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Archives: November 2013

How to Get Employers to Create a Job for You

job-interviewThis piece on AOL Jobs made our head turns in a very good way. After all, job seekers often search for jobs that are out there but why not flip it upside down and show your worth and value so a company can create a position for you? Genius, right? Even better if you’re internal because you can already show off your dazzling skills to your current employer for them to find a fit for you somewhere else.

Yes, we know this is a little perfect worldish and we’re perfectly fine with being idealists! Think of it this way, as Miriam Salpeter points out in the piece, more companies are becoming freelance-focused on project-oriented work for temporary or long-term temporary solutions.

She writes, “It is very possible that you can market your skills to a decision-maker at a company who faces challenges in order to land a job that he or she will create just for you.” Read more

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Three Ways to Express Gratitude on the Job

thank youIt’s that time of year again! As you aim for a light day at work with turkey on the mind, you probably have gratitude on the brain as well.

According to our friends at OfficeTeam, there are a few ways to give thanks on the job.

1. Simply thank people verbally. How fantastic do you feel when someone turns to you and says, “Thank you?” Like a million bucks, right? The beauty of it is it’s free and easy for you to do as well. If you’re at a staff meeting or company event, Robert Hosking, executive director at OfficeTeam, suggests tying the acknowledgment “back to specific actions so people know exactly what they did right.” Read more

Hey Managers, Want to Spike Productivity? Here’s a Hint: Give Team a Raise

moneyWant to put a little spring in your step while boosting the wallet of someone on your team? If you’re a manager, you may see the benefits of giving an unexpected salary increase.

As per Fortune, the average salary increase has been approximately three percent each year. How can the typical worker stay motivated to work hard when compensation isn’t exactly linked to performance?

Well, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business School, there’s a quick and effective way to boost productivity and morale. After you hire new employees, spike their pay! Read more

New Survey Reveals One in Five Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving With Colleagues

turkeyIf you have Thanksgiving on the brain, you’re not alone. But if you plan on spending the holiday with colleagues instead of family, you’re not alone either.

And it’s not always by choice — it pretty much boils down to whether or not you have to work.

A new CareerBuilder survey reveals almost one out of five workers plan to celebrate with colleagues although nearly one out of 10 survey participants indicate they would only spend the holiday with colleagues if they weren’t working. Approximately 91 percent prefer to spend giving thanks with their own families. Read more

New Tests Shows Drug Use Declines at the Office (Um, Mostly)

pill bottleThis just in…according to The Wall Street Journal, Quest Diagnostics released an analysis relating to millions of drug tests and it turns out the bulk of U.S. workers who tested positive for drugs has declined significantly the past 25 years.

Apparently cocaine and marijuana use have dropped considerably but researchers aren’t exactly jumping for joy. That is, data points to the growing abuse of prescription drugs. Read more

Will Taking a Holiday Temp Job Tarnish Your Resume? Expert Says Not Really

holiday jobsHere’s the situation – feel free to silently nod in agreement if you know where this person is coming from.

You may be out of work for a while and with the holidays right around the corner (heck, they’re already here!), there are several opportunities to earn some more Benjamins. Should you go for it in the spirit of earning much-needed cash and giving you something to do or refrain since it doesn’t exactly align with the polished resume and personal brand you’re trying to create?

In today’s New York Post, a reader wrote in and is considering taking a temporary holiday retail job after being out of an IT job for about six months. Will taking a “menial job” and putting it on his or her resume hurt the odds of getting a new full-time gig? Read more

Journalists & the JFK Remembrance: How Times Have Changed

american-flag-2aAs journalists from Europe, Asia, Latin America and yes, our country arrived in Dallas to mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, it gives us pause.

It’s one of those events that people will always remember where they were and what they were doing when they found out the president had fallen. For our older generations it’s this assassination. For slightly younger ones like your friends here at MediaJobsDaily, it was the horrific day, 9/11.

So, imagine doing your job as a journalist on the scene in a completely different world in 1963. No Twitter. No Instagram. Just you and a spiral notebook. Read more

Three Ways to Tackle Freelance Isolation

LifeAsFreelancerWe’ve been so focused lately on office dynamics that we don’t want to overlook our freelance friends. Yes, entrepreneurs — we’re talking to you.

Inspired by this piece on Freelancers Union, there are a few ways to fend off the isolation blues. Sure, we know how liberating it is to make our own schedules and have the ability to work from anywhere but there are ways to overcome the drawbacks of feeling lonely and oh-so-isolate.

1. Create structure. When your day has a purpose from the minute you wake up and it’s full of meetings, phone calls and a work schedule on a calendar similar to how you would schedule a meeting, it’s easier to squash loneliness. Even if you schedule specific times during the day (perhaps when you’re least productive) to run to the dry cleaners or grab a bite to eat for lunch, you’ll stay occupied. Plus, it’s important to get fresh air so be sure to schedule that as well. Read more

How To Hone Your Specialty As A Freelance Writer

specializingHaving a specialty as writer is a huge advantage in the cutthroat world of freelancing. It can help distinguish you from you peers and create new work opportunities for you to showcase your skills.

Establishing your expertise is key to developing your reputation. It’s also important to make sure the community is aware of your work. Veteran freelancers agree that in order to do that, networking with other writers is key:

Getting your name and face out into the world can be intimidating, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do it. Start by having your byline out there, Rae Francoeur operater of the New Arts Collaborative suggests. Also, consider writer’s conferences, book expos and blog conventions. Camilla McLaughlin, a real estate writer, connects with local editors and homeowners and attends trade shows to keep her finger on the pulse of real estate.

To hear more tips on how to enhance your writing career, including when you should decline a gig, read: Growing Your Writing Career By Becoming A Specialist.

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Are Hugs Replacing the Handshake?

hugs at workWhen we read this story on AOL Jobs, we silently chuckled and then nodded in agreement. How many times have you seen colleagues shake off shaking hands and decide to hug instead? Awkward, yes. Poignant? Perhaps. Inappropriate most of the time? You bet.

Miriam Salpeter advises in the piece:

 

“The safest bet is to avoid hugging in the workplace. You don’t want to face sexual harassment charges for hugs you might consider innocent expressions of affection, but that come across as too touch-y feel-y to your colleagues or employees.”

Per the piece, there are a few tips to keep in mind if you and/or a colleague are in a hugging state of mind… Read more

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