If you’re like me, you can still fondly recall the first time you saw The Wizard of Oz. It was a masterpiece in its own time, and it is still seen by pretty much every child ever since. When someone mentions a scarecrow, a witch, or red slippers, your mind may drift back to the comforts of that old classic. However, you probably don’t want to follow the pattern of the Wizard of Oz in your career. Traveling Companions In the movie, Dorothy had a slew of traveling companions to “help” her on her way. They included a brainless dunce, a heartless brute, and a spineless wimp. In fact, the one with the least faults was Toto! If you surround yourself with brainless, heartless, and spineless people, then you’re going to have trouble succeeding. Find someone with courage, compassion, and competence to mentor you, and you won’t be attacked by flying monkeys. I promise. Yellow Brick Road The Munchkins pointed Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road early on as a … [Read more...] about The Wizard of Oz and Your Career Do Not Mix
Archives for April 2009
Managing With Courage
As a teacher, my wife has to complete a yearly “structured interview” for her job. This structured interview requires her to describe objectives and goals for the long and short term. Another requirement is to assess the students’ strengths and weaknesses and determine how to best provide instruction for those students that need it. I have been thinking that the structured interview process is a fantastic one to force managers to prove their mettle. Many managers are lazy. Yep, I said it. We all know that there are some amazing ones out there, but there are still plenty of lazy managers to give the rest a bad name. It’s so easy to take a performance review template and mark “meets expectations” on every blank. To do a real evaluation takes courage and leadership, because you’re bound to make someone upset or angry with a truthful performance review. Think about how your performance review would be different if these sorts of questions … [Read more...] about Managing With Courage
Fake Job Post Part III – "Riddle Buying"
The latest fake job post to hit the Jobacle inbox. Greetings. Our company is looking for adult employees in USA for “Riddle Buying”. Let me explain to you what is “Riddle Buying”. “Riddle Buying” is the know-how, that allows evaluate and remove problems in companies’ customer service. “Riddle Buying” is the main line of our company. Sometimes company executives feel there is a need for them to improve upon their customer service problems, this is where our company come in and not only help them remove problems in customer service performance but also exclude them in future. This job is not hard and doesn’t require any experience or special knowledge, but is well paid: about $5,000 a month, or $1,400 a week. We welcome candidates with good communication skills, with stable Internet, with access to the personal E-mail. Duties: 1. Reveal problems in customer service while acting as ordinary client. 2. Always remain … [Read more...] about Fake Job Post Part III – "Riddle Buying"
Realmatch: Meet Your Job Match
If you’ve ever used a job search engine like one of those HotMonsterBuilder sites, you’ve probably seen the hundreds of “matches” that have nothing at all to do with what you searched for. When I was searching for my own job, I completely gave up on using those search engines to find a meaningful job match. If I had only known about Realmatch, then maybe I could have saved myself a lot of grief. With more than a dozen endorsements from major publications and career sites like Business Week, Mashable, and Fast Company, Realmatch has made quite a splash in the crowded job search engine market. It looks to be popular with recruiters and employers, because it’s free to post jobs, and the only costs are incurred when a matching candidate is chosen. This leads to two benefits for job seekers. First, there are more jobs to choose from, and second, the matches will be a better fit for the candidate’s skills and abilities. It’s obviously working, … [Read more...] about Realmatch: Meet Your Job Match
Common Work Error: Thinking For Other People
The internal dialogue: Whether we're talking to other people in our heads or talking to ourselves, all of us conduct our own personal conversations--that no one else ever hears. (Some of us do it more than others.)Thinking conversations through before they happen can be a useful tool in your workplace arsenal, but it is important to use the tactic sparingly. If not, you open yourself up to a whole world of hurt.Next time you find yourself carrying on dialogue in your own head where you are speaking for your fellow office workers, here's what you can do to validate or reject the thoughts... Read more of Andrew G.R.'s post at US News & World Report. … [Read more...] about Common Work Error: Thinking For Other People
The Day I Cleaned the Refrigerator at Work
The stench was horrendous. As everyone walked through the office door, they couldn't help but comment."Ewwwwww, what is that?"After searching for dead animals and rummaging through garbage cans, we finally found the culprit: the refrigerator. Specifically, someone's two-week-old Chinese leftovers.In typical corporate fashion, a call was placed to the janitorial department to take care of the problem. One day and several sprays of Windex later, the cleaners deemed the problem solved.Guess what happened the following week...The smell returned.Now I'm a fairly patient person but I do reach a point where I don't look back and take matters into my own hands.The next day I arrived at work 30 minutes early with a bucket and heavy-duty cleaning supplies in tow. I rolled up my shirt sleeves and made the fridge look - and smell - as good as new.As my officemates began to trickle in they all took notice of the fridge.Word began to spread that I had taken care of the problem. Most people were … [Read more...] about The Day I Cleaned the Refrigerator at Work
Working Podcast #88: Scared of Your Boss?
