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Archives: September 2007

It’s all about connections

4840076.thb.jpg As cliche as it sounds, knowing the right person can take you a long way. Take your career, for example. A person will probably experience several employment opportunities in different companies. From co-workers, supervisors, to senior management, a lasting impression with past employees can be a useful tool for future goals. References are essential in most recruiting processes, employers usually require a few names of former co-workers or current business associates. And don’t think they don’t make an effort in contacting these names. Companies don’t want to risk hiring an incompetent worker, so they would rather take careful measures so that the most qualified candidate is chosen. Phyllis Korkki points out the importance of picking out your references in advance, contacting them to make sure they are prepared to provide sufficient feedback on your past performance. So as much as you dislike your current position and decide you want to leave very soon, make sure you don’t do so on a sour note. You may end up needing their help in the long run.
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A Contract for Love?

5251243.thb.jpg You might want to think twice about hooking up with a fellow co-worker, it may produce a complicated outcome for you if proper precautions aren’t taken. Some companies are making sure that they aren’t stuck with a big sexual harassment lawsuit, so many employers are creating a written policy known as a “love contract”, stating two individuals consent to a romantic involvement. But is all that necessary? A poll run from Society for Human Resource Management revealed that 72% polled organizations did not have a formal written or verbal policy that addressed dating in the workplace. With such a big number of companies that aren’t actually taking this measure, why are other employers enforcing a signed contract between two partners? Although it may seem unprofessional to let flings occur in the workplace, the truth of the matter is that it’s natural for romance to develop between certain people if they are in constant interaction with one another. Since the involvement can affect the overall environment of the workplace, the contract is a way to block inappropriate behavior (public display of affection that may offend other workers), says Jeff Tanenbaum, chairman of the labor practice group at the law firm Nixon Peabody in San Francisco. As long as you’re cautious and follow certain rules, I don’t think it would be such a big deal to incorporate a little romance in the office. What do you think?
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Know Your Worth!

hand.jpgIf you’re thinking about negotiating for a higher salary during an interview, don’t think that it’s such an unimaginable thing to do. Yes, you may be a bit hesitant if you’re an entry level candidate, or you think it may produce a negative impression from the employer, but the outcome might actually be beneficial to you. Out of 875 hiring managers, revealed that about 60% leave room in the first offer for salary negotiations. You can view current salaries in different industries by searching on sites such as, but it’s good to be fully prepared before going to the initial interview (finding out industry and region’s average). Of course demanding a salary way out of the range of the current market might not be too successful, but if you can request for a certain amount while maintaining a professional and respectful demeanor, then asking for a higher pay may actually work out. As long as you do careful research as well as provide sufficient information on your own qualifications, an employer will want to negotiate the salary in order to recruit such a skilled professional into their team.
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Student Anne Jarmaine’s “Dear Harvard” Takes Top Honors at NYTV Fest

red_tv.jpgDear Anne, You rock.
Big time congrats to student Anne Jarmaine, whose independent TV pilot cleaned up at the New York Television Festival. It won the TV Guide Audience Award, the award for best drama, and Ella Rae Peck was named best actress. There were a record number of submissions this year.
Anne developed the script in our tv spec script writing class with Laurie Scheer.

  • TV Writing: TV Pitch Package with Laurie Scheer – Online class starts Sept. 18
  • TV Writing: Spec Script with Laurie Scheer – Online class starts Sept. 18
  • Lessons from the Expert

    l.jpg We usually look to career coaches to teach us solutions and tips on how to search for top jobs. This can range from lessons on tweaking a resume to learning proper etiquette techniques during an interview. Since career experts can provide insight from the employer’s perspective, their opinions about trends in job-hunting can be viewed as valid and credible. Take Jeanne Knight’s take on the recruitment process. She acknowledges the frustration and arduous procedure of researching and applying for multiple jobs. Many times job seekers are left in the dark after an interview and are therefore unsure as to where they stand with the recruiter. Hiring managers should make the effort to contact the candidate if he or she will be considered for a second interview, or even if it may be a phone call letting the job seeker know that they do not fit the qualifications of the position. This doesn’t mean you are to sit and wait around for a response. Job seekers should take advantage of every opportunity, whether it be networking at events or sending a simple “Thank you” email after the interview. Most importantly, be prepared when meeting the employer face to face. Articulate your skills and contributions and make sure you do your homework about the company!
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    Thinking of Quitting Your First Job Already?

    4881470.thb.jpg When you are looking for new candidates fresh out of college, be sure to set exact expectations and goals to the job seeker. That new hire may not even last more than three months. An entry level position can require a bit more mundane administrative tasks and it may discourage an individual from feeling accomplished. Nicholas Aretakis, author of “No More Ramen”, provides career coaching for 20 somethings who might need some guidance after graduation. “Big companies used to offer formal management training programs and, while some still do, there are fewer of those now,” says Nicholas Aretakis. So even if the workload bores you to death, Aretakis says it’s about bringing inspiration and excellence to your work. This can allow room for internal growth, instead of hopping to the next available job outside of the company. So what if others who are soon to enter the workplace aren’t fortunate enough to receive Aretakis’ tips? Chances are the individual may not feel it necessary to stay in the current position and move elsewhere in short notice. Not only can this reflect poorly on his resume, but it may show lack of dedication and work ethic to the next employer. It’s good for hiring managers to set the standards from the beginning, emphasizing work related duties and explain how it will reflect the long term growth of the individual. Job seekers should also envision the overall career goal even if it may not bring immediate satisfaction. Take it from me, I’ve definitely made some of these mistakes when searching for jobs. Naive and inexperienced in the workforce, I think the book would have have taught me a thing or two.
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