A new Web site, moneybackjobs is calling out the job boards:"The industry as a whole has become too rigid, too slow to change, and unwilling to think outside the box."Ouch.While we are in agreement with this statement, and dig the fact that the site is opening up a revenue stream for job seekers, we're not 100% sold on the concept.If a job seekers lands a job through moneybackjobs, they are rewarded 5 - 7.5% of their starting salary after 30 days at the new job. Employers are charged 10 - 12% of the candidate's starting salary when they make a hire. Employers can currently purchase a block of 10 job posting for $450.So what’s the catch, you ask?Well, since the Web site just launched on August 5, 2008, there's no track record. Plus, the number of jobs currently being offered are quite limited.Here is how it works:*Sign up to upload your resume, as well as the option to include a link to your YouTube video profile.*Search for jobs; the Web site will simultaneously … [Read more...] about MoneyBackJobs: Ditch Monster, Get Rewarded
Archives for August 2008
George Jetson was hired to push a button. Nothing more. Nothing less. His boss, Mr. Spacely, never wanted to hear from George about how he could push the button differently or be more productive.Where I'm going with this is how there are many jobs where you are merely expected to carry out a function—that's it—case closed.For some people, this type of work is easy and appreciated. Others find it boring, frustrating, and claustrophobic.I always promised myself I would never become the "button pusher." Read more at US News and World Report. … [Read more...] about Work: Where Good Ideas Go to Die?
Attention professional and amateur resume writers...It's been a full year; it's officially time to update my resume. Despite writing this blog and staying ahead of the curve on online career resources, I realize that I've hit a wall. It's time for fresh eyes to come in and give my resume a tweak - or an overhaul.Over the years, we've received many e-mails asking if hiring someone to re-write your resume is worth the money. Here's the answer: I have no idea, but I'm about to find out.Welcome to the Jobacle Resume Challenge. The mission, should you accept to choose it, is simple. Take my current resume and rework it as you see fit. Make your changes and the results will be featured on Jobacle.com. A winner will be chosen by our panel of Jobacle writers. We'll explain the process of working with a resume writer to our readers and provide your link and contact information - even if you don't win.The winner will receive bragging rights, an approved Jobacle icon to place on their Web site, a … [Read more...] about Resume Writing Challenge: Enter to Win
Recently I started a new job, and last week I was introduced to my boss, who happens to be an old school friend. Upon seeing him I felt happy about the whole situation, but then I started to get a bad feeling about working under someone whom I know quite well. There are a number of positives and negatives outlined below. 1. It’s nice to know that I have someone who I can trust, and someone who will have my back. Then again, it’s not fair on the new members of staff who can see the obvious benefits I am receiving.2. I am basically getting a free ride because I’m getting all the easy jobs that everyone else wants. I don’t mind this too much, but I can feel a tension building in the other members of staff, especially the ones who have to do the “newbie jobs” I should be doing.3. During work hours I am around my friend/boss a lot and we tend to joke around quite often and take lunches together. I do not want the other members of staff to think I am brown nosing all of the time, but … [Read more...] about A Moral Dilemma: My Boss Is My Friend
Bad acting, cheesy dialogue, unrealistic scenarios. It all reminds me of health class in middle school. Remember those videos demonstrating the dangers of drug and alcohol use and how to handle the peer pressure? I can picture them now... "Just try the pot Jimmy, come on man, you'll like it!"Jimmy looks confused. The voice over narrator asks, "What should Jimmy do?" Ahh, good times. So what reminded me of those superbly produced educational videos? A relatively new site called Employaid. The point of Employaid is to develop "an online community for corporate employees to find the resources they need for career success." What that means is that the site provides articles, podcasts, blog posts and most importantly - videos, all with the hope of improving the work experience. If you're looking for entertainment, please check out the videos. My favorite so far has been the one on office gossip, which you can watch here. Here is some dialogue from the video so you … [Read more...] about Employaid: Career Videos That Are Accidentally Funny
The Jobacle team always has its collective ear to the pavement to bring you the latest career 2.0 Web site reviews and employment news. One of my favorite sites that we've covered over the past year is Razume. (Read our original post here.) Designed to let users upload a resume and receive critiques from a community, the online destination, to this point, has not received the attention it deserves.That may be about to change, thanks in part to an expansion of offerings. The team of Sam Blum and Kyle Stoneman have developed a three-prong system to aid job seekers:- Powerful resume authoring tools with the ability to easily share your CV. Solicit advice from other users or use an annotation tool to leave feedback.- Free one-click posting to the major job boards; 7 million job postings aggregated from around the Web.- Research perspective employees and get tips and techniques (this functionality is currently unavailable)The site is currently in beta and recently … [Read more...] about Razume: Free Opinions on Your Resume
With the start of the real Olympics hours away, some of my friends have started their own version of the Olympics at work. Maybe they got the idea from the TV show, “The Office,” or maybe all the talk about the actual competition fueled the fire. Either way these ideas should help for spicing up the work place, especially on a Friday. 1. First, you need to make it known you want to hold an Office Olympics. Round up your friends, then the people who are sleeping on their desks, and then hang up fliers (if you have permission from the big guys...or take the rogue route!).2. Set the patriotic mood. Make fake torches, get the Olympic rings going, and make sure to define your Olympics. Will it be by department (Accounting vs. Marketing), each person for their own, or some other boundary?3. Pick your events. This is where it can get phenomenal, depending on your level of boredom. Here are some ideas to get your Office Olympics started:* … [Read more...] about How to Hold 2008 Office Olympics
You're tan and relaxed, and your mind is a million miles from work. The problem is, you ARE at work. You've just returned from an amazing vacation where you did everything except think about the office.Changing mindsets is a difficult task. This is why it is essential to give yourself every possible opportunity to ease back gracefully. Here are a few tips how...BE ORGANIZED BEFORE YOU LEAVESet your 'out of office' reminders well in advance. Forgetting to take this step could result in a larger number of e-mail/calls to respond to when you return.Empty out your inbox by archiving all older messages. This will help you feel less overwhelmed when the vacation ends and keep your mailbox from exceeding the size limit, since most companies have a low threshold.Give your desk and general office space a quick clean. There's nothing like returning to a lemony-fresh workspace.ARRIVE EARLY UPON RETURNEfficient workers know that it's easier to get things done … [Read more...] about Returning From Vacation Sucks. 6 Ways to Ease the Pain.
Finally...a use for all of those old VHS tapes. … [Read more...] about VHS Tape Office Prank
Watching the Old-Timers' Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium this past weekend, I was filled with the usual barrage of mixed emotions. Ranging from proud glee to a distinct fear of aging, the rollercoaster ride of an event not only pays tribute to the players of yesterday, but helps fans understand how an empire was built.While the corporate environment does not usually have the star power or 'excitement' of professional sports, there might be something to be said for understanding how your company got where it is today.So I pose the question:Is it time for your company to hold an old-timers' day?(Though I'm sure HR will make us come up with a more politically correct name. Perhaps 'Come Back to Work Day' or 'Unretirement Day.' )For an exercise like this to be successful, current employees would have to show interest - and patience.Who sat in your chair before you? How did they get things done before the computer age?Even an alumni day would be interesting; at the very least, you could … [Read more...] about Old-Timers' Day Comes to Work