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Archives: January 2013

Four Ways to Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Productive & Positive

Feel like you were unjustly ripped in an annual performance review? Or maybe a colleague made a remark that hit too close to home? Whatever the situation, chances are at one time or another you may have received negative feedback.

Well, instead of taking it personally there are a few ways to not only take it in but turn it into something positive and productive for your career.

As per a piece on Forbes, there are several tactics to consider. Read more

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Christie’s Auctioning Andy Warhol’s Unemployment Rate Drawing

Who knew the unemployment rate could fetch between $20,000 and $30,000? This isn’t just any ol’ jobless rate, mind you.

According to Christie’s Web site, they’re auctioning off an Andy Warhol piece of art representing the rate from 1980 to 1984.

Although it’s not open to bidders until late February, the synethic polymer on paper (a.k.a., a drawing) was created in 1984. If the seasonally adjusted rate is any indication in the artwork, it looks like the rate peaked in 1982 and then subsided in ’84.

Survey Reveals Strong Hiring Numbers For January

As the month comes to a close, according to The Associated Press, a private survey showed that businesses have increased hiring this month compared to December.

Here’s the skinny: ADP said that employers added 192,000 jobs in January. As for last month’s revised number, it peaked at 185,000. (The initial report was 215,000 for December.) Read more

New Research Shows Link Between Lunch & Profitable Negotiations

It pays to eat. Literally.

New research published by Harvard Business Review reveals a link between lunch and profitable negotiations.

Babson professor Lakshmi Balachandra conducted two experiments among MBA students. Read more

The Most Amazing Resume We’ve Seen Lately (Or Ever)

We here at MediaJobsDaily are leery of using superlatives like “most amazing” as there’s almost always something more amazing down the pike, but this resume is actually, sincerely great and may be the “greatest.”

Just look at this:

Look harder…..

Yeah, that’s not an Amazon page. It’s his resume. And yet all the typical Amazon bells and whistles are there….the fonts match…the checkboxes are checkable…even the search bar works (though if you change the category away from Job Candidates to anything else, an alert pops up that asks, “Seriously? You’d rather go shopping?”)

The resume has already gotten over 800,000 visitors. Go be the 800,001st because you really gotta see it.

Private Sector Employment Increased By Almost 200k: ADP

Private-sector employment rose by 192,000 in January, payroll giant ADP says.

That’s slightly higher than the revised job growth for December (185,000 jobs) but well in line with the sort of numbers we’ve been seeing month in and month out for what feels like forever.

ADP says that most of the job growth took place at small companies (1-49 employees), while the largest companies (+1,000 employees) even shed some jobs.

The biggest gains among industries tracked by ADP were in professional/business services and trade/transportation/utilities.

Here’s a slightly encouraging chart. Hopefully the official U.S. numbers on Friday will be just as encouraging.

Unique New Hire Orientation Shakes Heads & Ping Pong Balls, Too

If you thought attending new hire orientation was blah-blah-boring, wait ’til you check this out.

Rackspace, a Web hosting company in San Antonio, TX, boasts a five day extravaganza of ice breakers, games, races, and skits as per a piece on Bloomberg.

New hire Lori Concilio, enterprise account manager, recalled, “It was loud, and it got crazy.”

And by crazy, Concilio means the Price Is Right-type game she played with 37 other new hires. Read more

Wolfram Alpha Updates Facebook Analytics, Could Be Useful Or Something


So Wolfram Alpha, the bizarre search engine that lets you find out things like the nutritional values of 10 peanut M&Ms or what a 30-sided polyhedron looks like has a Facebook Report. It connects to your account through an app and gives you information on your most popular statuses, when you post the most, and where your friends live.

The tool also shows a graph of your friends and how they are connected to you and to each other. As HR guy Steve Boese says that this isn’t just a cool tool.

It also provides a bit of a starting point for analyses of internal networks. Wouldn’t you like this level of detail, depth, and presentation of information for your LinkedIn connections, or better still, the actual people you work with, sell to, or attempt to influence in some manner? Networks are better when we actually understand them, I think.

The most useful aspect for job seekers may be how the report sorts your friends into “social insiders,” “social connectors,” “social gateways” and more — basically the service is telling you who you know who knows a lot of people you don’t! We can think of about a million ways that could be useful.

To get your own report go here.

Homicides at Work Increased By 50 Percent Since Last Year

Here’s a morbid thought. According to new research, stats show that violence in the workplace has catapulted compared to last year to the tune of 50 percent!

Dr. Larry Barton, resident of American College and an expert in crisis management and violence in corporate America, indicated this means 2012 was “the worst year in about 20 years” for workplace homicides.

Read more

New Survey Reveals Perks Like Half-Day Fridays & On-Site Fitness Centers Boost Retention

Want to guess what ranks highest for employee importance aside from title and salary? According to more than 3,900 full-time employees nationwide, it’s a flexible schedule.

After that, employees surveyed by CareerBuilder recently indicated it’s the ability to make a difference, followed by the ability to work from home, academic reimbursement, having an office and company car. Read more

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