Years ago when I graduated with a business degree, I fancied myself as fierce and ready for the world!I had been "briefed" on business structures, marketing strategies, resume styles, balance sheets, and the whole kit and caboodle. I was too hot to trot.Then reality set in.Although my college experience and exposure contributed to some degree to my success in the corporate arena, I must admit, in retrospect, that there were some workplace dynamics definitely not covered as we were prepared for life beyond the classroom.Whether you are a recent graduate or are of the "Mrs. Robinson's" era, take note. 1. Independent and progressive thinking is not always valued or encouraged. Sure, suggestion boxes and surveys are tools most employers often use to assess employee satisfaction, procedural needs, and strategic direction; still watch your words. Be careful of expressed views that are too “radical” or those that may be perceived as a negative reflection on … [Read more...] about 4 Career Lessons They Don't Teach in Business School
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A new survey by free texting app textPlus shows certain workplace interactions - those typically reserved for a face-to-face or phone conversation - are taking place more and more over text message.In early 2008 Jobacle wondered if texting in sick was career suicide. According to these stats, it might be safer than we thought (though we definitely do not recommend it).When it comes to college kids and recent grads (18-24 years old):· 11% think it’s appropriate to ask for a raise via text· 32% say it’s OK to “call in sick” to work via text (22% have actually done it)· 11% think it’s alright to quit a job via textAnd as for the generation after that - the one raised on text messages (13-17 years old):· 18% of 13-17 year olds think it’s appropriate to ask for a raise via text· 51% think it’s OK to “call in sick” to work via text· 20% think it’s alright to quit a job via … [Read more...] about Text Message Sick…Acceptable Work Practice?
It’s so hot here...fill in the blank. It’s so hot here I’m actually working to avoid mowing. But in true writer’s procrastination mode, I’m also finding many ways to avoid writing. Has the heat drained your brain and energy, too? Well, I’m on my usual shopping sites and IM-ing other folks who are in work-avoidant mode. But I realize I need to expand my time-waster repertoire, so I turned to an expert. Countess Blow-Off-Work (who also happens to be a writer) hooked me up with some Web sites. Some of the following I’ve (and you may have) seen, but several were new to me. (Disclaimer: I did pick those sites or sub-site that were rated PG. I'm NOT responsible if you venture beyond and get sent to the Principal's office.) If you are eying the donuts at work and murmuring, “Nom, nom…,” you are probably a frequent flier on icanhascheezburger.com (or lolcats). It’s been around awhile, but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s a site with pictures of cats with funny captions. You can submit your own pix … [Read more...] about Bored at Work? 8 Websites to Hone Your Time-Wasting Skills
It's been a while, and you're used to hanging out in your bathrobe and fuzzy bunny slippers, catching up on all the back episodes of Psych and Leverage and tossing out a few dozen résumés every week. Now, after months of surviving on unemployment checks and home-cooked meals, someone wants to interview you, tomorrow. Panic time! Are your skills up-to-date enough? Do you remember how to handle office politics with grace? Does your alarm clock still work? Are your business clothes pressed? What about Psych?Step one was given to us decades ago by the great philosopher Douglas Adams: DON'T PANIC!OK, actually, that's Step Zero. But it's good advice. Step one is DECIDE WHETHER TO WORK. The first thing you need to do is figure out if this job is actually worth going back to work for. It might seem a little strange, but if it's a step down from your last position, it might be better to hold out. Calculate how much money … [Read more...] about Months Into Unemployment, and The Interview Cometh – 3 Steps to Success
Simply put, finding an internship used to be a pain in the butt. Cold calling and/or waiting around for a college advisor was never fun. Luckily, the future workforce doesn't have to endure those pains, thanks in part to YouTern.com.YouTern connects emerging talent with entrepreneurial-driven companies via internships. Think of it as a (free!) Match.com for ambitious students gearing up to transition into "real" work. YouTern compares the skill set and aspirations of the intern with the specific needs of each company in their database and makes a match.I recently had a chance to talk with YouTern CEO Mark Babbitt. To say he is passionate about what he is doing would be an understatement. Jobacle.com: What is YouTern and how does it help internship seekers and employers? Mark Babbitt, YouTern CEO: YouTern is an online community that connects entrepreneurial-minded companies and emerging talent through internships. With YouTern, start-ups and small-to-medium … [Read more...] about How to Find Internships: A Chat With YouTern CEO
What happens when life gives you lemons? That's the question that the unmployed are forced to answer when they get word that they are being fired."Lemonade" is an inspirational film that focuses on 16 advertising professionals. Learn how they went from having their creaticty serve someone else to serving themselves.Once the haze and fear clears, getting the axe is a clean slate, and if you're willing to embrace it, anything is possible. Watch more free documentaries … [Read more...] about 16 Unemployed Folks Make Their Dreams a Reality