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Vicki Salemi

Three Things Employers Want to See When They Google You

Google logoHave you Googled yourself lately? Seriously.

Employers are certainly doing it during the recruiting process and while they’re looking for various red flags (keg stands, anyone?), they’re also looking for a few key things to show you’re a stellar candidate.

Here are a few of them, courtesy of a post from The Savvy Intern. Read more

Twitter Tops Glassdoor List of Companies With Best Corporate Culture

charityIf you like your job, your boss, your commute, there could be one thing oh-so-powerful and slightly off: Corporate culture.

All companies, as you know, are not the same and corporate culture can make or break a company as well as employee morale, satisfaction and productivity.

Glassdoor announced its report of the top 25 companies for culture and values and we’re happy to report a few social media giants and PR firm topped the list. Read more

The Truth About Conference Calls: Survey Shows People Zone Out

conf call phoneIf you’re on a conference call while you’re reading this post, you’re like most people zoning out during conference calls.

According to a new survey conducted by Intercall, more than one-quarter of participants admitted they have fallen asleep during a virtual meeting. Other respondents revealed they’ve made other calls, snacked, exercised and played video games.

Apparently 47 percent of respondents have said — get this — they have actually gone to the restroom during a call! And even if you’ve been among the faithful listeners sitting at your desk, chances are you got distracted by emails, texts or the internet.  Read more

How to Handle It When Your Colleagues Earn More Than You

moneyUnfortunately, we’ve seen this all too often. You work side by side with colleagues only to discover you’re doing the same exact work and they’re getting paid a lot more.

What gives?

According to a piece in The New York Post, the best way to ask for a raise is to make your boss feel like “you are worth every dollar.” Read more

Friending & the Difference Between Acquaintances & Friends

friendsThis post on LinkedIn, “You’re Not My Friend,” caught our eye. Adam Grant distinguishes the overuse of the word “friend” and in turn, we’re moved to share some of his compelling content.

1. You’ve actually met in person. Grant says in his piece if you’ve only connected with someone on the phone or over email, it’s not the same thing as interacting in person. There’s “no substitute for the trust that can be developed from meeting face-to-face.” Read more

Five Absolute Musts to Include on Your Personal Website

work in progressIf you have a personal website, congratulations! You are definitely one step (okay, more like several steps) ahead of other candidates who don’t have one. This can definitely give you an edge when pursuing full-time jobs.

A post on YouTern provides more information about advantages to having a personal site (and seriously, we can’t think of any disadvantages) but what we really want to highlight a few things your site absolutely should include. Read more

Five Antiquated Office Supplies in Honor of Throwback Thursday!

white outIt’s #tbt! As your Facebook friends tag you in photos from your high school football or cheerleading days in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here at MJD we can’t help but get nostalgic for office supplies from yesteryear.

1. Wite out. Need we say more? Remember the odor it provided as well? Ah, memories. Of course, we wouldn’t have needed white out if we didn’t make typos from… Read more

Monetary Items to Consider Before You Resign

money bagsIf you recently resigned or you’re about to, let’s not forget one important factor: Money!

According to a post on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your company has “rules and regulations regarding salary, bonus pay, health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave), expense reimbursement, and the handling of retirement accounts upon an employee’s termination (whether voluntary or involuntary).” Read more

Survey Shows Biggest Summer Regret: Not Taking Enough Vacation Time

beachSay it isn’t so but the lazy days of summer are certainly dwindling. In turn, per an OfficeTeam survey, one in three managers said taking too little time off was their biggest mistake.

As for second place? Not being able to get their mind off work. Next up? Checking in too frequently with the office. Let’s put it to you this way: A tiny percentage of folks indicated they didn’t check in with the office enough.

Here are several ways to make the most out of your vacation time so you don’t have to live with any regrets by Labor Day longing for days at the beach and out of the office.

1. Use them! Seriously. They’re just going to expire anyway, right? Or even if you can indeed roll them over until the next fiscal year, feel free to use them. That’s what they’re there for.

2. Time it right. If you go away or even if you have a staycation, reflect upon your last vacation to see if you needed more time to truly unwind.

3. Have a back-up plan. Wrap up loose ends before you leave and designate a point of contact person for your absence. The place will not fall apart because you’re away for a week or two. Trust your back-up and then exhale.

4. Tell people you’ll be away. Be proactive and let key contacts know you’ll be away and unavailable. Key word? Unavailable. Since they know you’ll be away and your out of office will be on, keep it on and intact.

Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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