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Archive for September, 2011

September 30th, 2011 by Linda White   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace

Homework with a laptopOne of the biggest trends in the new economy is working from home. Look into any coffee shop and you will either see people hunched singly over their laptops, or intense meetings in progress. Whether you are working from home as part of your own business or through an employer, there are some things you should know before you embark on this voyage.

It can be treacherous. The idea of working from home sounds wonderful to many people. You can work in your jammies, right? Oh sure, that’s all good until the FedEx guy shows up and you have to step outside your door. Or a client calls and wants to meet in a hurry. Or someone Skypes you while you’ve still got bed-head.

But you can do most anything from home that you can do from an office, as well as some things that may require a physical presence, like meetings, some assembly, and even some production work. It all depends on what the job is and what the industry is. Some industries stand up to the idea better than others. Sometimes the nature of the work calls for it, such as with sales reps who cover a large territory and are never in the office anyway.

There are now all types of operations that can help you feel like you are in the room with your clients and coworkers: Skype, GoTo Meeting, instant messaging and other in-the-moment ways to stay in touch. These can be a great help if you feel like you would be disconnected from the mainstream if you worked from home.
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September 28th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Resumark News

Lead Everyone on your TeamHave you ever been a member of a team where the leader played favorites? If you were one of the favorites, how did other team members feel about you? If you were not one of the favorites, how did you feel about those who were? Most important: how did this whole “in group / out group” dynamic impact the overall effectiveness of the team?

Generally, studies show that when team leaders play favorites, any extra productivity they extract from those they treat well is more than offset by the definite loss of productivity among those who get second-class treatment. In other words, the whole team is less effective than it would be if the leader treated everyone more or less equally. In addition to productivity losses, teams with leaders who play favorites often suffer morale problems, higher levels of turnover, and occasionally more severe difficulties.

If you’re a leader, you probably recognize that playing favorites is a natural human proclivity. We all like some people more than others, trust, admire, and even cut extra slack for some more than others. That may be OK outside the workplace. But when you do it on the job, you’re asking for trouble.
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September 27th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, Employee Rights

Depressed business man holding his head in painMaybe there have been layoffs at the company lately, and you heard another one’s coming down the line. Or you made a mistake, and you think that might have been the last straw. For whatever reason, you know that you are losing your job shortly, so how do you handle it?

Talk to your manager. If you think your termination will be performance-based, have a conversation with your boss. Explain that you know he or she isn’t happy with your performance, and you’d like advice on how to improve.  Don’t get defensive. Even if you believe the criticism is wrong, or your boss is unfair, you need to really listen to what is being said to understand what next step is best for you.

Consider asking for a transfer to a different department. Maybe you’re not a right fit for the current position you are in, or your department is being down-sized but other parts of the company have openings that you are qualified for. Talk to HR about your options.

Get the facts. Remember, just because the office is buzzing with rumors about another round of layoffs doesn’t mean it’s true. If you can, talk to someone in management or human resources who will give you the facts.
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September 26th, 2011 by Danielle Kogan   Posted in Job News, Networking

obama-linkedin_6161In an effort to promote American Jobs Act introduced earlier this month at a joint session of Congress, President Obama has teamed up with social networking site, LinkedIn for a town hall about creating jobs and growing the economy.

The discussion is moderated by LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and features President Obama in a Q&A session with a small audience addressing topics including American Jobs Act, reducing the deficit, creating permanent jobs and other economic issues.



To get involved you can follow the discussion or join and even ask the President a question.
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September 23rd, 2011 by Danielle Kogan   Posted in Career Advice, Networking, Recruiting & Hiring, Unemployment

Whether you’re a company looking for the best candidates or a job seeker competing for employment in today’s rugged economy, social media will undoubtedly boost your networking potential.  Get engaged and increase your visibility by growing your networks, participating in online social spaces and staying on top of industry trends.  Businesses and job seekers are vamping up their online presence, and being connected is the best way to gain a competitive advantage.

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