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Archives: April 2013

Three Tips to Effective Time Management: Categorize Your Activities

Time management. The two words get us caught up in excitement! You, too?

Okay, feeling punchy here on a Thursday.

The key to time management is that we can always learn something new, right? Although some people are better at it than others, we can always strive to streamline our work in order to be more productive.

According to a post by Elizabeth Grace Saunders on Harvard Business Review, we should approach a task by categorizing it into an investment, neutral or optimize activity. Read more

‘The Chronicle of Higher Education’ Names Michael G. Riley Its New CEO & Editor-in-Chief

According to a press release we received from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael G. Riley has been named its new chief executive officer and editor-in-chief.

Riley will replace Philip W. Semas. He worked at The Chronicle for 44 years! The last 10 years of service were devoted to his job as president and editor-in-chief.

Riley’s most recent role has been editorial director at Bloomberg Government. As per the press release, prior to that job, he was editor and senior vice president of Congressional Quarterly.

In addition, his resume includes working at The Roanoke Times for eight years as editor. Early in his career he was a correspondent for Time in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Atlanta. Plus, in a joint venture of Time and CNN, Riley created and managed one of the first national political Web sites,

Corbin Gwaltney, founding editor and chairman of The Chronicle of Higher Education indicated in the release, “I am delighted that Mike is joining us. His combination of journalistic leadership, business acumen, and digital savvy is a perfect fit for our needs.”

New Study Shows CEOs Earn 354 Times the Typical Employee

Courtesy of AFL-CIOAre you sitting down? Seriously, you may want to take a seat.

According to statistics from the AFL-CIO, the average CEO earns 354 times the average employee. Yes, you read that right.

The nation’s largest federation of trade unions has been keeping track of this stat for years.

Perhaps it’s not such a shock after all. In 1982 the ratio was 42 to one compared to 201 to one in 1992, compared to 281 to one in 2002. Read more

Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one other to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise to discover Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate has some sage advice: sometimes a career isn’t launched by one big break as much as it’s the result of being ready for anything.

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British Man Resigns in Icing & Presents Boss With Cake

Step aside, resignation letter. It’s time for something a bit tastier.

When Chris Holmes decided to resign from the U.K. Border Agency at Stansted Airport across the pond, he didn’t just put it in writing. He put it on a cake!

Instead of resigning the old-fashioned way, Holmes baked a cake to inform his bosses it was time to resign.

Considering he’s ramping up his cake business, it sounds like Holmes took the opportunity to not only resign but self-promote as well! Read more

Three Simple Tips for Post-Interview Follow Up

After a lengthy job interview, you may realize that you forgot to ask one little question. You know, the one about next steps.

Well, our friends at CAREEREALISM pointed out a few ways to effectively follow up post-interview. There’s a fine line to dance between being overly aggressive and assertive; the key is maintaining your tact and professionalism without becoming overbearing.

1. Ask about next steps. After all, who wants to be left in limbo? As pointed out in their post, “One way to hedge against this is to get a verbal commitment as to the next steps. If the company says they will contact you no later than next Wednesday – you know you can safely follow up on Thursday if you have not heard back from them.” Read more Says Tuesday is the Biggest Night for Job Seekers on Mobile Devices

We have a heavy heart here on Tuesday morning, the day after the horrific attack in Boston.

Sadly, tragedy always manages to put things in perspective so in comparison to the fragility of life, the job hunt doesn’t seem so heavy or monumental.

This just in from….apparently new data shows that job seekers use their mobile devices to find work on Tuesday nights more than any other time of the week.

The Web site’s mobile traffic has more than doubled over the past year; in fact, its mobile searches account for about one-third of all users.

It looks like there’s a disconnect since many employers have sites which are easy to navigate by mobile visitors but the sites are not user-friendly to actually apply via the mobile device.

