When it comes to work, many of us have the same resolutions. We figured we'd save you the time and type them up for you. If you truly want to get your career on the right track or just have a better attitude towards work, we recommend you start off slow, picking one or two of the items below and building from there. These were my resolutions in 2008, and they're pretty much the same this year! Set a Deadline on "Perfecting" Your ResumeThe longer you wait to send it out, the longer it will take you to land a new job. You need to get it error-free but not at the expense of never finishing it. Resumes are fluid. Do not be afraid to hit the send button.Narrow Down What You Want to DoJust saying that you want a new job is a temporary solution. You must ask yourself the hard questions. You also need to rely on family and friends to give you an unbiased view at what you are good (and not so good) at.Stop Reading This WebsiteOk. I really don't want you to give up your Jobacle … [Read more...] about I Wrote Your 2010 Career Resolutions for You
Archives for December 2009
Here’s my axiom that I doubt you will find in any MBA or biz school curriculum: Everyone should be required to work at least 6 months in either retail or food service. I’ve worked in both industries and it’s some of the hardest work there is. (To this day I hate talking on the phone after working as a receptionist in a hair salon.)First of all, you are just out there on the selling or restaurant floor and subject to any and all personality types and their accompanying moods. Secondly, there are always those folks who enjoy treating you like “the help,” in a condescending, dismissive manner. And lastly, you are often being paid at minimum wage or only slightly above.And, yes, I realize that there are people in these jobs who don’t take the work seriously, do the job poorly, goof off or are rude. There are things you shouldn’t tolerate as a consumer - being ignored or treated badly. Sometimes that is management’s fault for hiring them … [Read more...] about Be Extra Kind to the “Help”
Last December I had a great list of goals for 2009 that I had refined over a couple of months. I was going to broaden my scope of writing, pitch a national glossy magazine and try to double my assignments. The financial goals, although less predictable, were at least on paper. I looked forward to the New Year.Then in mid-January, a family member had a fall that resulted in surgeries and rehab that lasted until May. My nicely laid career plans took a distant backseat. In fact, I wasn’t able to do much work at all - concentration was zero. My time was occupied by sitting in hospital waiting rooms and advocating for the patient. Any mental energy left over went towards keeping a minimal work load afloat.While grateful to have work while others were losing jobs, my AR took quite a hit. I quickly revised the financial picture to a realistic level. I’ve spent the last months of 2009 catching up and trying to re-imagine some of those ‘09 goals for ’10. Some positive … [Read more...] about Set 2010 Career Goals, Then Be Flexible
These bastards don't even let up for the holidays! Dear Prospective Employee, My name is Madeline Haarland, I am the Manager of Find Job On-Line, a leading recruiting agency for home based jobs. I email you with regard to the job seeking information you posted at CareerBuilder.com. I viewed your resume and you seem to be an appropriate candidate for the position which is currently open within one of the companies we perform our recruiting campaigns for.Could you please confirm you are still interested in employment? If you are, please, let me know and I will get back to you with more information on the position. Best regards, Madeline Haarland, HR Agent Find Job On-LineGjorwellsgatan 28, 112 60Stockholm, Sweden firstname.lastname@example.org … [Read more...] about Fake Job Post of the Week
I dread this time of year. For some reason, many bosses think they can use the holidays as a time to act inappropriately. Does this happen at your job too? … [Read more...] about The Holidays Are Not an Excuse to Act Like an Ass!
Don’t kid yourself, it IS getting smaller…Okay, better and funnier minds than mine (Scott Adam’s Dilbert et al) excel at lampooning cubicle culture. But a recent Wall Street Journal article, Office Personal Space Is Crowded Out, by Sarah E. Needleman addresses the actual shrinking of the cubicle space and what that means for the workforce.Needleman gives an example from an interior design group that is creating new work areas that are now 48 sq. ft., down from 64 sq. ft. five years ago. When I mentioned that to my husband, he said the 48 sq. ft. actually sounded roomier than his current space. I'm sure a number of very practical reasons go into these decreases; companies needing to cut costs during the recession, elimination of space for employees who work mostly away from the office or adapting to a more open floor plan. The article also mentions the lowering of cubicle partitions. Hubby’s used to be around 5½ ft. high and now is closer to 4 ft. … [Read more...] about The Incredible Shrinking Cubicle
Yes, I know, I should just be grateful to have a job. But what fun would that be?It would be easy to sit back and allow the $100 a month raise - $35 a check after taxes - to simply fade into our finances. Such an inconsequential amount of money would easily be absorbed into our regular spending habits without us ever noticing a change. So I've decided to make the most out of the extra ducats - but I need your help.How should I spend my 3% raise?A. Additional money to mortgage paymentSubmitting an extra $70 a month towards my mortgage will save me $19,482 on interest over the life of the loan (29 years).B. Donate each monthIt's nice to help others, but in reality, you are really helping yourself. If you believe in the Law of Reciprocation - or Karma - then by giving freely, you are building up positive equity that can be cashed in at a later date.C. Invest in myself by taking a classWill greater education lead to a bigger paycheck? There's no … [Read more...] about What Should I Do With My 3% Raise?
I can already feel my jaw start to clench when someone asks me about my holiday plans. Combined with heavy workloads (last quarter/last chance?) and family expectations, we get a little nuts this time of year, but a lot of that stress is self-imposed. So, how can we not give in to the usual frenzy and stay saner this year? I love a good acronym, don’t you? H.A.L.T. is one I borrow from 12-step programs because it’s especially applicable this time of year. HALT stands for “hungry, angry, lonely and tired.” A great tool for the newly recovering person, it fits for the “lay” population, too. H - Don’t get too hungry: Over-indulging is practically a national pastime this time of year. (I come from and married into a family where eating is almost a contact sport - it’s not pretty.) But high-carb and sugar intake can make you cranky and stressed. Pace yourself.A - Don’t get angry: Going into potentially stressful situations … [Read more...] about Stress-Busters and Holiday Survival Guide
The past several weeks of work have been pretty darn swell, and I have no one to thank but myself.After an annoying stretch where everything work-related that could go wrong did, I decided that checking my anger and recalibrating my focus was essential for my mental health. A weekend of healthy eating, exercise and meditation helped. But by the time Wednesday came, I felt my equanimity begin to shift. Then I received a package at Jobacle HQ...inside, a career book titled Working for You Isn't Working for Me. With several books and review offers coming in each day, I've learned to temper my expectations. Actually, I've learned to realize that most career books suck. But not this one. In fact, I'd like to thank the authors - without this book, I don't think I'd be on the good run I'm currently experiencing.Written by pyschotherapist Katherine Crowley and management consultant Kathi Esther, the book is the "ultimate guide to managing your … [Read more...] about Managing Your Boss
Awhile back, I wrote about skipping the office holiday parties, “How Do You Politely Decline the Workplace Ritual?” If you weren’t able to dodge that bullet or have more work functions plus the usual family fetes coming up, here’s another strategy.We all have those annoying, borderline loony co-workers to contend with - the one who always labels her bag lunch in flowing script with the fat Sharpie, the office-supply Nazi who restricts your paperclip access or the incessant suck-up. I truly believe that we often act out our own little office “family” dysfunction with everyone assuming a specific role. Make it a game (ooh, maybe this could be the new Bingo?) and look around and see what roles you can identify.Then there’s your real family. Holidays can be especially challenging as they often highlight those not-so-Hallmark-card relationships. But how about making this year about acceptance? Let’s try accepting those close to us and … [Read more...] about Embrace Your Co-workers’/Family’s Dysfunction for the Holidays