time might heal all wounds, but it certainly doesn't solve all business problems. In the working world, most of us are at the mercy of the clock: punching in, lunch hours, time cards and so on. Early in our careers we are trained to be as efficient as possible, cramming our hours to be multi-tasked to the max. One lesson seldom taught in the power of inefficiency. I've already talked about how the 'experts' waste time at work. Today we're going to look at clock stoppers. These are bosses who know how to get your projects stuck in quicksand, and in the process, stop you in your tracks - or at least slow you down to a tortoise's crawl.Here's how they do it...DROWNING IN PAPERWORK. Paper has power. It can make things move forward or grind them to a halt. Usually, the more of it there is, the longer the delay. Any boss worth his/her salt knows the best way to get an employee off their back is to ask them to produce more paper. It could be a memo that … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Your Boss Stops Time (and you in your tracks)
Ever have a new person start at your office who within a week is acting as if they own the place? Don't blame the person, blame the organization (or your co-workers).Sure we want to make the rookie comfortable. Gone are the days of office hazing. (You know, stapling shrimp under a person's chair). The same way we train a dog, it's important to establish ground rules with the newbie early on, and enforce them consistently.This might sound cruel, but it's especially important for people who work closely with the new hire. The logic is simple - assuming you aspire to grow within the organization, you will need the respect of your peers. Plus, you'll make the transition easier when you finally get that deserved bump. Redefining roles is a cumbersome workplace challenge. Why make things harder on yourself? Including the rookie in every conversation and bringing them up to speed on every in-joke is a mistake.We leave breadcrumbs in all relationships, yet … [Read more...] about How to Treat the New Person at Work
Thinking of lighting up a smoke in the office bathroom? Think again! … [Read more...] about Busted for Smoking in Work Bathroom
From the Jobacle inbox...Do you ever feel like telling people at your job to back the F up? Time and time again I have experienced a frustrating phenomenon: people, who don't have your level of education and experience, question what you do.Despite my solid track record as an award-winning graphic designer, I find myself being questioned at every turn.Why is it when it comes to the creative arts, do people who don't know what the heck they're talking about, have to push their nose where it doesn't belong?Do these same people tell their doctor how to identify disease? Or their neighborhood dry cleaner how to remove a stain? I'm not suffering from an inferiority complex, at least I hope not. I don't expect coworkers to take my word as gospel, but a little respect to let me do what I do would be appreciated. The same way I trust them to do what it is they do.Am I alone? Thanks for entertaining my rant. My goal isn't to conjure up sympathy or play the world's … [Read more...] about Respect Your Creative Coworkers!
Whenever I search for a job, my father always gives me a lecture about “connections.” He explains that most jobs are filled by people who already have some connection to the company. Someone within the company tells their boss about a friend or family member who would be great for a job opening, and they end up getting it. "That's just the way it works," he says. I took his advice, and it helped me land a decent job during college. Part of me is uncomfortable with the idea because it feels a little dishonest, almost like cheating. And I can't help but wonder that the reason my boss did not seem to like me much during that job was because I used a family connection to get it. That said, if a hiring manager trusts the employee that is recommending someone, there is no reason why this can't be a solid method to hire an employee. Which makes it a great way to get a job. A new site called Jobirn claims to make this whole process very simple. They call themselves the "insider … [Read more...] about Jobirn: Real-Time Chat With Company Recruiters
Some sales men are hilarious. Yesterday, this dude was trying to sell me a 40" LCD television, even though I showed no interest what-so-ever. He had obviously just read some “how to” pop-psychology book on sales techniques, and was practicing his new found knowledge. His first “great idea” was to maintain eye contact, but in reality he just freaked the sh*t out me, because he was staring so much. At one stage I actually thought he was going to morph into Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs and slaughter me. Much to my pleasure...he didn’t. Anyway, this whole idea of eye contact is the basis of this article. Here is what I could find: Fixed Eye Contact: This is the gaze our nutty salesman adopted. The problem with this gaze is that a lot of the time it can make the other person feel very uncomfortable. It is almost as if they are literally looking into your brain. This type of eye contact can often be seen in people in a position of power (or those who wish to be), and can be … [Read more...] about 4 Strategies to Look Into My Eyes
I am not a huge comic book/superhero fan, but I did enjoy The Dark Knight this past weekend. While a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger might be a bit much, there is no doubt that strong acting, coupled with violent outbursts of action, made the film a smashing success.But I'm not here to lobby for Ebert or Roeper's old job. Rather, I'd like to tell you why you are Batman and your boss is The Joker. Or the other way around.The prevailing theme throughout The Dark Knight is the dependency between the hero and the villain. Without each other to fight, where would the other be? The question to ask yourself is: how good would you be at what you do without a boss?The answer might seem simple: 'I'd be better off with no one to answer to!' But let's look a little deeper. Take a crack at these questions:Without a boss...- Who would you fight?- Who would motivate you?- Who would hold you accountable?- Who would you rally against?- How would you fill the time?- … [Read more...] about Are You Batman? Your Boss The Joker?