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Vicki Salemi

Can You Tactfully Turn Down a Cheesy Company Gift & Ask For Cash Instead?

holiday jobsLet’s put it this way: No.

As per a piece in today’s New York Post, a reader celebrates his or her 10th anniversary at work with a plaque and catalogue to select a token gift worth $200.

The reader asks, “Would it be uncool to politely decline ordering anything, or to ask for the money instead?” Read more

How to Handle Holiday Networking Burnout

nametagIf you’ve already attended a handful of holiday parties and have several more to go, join the club.

We know the drill — at first they’re fun! Festive! Exciting! And after a few glasses of wine and one too many tiny cheese puffs (not to mention trivial conversation near the coat check), you’ve reached party burnout.

And yes, this encompasses networking burnout. Well, here are a few pointers to keep your spirits up (and your sanity) this holiday season to make the most out of the fantastic new contacts within your reach. Read more

Three Ways to Remain Professional During Holiday Office Parties

presentsAlas, holiday office parties could be fun. Or they could be the end of your reputation. Here are three tips to keep in mind to actually enjoy the holiday party without ending up in a crazy karaoke scene that ends up on YouTube.

There is a fine line but you can definitely remain professional while having a good time.

1. Limit alcohol. We know this sounds simple but participating in a PG-rated office party really does go back to basics. Do you really want to be the person everyone’s talking about on Monday morning after wearing that lampshade on your head? We didn’t think so. Read more

Monthly Jobs Report Shows Strong Numbers

jobsHappy Friday one and all! For those of us watching the monthly jobs report, it’s a happy Friday indeed.

The Department of Labor showed an addition of 321,000 jobs last month.

This is the biggest increase in almost three years! And it looks like 2014 is winding down on a high note — November signifies the 10th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. This means 2014 has been the best hiring year since 1999.

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How to Sound More Powerful on the Job

megaphoneDo you have a deep, distinctive voice? Or maybe you have a mouse-like voice and want to be taken more seriously at work?

Whatever the tone, according to a new study power has a sound. If you feel powerful, you can actually subtly change your voice.

Researchers from San Diego State University and Columbia Business School revealed we know power when we hear it. And in turn, we can alter our voices to seem more powerful to listeners. Read more

Five Physical Signs You’re Getting Stressed Out

stressIf you just looked at the calendar and freaked out the holidays are literally here and there’s not enough time to get everything done, you’re not alone.

It’s definitely a worst case scenario to feel run down and get sick more easily than other times of the year.

This piece on U.S. News & World Report caught our attention to be wary of physical signs you are getting stressed out. Since self-care is the best type of care, it’s all the more reason to slow down this time of year and pay attention to your body before you’ve reached an all-time high stressed out mode. Read more

Exclusive Interview With Maureen Sullivan, President of & Lifestyle Brands

AOL LOGOAt a recent NYWICI event, we caught up with Maureen Sullivan, president of and lifestyle brands, for an exclusive interview.

The executive was honored with a WiCi Award celebrating career achievements of rising stars in communications.

MediaJobsDaily: Let’s talk about leadership roles and tackling new responsibilites.

Maureen Sullivan: If you have a great advocate and boss and someone who really believes in you and thinks you’re ready for the next challenge, in every phase of your career you don’t necessarily have that person…I’m really lucky for Tim [Armstrong, AOL's CEO & Chairman].

He created awesome opportunities for me and said, “Do you want to try this? Do you want to go for it?” I don’t know if I was naïve enough or brave enough or didn’t know better enough to say, “Yeah, sure. I’ll take that on.” I think the more you do, then you have to go for it. Things do fall into place. Read more

The UN Makes Workplace Suggestions For International Day of Persons With Disabilities

globeToday is the International Day of Persons With Disabilities and as such, the UN has outlined areas for improvement like creating enabling work environments.

The numbers tell all: Globally one billion people live with a disability. Approximately 80 percent of this population lives in developing countries so technology access is key to the “full and equal participation of persons with disabilities.” Read more

Supreme Court Set to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case Tomorrow

baby bumpTomorrow the Supreme Court will hear Peggy Young’s case against United Parcel Service. Although she lost two rounds in lower courts with her discrimination case, tomorrow is a pivotal day.

Young was pregnant with her daughter several years ago and UPS told her she could not have a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages, per her doctor’s orders.

She told The Associated Press, “They told me basically to go home and come back when I was no longer pregnant. I couldn’t believe it.” Read more

Survey Shows Top Culprits of Cyber Monday at Work: Upper Management

online shoppingIf you trolled some sites yesterday during office hours looking for bargains, you’re not alone.

In fact, as per a new CareerBuilder survey, senior level employees are the biggest shoppers of Cyber Monday deals at work.

They’re more likely to use work hours to shop online than entry level or professional staff members by seven percentage points. That equates to 53 percent compared to 46 percent, respectively. Get this — within upper management, 10 percent actually admitted they planned to spend more than three hours or more of work time yesterday shopping for bargains. Read more