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Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Got a Wide Face? Study Says You’re a Better Negotiator

money bagsThat is, if you’re a man with a wide face you’re apparently a better negotiator than non-wide-faced counterparts.

According to a new study, researchers conducted several male to male negotiations in real estate transactions and salaries. They discovered that men with wider faces started out with a competitive mindset. Their colleagues actually entered with a cooperative mindset.

In one particular experiment, wide-faced men negotiated a signing bonus significantly higher than narrow faced men to the tune of $2,000. These wide faces rule the roost in buying and selling, too. In another example, when the wide face represented the seller, property went for a higher price. And when the wide face was the buyer? He negotiated a lower price than men with narrow faces. Read more

Tablet Etiquette for Job Interviews

FI One mand BandAnswering your cell phone during an interview isn’t only rude, it’s wrong. So is leaving your cell phone on a nearby desk or table in full view.

As for a tablet? Well, that’s a slightly different story. Keep in mind the purpose of the interview is for the hiring manager to get to know you. You shouldn’t be buried in your device but, according to Ask Annie, a tablet can help make you “a stronger and more memorable candidate.”

Here’s an example: If you’re a web designer, you can literally show the interviewer a variety of sites you’ve created. Instead of describing them, simply show off your work.

Show, don’t tell. Read more

What Not to Do When You’re Running Late to an Interview

suitYou know how things snowball, right? You’re running late to an interview and then you spill your coffee. As you wipe it off your suit, the napkin disintegrates and makes white, visible balls of cotton on your lap. Lovely.

Well, here’s the thing. Running late is inevitable. It’s going to happen at one point or another.

As soon as you realize you’re going to be late, contact the recruiter via phone, email or text to let him or her know you’re running behind. Here in New York City, the E train is notoriously slow so it’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be late 30 minutes or more thanks to mass transit — been there, done that, seen it happen. Read more

Kickin’ it Old School: Four Personal Branding Tips That Still Work!

handshakeTwitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, oh my! The ways we communicate with one another has certainly changed over the decades but when it comes to etiquette and personal branding, the following tips have lasted the test of time.

And something tells us as more social media sites emerge and technology continues to evolve, we’ll still be kicking it old school with the following tips. Read more

Three Ways to Wrap Up an Internship

summer internsIf you’re a summer intern, you’re really heading into the home stretch now! While your campus beckons you back in the fall, chances are right about now you’re wondering where the heck the summer went as you pack up your cubicle.

There are several ways to leave that internship on a high note…

1. Say your good-byes. Protocol is definitely important. Remember when you started interning not too long ago and your colleague probably walked you around to introduce you to everyone? Read more

Four Clues to an Unprofessional Résumé

unhappy-computer-keyYour résumé is essentially putting your best foot forward. So why have it riddled with mistakes? When we worked in recruiting that was the biggest red flag ever. Mistakes weren’t only indicators of a poor candidate, there were other issues, too.

TheLadders recently pointed out these snafus in one of their posts so we simply have to share:

1. Random or cute email accounts. Please don’t have an account that reads something like this: “cupcakes2014@domain.com.” Puh-leeze. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a professional sounding account or at least one that’s you’re own. Please avoid including joint accounts on your résumé even if it’s what you currently use 24/7. Examples include thesimpsons@domain.com or janeandsteve@domain.com. Read more

Calling All Managers: Conduct ‘Stay Interviews’ to Reduce Turnover

bossesSure, we all know about exit interviews. You know, the meeting between human resources and the employee who is about to leave the job.

As per a piece on recruiting forum ERE.net, there’s a new concept for managers to consider: The “stay interview.”

Instead of waiting for an employee to leave to find out the reasons why they were unhappy (that is, if they’ll even reveal them), why not try to prevent turnover altogether and have a conversation while they’re still an active employee? Read more

‘The Inner Edge’ Author Shares Three Ways to Boost Focus & Efficiency

successWe checked in with Dr. Joelle K. Jay, principal with Leadership Research Institute (LRI) and author of The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership, to get the scoop on ways to revolutionize work life to become more focused and efficient.

1. Find focus. It’s the age-old notion of being busy rather than productive. She explains, “The goal is to create windows of focus in which you can strategically build a sound structure for your tasks. Once you see your tasks, organized and in writing, prioritize and frame the tasks at hand.”

Her advice? Give yourself a time-out for two to five minutes. “Set an alarm on your phone to make sure you stay within your parameters. Spend that two to five minutes without distraction, just you and an empty pad of paper, crafting your to-do list. The defined parameter can help you find focus and slow down, and take control.” Read more

Could Bad Manners Hurt Your Career? New Survey Says Yes

successIf the saying is true that it really is lonely at the top, perhaps bad manners could be part of the reason why.

According to a new survey by Accountemps,  70 percent of employees in the survey said people become less courteous as they climb their way to the top.

The biggest breach of workplace etiquette? Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the cell phone. Loitering and lingering around a colleague’s desk ranked second at 23 percent. Read more

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