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Archives: August 2013

Workers Unite & Enjoy That Day Off: The Backstory on Labor Day

And now for something completely different…

If you’ve been working hard the whole year, it’s time to enjoy a break on Monday!

Here are some facts you may not know about Labor Day, courtesy of the Department of Labor:

  • The first recognition for Labor Day by the government was passed in 1885 and 1886.
  • The first state bill was introduced to New York whereas the first state law was issued in Oregon in 1887.
  • Individual states observed the holiday by legislative enactment such as Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Soon thereafter, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania were on board, too.
  • Sensing a trend, 23 additional states observed the holiday by 1894 to honor workers.
  • On June 28 that year, Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
  • For the scoop on the history surrounding the founders themselves, check out our post from last year.
And in the spirit of the holiday, we’re logging off now. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily hope you are logging off, too.
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Sense of Humor & Keen Sense of Fashion May Give You the Edge for New Job

If you have a razor sharp sense of humor or a keen sense of fashion, listen up. These attributes may land you a job over someone else with a similar resume!

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, even knowledge about pop culture may give you the edge over a similar candidate. The national study was conducted earlier this summer and included 2,076 hiring managers and human resources professionals in various industries. Read more

Want to Resign ASAP? Consider These Simple Strategies to Hold On a Little Bit Longer

If you’re burned out at your current job and simply can’t wait to make a move, you’re not alone. How can you possibly fit in networking, job hunting and interviewing while you’re working an intense job?

Maybe you should just surrender, cut bait on the job and focus on pounding the pavement full-time. It can certainly be a difficult decision to make.

Well, according to a BBC piece, there are a few strategies to keep in mind before surrendering altogether. Sure, it could be taxing looking for a job while you’re clocking 80-hour work weeks. And leveraging social media may be a bit challenging if you’re connected to colleagues. Being unemployed could lessen the burden of having to sneak around your employer’s back but there’s a financial burden sans paycheck. There’s also the notion of explaining a gap on your resume. Read more

Three Tips to Brown Bag Your Next Lunch

Ah, we’re talking about the good old-fashioned brown bag lunch. It makes complete sense though we admit, it’s not as much fun as a whimsical jaunt to our favorite deli. Yet again, a DIY lunch is cheaper than eating out and more often than not, it’s healthier as well. So why don’t we do it more often?

Thanks to a piece in The New York Times, there are a few ideas to make this option for lunch en vogue again.

Mark Bittman writes in the piece, “Whatever you pack it in, what happens when you bring your lunch is that you start to see it as primary, and the restaurants and fast-food joints and company cafeterias as backups, rather than the other way around.” Read more

Got Trust? Questions to Ask Yourself When Trusting Colleagues

Got trust? It’s something that needs to be built, right? And respected.

So, how can you trust a colleague you don’t truly know yet? According to a post on Psychology Today, there are several questions you should ask yourself first.

After all, as Nan S. Russell points out in the piece, the notion of trusting someone you don’t know yet feels a bit uneasy. The kind of authentic trust you want to have at work comes with risk. Here are a few questions to ponder…

How important is this task, issue, project? What’s at stake for me if it fails or something goes wrong? What’s at stake for the other person?

What checks and balances or safety nets are currently in place to mitigate my risk? If there aren’t any, what can I do to limit risk and increase my sense of security? Read more

Unemployed & Pounding the Pavement? You May Want to Relocate

If you’re among the unemployed hitting brick walls in your local area, you may want to consider a last resort. That’s right, relocating.

According to a survey published by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas and as pointed out by Fortune, the first six months of 2013 revealed 14 percent of managers relocated to find new jobs. That number is more than double from last year’s numbers of out-of-work management who also moved in the name of securing employment.

In addition to finding employment, a reason for the uptick in moves may be attributed to the housing market. RealityTrac revealed median home values to say they’re on the rise in all of the markets it surveys. Read more

How to Enlist Colleagues in a Project When They Aren’t Into It

Let’s say you’re working on a project and need to enlist the help of others. The team effort isn’t exactly going as planned since everyone isn’t on board.

Well, according to a piece on Brazen Careerist, there are a few strategies to get them rolling up their sleeves in no time.

1. Make friends before you make progress. Similar to how you should always be networking so when you want a new job you won’t have to start from scratch, the same can be said about teamwork.

The piece says the time to “get to know people genuinely is before you need their help.”

It’s rather simple: Be nice! Take an interest in them, smile, take them out to coffee, ask them questions about themselves. Don’t do it thinking you’ll need their help later on but do it just to be nice. That’s it. Be friendly and form alliances.

And then when you’re working on a project and need their assistance, they will hopefully rally behind you.

2. Extend the first favor. That’s right, go ahead. Do favors for others first and then ask them to do favors for you. Easy math, right?

The piece reminds us to only ask for favors if you’re already in the habit of doing them.

3. Ask, don’t tell. If you really want people on your side, don’t tell them what to do. Make it a collaborative journey instead. Avoid walking into a meeting with an agenda in hand with specific deadlines and color coded tasks.

As mentioned in the piece, ask some questions like, “What are we trying to accomplish? What does success look like?”

The questions will serve as food for thought and when people think of the answers, they’ll start owning them, too. And once communal goals have been set, there’s a sense of teamwork.

Five Ways to Explain Being Fired During an Interview

If you were terminated by a former employer and you’re on a job interview, listen up.

There are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t sugar coat and instead, just focus on the facts.

Our friends at AOL Jobs pointed some pointers so you can properly address the issue and move on. Ever upward!

1. Be honest. If you were terminated and it wasn’t due to a downsizing, you can simply mention it. Less is more — you don’t need to reveal specifics but you should be cognizant about the words you choose. The piece suggests, “Describe your situation truthfully, but in a way that is as favorable to you as possible.” Read more

Four Things to Do Before the End of Every Work Day

Per a piece on Forbes, there are several things to do at the end of every work day. And in the spirit of another Monday coming to a close, here we go:

1. Review your to-do list. Go ahead and evaluate it. Per the piece, Anita Attridge, career and executive coach with the Five O’Clock Club pointed out,  “If you aren’t satisfied with where you are, plan what you need to do and when you will do it so you don’t get further behind.”

Plus, if there’s something quick on the list that you can easily do on the list to knock it off the to-do’s, go ahead and do it before you leave. Read more

Report Identifies 10 Jobs Where People Loathe Co-Workers (Spoiler Alert: Journalism is Not One of Them)

Co-workers got you down? You’re not alone. According to a recent report published by Payscale (via AOL Jobs), they looked into jobs where people said they would ditch their co-workers if they could change one thing about their office.

As for the really good news, out of more than 28,000 responses from Payscale’s users, journalism did not make the top 10 miserable list! The occupations that did make the list typically encompassed support or operations roles. Read more