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New Survey Reveals Scariest Jobs in America

scaryIf there are certain jobs you wouldn’t pursue in a million years, you’re not alone. They’re scary, they’re spooky and downright frightful!

According to a new survey released by CareerBuilder, some of the scariest jobs include stand-up comedians, kindergarten teachers and morticians.

Participants were asked to choose from a list of jobs they thought were the most frightful. They were also encouraged to submit their own. Do any of the top jobs on their list scare you, too? Read more

Red Flags Employers Spot When You’re Looking to Leave

judgeIt’s okay, you can secretly nod in agreement if you’ve quietly pranced in and out of your office to a lunchtime interview. This may go unnoticed if it’s happening once or twice but suffice it to say, when you’re actively looking to leave and frequently interviewing, your employer may start to take notice.

Thanks to good ol’ social media, when you really want to broadcast to your network in order to expand connections, you need to be more cognizant about your moves. Here are several aspects, per a piece on Fortune, to be mindful of when you’re looking to land a new job.

1. Be mindful on LinkedIn. If you’re inactive on the site and then all of the sudden you’re making dozens upon dozens of new connections, others may start to wonder if something is up, especially if you’re already connected to your boss. So, be sure to switch on your privacy settings. This is particularly important when you want to start following companies such as competitors. Plus, it helps you discreetly  update your profile and tweak your current role. Read more

Three Ways to Productively Procrastinate

lazy coworkerIf you’ve been known to procrastinate from time to time, this post’s for you.

How many times have you attempted to tackle a lofty task or goal only to get distracted?

Well, what happens when distraction actually becomes a productive use of your time? The initial goal is being brushed under the rug but you’ve managed to at least get something else done. Read more

Tips For an Office-Friendly Halloween

pumpkinHalloween is only a few days away!

Considering it’s on a Friday this year, chances are you may plan on attending a party or two that night.

How about during the day? Fridays lend themselves to being more casual in general at work but how does that apply to the work-related Halloween fete?

Well, like everything there’s a fine line between being appropriate and crossing the line. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so you can have fun in the office while not being that over the top guy or gal. Read more

Survey Shows Most New Hires Leave Within 12 Months

graduation capRemember back in the day when you felt you had to stay with an employer at least two to three years to look loyal and steady?

Well, it’s not uncommon for Millennials to jump around prior to that timing and a new survey proves it. Approximately 77 percent of businesses expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year. Read more

Four Things to Avoid Saying in the Office

megaphoneThis piece on U.S. News & World Report made us chuckle in agreement.

Who hasn’t been there, done that at one point or another? That is, saying or hearing something ultra awkward at the office.

Please don’t be that guy or gal and put a foot in your mouth.

1. “Are you pregnant?” Let’s just say that if a woman is pregnant and wants people to know, she’ll say so. But to ask her about a baby bump when it just might be a bump, is inappropriate. Her belly is none of your business. Read more

Five Overused Buzzwords to Avoid On Your Resume

relocate jobWe read this piece and we had to chuckle. Having worked in recruiting and reviewed thousands upon thousands of resumes, yes there are several repetitive words that rear their ugly head. A lot.

And you know what? After a while they lose all meaning. There are certainly better ways to articulate what they mean and secondly, when they’re universal like saying you are proficient on a PC, well it’s the great equalizer. All candidates should be literate online.

Without further ado, thanks to a piece on Salary.com, here are several of their thoughts on commonly overused words… Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Performance Review

reviewAs we head into the home stretch now for 2014, one thing’s for sure: If your company’s fiscal year is also the calendar year, there’s no time like the present to kick things up a few notches to end things on a stellar note.

And by that we mean acing that year-end performance review. The only way to do that? Ace your work, of course. Here are a few pointers to rev things up…

1. Be proactive and meet with your boss. Instead of waiting for ubiquitous year-end meeting with your boss, go ahead and schedule a meeting next week. That’s right — next week. Specifically tell him or her you want to be rated exceptional and you want to focus on your work now rather than get feedback after the fact. Read more

It’s National Boss’s Day! Here are Several Ways to Mark the Occasion…

bossesHappy National Boss’s Day!

If you’re already at the office, no worries there. It’s not too late to mark the occasion in a tactful and meaningful way.

Scott Young, senior vice president of product and business development for Staples, Inc., says, “Finding the right gift for a boss or manager shouldn’t be a source of stress.”

He adds, “A helpful hint is to match the gift to your boss’s lifestyle or interests and choose something that will make it easier for them to make more happen in the office.” Read more

Five Crisis Prevention Tips for Managers

multitaskingAccording to a new Accountemps survey, nearly 49 percent of chief financial officers said they deal with at least one unexpected crisis each and every week.

In comparison, 80 percent of executives mentioned they deal with at least one unexpected crisis a week from a survey conducted in 2004.

We wanted to get the scoop as to how leaders can try to prevent one from happening in the first place. Bill Driscoll, the New England district president of Accountemps, shares his thoughts. Read more

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