At Jobacle, we always work hard to provide the very best we can when it comes to career advice with an edge. Because we are the folks in the cubes of the world, doing the real work and getting all the important stuff done, it can appear that we're, well, anti-management. We're not, but we do pride ourselves on saying, with humor and insight, what needs to be said.So, in the best possible spirit, we commend Michael Hollowell, the store manager of the Lowes in North Carolina, whose leadership during a recent tornado saved the lives of the over one hundred people in the store at the time. As the manager, Michael knew the stores' emergency plan, and once he saw the tornado roaring towards his store, he immediately took action. He mobilized his assistant managers and succeeded in almost instantly herding all staff and customers to the rear of the store, into a concrete-reinforced area. While Michael was doing this, the entire roof of the free standing store was peeled back, and … [Read more...] about Thank You, Mr. Lowes Store Manager
Every year I set goals for Jobacle. This year I set some pretty lofty traffic numbers. I'm grateful to our loyal readers - and the new ones - who have helped us FAR surpass the goals I set.I'll share a more detailed report later this month. But for now, I can't help put feel my traffic reporting system is giving me the finger. … [Read more...] about Jobacle Web Traffic Gives Me the Finger
This job post was sent in by a loyal Jobacle reader... Process applications for, changes to, reinstatement of, and cancellation of insurance policies.Duties include reviewing insurance applications to ensure that all questions have been answered, compiling data on insurance policy changes, changing policy records to conform to insured party's specifications, compiling data on lapsed insurance policies to determine automatic reinstatement according to company policies, canceling insurance policies as requested by agents, and verifying the accuracy of insurance company records.Salary: $10.00 per hr.Email your resume to:email@example.com … [Read more...] about Real Job Post of the Week
A quick audio note thanking all of the freelance bloggers who have applied to write for Jobacle via our job posting on ProBlogger.net. … [Read more...] about Thank You, Dear Freelance Blogger
When I think about work comedy, the last place that comes to mind is Iceland. But apparently our frosty friends in Reykjavík have a bonafied workplace comedy on their hands with "The Nightshift." And soon, my American friends, we'll have our very own adapted version right here in the U.S. of A.Think Kevin Smith's convenience store Clerks transplanted to a 24/7/365 gas station. Enter in wacky customers interfacing with eccentric employees and the stage is set for some wokplace funny.The show will be produced by Reveille, the same company that successfully adapted The Office. No American network has picked up the show yet, but stay tuned, it appears to be inevitable. … [Read more...] about New Office Comedy Coming to America
Too much information renders even the best employee useless. The folks at Xerox have created a viral campaign to help get the word out about the dangers of Information Overload. Learn more, share your thoughts on the epidemic and be sure to forward this link to my your boss. … [Read more...] about Do You Suffer From Information Overload?
It is time to take a small break, my friends. Delivering the latest career advice, employment news and Website reviews can be a bit exhausting...especially if you also have a life. And by life I mean full-time job, a spouse, a house, a couple of good friends and 50 other ideas that are all semi-in-progress. One, in particular, that I have very high hopes for and need to spend some more time on.I'm undecided if I'll walk away for several weeks, days or hours. But one thing is certain: my absence presents an opportunity for other career bloggers. If you have something original and unique to say, we'd be more than happy to have you 'fill in' for me.If you are interested, please contact me and let me know what you'd like to write about and what makes the topic/post unique. It can be a single post, a series of posts, etc.Blogging for Jobacle will get your article and link out in front of thousands of people a month.Other thing you need to know:- Our traffic has been dramatically … [Read more...] about Looking for Guest Career Bloggers
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
We always wondered why the Jobacle Sick Day Calendar was such a hit in Europe. They don't even have most of the same holidays, yet they've been downloading the thing like mad.The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on an epidemic in Belgium: sick leave abuse. Ah, now it's starting to make sense!Belgians, like many Europeans, are entitled to extensive or even unlimited sick leave -- and they tend to stretch the definition of the word. One study showed government employees in droves were calling in sick to pack before vacations and to sleep off holiday hangovers. Some government departments were averaging 35 days of paid sick leave per employee each year, more than twice the national rate and seven times the U.S. average. Read more here. … [Read more...] about Cough! Belgians Love Sick Leave.
We're celebrating another year in the books here at Jobacle HQ. After a record number of Working Podcast downloads, and growth in virtually every traffic category, we wanted to take a time out and thank our loyal readers and listeners.What I value most are the relationships that have spawned and opportunities that were born. We've made it onto the radar for all of those HotMonsterBuilder sites, thanks to YOU!Jobacle is a labor of love. Even though I was promoted earlier in the year, I continue to find the time to build Jobacle. We plan to continue to dish out contrarian career advice, bring you the latest employment news and review everything Career 2.0. We have BIG plans for 2009, and invite you along for the ride. Subscribe to the blog and the podcast today! We'll be back with fresh posts in a few days. In the meantime, why not check out some of the best posts from 2008.The 6 Most Trafficked Posts of 2008 Employee Goodbye Letters Gone Wild 10 Career Lessons From … [Read more...] about The 7 Best 2008 Posts You Didn't Read