This is the first holiday season I’m spending alone. Well, I did get stuck at college one time, but the stranded all hung out together. I won’t bore you with gory details; I’m just not up for it this year. I’m opting to hang with the cat.I don’t mean to step on any religion’s toes – you are free to observe, celebrate or whatever. But I won’t be there. Sure, I’ll spend some time with my mother around Christmas, but for the most part, I’ll be doing the “Anti-Holidays.”So here are some of my Anti-Holiday survival (Stress-Busters and Holiday Survival Guide) plans:· Watch movies - No, no holiday-themed ones. I’m thinking more like “The Fast and the Furious.” Now, I’m not a gearhead, but I do like nice cars. Plus it’s just so right to make fun of Vin Diesel.· Food – No … [Read more...] about The “Anti-Holidays” Survival Guide
Archives for November 2010
Communication skills are vital to our careers, yet we don’t often look for opportunities to improve them. While dealing with salespeople can be stressful—we often see them as a drain on our bank account—that interaction can also serve as a chance to sharpen our negotiation skills. And learning to negotiate is essential no matter what career we’re striving for.Here are a few ways to improve your communication skills the next time you deal with a salesperson:1. Ask a ridiculous question.Whoever said there are no stupid questions was a fool. If you’ve ever asked a silly question, you know what it feels like to have blood rush to your face. Yet we can’t avoid asking silly questions once in a while; we need the answers no matter how much it hurts. Asking whatever questions come to your mind, regardless of how silly they seem, will help you feel comfortable asking that important question at work.2. Negotiate the price.There are two types of people in this … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Use Salespeople to Advance Your Career
In my job as a Deputy Sheriff, confidence can mean the difference between going home safely and being in a potentially deadly situation. As a female officer who stands 5’4” and weighs 130 pounds, I am not a physically imposing person. However, the people I work with are often as much as a foot taller than I am and many pounds heavier. I work in a jail, and my typical work day finds me in a room alone with as many as 96 inmates who have charges ranging from traffic offenses to murder. Yet as part of my job, I am required to keep these individual safe from themselves and others and to enforce rules that may seem petty, such as not allowing inmates to wear the legs of their uniforms rolled up to the knee. The key to staying safe and keeping my community safe is confidence. While your job may not include people who want to (literally) kill you, chances are you could benefit by being more confident at work. The first tip I would give is to … [Read more...] about How to Be Confident at Work
Insurance is something that can be greatly beneficial to you. For a small fee you can get some financial security and peace of mind, protecting yourself against some of the terrible things that can happen in life. However, sometimes insurance is just a waste of money. Carefully consider the following 10 types of insurance before getting them because you may not need them: 1. Car Rental Insurance. You may have enough insurance protection from your personal auto insurance and your credit card protections that you don’t need additional car rental insurance. In many cases, the insurance that you can get at a car rental agency is redundant so you’re wasting a lot of money for absolutely no reason. Look into this carefully before any trip that you take. 2. Credit Card Insurance. This is insurance that pays off your credit card balance in the event of your death, severe disability or certain unemployment situations. … [Read more...] about 10 Types of Insurance You May NOT Need
In these politically-correct, economically-challenging times, buying the perfect inexpensive holiday gifts for coworkers is more difficult than ever. But before you go to the dark side and join the cubicle Grinch, check out our list of Jobacle-approved inexpensive gifts for coworkers that are both neutral and cheap - and guaranteed to be appreciated for Christmas or any holiday. Brush up on The Rules of Office Gift Giving and go buy these today! Most gifts are under $10. Add your holiday gift ideas for coworkers in the comments section. And be sure to check out Gift for Coworkers, a blog dedicated to affordable office gifts. And don't miss our post on bulk Christmas gifts for coworkers. Umbrella Rhianna not included. Everyone appreciates a good umbrella, especially if it's lightweight, folds up small, and can withstand the elements. I've never met an umbrella I couldn't lose, and that's precisely why it makes the perfect inexpensive gifts for coworkers. Size does matter. Go … [Read more...] about 109 Gifts for Coworkers That Are Cheap and Neutral
In the old days, the answer to the question, "how long should I stay at my company?" was basically "forever." Today it is a much different question and answer. And with the economy still shaky, it is important to really think this through. Because today with so many people out of work your career history will get a lot more scrutiny. And if your resume suggests “instability” or “poor judgment”, you become more of a risk to hiring managers -- especially when compared to someone with longer stints at fewer jobs. Of course that’s not the case with everyone, but “job hopping” is still a resume killer for many recruiters and hiring managers. There will always be a crowd that will never forgive your career spontaneity. Interestingly though, in the next few years, this question of “how long should I stay” will become highly relevant for the working population. At some point the focus will shift from the … [Read more...] about Quiz: How Long Should I Stay At My Company?
It's another Monday morning, which means new (alleged) fake job posts in the Jobacle inbox. Apply at your own peril!--------------------From: Alma Foley, firstname.lastname@example.orgHi, if you are interested in a well-paid part-time(2-3 hours a day) vacancy in a large transportation & logistics company please message me.Best regards,TransGlobal LogisticsExplore career opportunities : ID Y384ZPR--------------------Looking for more fake job opportunities? Check out job scams from the past. … [Read more...] about Fake Job Post of the Week: TransGlobal Logistics
I'm not a religious man, but sometimes, work frustration, can bring me to my knees. Here's how to tell if you need to pray at work. … [Read more...] about Forward of the Week: How to Tell If You Need to Pray at Work
Do you find yourself searching for a job—even when you’re relatively happy with the one you have? Most of us keep our eyes out for jobs that would cause us less stress, but if you're constantly looking when you don't need to, you might have a problem. And yes, attending an endless loop of career fairs IS a problem. Signs of job-search addiction include: Feeling like you must visit job boards daily or several times a day Failing in your attempts to stop visiting job boards Doing things you wouldn't normally do to access job boards (like hijacking Wi-Fi on your vacation) Feeling like job boards help you deal with even minor problems at work Focusing more and more time and energy searching for jobs Sound familiar? Fear not! We're about to go Dr. Drew on you and get you into recovery. Here’s how to spot trouble and correct it: Warning Sign #1: Repetition If you find yourself conducting the same job search every day, several … [Read more...] about Are You Addicted to the Job Search?
Okay, if you read that headline and thought, “Oooh, holiday tasties and pretties, I’m so there...,” that’s not the only office food I’m talking about. Imagine if you will that there might actually be room on the conference room table for something nutritious. No, I’m really serious. I am not a member of the food police; we all have enough of those folks in our lives. Maybe it’s your mother, hubby or your carb-fearing pal’s voice in your ear, “Are you really going to eat THAT?” I work in a home office, but I’m just as guilty as cube folks when it comes to grabbing a non-nutritious substance to eat at the desk. I’m also light-years from being a nutrition expert, but if your office’s eating habits are composed solely of the sugar, fat and caffeine food groups, maybe it’s time to mix it up. 1. Almonds – No, not those smoked salty things. Try the plain, roasted ones. Nuts are not the new rice cakes, but they are good for you. 2. Low-fat string cheese – I don’t know where … [Read more...] about 10 Foods to Add to Your Office "Diet"