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- How to Deal with an Annoying Co-Worker [Jobacle]
- Phrases That Will Get You Fired [CBS News]
- Tricks for Making a Great First Impression [Inc.com]
- Things to Do After You’ve Given Notice [Glass Door]
- Why You Shouldn’t Work on Vacation [US News]
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Since employees spend a great deal of time at their desks, it is natural for them to want to make the space as appealing as possible. But before going all Martha Stewart on your cubicle, it pays to remember that each individual’s area is part of the greater office picture.
Many workplaces do not allow displaying religious or political items. Likewise, anything that might disturb a colleague should be an automatic red flag. The fountain you find relaxing may make your neighbor feel like she works next to a leaky faucet. Favor headphones over music others can hear, and remember that not everybody is fond of consistently getting a whiff of lavender air freshener. Flowers and plants should be fine, though check if somebody near you has allergies.
Inspirational posters,...Read More »
Let’s face it: Getting a job offer from another employer and then having your current company make a counteroffer can be an ego-boosting (not to mention wallet-boosting) experience. But before staying on because you are so flattered, examine the long-term picture.
If monetary gain was your sole reason for looking elsewhere to begin with, the new salary at your current place may justify staying. Job seekers, however, often have a variety of reasons for wanting alternate employment, such as the desire to work in a different field, to hold a position with greater responsibility, or to develop a better work-life balance. Losing sight of these objectives may make you regret turning down the new position.
Also, don’t assume that the counteroffer was made because of an...Read More »
If you are unemployed—regardless of the circumstances—you may worry that this jobless status will negatively affect your professional development and hurt your chances of getting hired elsewhere. And you might be justified in this anxiety, as some people do feel that the unemployed have an added obstacle to face in the job search: pre-conceived notions that potential employers may hold against them.
To combat these hurdles, it is important that you do everything you can to maintain or increase your attractiveness as a candidate. Perhaps there are ways you can use this break to your advantage. Take advantage of having more time and consider going back to school or otherwise adding new skills to your skillset. Consider other ways you can boost your resume, maybe by doing some...Read More »
Many of us have always been told that we must be extremely confident in order to be successful professionally. And while some level of confidence is an essential ingredient in getting ahead in your career (and many areas of life), there is good news for those of us who aren’t blessed with an abundance of confidence.
Some experts now say that lower levels of self-confidence can also be helpful in getting ahead—and perhaps may even make you more successful than your super-confident peers. That’s because you aren’t so overconfident as to be unrealistic about your goals and abilities.
The key of course is to find that perfect...Read More »
- What Not to Wear on a Job Interview [Jobacle]
- How to Get a Promotion [Glass Door]
- Work from Home Without Slacking Off [WSJ.com]
- How Slowing Down Makes You More Productive [Time]
- Tips for Submitting an Online Job Application [US News]
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Having a manager who always seems to be looking over your shoulder can be annoying and nerve-wracking. After all, you were hired because of your skill; why can’t he just let you do your job?
You might have someone who is naturally a control-freak on your hands, or perhaps the person is so worried about the department’s performance (and his own job) that he feels the need to check everything. But until you’ve thought about it carefully, don’t reject the notion that you might be contributing to the behavior.
A history of missed deadlines or error-filled work can make a manager feel that he needs to double-check that you’re staying on track. If this is the case, have a conversation about regaining trust. Perhaps you can offer to provide periodic updates on a project or agree...Read More »
Candidates usually put a great deal of effort into deciding what they want to bring up during a job interview. While it is undoubtedly important to ponder what questions you’d like to ask and what highlights from your career history you want to make sure get recognized, what you choose NOT to say can be equally telling.
With the Internet putting a wealth of information at one’s fingertips, don’t waste precious face-to-face time asking basic questions that are easily answered on the company’s website. Hirers expect that applicants who are truly interested in the company will come in with a fair idea about what it produces and who it serves. Show you’ve done your homework by threading what you’ve learned from research into the conversation and asking questions that get at the...Read More »
As an office professional, a typical day might involve a host of different responsibilities, requiring you to take care of a wide variety of tasks. So it would be really great to have an online assistant that helps with all of your jobs. Zoho just might be your answer. It is a comprehensive suite of office tools and can help with many of the things on your to-do list.
Zoho has all of the standard productivity offerings. It helps you prepare documents, spreadsheets and planners, and you can also manage and synchronize your calendars. Zoho Docs provides you with a way to engage in group collaboration through an online workspace.
Zoho also offers CRM tools that automate tasks, track sales contacts and better manage your interactions.
The program’s collaboration apps...Read More »
When discussing the juggle that many people (especially working moms) have with trying to maintain work and family responsibilities, we usually refer to it with the term “balance.” But by using that particular term, we may already be setting ourselves up for failure.
The word “balance” makes us envision an equal distribution, where all of the important areas of our lives are at the same priority level and get the same chunk of our time and attention. That is probably unrealistic, and may not even be exactly what we need.
Instead, this article suggests that we view it in terms of “fit” as opposed to balance. By thinking this way, we contemplate how the...Read More »