You either love the Jersey Shore or you hate it. Its critics say that the show provides nothing of value, just senseless partying, hooking up, and drama. Its fans say that that’s why it so addicting! Furthermore, who would have thought that the show can be the basis for 5 valuable career lessons? Brand Yourself Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino is known for his six pack abs and his large, yet funny, ego. DJ Pauly D is never shown DJing on the show. Regardless, his stereotypical guido looks and likability have made him one of the most sought after DJs in the US. Career Lesson: Differentiate your resume and in your interviews by focusing on numbers and results. What do you have that very few of your competition have? It may not be a bulging biceps, but it may be impressive sales. Have Fun Each cast member of the Jersey Shore gets paid $100,000 per episode to have 2 month long vacations, while the average American gets 14 days of vacation per year, or less. Career Lesson: The … [Read more...] about 5 Career Lessons From Jersey Shore
Archives for April 2012
Perhaps your ambitions do not include heading off to college after high school. After all, a bachelor's degree simply isn’t for everyone. Or perhaps you have thought about attending college, but it just isn’t in the cards for you for one reason or another. But now what do you do to earn a living? Simply put, you need to find a career that will train you on-the-job, but you don’t want to this career to entail working at the local hamburger stand. You want a reputable career that you can take pride in. And thankfully, not all good careers require years of further schooling. You may have wondered about your prospects in the world of healthcare. After all, medicine is becoming more and more advanced every day. Sure, careers in healthcare can be prestigious and offer long-term job security, but not many people have the time, finances, or educational background needed in order to enter medical school. But what you may not know is that there are many entry-level healthcare positions out … [Read more...] about Top 8 Healthcare Occupations Offering On-The-Job Training
Communication between business and customer has changed rapidly since the inception of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking platforms. No longer will hiding behind exhibition stands at tradeshows and job fairs do the trick – if you’re a member of one of these sites, you can expect Joe Public to let you know just how he feels about you, which might be good or it might be bad. The important thing is to be prepared. Let me explain. Last week, I was gearing up to see one of my favourite bands play at one of my least favourite venues in the city. My excitement, although dampened somewhat by the unfortunate location where this band (or more likely the band’s label) had chosen to play, spilled onto Twitter: My reasons for disliking company X (company name removed out of pure fear) are pretty much summed up by the above tweet, so I won’t go into it. Let me just say that hiking drinks prices when a band plays a venue is something I have never agreed with. Nor do I agree … [Read more...] about Twitter for Businesses: How to Avoid Embarrassment
A recent Cornerstone OnDemand/Harris 2012 U.S. Employee Report indicated that only 20 percent of employees have established career goals with their manager or employer through a performance review. What’s worse is that less than half (45 percent) said the feedback they receive is a fair and accurate representation of their performance. By pairing these statistics together, we can see that workers don’t feel like they’re getting the right feedback--and not much is being done to correct the way a manager feels about an employee’s performance. So, what can an employee do on their end? Believe it or not, your manager may have no idea, or at least have little direction, in what your active goals are. So, it may be a good idea to fill them in: What are active goals? Active goals can be anything you’re working on right now. As a rule of thumb: Shorter term goals: 30 days or less Short-term goals: 45 days or less Long-term goals: several months Typically, your goals (short-term or … [Read more...] about Survive Your Performance Review By Utilizing Active Goals
Although most people assume that their boss is supposed to do all the managing in the workplace, this isn’t so. While your boss is dictating, delegating and often disrespecting, you should be reacting the correct way to control how they view and treat you. It does not matter if you are plagued with Mr. Grumpy, Ms. Annoying or the extra-friendly, always-hugging, shoulder-touching, second-glance type, there are things that you can do to manage your boss. Grumpy McGrumperson It is amazing how some people get into the position they do. How leaders expect to motivate a staff when they are always grumpy, angry or stressed, is a question no one seems to know the answer to. So, how do you handle these bosses? Do you hide in your cubicle? Never make eye contact in hopes that they won’t talk to you? Kiss up beyond belief until you are so annoying you can’t even stand to listen to yourself? The first thing to do is divert with good news. Turn the negative into something positive. Don’t let … [Read more...] about How to Manage Your Boss
I was a bit surprised when a friend told me that companies routinely check your credit history when you apply for a job and are a promising candidate. That’s a new a wrinkle to me, but I’ve been self-employed for years. Why would a low credit rating be relevant to a potential employer? I’m a bit baffled by it, especially in this economy with unemployment so high. Many people have lost their homes to foreclosure or had to file bankruptcy do to job loss, high medical bills, etc. To me, it has a very strong “blame the victim” feel to it – to get that bad credit history; you must have done something shady or used incredibly poor judgment in managing your finances. In many cases, that’s unfair thinking.How is it Applicable?I suppose if you were job hunting in the financial sector, in a position of high responsibility, your credit score or bad history could be a red flag. It might suggest that you aren’t very good at handling money or maybe … [Read more...] about Should a Low Credit Rating Jinx a Job Offer?
