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Doe’s and Don’ts for 6/3/2009; The 10 worst work habits

June 3, 2009

Are you always late for work? Do you wait until the last possible minute to hand in a report? Have you ever sent an e-mail to the wrong person? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions you might want to check out the attached article. I have actually witnessed some co-workers being fired for their own bad habits. Some of them include ….

1. Procrastination

2. Being a sloppy e-mailer

3. Confusing informal with disrespectful 

… check out all 1o of the “Don’ts” at “The 10 worst work habits” provided by Anthony Baldarrama from Careerbuilder.com.

Tweet to success! Not to “Twignorance”

June 2, 2009

mm_twitterTheodore Roosevelt once said ,”Do what you can with what you have.” This statement means take advantage of the resources available to you. Twitter.com is one of those valuable resources you can take advantage of on a daily basis. From an outsider’s perspective, Twitter might just seem like another social media outlet. I have heard from friends and strangers more times than I care to remember how pointless it is using Twitter. In the Twitter world, this is known as “Twignorant.” The power of Twitter can only be discovered by those who are open to it and actually use it. Every day I have learned something new about Twitter. Today I discovered a website called TwitterJobSearch.com. This website is designed for users t0 find job postings on Twitter and to find professionals in your field from whom you wish to gain insight. I have read articles which were “tweeted” that have been extremely helpful in my job search. When utilizing Twitter, it is completely up to you how you choose to use it. You can use it to follow friends, learn about the news, keep up on your celebrity gossip or even use it as a power tool to pave your way to your next career. Just remember, with practice (as in using Twitter) comes potential opportunity.

Doe’s & Don’ts for 4/20/09: Tips to Get the Help You Need!

April 20, 2009

boss_cartoonIn terms of your relationship with your manager, sometimes it can be a long time between face-to-face interactions. More often than not, you have to rely on emails and voicemails to your boss to ask your questions and put in requests for help. Then, you sit and wait, and wait, for a response. Here are some tips to help avoid this waiting game. These comes from Work 101 by Elizabeth Freedman.

DO ask your questions, then move on. Most employers want employees who don’t need tons of supervision and who an really take the ball and run with it on their own. This can seem scary, particularly when we’re asked to do something we’re not sure about. But the reality is that your boss just doesn’t have the time to tell you exactly what you need to do – that’s a huge drain on energy, productivity, and resources that he or she just doesn’t have.

DO put real time and effort into developing other relationships around the office. By broading your circle of contacts, you’ll have other people to turn to for asking questions, getting help and simply learning more about the company.

DON’T drive your boss crazy until he or she has the time to answer your pleas for help. When you send your boss too many emails “reminding” them about your issue, you run the risk of quickly become annoying and looking desperate. You send the message that you expect your boss to hold your hand, but bosses expect you to take initiative.

DON’T stand outside your boss’s door, waiting for them to get off the phone so you can quickly get your question in. This tends to really drive people nuts – after all, your boss may not want you listening in on their calls or interrupting them. Plus, don’t you have better things to do that stand outside their door all day?

All is NOT Lost

April 19, 2009

When I was reading The New York Times, this article “All Is Not Lost for the Class of 2009” was featured. It discusses and suggests how the current graduating class can help themselves in landing a job. One suggestion is to not rule out unpaid jobs. Working an unpaid job could help you get a step in the door of a company you would like to work for, give you more experience in the workforce and expand your networking region.

Another suggestion was to use the website collegerecruiter.com.  When I checked out this Website, I found a number of job listings from my area that I wouldn’t have necessarily found if I were on a more used job search Website. The big job search Websites tend to be highly trafficked as well, making job positions much more competitive.

I also came across another article by CNN called “Ten promising jobs for the class of 2009.” This article has observed which job markets have grown in the past few years and are expected to continue growing in the future. It is always good to keep in mind what kind of careers are growing, because there tend to be more of a demand for workers.

All is not lost for the class of 2009. It is going to take patience and work. Keep a positive outlook and do what you can with what you have. You will succeed in time.

The Importance of Community Service

April 18, 2009

To be a well rounded working woman, getting involved in community service events is essential to showing your peers that you have more to you than your 9-5 job. There are some great ways to help others in your community without putting a strain on your daily schedule. Some examples include volunteering at a local soup kitchen, visiting with elders in your community and cleaning up a local park.

The only stipulation for something to be service is that you are freely giving of yourself to someone or something else. For more examples of community service activities, check out http://www.rotarydistrict6630.org/resources/community-service-rec.html

rfl_logoToday, I will be participating in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This is a great example of community service, where it offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. To find your local Relay for Life event, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/findevent

Just get out there and support the community where you live and work! It will make all the difference!

Quick Tips for Phone Interviews

April 16, 2009

phone_interview_main1It is becoming commonplace for a first job interview to be over the telephone. Phone interviews can be vastly different from the traditional face-to-face interviews that our parents experienced. Although you may not encounter a phone interview for your first job, it is essential to know the skills associated with them.

You may be wondering what you can do to stand out when your only means of communication is verbal. Nathan Newberger is the career columnist at WorkTree.com, and has provided readers with a set of tips and information about phone interviews in a post titled, “How To Master Telephone Interviews.” Click here for information about how to prepare for the interview, what not to do while on the phone and how to make your voice sound stronger!

Make them work for you, so you can work for them

April 15, 2009

With 12.5 million Americans unemployed and a failing economy, sending in a cover letter, resume and application is not going to cut it when trying to land a job. To be able to land a job you have to do something out of the box and unique to show your true value. How can you promote yourself in a unique way that will catch the eye of an employer? Well to start off, make them recognize you or even contact you first.

An article was featured in The New York Times the other day about Ian Sac’s of Hoboken, New Jersey. The article was about how he was recently unemployed and about his approach to networking and seeking a job. His strategy was to start having pick-up soccer games, during times when people who were employed and unemployed could play together. This has provided Mr. Sacs and other unemployed professionals the opportunity to meet people who might have connections. He believed that pickup soccer was a healthy opportunity for people to get their minds off of how bad the economy currently is, have fun and maybe land a job or find someone that knows someone who can help them land a job. In this article in mentioned that Mr. Sacs was recently in transportation engineering. The article also mentioned some other unemployed professionals that helped Mr. Sacs start the pick-up soccer games. Mr. Sacs has brought attention to himself through his pick-up soccer games in Hoboken, New Jersey through being featured in a major newspaper in his area, The New York Times along with a Swedish newspaper.

An interesting person that was also mentioned in this article was Denis Danatzko. He was laid off from a financial services job. Mr. Danatzko has taken advantage of being unemployed and seen it as an opportunity to fulfill his dreams of going into a videography business. He has been documenting the pick-up soccer games and how it came about because of the recession. He is getting experience in videography through documenting these games, meeting people that might be able to help him and being featured in The New York Times. These guys have put themselves in the perfect opportunity of being talked about and perhaps contacted by employers in the tri-state region.

There are many different strategies in how to land a job. You just have to think creatively. Putting yourself in a position to have employers seek you out rather than you having to seek out employers can be such an advantage. You do not want to be sold to a position at the wholesale price. Show the employers what you are made of and make there be a demand for you.