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Archive for January, 2011

January 27th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace

istock_000011023347xsmallThere are many reasons to throw a work party, as a thank you for your employee’s hard work, an opportunity for improving office morale, or a celebration of an accomplishment. What you don’t want it to become is a begrudging obligation, which these types of events often feel like for employees. So whether you’re a manager or simply the party planner, you should find a way to make the party worth having while still staying within your budget.

Give advance notice. Respect the fact that your employees have busy lives outside of the office, so make sure to let people know at least a few weeks before the event. Want to make sure they can definitely make it? Hold it during office hours. They’ll also appreciate the time off to have some fun.
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January 26th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Job Search

Corporate DownsizingLosing your job can be an emotional kick in the stomach. Even if it doesn’t drive you toward an emotional “downer,” it can still sap your confidence and lower your energy level, reducing your appeal as a candidate and destroying the effectiveness of your efforts to find another job.

To help you bounce back as quickly as possible from a layoff or other job termination, here are some helpful tips:

Stay Positive

Rather than dwell on the unfairness or poor timing of your exit from employment, stay focused on as many positive elements as you can: your accomplishments in previous jobs, what you learned about yourself and your work during your working life, your current skills and knowledge, your opportunities to find a better position, and so forth.
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January 25th, 2011 by Linda White   Posted in Interviewing, Job Search

Employment ContactWhen you come across questions about how you left previous positions, it’s still possible to put a positive spin on it, whether you were laid off, quit or were fired. Do not, whatever you do, try to hedge on this one, because any potential employer can call any past employer and find out what the situation was when you left. So don’t say you left for a better job if you were fired for personal Internet use. And don’t say you were fired if you were indeed laid off. Many people who are laid off for the first time due to a cost-cutting measure take it too personally, and use the word ‘fired’ when they should not. A layoff is a business decision, and you should use that term if your position was terminated through no fault of your own, even if you were the only person laid off. So two golden rules: don’t rush into judgment on yourself, and don’t misrepresent your departure from a previous position.
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January 19th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice

bran businessAre your job-hunting procedures not working as well as you expected, or as they have in the past? One reason may be that the “brand-package” you present to prospective employers is weak in some of the bedrock leadership, communications, and teamwork skills most people take for granted. If your personal brand doesn’t appear to include top-of-the-line skills, you may well be losing out to candidates who lack your overall ability, knowledge, and experience, but who seem at first glance to be stronger candidates.

Here are five taken-for-granted skills that you may want to polish:
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January 18th, 2011 by Linda White   Posted in Job News

ConsultingEven though the talking heads are all atwitter with newly optimistic economic forecasts for the new year, if you know anything about economics, you know that unemployment is a lagging indicator. This means that job losses occur after the economy has turned south, and unemployment rates don’t climb back up until employers are fully confident that new orders can’t be filled within their existing workforce.

So other than watching those consumer confidence numbers, what can you do to overcome this, to speed along your own likelihood of seeing a paycheck in your hand? You can start by hiring yourself out as a mercenary, as a solver of short-term or long-term problems, to fill in a gap or add your special skill where it is needed.
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