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How to Manage Office Gossip to Your Advantage

bossPssst. Over here. That’s right, I said over here. Did you here the latest about so-and-so?

Sheesh! Have you ever gotten in the middle of office gossip, not even realizing innocent coffee talk could so quickly turn into malicious gossip?

Well, according to Simply Hired, there are a couple of ways to manage the grapevine and actually make it work for you. Read more

‘Stealing the Corner Office’ Author Shares Three Unconventional Tactics

corner officeIf you want to get ahead at work, raise your hand! Climb that corporate ladder, get recognized and land that cushy corner office.

We checked in with Brendan Reid, author of the new book Stealing the Corner Office, for unconventional ways to get ahead.

1. Never be passionate about your ideas. Wait, what? Let’s hear him out…yes, we’re drawn to icons like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for their passion and perseverance. And yes, for one Zuckerberg, there are hundreds upon hundreds of people who tried and failed. Read more

Summer Job Search on Pause? Try These Three Tips to Stay Sharp

ice cream coneWe’re in the heat of it now! As August approaches you may notice employers are slower and slower in getting back to you. Or interviews are scheduled two weeks out and more thanks to various vacation schedules.

We’re optimists here at MJD-land and in turn, we view this as not a stalled search but rather an opportunity. Here are three ways to leverage this slump to stay sharp in the dog days of summer… Read more

How to Handle it When Your College Kid Intern & Offspring Embarrasses You

vision2We know the drill. Your college kid is home for the summer and being the good parent that you are, you landed Sonny a nice internship at your company.

Only thing is, the internship is going south very fast.

Well, according to a piece in The New York Post, this is one of “those teachable moments” when you need to pull together your skills as both a professional and a parent when your kid starts embarrassing you at work. Read more

Austin-Based Company Hosts Arcade Parties to Recruit Job Seekers

pinballIf you’ve been wined and dined by a potential employer, more power to you!

While some job candidates may have a typical office interview, others are experiencing innovative ways to learn about a company and their culture. Read more

Meet the Mandated Vacation: TED.com’s Staff Takes Two Weeks!

flip flopsYou know how logging off is actually good for you? As in truly being out of the office, not checking messages whatsoever.

Well, the entire staff at TED.com is currently on hiatus through August. Let’s repeat that: The staff is on vacation until August!

We first read about this in Inc.com and simply had to explore it. For starters, their editor blogged about it and mentioned it’s seriously a productivity booster. And this is nothing new for their staff — the concept’s been around for the past five years. Read more

Four Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills

listenWhat’s that, you say? Four tips to improve listening skills? Sign us up!

We admit it, when we’re introduced to someone new within a few minutes if there’s not a nametag in sight, we’re inclined to forget the person’s name.

Sound familiar?

That’s why this piece in The Wall Street Journal caught our attention. Listening skills are critical to business success, not just during an introduction but during meetings, conference calls and even casual conversations. Here are some pointers to help bolster those listening skills so you stay on point and engaged in each and every encounter… Read more

What Amount Do You Need to Earn to Feel Successful?

successAh, success. It’s so subjective, isn’t it?

Does success equate to income? Happiness? Achieving balance in life and work? Respect from peers? Self-respect? Fame? All of the above?

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, success in terms of money is relative to salary. And when it comes to feeling successful in accordance with a specific amount, 65 percent of survey participants indicate they don’t earn their desired salary. Only 35 percent say they’re right where they need to be; this is particularly true in the salary bracket ranging from $75,000 to $100,000. Read more

Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

New Study Shows We Don’t Ask for Enough Help When Networking

nametagIf you’ve been networking up a storm and haven’t been making much progress, maybe that’s because you’re not asking for enough help.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, 42 percent of senior managers said not asking for help from others is the biggest networking mistake. The second faux pas points to failing to keep in touch with contacts, and as for the third? Not thanking people for their help.

Switching gears, one of the best ways to stay in touch is online, as indicated by the survey, followed by meeting for lunch or coffee.  The third best way is to attend a local networking event.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, emphasized the importance of networking in a press release. Whether you’re “looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts.” And many people don’t ask for help because perhaps they’re embarrassed or think they can succeed on their own but there’s no harm in reaching out for help.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while networking:

1. Be consistent. Network continuously instead of waiting until you’re in freak out mode for a new job. Periodically check in with contacts. Try to help them as well by sending links to relevant articles and job openings.

2. Act quickly. Follow up swiftly after you meet someone at an event or after you meet up for lunch or coffee.

3. Mix things up. Instead of relying solely on social media, mix it up with online networking and in-person approaches. Be ready, too. You never know when a casual conversation in the doctor’s waiting room or on the train can spark a new potential connection.

4. Be specific. People can make a significant impact in helping you achieve your goals if you’re specific. Instead of saying you’re “looking for a job,” you can tailor it to say you’re “looking for someone who works within marketing in digital media who can help you get your foot in the door for opportunities seeking three to five years of experience.”

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