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Job Applicant Stabs Potential Boss During Interview

CommunityJournalismBLogFIWe cringed when we first heard about this story. What is this world coming to?

Jose Lopez apparently showed up to a job interview yesterday. Check that — he showed up drunk. The business owner smelled alcohol on his breath and you can guess what happened next.

The boss did what any hiring manager should do — he confronted Lopez about it. According to NBC San Diego, the job seeker got angry and then he started to get physical. A fight ensued and the boss ended up putting the suspect into a headlock! Read more

Facebook at Work Set to Launch in January

fb logoAccording to The Financial Times, Facebook is gearing up to introduce a new product in January allowing users to chat with colleagues, connect with professionals and collaborate.

It sounds like it’s going to look very similar like the Facebook as we know it today with its groups and constant newsfeed. And while it sounds like it’s set to compete with LinkedIn, Microsoft Office and Google Drive, it’s going to look slightly different from Mark Zuckerberg’s site. That’s because holiday photos and random videos from personal profiles can be separated from a user’s work identity. Read more

New Dating App Blocks Co-Workers From Viewing Your Profile

rosesIf you’ve ever logged onto Tinder and cringed at the thought of a co-worker seeing you on it, this new app will remedy the situation.

According to The New York Post, a new dating app called The League allows users to log in with their LinkedIn information. Then the app hides profiles from your business contacts and co-workers.

Former Google employee Amanda Bradford says in the piece, “The office doesn’t have to know you’re on the prowl.” Read more

Three Ways to Stand Out During a Job Interview

interviewWant to truly shine during a job interview? Sure, there are always basic reminders like arriving on time and looking incredibly polished, but if you want to go above and beyond to stand out from other candidates, try flexing your interview muscles with these three tips.

1. Ask for an office tour. Go ahead and ask to peruse the hallowed halls of cubicle nation. Express your interest in the company and don’t be shy in asking to take a stroll. We’re not talking five mile walks around the corridors, mind you. Instead, take a few minutes with your interviewer to see where he or she sits. The motive, you see, is to check out the corporate culture.

If you happen to be interviewing at the end of the day, say close to 6 p.m., see if everyone looks like they’re still grinding out work at their desks. Or, maybe they’ve left for the day.

On another note, is the office loud or quiet? Does it seem to be buzzing with creativity or is everyone pigeonholed at their desks? You can learn a lot about the company’s culture by observing. Read more

Majority of Job Seekers Say They Can Outperform Their Boss

Turnober-Intern-Post-FISo, you think you have what it takes to run the ship? An overwhelming majority of employees confidently believe they can do a better job than their current manager.

Monster conducted a survey and asked visitors to their site, “In your current or most recent job, do you think you could do a better job than your manager?”

Over 4,800 responses were tallied and 84 percent of global respondents indicated yes, they can absolutely outperform their boss. While Europeans were most conservative with their answers, the vast majority firmly believed they possess the skills and experience to rise through the ranks. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Colleagues

love my jobThere are a few ways to boost that happiness at work. The folks at Inc. outlined a few tips and interestingly enough, changes don’t have to be drastic in order to create significant results.

1. Talk to someone before checking your email. Seriously. Before you log on in the morning, say hi to a colleague and have a friendly conversation by the water cooler. The piece points out, “You’ll be surprised how your mood changes when you don’t just rush into the digital realm.”

2. Bring a colleague a cup of coffee. If anyone has ever brought you leftover food in the conference room, that gesture probably made you feel pretty good. Well, it works in reverse, too. Why not bring a cup of coffee to your cubicle mate? This will automatically boost his or her mood but it’ll likely put a spring in your step, too. Pay it forward. Read more

Got Manners? New Survey Shows People Have Quit Their Jobs in Bad Environments

multitaskingIf you’ve had a coworker or two ditch the “please” and “thank you” comments for some harsher words, you’re not alone.

That is, a quarter of workers actually resigned from their jobs because they were on the receiving end of bad manners in the office. Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate in conjunction with KRC Research surveyed 1,000 individuals about nastiness in work and in life as well. Read more

Veteran & Pinterest Executive Don Faul Talks Leadership at ‘Got Your 6′

What better way to celebrate veterans during today’s holiday than hear their stories and salute their bravery?

Last week we attended an empowering Got Your 6 event at HBO’s office in midtown Manhattan. In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The initiative helps squash negative misconceptions and myths to civilians about veterans in terms of who they are and what they have to offer. As for veterans, the program ensures they’re empowered to lead by connecting to various veteran organizations.

The storytellers event had a TED talk flair as each veteran took the stage to talk about their career and lessons learned in their own unique delivery.

Let’s take a look at U.S. Marine Corps veteran Don Faul’s talk focusing on leadership in the Silicon Valley. After all, he knows a thing or two about the topic. Faul’s the head of operations at Pinterest and previously worked at Facebook and Google.

Should You Work Late Even When You Don’t Get Paid Overtime?

mentorsAh, the corporate conundrum. We totally get it. You aren’t eligible for overtime pay but your job has a workload that represents more than a standard 9 to 5 gig.

A reader wrote into The New York Post today with the same dilemma. While you may be tempted to leave at 5 p.m. on the dot every single day, unfortunately that may not necessarily further your career for the long-term. Read more

Dyllan McGee Explains: ‘Explosion of Platform is an Explosion of Opportunity’

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

We recently caught up with Emmy Award-winning producer Dyllan McGee at the WiCi Awards sponsored by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI).

The event honored rising stars in media and as McGee emceed, we couldn’t help but get a dose of inspiration from the filmmaker herself.

She created and founded MAKERS, a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled. It launched online in 2012 and premiered on-air in 2013 on PBS.

MediaJobsDaily: What were your thoughts when you started out doing a documentary about women only to find out it had never been done before? Read more

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