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When going on an interview, candidates often focus heavily on issues such as starting salary and job responsibilities. While these factors certainly are important, it also pays to take some time to figure out whether or not the company would be a good “fit” – namely, how comfortable you might be to work in this employer’s environment.
As this article notes, learning about company culture can take a bit of detective work. Start by looking at how employees dress. A workplace where people are in suits and other strict business attire is probably going to have a different vibe than...Read More »
There are so many project management tools and programs out there to choose from, it can be tough to pick one. But Freedcamp is one that is worth checking out. For one thing, it doesn’t cost anything. (If you like Basecamp but can’t afford the fees, Freedcamp is said to be a great free alternative.)
One great thing about Freedcamp is that it has a large, fully integrated app marketplace. You can pick apps that suit your needs—for everything from invoicing, managing a CRM system,
You can see information about all of your managed projects right from the dashboard. You can see things that are due today, this week, or this month, all conveniently place within the user dashboard. By using customizable widgets, you can see the progress on any of your projects.
- Don’t Lose the Job Over Bad Manners [LinkedIn]
- Common Spelling Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Career [Recruiter]
- Why Your Cover Letter Hasn’t Gotten You a Job [Business Insider]
- Surefire Ways to Reach Your Goal in 90 Days [Psychology Today]
- Five Ways to Create Your Own Career Luck [US News]
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Sure, we’ve all been warned that talking about politics or religion in the workplace is dangerous, but there are plenty of other subjects that might get you in over your head, too. Think twice before chiming in on water cooler conversations about these topics:
Revealing that you make more than a colleague might spur jealousy, while learning that you earn less is bound to ruin the rest of your week. In either case, your boss isn’t going to be happy if s/he finds out comparisons are going on. Earnings are based on a variety of factors ranging from seniority to skill, so jumping to conclusions is dangerous. If you’re unhappy with your current paycheck, take the matter up with someone in a position to actually help – not your cubicle neighbor.
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While conventional wisdom often states that people should devote all of their energy to concentrating on the job at hand, doing more than one thing at a time might actually be helpful – if the alternate activity engages a sense other than the one needed for the main task. As this article notes, mindless activities (sometimes called “fidgets”) may improve focus and performance for people with attention deficit disorder (ADD) – and perhaps others as well. Such behaviors might include:
- Walking while holding a conversation with a colleague
- Doodling during a long telephone call
Do you frequently have to take a lot of gadgets on the road with you? If so, you what a hassle that can be—not to mention, you have to worry about losing something somewhere along the way.
Fortunately, the Scottevest line of apparel can make your life a lot less stressful. Scottevest clothing is designed for people who need to take lots of gadgets with them—and want to keep these gadgets with them, without having to carry a lot of stuff or get caught in a tangle of wires.
The clothing is loaded with built-in, strategically placed pockets, including some specially designed to fit smartphones, iPods and other gadgets—but also some that are perfect for holding makeup, credit cards and other essentials. It’s especially handy if you need to take a bunch of gadgets on a plane—...Read More »
- Infographic: What Women Want at Work [Undercover Recruiter]
- Do Women Derail Their Own Careers? [CBS News]
- Is it Appropriate to Wear Wigs to the Office? [Career Realism]
- Keeping Salary History to Yourself During Job Search Only Hurts You [Business Insider]
- How to Deal with a Co-Worker Who is Driving You Crazy [Jobacle]
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March has been designated National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month, a time for everyone to learn more about this chronic neurological disorder. With some 350,000 to 500,000 Americans diagnosed with MS, chances are you may encounter someone suffering from it during your career.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells (much like a frayed electrical cord on an appliance). When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop. Nerve damage is caused by inflammation that occurs...Read More »
Despite all the stereotypes of uncaring, demanding, or just plain clueless managers, some 70 percent of the more than 1,700 respondents to a recent survey claim to have a good working relationship with their supervisor. The research, which was conducted by Fierce, Inc., (a leadership development and training company) also found:
- 62 percent report that their job satisfaction is “high” or “extremely high”
- 53 percent report that their boss’s management style has a direct and positive impact on their relationships with co-workers, fostering collaboration and encouraging candid communication
- 80 percent of respondents who reported a good employee-supervisor relationship claim that the...
In order to be productive and use your time efficiently, it’s important to be very diligent about managing your time. You have a limited amount of time in which to accomplish at lot, so every minute is precious and must be protected. This may require you to be as disciplined as a drill sergeant when guarding your time and preventing anyone—including yourself—from sabotaging your schedule.
As this article says, your mindset is also very important. If you go into a day (or a project) already convinced that you won’t have enough time to complete everything, you have already made failure more likely. In this case, you may be more susceptible to distractions and...Read More »
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