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Team Building Fails: Avoiding Paintball & Other Extreme Sports

teamSince it’s summer, chances are your office may have a work outing to a local park, beach or even someone’s home. Well, if your employer’s into team building, you may have played a game or two of tug of war. And if your employer is into extreme building, well that’s a whole other story.

According to a piece on NPR, there are certainly a few team building fouls. One former employee of a health food store recalls a donkey piñata that may have sounded good in theory. A name tag for a rival store was pinned to its chest so the team had to work together to literally destroy their competition. Read more

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Permanent & Temp Hiring Set to Increase Latter Part of 2014

listeningWe’re in the home stretch now! Time is certainly flying and according to this CareerBuilder survey, the latter part of 2014 will be sizzlin’. That is, in terms of permanent and temporary hiring.

Per the survey, nearly half of U.S. employers intend to add full-time employees through December 31st and one-third of them plan to hire temporary workers. Both aspects bode well not just because it’s good news but because it’s higher than last year’s numbers, too. Read more

How to Temper the Fear of Dreaded Pitch Meetings

Pitch-Meetings-Bog-PostFor the first few weeks that I attended pitch meetings at Guideposts magazine, I was a nervous wreck. Every time 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning rolled around, I’d anxiously fidget and crumple the pitch sheet I’d prepared with palms that were already starting to sweat. I preferred to sit in the chair farthest from the table and look down at my now-damp paper, so I wouldn’t be called on. Part of the reason I got so nervous is because of my own introverted self, but the main reason is because as an intern you have an overwhelmingly strong desire to please your editor and any dissatisfaction makes you question yourself and your abilities. Now that I’ve had a few weeks of pitch meetings under my belt, I feel I can share what I’ve learned about making these meetings a little less terrifying for interns. Read more

Three Tips to Research a Future Employer Prior to That Interview

suitWe know the deal. You’re pressed for time with that upcoming job interview. So pressed, in fact, that you barely have time to get your suit dry cleaned and ready to go but aside from rocking out to your appearance, there’s one area you simply shouldn’t overlook: Research.

If you don’t come prepared, it could be game over before it already began. For starters, what media company would want to hire someone who didn’t do their homework? This is your shot to do some digging, really snoop around in the spirit of not only landing the job but seeing any potential red flags sooner rather than later. Read more

Four Ways to Keep Your Career Authentic and Uniquely You

vision2Have you ever been at work and wondered how you got there? Not in terms of the daily commute but literally how you ended up where you are today? Or how it may not always feel like “you” all of the time and who you are?

This piece on Huffington Post helps clarify things. While its scope is about staying true to yourself, we simply have to apply this to careers. Considering we spend so many hours of the day working, if it’s not reflective of who we are, then who are we truly? Read more

And the Average Tech Intern at Twitter Earns…

moneyAs the hot topic of unpaid internships made their way to various lawsuits, there’s probably one group of interns that’s not complaining. As in the paid ones. Check that — the highly compensated ones!

According to a Business Insider piece, a Twitter intern earns the equivalent of…drumroll please…$81,000 per year! Data comes from Glassdoor’s various surveys to tech workers.  Read more

Hardcore Pawn Cast Talks About the Weirdest Things Ever Pawned

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Maybe you have dreams of working on a reality show one day? Hardcore Pawn is the pawn shop show shot in Detroit starring the Gold family.

Father Les and daughter Ashley sat down with mediabistroTV and told us the five weirdest things they’ve seen come across the pawn shop counter.

So next time you need cash and you’re worried the pawn shop won’t give you cash for your dusty basement treasure, just remember these guys bought something called a “Death Mobile.”

Next week we’ll find out why Pawn Shop shows are so popular.

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Staffers Land Swag on 125th Anniversary

candlesAs you can probably agree, it’s no easy feat remaining afloat in publishing right now let alone celebrating 125 years!

According to Jim Romenesko, in honor of the 125th anniversary today at The Wall Street Journal, employees received goodie bags. While most of the contents remain a mystery, per the site it sounds like ice cream scoops were “a real hit.”

Another tipster told Romenesko there were also cell phone charges along with a few other things.

In any event, congrats on their huge milestone!

Majority of New Jobs Pay Higher Than Average Wage

moneyWant some good news on this Monday afternoon? Who doesn’t, right? Let’s face it we’re going to dish it out anyway.

According to MarketWatch, the economy isn’t just adding jobs at a fast pace. It’s adding jobs that pay even better than they have in previous years!

More than half of the new jobs created in 2014 are paying higher than the hourly U.S. wage. Per the data, 58 percent of the new jobs pay more than the average hourly wage of $24.45. This is comparison to last year’s numbers of 48 percent.

Per the piece, this year businesses are focusing on extending job offers to more white collar employees. Health care is still strong and financial services has picked up its pace.

 

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