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The Scoop Behind Reference Checks & Employee Rights

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re interviewing and curious about what your current employer can dish to your future employer during a reference check, listen up.

Overall, your only right as an employee is for an employer to not make slanderous statements. If you’re currently negotiating a settlement with your current employer, then by all means the employer must oblige by that agreement. Read more

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Journalists Rank Number One in Coffee Consuming Professions

coffee cupAccording to a new study by Pressat, journalists are finally coming in number one in a well-deserved category. No, it’s not salary. And no, it’s not related to career opportunities. It is, however, related to java!

That’s right, journalists ranked numero uno in the study for chugging coffee. Let’s dig deeper: Among the 10,000 professionals included in the survey, 85 percent admitted to drinking at least three coffee cups a day. Almost 70 percent mentioned they would find it a lot harder to get through their day without a morning fix. Read more

Co-author of ‘Rising Above a Toxic Workplace’ Shares Survival Tips

isolated at workHisssssssss.

That’s the sound a toxic colleague makes when you’re in his or her presence. Sometimes it’s not so overt but regardless, you still have to work with this person to the point where their abnormal behavior becomes normal and then you get sucked into an abyss of a dysfunctional environment.

Dr. Paul White, co-author of Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment, provides us with some exclusive tips to deal with them.

1. Don’t expect them to respond “normally.” When you’re dealing with someone who is abnormal, their reaction to you will likely be consistent. Yes, as in abnormal, too.

Dr. White explains, “No matter what you do, you may find yourself blamed or second-guessed or told you did the worst possible thing when you actually did something good.” The sane approach, he says, is to give up expectations of getting healthy responses. Read more

Study Shows Majority of Employers Not Prepared for Future Objectives

workplace bullyHappy Friday one and all! Thanks for being here. As you know from our posts, we try to be upbeat! Optimistic! Insightful!

But alas, we need to call it like we see it and this new study by Oxford Economics and SAP is a prime example. In fact, just yesterday SAP released it during their SuccessConnect conference.

They surveyed 2,700 executives and 2,700 employees worldwide and discovered two-thirds of businesses will not have made strides in order to build a workforce to meet their future business objectives. Two-thirds!

The main culprit? Misunderstandings between management and employees regarding workplace priorities. Read more

Former Intern Drops Lawsuit Against CBS & Worldwide Pants

CommunityJournalismBLogFIIt’s been a while since intern lawsuits were in the news which is precisely why this headline caught our attention.

The proposed class-action suit filed by former intern Mallory Musallam against CBS and Worldwide Pants has been dismissed by the plaintiff.

That’s less than a week after Musallam filed the complaint. The original claim alleged that New York’s minimum wage and overtime laws were violated during her 2008 internship. Read more

Five Body Language Tips to Power Up Your Professionalism

successWhen we read about these tips on Lifehack, we couldn’t agree more. In many instances in business, it’s not what you say but how you say it. Of course, this includes your posture, your energy and your body language as a whole.

The good news? Unlike a technical skill which could require taking a class or two, body language can be improved by simply applying them right away.

1.  Maintain eye contact. The piece reminds us that everyone wants to feel interesting and important. The main way to accomplish this? Engage in active listening by keeping consistent eye contact with others when they speak. Throw in an occasional nod and sincerely show you’re paying attention. Read more

Survey Shows Most Americans Don’t Want the Corner Office

suitAccording to a new CareerBuilder survey, most Americans are not into vying for the corner office.

Only one-third of employees aspire to leadership roles. Per the survey, more men than women make up that statistic.

In addition, African Americans and the LGBT population of employees are more likely to aspire to a leadership role than the national average. Plus, 32 percent of disabled workers aspire to leadership positions.

What does this say in terms of leadership itself? How can management motivate a population whose majority doesn’t aspire to become leaders? Read more

Three Ways to Become More Mindful at Work

yogaIf you’ve ever been checked out at work, you’re not alone. But when we say checked out we really mean not being engaged when you’re supposed to be. It’s one thing to check out and surf Mediabistro during a conference call but it’s quite another to be zoning when you’re working on deadline.

Dr. Stephen McKenzie’s new book provides pointers to be mindful at work while simultaneously reducing stress to achieve more. Read more

How to Handle Office Theft

noWhether someone intentionally swiped your Ginger Ale in the communal refrigerator or lifted a ten dollar bill from your desk, let’s face it — office theft is theft and it certainly feels violating. Major thumbs down.

You start detesting the feeling of having to lock valuables up and then you start wondering about the identity of the culprit. The intern a few cubicles down? Mailroom guy? Even — gasp — your boss?

Instead of pointing fingers, try not to let it interfere with your day. What you can do instead of accusing anyone, especially if you’re a boss, is to address it at a staff meeting. Read more

Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

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