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Making the Case for Nixing a Generic Cover Letter

IFind a Jobf you typically address a cover letter “To Whom It May Concern,” listen up. Companies don’t like being addressed as “HR Manager” or another generic term. In this day and age it’s certainly easy enough to find someone’s real name to input onto that letter.

Per a piece in today’s New York Post, HR executive in the media industry Gregory Giangrande writes:

“It doesn’t take much sleuthing to find names of executives running different departments. Try to find someone in your network who is connected to someone at the company, and see if you can get a referral.” Read more

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Lessons in What Not to Do: Reporter Resigns On-Air, Drops F-Bomb

We have to take a lesson from a reporter in Alaska on what not to do. Let’s vow to never resign like this, okay?

Not only did she drop the F-bomb on-air, she also revealed she’s the founder of an organization connecting Alaskans in need of medical marijuana to people who already have pot.

Kudos to the anchor for pulling it together. She seemed flustered at first but wouldn’t you be, too?

Communications Executive Resigns After Background Check Uncovers Red Flag

truthHere’s the deal: It always pays to tell the truth. Always.

Such was the case this week when David Tovar, Wal-Mart’s vice president of communications, admitted a snafu discovered during his background check was indeed correct.

“I was 100 percent transparent,” says Tovar after a third-party company red flagged his education based on a degree he never completed.

Even though he worked for the retail giant for eight years, prior to being promoted to senior vice president, he went under an assessment as part of protocol. Read more

Survey Shows Nearly One-Tenth of Employees Go to Work High

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…according to a new Mashable survey, almost ten percent of American workers show up to the office high on weed. We should add the survey wasn’t very large with a total of 534 participants as Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug habits as they relate to the workplace.

There was a spike in numbers of prescription drug takers. That number of people taking prescribed drugs and then going to work hovered around 28 percent. Read more

Department of Labor Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know the Department of Labor has a YouTube channel? Well, we recently discovered it along with their tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Consider this: In 1993, Hispanic workers comprised nine percent of the total workforce. In 2013? That number hovered around 16 percent, equating to 24.8 million Hispanic workers.

Let’s look at more data broken down by industry and geography…

Tips to Stay Awake on the Job

sleep at workWe got a good chuckle when we started researching this piece, especially on rainy days when it’s tempting to want to take a quick snooze at work!

Well, it’s more relevant for media folks who work the night shift such as a radio DJ or an overnight breaking news correspondent. According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are several pointers to keep in mind to stay alert at work.

1. Take a walk during your shift. If you clock evening hours, take a walk right before your shift. Hopefully taking a walk when the sun is still out will alert your body. This may help you feel more awake when you’re at work. Read more

Five Benefits to Joining a Job Club

jobsWhether a job club forms organically at a local library or town hall, chances are the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For starters, it gets job seekers from behind their computer and in front of people. As in real conversations, as in information gathering and sharing.

Per a piece on AOL Jobs, there are several ways to make the most out of local job club meetings. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Office People

charityThis piece on Inc. put a spring in our step! While you can’t account for your colleagues’ behavior when they’re in bad moods, you can account for your own.

Considering you’ll frequently get back what you give, imagine smiling at someone as you walk down the hall instead of scowling at them.

Per the piece, here are a few ways to boost that happiness quotient at work. Read more

Can Your Employer Force You to Take Lunch Breaks? Depends on the State…

Brown_Bag_LunchWe know the deal. You’re working hard, we get it. You’re grabbing a sandwich and eating in front of your laptop during a conference call at 3 p.m. and calling it lunch.

Been there, done that, completely get it.

But what happens when your employer puts a foot down to require you physically take a break? It sounds like a refreshing anomaly, doesn’t it?

It is indeed happening and according to a piece on AOL Jobs about lunch breaks, your supervisor can require you to take your lunch break. That said, it depends on where you reside in terms of whether it’s legal to force you to take that break at the end of the day. Read more

TV Executive Dishes When to Resign: ‘Am I Learning?’

successThe following interview in The Wall Street Journal really struck a chord. Courteney Monroe, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, previously worked in marketing at HBO for 13 years.

When is the right time to leave a job? If you’re not learning, if you’re not challenged, if you’re not still making a difference — all answers point to moving on. Mentioning it’s an easy to stay somewhere too long, Monroe highlighted that you have to actively manage your career to avoid settling into that rut. Read more

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