Unique occupations always intrigue this blog. Remember the French Polisher? Anyhoo, a conversation came up at work that has left us all stumped.What do you call a person who brings food to your hotel room?Help me out here...They're not a waiter (how would you differentiate this on a resume?)They're not a bellhop (unless they're bringing your bags WITH your food)Food-bringer-upper?Culinary Hospitality Consultant?Is it as simple as the unglamorous title of Hotel Food Server?Seriously. I'm baffled. What the heck are these folks called? Help! … [Read more...] about Your Help Needed: Job Title Question
With the warmer weather around the corner and an extra hour of daylight coming our way (we change the clocks this weekend!), I want to make sure you guys are ready to call in sick and enjoy those sun-drenched days. Here's a trick a buddy shared with me. For all I know this is ancient history and circulated the Web a million times - but in case it hasn't - here it goes. Here's a method to make any number you want to show up on someone's Caller ID. It's a great Workhack when you want to call in sick and not let the boss know where you are. Now you can make it look like you're calling from home when you're really at the beach. The possibilities are limitless. Here's how it works: 1) Dial 407-386-3737 2) Press the number 5 3) Dial the phone number you want to call 4) Hit the star key 5) Dial the number you want the person to see on their ID 6) Hit the # (pound/hash) key Notes: You will hear silence - not a ring. But the person's phone will be ringing. … [Read more...] about Call in Sick: Spoof Boss's Caller ID
With the abundance of Web video floating around, it's impossible to differentiate real from fake. I know at most jobs, the cleaning folks take out your trash after hours. Also, most people - no matter where they work - know not to leave their pocketbook visible for the world to see. Take a gander and let me know what you think. … [Read more...] about Caught Stealing on the Job: Video
Show #60 of the Working Podcast has arrived. We continue to grow the podcast and the blog - and couldn't do it without your help! The one dynamic that has slowed down is YOUR participation. I'm a true believer that it's your stories, videos, phone calls that will truly make Jobacle.com a smashing success. So please send your good, bad and ugly! Here's what you can expect on the new show: I share the gory, politically correct details of my new employee handbook. "The Voice" answers your questions on value conflict and freedom of expression. Dean Lindsay has a quick networking tip. Take the vending machine munchies quiz. Direct Download We're got some great career experts and Web heavy-hitters lined up in the near future. So if you have a career question you want an answer to - let us know! … [Read more...] about Employee Handbook Bulls***
First up, they'll be a new podcast posted late tonight - so please subscribe now. Also, if you dig this blog at all - please sub here and tell your co-workers!As I was feebly attempting to knot my tie in my cold, dark bedroom this morning (it took 4 attempts), I realized that this Web site should launch a campaign protesting the antiquated fashion appendix. Stay tuned...it's something we're looking into. For now, a few reasons why I HATE neck!- They choke you, suffocate you and the lack of oxygen restricts creativity.- They are 100 % useless. No, 1000% useless.- It takes eye-hand coordination first thing in the morning.- It never knots right (especially those thin bastards).- Knotting options suck (tie bow, windsor, half windsor or four in hand knots. Whatever!- Ironing and cleaning (if you ever do) are a pain/expense- What's wrong with a clip on? Do they even make some high-end ones?Leave your comments below on why you hate ties, contact us or leave … [Read more...] about Why Neckties Blow (and some history)
Guest Blogger: Thad Greer is an Executive Sales Recruiter and the Managing Partner with Priority Recruiting Solutions, Inc., a nationwide retained, executive search firm headquartered in South Florida. He can be reached at 888-EZ2-SEARCH or at email@example.com. His blog, "Confessions from a Serial Recruiter", serves as a resource for employers and job seekers alike...Cold-Calling (Selling Ice to Eskimos)I've been reading several of Seth Godin's books lately and his marketing insight has really opened my eyes (view his blog at www.sethgodin.com). Seth is the former VP/Marketing for Yahoo! and has written a number of books on internet marketing. The one that I have taken the most from is "Permission Marketing", a book he wrote way, way back in 1999. Having read this book around the same time I purchased an e-book called "Never Cold Call Again" by Frank Rumbauskas, www.nevercoldcall.com. I realized how little I actually knew about e-marketing … [Read more...] about Cold-Calling (Selling Ice to Eskimos)
Wash. Rinse. Repeat. MyBlogLog has truly validated for me the vast wasteland known as the Internet - especially where the career genre is concerned. Look, I want to play nice with fellow bloggers because I know that inbound links, approved comments and guest blogging is where it's at to make a few cents off of your Google AdWords. But Jesus! Every Web site has lists and tips. Will this ever end?Don't get me wrong - I can call a spade a spade and I realize that Jobacle is NOT above the law. Sometimes it's just too difficult to father a completely unique idea. But I'm already tired of workhacks, lifehacks, healthhacks, drivinghacks, etc. 7 Ways to Save Money = Yawn. 4.5 Ways to Better Breath - Snore.I have a lifehack, and it's a list that consists of ONE thing:If you truly want to be productive and get things done... GET OFF THE COMPUTER.Man, I'm a grumpy SOB today. But at least this is original content. Nah, it's probably already … [Read more...] about Are You All "Life Hacked" Out?
What happens when you take a great group of street musicians out of the subways and into a professional recording studio? Hailing from Manhattan by way of Beantown, take a listen to Spokinn Movement. Direct Download Buy some stuff. … [Read more...] about Street Musicians Caught on Tape
Today we're lucky to have a guest blog entry from Lance of YourHRGuy.com. Lance's blog is excellent - giving some great insight into to the HR profession while not ignoring the needs/demands of the common worker. Take it away Lance...Andrew talked about when to turn down a promotion and I am going to talk about when that is the worst thing you can do.Promotions are usually seen as a positive, but as Andrew pointed out, promotions can also be a bad thing. So given this extensive list of when not to take a promotion, when can you not ignore or reject a promotion opportunity? Let's find out:1) It's a win/win. Sometimes we find the perfect situation. You're going to have a great boss, the people working for you are amazing, the job fits right in line with your career path and of course, there are big bucks involved. Some idiot in the back of your head is trying to tell you that something isn't right. Ignore him. He is an idiot after all and if you see this … [Read more...] about Why You MUST Accept a Promotion (6 Reasons!)
It looks like the Web site Freecareersearch.com has uploaded a quickie video on YouTube to promote their site. And quite honestly, we haven't poked around the site long enough to make a judgement on whether or not it's worth your time. However, one thing DID jump out at us.The video depicts a woman selling peanuts, which the site bills as "the worst job ever." And maybe it is. But have they considered the other side of the nut? She's independent; Might be her own boss; Might make her own hours; Maybe takes pride in offering the most freshly-roasted game in town, etc.It's so easy to piss on someone else's job. But maybe they don't dislike it as much as you think they do. What also grabbed my attention is the following - the video has the following tags associated with it (chosen by the poster): Peanuts; Career; Job; Food; Funny; Goofy; Business Transactions; Depression; Xenophobia; Carelessness: Cultural: Sensitvity: Cult Weird. And I'm not calling these guys out for doing … [Read more...] about Is the Peanut Lady Happy?