Thanks to you the Working Podcast continues to be one of the biggest career-related Internet radio shows on the planet. We appreciate your support and hope you continue to spread the word! The goal is to deliver informative career information in an engaging and entertaining format. Coming up today... Why fearing your boss is a recipe for career disaster. Learn how to fight the fear! Using Twitter to find a job. Personavita.com. The perils of public transportation cuts. Direct Download P.S. - We are aware of several RSS feed issues and are working on a fix. … [Read more...] about Working Podcast #88: Scared of Your Boss?
The Adversity Paradox
When I was fresh out of college I used to joke with family and friends that I was "too normal" to be successful. It seems everywhere we look, people who have achieved a high-level of success, have a story about overcoming odds to get there. The Adversity Paradox is a new book that helps you tap into different situations and use them to build a road towards business success.The Adversity Paradox: The phenomenon of building outstanding success upon the lessons learned in overcoming serious difficulty or misfortune.The basis of the book is built around Individual Human Capital. Basically these are skills that you possess, that with investment, can produce future positive outputs. The AP suggests you take an inventory of yourself and ask which of the following you are strong or weak in:IntrospectionValues BehaviorWork CharacterPurpose & PassionThirst for KnowledgeYou have control over how you feel and deal with adversity.A piece of unique advice in the book I had never thought off is … [Read more...] about The Adversity Paradox
We're ALL Role Models Now. And It Sucks.
In our youth, there is an unspoken feeling of acceptance for our mistakes. We know that there are consequences, but we’re young, foolish, and usually forgiven. It’s ok to mess up, it’s ok to rebel, and it’s all ok because we have our adulthood to make up for it. Except now we’re adults. We have bills, mortgages, kids (well, just a cat for me), and other basic responsibilities. And it feels as though Big Brother is watching our every move. Are you really going to buy that candy bar? Are you really taking an extra 15 minutes for lunch? Are you really not going to participate in the afternoon discussion during your leadership training course? Every vice or laziness that I used to give into- well simply because I felt like I could make up for it later- no longer feels like I have that luxury. And if I dare consider to buy that extra something or don’t participate like I should in a work-related discussion, the guilt that accompanies giving into that vice … [Read more...] about We're ALL Role Models Now. And It Sucks.
What is Your Dream Benefits Package?
Hello, Jobacle fans! It’s been a crazy week on the homefront for me. I just found out that I’m going to be taking a new job within the upcoming week or so, and I’m very excited. It looks like Jobacle is a sweet company to have on your resume, because Lauren recently landed her own new job. With this change, I have been thinking of an interesting question for everyone in the audience. We need your help, though! Jobacle wants to know what your dream benefits package would look like. Sure, we’ve all had the same old benefits brochure with medical, dental, vision, and boredom insurance (wouldn’t that be awesome?), but I’m talking about a benefits package that would make your jaw hit the floor. What would your dream benefits look like? Would it be a free new car? A great perk like free meals for breakfast or lunch? A week of paid vacation in Tahiti every summer with all expenses covered? Let us know. We’ve already heard some of Andrew’s list … [Read more...] about What is Your Dream Benefits Package?