Maybe I don’t spend enough time reading biz books because I’d never heard of the “forced ranking” system that some companies use. Hey, I can still write for a career blog and not read those, ubiquitous biz success books. But an article on forced rankings did catch my attention. Basically, it’s a way for your employer to designate your performance level in the company. Good for you if you are a 1, not so cool if you’re a 3, because 3’s can designate dead wood, “not performing up to whatever” and you could be history before you know it.Different Ranking SystemI really don’t like that forced ranking thing, so I’m making up my own. Think of it as a combination of the Miss America pageant, what your boss really thinks of you and how your co-workers truly perform. Instead of your boss doing the ranking, you’d have a panel of judges comprised of only one manager, some co-workers and maybe even some clients.Here are some … [Read more...] about What’s Your Ranking at Work?
There are trade shows for everything nowadays. All sorts of weird and wonderful products, cheap promotional items and services are packaged up into an event to make them more accessible to the thousands, hundreds (or even just ten) people who want to attend this kind of showcase and learn more about the newest innovations, market trends and job opportunities. From seminars on the latest toilet technology, to workshops on witchcraft, every niche industry and taste out there is catered for. The thing about trade shows is ‘if you build it they will come’ and as long as there are enough kindred spirits out there to attend, even the most unusual trade shows can become – if not a roaring success – then a permanent fixture on an industry calendar. Here are some of the most weird trade shows around. The Annual Psychic Fair and Witch Craft Expo is probably not the kind of event that is likely to attract a wide range of average Joes, but it is certainly one of the weirdest ‘trade’ shows on the … [Read more...] about Weird Trade Shows
How do you feel about your job? Do you wake up in the morning, looking forward to see what the day brings, or do you press the snooze button four times because your stomach is turning at the thought of even one more minute there? Believe it or not, a job is not just a job. This is a place you spend a considerable amount of time at, and therefore plays a role in your overall health, whether you realize it or not. Fulfillment There is nothing worse than feeling as though you aren’t accomplishing what you had hoped in your life. When roles and responsibilities come together in the right way while doing something you love, you feel complete and satisfied. This amounts to less stress and better sleep quality, which both play roles in your overall health. If you have ever requested life insurance quotes online, then you know how important overall health is in rates and approval. Make a Difference If you don’t believe in the job you are doing, it is pretty difficult to believe in … [Read more...] about Life is Short, Love Your Job
You've spent the past four (or five) years attending classes and studying, all in preparation for receiving a diploma and entering the workforce. While graduation day is an exciting time for most college students, it may be a day you’re dreading if you’ve suddenly realized you chose the wrong major. Often, the realization of a failed major selection comes at the most inopportune time. Perhaps you realized it while studying for final exams. Maybe the realization came while being handed your diploma. Regardless, rather than freaking out, take a moment to breath and assess your options. Calm Your Nerves Often, soon-to-be graduates who are stressing about having chosen the wrong major haven’t properly pinpointed the cause of their stress. Perhaps your stress is due to worries about adapting to the workforce more so than about the field of work you’ve chosen. The working world is drastically different than college in many ways and dealing with those changes can be frightening. Rather … [Read more...] about Soon-to-be College Graduates: What to do When You’ve Chosen the Wrong Major