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Several Workers Grade Their Boss a ‘D’ or ‘F’ in New Survey

bosstoclientNow that we’ve gotten your attention, we have to say that yes, in a new CareerBuilder survey one in seven respondents graded their bosses with a D or an F.

It’s not all doom and gloom, however since 63 percent of workers gave their boss an A or B. One-quarter of respondents gave their boss an average mark.

Grades were in sync with bosses’ communication and management styles. That is, workers who frequently interacted with their bosses ended up rating their performance higher than people who didn’t interact with their supervisor. Read more

Building a Case for Leaving a Cushy, Comfortable Job

relocate jobHave you ever felt the itch to leave your current job, one that you are relatively comfortable with, in order to pursue greener pastures?

You’re not alone. One reader addresses this with The New York Post to dive into the issue. He or she writes, “After five years I feel like I’ve hit a wall and that it’s time for a new challenge. Is it crazy to take a risk moving to a different company when things are going so well here?”

You know what we think is crazy, along with the columnist Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry? Staying in a job where you feel stunted especially when there are other options. Read more

Baseball Faux Talk Show Asks Broadcaster Key to Conducting Good Interviews

Want to rock out your career to the next level? Or maybe you’re just starting on the interview scene. Well, according to this video there are a few essential tips to keep in mind to conducting stellar interviews.

On a summer Friday, we figured it’s time to keep things light in the spirit of these comedic videos, “Foul Territory,” launched by the YES Network and hosted by the Yankees’ first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

On the mock talk show, Tex quizzes Yankees announcer on YES and former New York Times reporter Jack Curry about being a good interviewer. Curry’s response: “Do as much research as possible. You never want to ask a yes/no question.”

Take a look at the clip:

Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

SixFigureFreelancerBy big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post from Freelancers Union is so appropriate.

Of course, the first way to land big clients is to let them know you exist and to pitch them. The art, my friend, entails in the pitch itself.

1. Research. The clients you’re pursuing require more research, plain and simple. You know what though? They’re worth it. Per the piece, you should spend at least one hour reading through anything and everything about this company. Social media feeds are helpful so you can get a grasp on how the company views itself.

The piece points out: “If it’s a large corporation with multiple locations, try to find out if certain locations specialize in different services. Then find the department that aligns with what you do. Then do some private searching on LinkedIn to find out who works in that department. Recall your past gig experience: who was the person who hired and managed you? Look for someone with that job title.”

2. Explain what you do. Think bigger than what you currently do, too. You’re not just a project manager, says the piece. Instead, you’re the go-to person who makes the company’s problems disappear. Check that — the person’s problems to whom you’re pitching. Speak to the person your pitching and solve his or her problems.

3. Understand that they have a boss. The person you’re pitching indeed has a boss who’s likely putting pressure on them to make a hiring decision and to make it a good one. Plus, deadlines are looming. Give them all the information you can to make it easy for them to sign you on for the project.

4. Understand that they don’t want to train you. They need you to come in and roll up your sleeves to get right down to work. They assume you have the required skills and experience and need little to no training.

The piece advises, “Tell them you always spend the first few days listening and watching. Say something about how good you are at seeing the big picture, filling in where needed, and instead of trying to talk a lot about what you do, repeat back to them what they need.”

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? New Study Says You’re Not

bossesIf you’re wondering whether or not you’re spending enough time with your boss, there may be reasons why you’re questioning it in the first place.

That’s because it’s a valid question and a new study underscores the importance of face time with your supervisor.

According to a new study conducted by Leadership IQ with more than 32,000 executives, managers and employees in the U.S. and Canada, people feel more engaged for each additional hour spent with their leader. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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10 Bizarre Office Behaviors to Avoid (Don’t Be That Guy or Gal!)

man asleep at deskNeed a little chuckle to get you through hump day? A new CareerBuilder survey discovered that employees are getting a little too comfortable in their offices.

Okay, check that — they’re getting extremely comfortable at their home away from home and therefore, many workers have decided nothing is off limits. And we do mean nothing.

Per the survey, one supervisor caught a teammate caring for her pet bird that she snuck into the office! Wait, it gets better. Another supervisor caught an employee blowing bubbles in frigid temperatures to see if the bubbles were going to freeze and break. Read more

Summer Job Prospects Sizzle for Teens

flip flopsSummer’s officially here and if you have a teenager who’s just starting to look for a summer gig now, no worries there.

According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Grey and Christmas,  “employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 217,000 in May.”

In fact, they say teen employment will be strong throughout the summer. This bodes well for teens who need structure and need to simultaneously build a strong work ethic. Read more

Three Ways to Become Less Busy

midnightAh, modern technology. We typically pride ourselves on multitasking, being productive and achieving more but at what cost?

A post on Harvard Business Review inspired us to stop and smell the roses. Greg McKeown writes, “Not only are we addicted to the drug of more, we are pushers too. In the race to get our children into ‘a good college’ we have added absurd amounts of homework, sports, clubs, dance performances and ad infinitum extracurricular activities. And with them, busyness, sleep deprivation and stress.”

In his post, he provides several reasons to become less busy. Pointing out the “more bubble” will burst, we’ll end up feeling our time on this planet has been squandered doing things that haven’t mattered.

He adds:

“A hundred years from now, when people look back at this period, they will marvel at the stupidity of it all: the stress, the motion sickness, and the self-neglect we put ourselves through.”

Here are his tips for living a life that matters… Read more

New Research Says 50 Percent of Jobs Are Not Posted Online

Find a JobThis just in…according to folks at TheLadders, 50 percent of available jobs at the manager, vice president and C-level continue to not be posted online.

This means, of course, companies and their external recruiters, don’t even need to advertise these highly coveted positions and in turn, job seekers without a foot in the door are being left out. Read more

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