Although the press release pointed toward employers ensuring their sites have capability for mobile users, we found the evening factor interesting since that’s when job searching spikes with mobile users, especially on Tuesdays. That is all for now. Carry on…

Four Strategies to Handling a Rude Client

Happy Monday to you! In addition to the weekend serving as a personal break from the workweek, it may also provide a much-needed break from a headache or two. And by that we mean a disrespectful client.

Well, it’s time to take the high road, my friend, and focus on several ways to effectively deal with the rude culprit.

1. Take a deep breath and read The Four Agreements. Seriously. It’s time to take the high road and if the client says something disrespectful, brush it off. Don’t take it personally. If they’re rude, it’s not about you. It’s all about them! Let their snide remarks literally roll right off your back. (Easier said than done, we know.)

In The Four Agreements, author Miguel Ruiz writes, “Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say and do is a projection of their own dream.  When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

2.  Don’t stoop to their level; pause before hitting send. The person may be trying to stir the pot and send antagonistic e-mails to rile you up. Whatever their intention, the result is the same: You’ve received an e-mail that’s derogatory and downright negative.

Again, take a deep breath. Instead of instantly shooting off a blaring e-mail to your defense, simply pause. Draft a response and then walk away for about 10 minutes or longer. Reread it. Does it make you look hostile, too? Would you want it to be published on the cover of The New York Times?

It could even present the opportunity to go the other way so you kill ‘em with kindness! Take time to watch your words and keep those emotions in check. Even if you’re in a meeting and the person says something inappropriate in front of colleagues, pause, take a deep breath and craft your response by taking a tactful stance and sticking up for yourself.  Maintain your professionalism throughout your interactions with the client.

3. Be grateful. That’s right, we said grateful. Here’s why: As soon as you’re immersed in a bad situation that gives you that pit in the stomach feeling, start noticing how you interact with your other clients or colleagues. Pretty darn grateful, right?

“They said, ‘Thank you!’” You’ll acknowledge the minute things that mean so much like their own ability to be respectful, thankful of your efforts, cognizant of your time. Unfortunately, we often learn the most lessons from the wretched ones. They teach us to appreciate the good folks!

4. Walk away if you can. Maintain your power! If the client’s contract ending, consider walking away. If they’re consuming your time and energy and always spinning things into a negative swirl, it’s time to move on.

If you’re stuck — let’s say it’s a lucrative client and you’re in contract for another year or you’re internal and can’t easily get rid of them — the exit door is not within reach. Remind yourself this is a temporary situation; it may offer a sigh of relief when you’re still immersed in the rudeness. Focus on other things to get you through to the end date such as other clients who are positive, all of your achievements and all that you’ve learned from this situation.

How to Handle a Big Promotion With a Tiny Raise

Congratulations! You worked hard, got recognized and landed that coveted promotion!

What happens when the dust settles and you realize your salary hasn’t been properly increased to reflect the new job responsibilities?

Gregory Giangrande, executive human resources officer in the media industry, writes in his New York Post column:

“Speak up, but craft your message and the timing carefully: Express gratitude for the acknowledgment and enthusiasm for taking on more responsibility. And it is legitimate to say you thought the compensation would be commensurate with the new job.”

Essentially, the conversation surrounding the factors relating to compensation could be helpful from a growth perspective to hear upper management’s reasoning behind the insignificant adjustment. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to hold your ground and move forward to “revisit and review the compensation in the future.”

Want to Talk Salaries Among Co-Workers? Just Say No

Have you ever wanted to have an open discussion with colleagues about their earnings and how your own salary compares?

(And if not, just go with us here on a Friday afternoon, ‘k?)

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, career expert and co-author of How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times, told Fortune it’s not such a great idea. In fact, she compared it to dating in the workplace: ”You can always find examples where it’s a good idea. But for the most part, it ends badly. So you have to proceed with caution.”

Here’s why: Conversations may end badly and result in disappointment as well as lower job satisfaction. What happens if you find out your co-worker who has less tenure and/or experience is earning more money? She said you’ll likely feel worse about your job, situation and your manager, too. And consider the fact that you’ll still work with this person, you’ll probably have animosity and resentment. Read more