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If your work seems to revolve around email, you know how important (and often challenging) it is to keep your email organized and easily accessible. If you use Gmail, there’s a great tool that can be a huge help. Streak is an app and browser extension that adds a bunch of great features to your Gmail. It’s often referred to as a CRM that’s built into your inbox.
One of the newest features that Streak has added to their service is the ability to track emails you have sent. You can see if they were opened, when and by whom.
You can also schedule messages to be sent at some point in the future. And you can keep your inbox manageable and organized by diverting messages into specific boxes or folders. You can also group all messages from a particular contact or company all...Read More »
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- Crazy Perks You Should Ask Your Boss For [LinkedIn]
- Top 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make [Glass Door]
- The First Question You Should Ask Yourself After a Meeting [Psychology Today]
- How to Turn an Unproductive Day Around [Lifehack]
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While those looking for a new job might be tempted to wait until the calendar turns to kick their search into high gear, the last month of the year can actually be an opportune time.
“The fourth quarter has consistently shown to be a busy time for recruiters as companies clamor to get their open positions filled by the end of the year,” says Kathy Harris, managing director of Harris Allied, a Manhattan-based executive search firm. "In addition, job seekers may find their networking contacts more receptive to discussing new opportunities because people are generally in a friendly, more social mood during this time of the year. Lastly, there may be less competition among job seekers for positions, as many employees are...Read More »
“Would you like to take part in the Secret Santa exchange?” “Can we count on you for a donation to Toys for Tots?” “I need to get some Christmas shopping done. Would you mind covering for me for a half hour after lunch?” “Are you going to organize the holiday luncheon again? You did such a great job last year.”
The requests for your time, money, and energy can seem never-ending at this time of year. And while all of the askers and causes may seem worthy, the simple fact is that you can’t do everything – at least not without totally driving yourself nuts. Similarly, agreeing to something you didn’t want to do sets the stage for resentment, and nobody needs that kind of strain on relationships during the holidays. What can you do when the pressure is on? Try some of these ideas:...Read More »
Talking on the telephone has always been an essential staple of the work duties of most office professionals. But these days, you likely aren’t just making the traditional kind of standard phone calls. You are probably also talking over Skype, participating in virtual meetings or web conferences, or otherwise engaging in activities that require you to talk in a more high-tech way.
In order to help you best communicate during these occasions, you need a headset that works well for online and computer-based environments. The Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000 USB headset is a great (and affordable) option.
Sure, you could just try to make do with a plain old set of standard headphones, But a USB headset helps you hear things more clearly, which is especially important if you work...Read More »
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- Coworker Gift Idea: Cool Tape Dispensers [Jobacle]
- How to Plug Holes in Your Work History [Career Realism]
- Presentation Tips to Captivate Any Audience [Lifehack]
- Secrets to Getting a Better Performance Evaluation [US News]
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We all know that baked goods aren’t the best for one’s waistline, but could whipping up a batch of your favorite sugar cookies actually be problematic for your professional reputation?
According to this Forbes article, women who want to be taken more seriously and not be perceived as the office “mother” may want to think twice before baking for colleagues. Some experts contend that “flaunting one’s femininity” in such a way may “announce to the world that this maternal behavior is at best a priority and at worst, all you’re good for.”
Others, however, feel such thoughts are nonsense or at least outdated. As one states, “Modern companies...Read More »
For employees who work for companies with a “use it or lose it” vacation policy, December becomes a key month to take off any remaining days. Many employers, however, have plans that let workers roll over time from year to year. While such a set-up may be pleasing to those who have a family reunion to attend next summer or dream of a European vacation someday, it also may be encouraging people to ignore their need for time away from the office in the present.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, about three in five organizations allow employees to roll over vacation days. Among these firms, 73 percent of employees had three or more unused days at year’s...Read More »
One of the biggest productivity killers—especially for people who are swamped or tend to procrastinate—is the habit of putting something off until the last minute, and then rushing to try and get it done just in the nick of time. Not only does this throw off your whole workflow, but it can also affect the quality of your work, which in turn can hurt your image and reputation. After all, it’s unlikely that you’re performing at your best when you are scrambling to meet a deadline at the last minute.
If you are in the habit of listing a task or project on your calendar on its due date, you are setting yourself up for trouble. Most of us don’t routinely look very far ahead in our calendar, so you will likely forget about a task until it comes into view on your agenda, at which point...Read More »
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- Tips for Dealing with a Hothead Boss [Career Realism]
- Bullying at Work and What You Can Do About It [Psychology Today]
- Make a Stunning LinkedIn Profile [Lifehack]
- How to Handle Being Overworked and Overstressed [US News]
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