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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

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

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!

Four Ways to Become a Social Media Influencer

fb logoIf you’re active on social media and want to know how to become an influencer, listen up.

According to serial entrepreneur Marc Fischman, there are several key factors to keep in mind. We connected with the CEO and co-founder of Hyperactivate to get the scoop and we figured he knows a thing or two about the topic since his company was named one of the top three social media start-ups last year by Entrepreneur.

1. Become an expert. That’s right, go ahead and master a topic so people trust your opinion! Fischman explains, “The idea here is to embrace your area of expertise so passionately, that your blog or twitter feed goes beyond just reporting news; it actually espouses opinions that you formulate and that people will seek out and evaluate.  Does this represent a commitment on your part? For sure.” Read more

Four Ways to Assert Your Independence Over Technology

email at signThat is, a digital detox. Who’s with us?

With the July 4th holiday of course comes fireworks, barbecues and thoughts of independence. What better way to declare your independence than break free from the shackles that bind. And by shackles we mean technology.

Yes, we know mobile devices make life easier and oh-so-convenient but they also make it oh-so-possible to work when you’re at the beach, on vacation and in the mode to detach and ultimately recharge.

According to a piece on Entrepreneur, there are a few ways to deplug the next few days.

1. Practice mindfulness. Be aware of the constant distractions. Set aside time on your calendar for a distraction-free zone. No interruptions. You can thank us later.

1. Reset your internal cycle. The piece points out, “A detox allows you to impose a cycle upon your technology use — while it’s constantly available, you can isolate your interaction by cutting it off completely and setting a new schedule once you resume using it.”

3. Reflect on your goals. Be still and evaluate our goals and better yet, how you’re going to accomplish them. What actions are moving you in the direction of your dreams? What achievements have you already surpassed? Take time to celebrate them, too.

4. Change your schedule to change your lifestyle. A detox shouldn’t only be a one-time deal. Sure, you can implement it this weekend but why not make it portable for use down the road?

The piece mentions the detox is a way to boost your lifestyle. “People need to have periods of activity followed by a break when they unplug and reflect. Embrace your design: Stay in rhythm.”

Three Reasons to Avoid Scheduling That Early Morning Meeting

bosstoclientIf you’re in the position to run a weekly meeting (or any meeting), raise your hand! Now, keep it raised if you think the best time to hold it is 8 or 9 a.m. Well, according to a Fast Company piece, you may want to think again.

1. Different times of the day have different opportunity costs. Per a white paper, energy levels during the day peak at 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right! Go time. By late afternoon, people start dragging. So, if you have a meeting at 8 a.m., you’re erasing the opportunity for productivity. Read more

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