We all know that pearls are found in oysters. We also know that pearls are very valuable. However, do you know how a pearl is really created? An irritant (such as sand) gets inside the shell, and the oyster releases a chemical to coat the foreign particle. After many, many coatings, the piece of irritating material has become a pearl! Now, have you ever sat in the sand on a beach and gotten sand inside your clothing? It is quite uncomfortable! Imagine how the oyster feels not being able to get the sand out of its shell.Those two ideas can also be related to your career. Have you ever had a great idea or a desire to do something important with your life? Is it a business idea? A dream to work at another company? A desire to retire early and sit on the beach (in a sand-proof suit, of course)? That's your piece of sand. Now, instead of just letting it irritate you until you can't stand it any longer, treat that irritant like an oyster would. Use it. Grow it. Make it a focus of your life.I … [Read more...] about Is That a Pearl or Just Sand in Your Crack?
Archives for February 2009
Liz over at The Inside Job has an interesting post on bully behavior. Basically, actions that "intimidates, degrades, offends, or humiliates a worker, often in front of others. Bullying behavior creates feelings of defenselessness in the target and undermines an individual’s right to dignity at work."On the receiving end of Bale's tirade was Shane Hurlbut, the Director of Photography on the new Terminator film. Below is the uncensored version of the alleged Bale audio. NOT work safe.Is this a verbal reprimand from someone who is passionate about what he's doing or is he being nothing more than a high school yard bully? … [Read more...] about Verbal Abuse at Work? Listen to the Christian Bale Uncensored Audio
With every new trend comes a sea of blogs looking to corner the niche. Perhaps that's the only silver lining as America's financial situation looks to get worse before it gets better. At some point, we've gotta recommend you look away from the train wreck; spending too much time on the doom and gloom will give you nothing but a panic attack. However, if you're looking to stay in the know when it comes to layoffs, or simply want to commiserate with your pink-slip peers, here are the blogs where you'll feel at home.Feel free to add your favorite unemployment blogs below.Global Crisis News: Aims to bring clarity to the economic and financial 'disaster' by making headlines from multiple sources available on a single Web site.Pink Slip Blog: Devoted to posts related - however tangentially - to the workplace, business, management, the economy, lay-offs, etc.SimplyFired: Run by job search engine SimplyHired, the Webist gives you a place where, "If you don't laugh, … [Read more...] about Master List of Unemployment and Layoff Sites
The economy is all jacked up. The country seems like it's on an out of control freight train heading towards a 10% unemployment rate.I can't get a raise. You can't get a new job.But some companies out there have $3 million to spend on 30 seconds. The Super Bowl might be over, and by this time next year no one will remember who won. But will you remember any of the ads...even tomorrow?! The fatwalleted companies who broke the bank certainly hope you do.Here are our thoughts on the work-related job and career stuff. As always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments section below. Check out an audio recap below and don't forget to use those Sick Days! Direct DownloadCareerBuilder.comThese guys need to throw in the towel already, as their Super Bowl commercials get less funny each year.The concept is things to look for to figure out if you need a new job. From a woman screaming in her car in the work parking lot, to a toe-picking, Speedo-wearing co-worker, the ad illustrates … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Ad Roundup 2009: Jobs & Careers