I'm about to propose something that will make you want to smash my head with a stapler and then roll me over with a copy machine. What about a caffeine-free workplace? Whoa! I know, it sounds like I'm a militant nut. But come along for a ride in an alternative universe where caffeinated beverages are banned from the workplace. Picture a time where people are stashing thermoses filled with coffee in their desk drawers and keeping coffee beans in their cars. The fear of random drug tests keeps everybody on their toes. The best performing stocks belong to companies who have mastered the art of decaf and have found a way to distil other 'legal' energy boosters into hot drinks. It might not be plausible, but it also might not be impossible. I'll tell you straight up that if I ran a company (larger than Jobacle!) I wouldn't want my employees suffering from the myriad of problems caffeine brings with it. I'd even be willing to foot the bill to help them kick the habit. When you hire a … [Read more...] about Caffeine Banned From the Workplace
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If you had to assign a percentage or scale of how much your career is attached to your self-identity, what number would you give it? Or let me put it this way. If you were fired or laid off tomorrow, would you be relieved or sink into a deep depression? People choose careers for a multitude of reasons. Some pick them solely for the money, some for the intrinsic satisfaction, and others work to keep busy. But regardless of which category you fit in, a part of you is wrapped up in the idea of your career.Leave out the fact that a job is a financial necessity or that it provides financial security. So I ask again - if you lost your job, which of these best describes how you would feel? Remember: Pretend money is NOT a factor.#1 (5-15% of self identity): Could care less. If you woke up tomorrow and got laid off you would simply walk over to the competitor and get a job there without a second glance back.#2 (15-30% of self identity): Mild annoyance or irritation would be the only emotions … [Read more...] about What Is Your Job Identity Percentage?
Job advice is often rife with DOs and DON'Ts, and perhaps no better example of how NOT to get hired is by taking a look at Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose. William Bruce Rose Jr. might be brilliant at what he does, but there are 10 reasons why you must be the anti-Axl if you'd like to land a gig and stay gainfully employed. The 17-years-in-the-making album, Chinese Democracy, finally dropped last week, receiving mixed reviews and a lukewarm reception. The latest chapter in the GnR novel helps crystallize what career lessons we can learn from Mr. Rose. 1) RESUME BLEMISH.Despite being written over two decades ago, the controversial anthem, "One In a Million" still paints Rose as a small-minded racist. Even when he's long gone, he'll be associated with lyrics he wrote as a teenager. REMEMBER: The actions you take today could have career consequences down the road. 2) BE NICE TO OTHERS.If one band member moves on, it's a case of he said/he said. But when everyone heads for the hills … [Read more...] about 10 Career Lessons From Axl Rose
Raise your hand if you’ve ever exaggerated your proficiency level in a software program on your resume. Or if you have listed that you are fluent in Spanish since you once took a course in college or high school. Or worse, raise your hand if you have ever overstated your volunteer activities to appear more community-driven. If I had to guess, most of our readers would be raising their hands high. At the very least, they would be looking at their feet and shifting uncomfortably. How about during the interview? I can hear you now... “I am self-motivated, always on time, first to volunteer, a people person...” and the list of embellished qualities continues on. We all do it. Our main priority in the interview is to sell ourselves. But when does it cross the line from embellishment to just a flat out lie? Truth be told, if you are in the mix of job hunters, you understand how competitive the game is. It’s almost as if the job seekers are now the predators and the … [Read more...] about Resumes and Interviews: A Thin Line Between Embellishment and Lies
Christmas cookies line the tables at work. Holiday sales tempt you into buying not only presents, but that sweater you need for yourself (or at least you tell yourself you need it). Extra emails, phone calls and parties lure you away from work and your other obligations.Why are the holidays such a distraction from all priorities? Diets, budgets, work, free time...they all go out the door starting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. While December is an all-consuming month filled with entertainment, it still serves as an interruption to completing any type of pre-planned goals.So how do you keep on track during this overwhelming season? To be blunt, you don’t! You will inevitably give in to those delicious sugar cookies, skip out of work for the extra happy hour, and spend some extra unplanned cash. However, you can still contain the December mess by following these tips (or at least one of them).1. Get your shopping done early. Make a list of what presents you have to buy and … [Read more...] about Holiday Distractions Are Unavoidable
For most of us, networking is something that operates in the background as we go about our everyday business. Personally, I often find myself having to push extra hard to make, keep and cultivate relationships. Those of us who sit on our networking laurels will often site the "six degrees of separation" law as an excuse. After all, if you subscribe to the theory, then you'll meet the connection you need "naturally."What if I told you that the six degrees of separation law is a myth, designed to create complacency while others get ahead? According to a new book, The 29% Solution, only 29 PERCENT of us are six degrees apart from everybody. And authors Ivan Misner and Michelle Donovan tell you how you can get into the 29%.The book is broken into 52 weekly networking success strategies and it can be read chronologically or you can pick and choose the chapters that apply to you. Each section ends with action items, making this reading exercise more than just a passive activity.From setting … [Read more...] about Networking Advice: The 29% Solution
Seven professional resume writers came, saw and kicked some ass. Each one tackled my resume and applied their own career magic. But there can only be one winner.Listen to the latest installment of the Working Podcast to find out who won the inaugural challenge. Direct DownloadOnce again we would like to thank all of the participants, our panel of judges and our loyal readers for making this experiment a smash success. We're going to do it again real soon with a new crop of writers and one of our reader's resumes; so subscribe to our blog feed now! … [Read more...] about Resume Writing Challenge Winner Announced
The class went "oooh" and "ahhh" when the note came down from above."Andrew G.R., please report to the principal's office."Busted.The blood rushed from my face as I journeyed to meet my maker. I walked down the narrow, fluorescent-lit corridor with my mind racing. How did he find out?"Andrew," Principal Schulman said, sternly. "We have a problem."Fighting tears (this was fourth grade!), I stared down at my feet, unable to fill the silence with anything worthwhile. "It appears that you have next Friday off because of a family trip."Where is he going with this? I wondered."That is the day of the class trip to Yankee Stadium. And because I know they are your favorite team, we have decided to move the trip up a day. So, you will be able to attend, after all."What?! All of that buildup for good news?! And here I thought he knew about that incident in the girls' bathroom....The feeling of anxiety that often accompanies being called to the principal's office never leaves your side. The … [Read more...] about Why Bosses Call Us In to Their Offices
Episode #82 of the Working Podcast brings you free career advice, employment news and the hottest job Websites:- 7 courtesy violations happening in your office.- Punk rock song about work.- Learn about StrongResume, WorkVent and StreetSmartJobz. Direct Download … [Read more...] about Working Podcast Episode #82:Office Courtesy
After the banking bailout (and now potentially the auto industry bailout), the bitterness is tangible for abuse of power and greed by corporate companies. One Web site, KnowMore.org, is fighting back against corporate abuse by raising awareness on five different issues: business ethics, worker’s-rights abuse, human-rights abuse, political influence, and environmental concerns.The wiki-style Web site allows users to post information and issues on corporate abuse that fit into the previously mentioned categories. The topics range from exposure on environmental concerns for the Dow chemical company to unethical sweatshop conditions at the Kuk Dong factory in central Mexico.Although all content can be altered by anyone, the site contends that it is accurate because so many users continue to update the information. Further, the team of editors and staff manage the content and assign a rating to each company.Go to KnowMore.org to find out what your purchase power supports. You might be … [Read more...] about What's Your Employer Really Up To?