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Archives: December 2013

Utah Reporter Faints on Air & Then Finishes Interview

The show must go on, right? How’s this for an impeccable work ethic? After Brooke Graham, KUTV reporter passed out in Utah, she got right back up and continued to report.

She tweeted, “Apparently if you want your phone to ring constantly for 72 hours the best thing to do is pass out on live TV.” Read more

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70 Journalists Killed on the Job in 2013

wreathHave you ever left the office at night thinking about what a bad day you just had?

Well, we have to remind ourselves it’s absolutely nothing in comparison to the 70 journalists who were killed on the job this past year.

As reported by ABC News, per the Committee to Protect Journalists which has been reporting journalist deaths since 1992, this number includes 29 journalists who perished covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq. Six journalists passed away in Egypt.  Read more

Four Ways to Achieve Realistic, Attainable Goals in the New Year

successIf you’re like us, you’re setting mega resolutions for the new year. After all, if the resolutions are within reach, they’re not lofty enough, right?

That’s why this piece in The New York Post makes us pause. Columnist and HR executive Greg Giangrande offers succinct tips that pack a punch. It sounds like the key to making resolutions and goal-setting stick is to be focused and persistent in small, simple steps.

1. Start small with your networking. If you’re not exactly into working the room, he suggests resolving “to make just one new connection each quarter.” Whether you attend one industry event, reach out to a new contact or invite a connection on LinkedIn out for breakfast, it’ll get you into a really good habit.

2. Update your resume. This is so true especially if you’re not even looking for a new job. He writes in the piece, “It’s always smart to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what skills you have. You don’t have to do anything with it — but you’ll be amazed at what you may be inspired to do next once you’ve done that simple task.” Read more

South Korean Lawmakers Pass Bill to Prevent Employers Asking Applicants Their Height and Weight

jobs classifiedYes, you read that right. In South Korea, per The Wall Street Journal, it’s apparently not uncommon for employers to ask job applicants personal information like their height, weight, blood type and the education level of their parents.

Wait, what?

That’s what we said! Get this — Nexen Corporation, a rubber product maker, asks candidates to divulge where they’re originally from, weight, height, eyesight, blood type, religion and civil state. That’s a far cry from the many questions here which are off-limits. Rule of thumb on this side of the pond: If it’s not relevant to the job, it’s not relevant information to share! But alas, that’s our mindset, not theirs. Read more

Unemployment Benefits Expire for 1.3 Million Americans

moneyToday is certainly not a good day for the long-term unemployed.

As of today, 1.3 million Americans are impacted as they’re cut off from unemployment benefits.

Fox News and the Associated Press report President Obama has reached out to two senators with his support in their proposal to expend the jobless aid for three months.

In a statement, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated:

“This morning, the President placed separate telephone calls to Senator Jack Reed and Senator Dean Heller to offer his support for their proposal to extend emergency unemployment benefits for three months. The President said his administration would, as it has for several weeks now, push Congress to act promptly and in bipartisan fashion to address this urgent economic priority.” Read more

Marijuana Use Becomes Legal in Colorado Next Week; Employers Can Still Create Their Own Policies

coloradoNext Wednesday, apparently recreational marijuana use will become legal in Colorado but if you work there, think twice before lighting up at the office.

We read in the Wall Street Journal that employers can still create their own drug rules. Better yet, they can enforce them, too per state law that was approved last year. Some companies may say employees aren’t allowed to smoke on their property whereas others may not be able to smoke during down time, mainly due to employer-related drug tests. Read more

Jobless Claims Fall; Then Again, Holidays Impact Numbers

ImproveJobProspectsThings are lookin’ up.

The good news? The number of Americans applying for unemployment has dropped by 42,000 in the last week alone! That’s the biggest drop since November 2012.

The bad news? Per the Associated Press, economists indicate the numbers aren’t exactly accurate since November and December data are impacted by the holidays. Read more

Want to Ramp Up Your Career in the New Year? Look at Successful Dieters for Inspiration

scaleHave you ever noticed when you’re truly focused on achieving a goal, everything else falls into place? You’re so focused, determined and persistent that other things around you look like a similar goal? Maybe it’s just us?

Anyway, we read this post on LinkedIn by John C. Abell, their senior editor, and it resonated with us. Although his post is about the habits of highly successful dieters since he lost 80 pounds on Weight Watchers, we couldn’t help but make the connection to highly successful achievers. (And if you want to drop a few pounds in the new year, his tips make total and complete sense). Read more

Survey Says Employees Thankful for Friends at Work

teamIf you’re on a skeleton crew today at work, you’re not alone. Actually, check that — you are alone and you’re probably getting a lot done!

Well, according to an OfficeTeam survey, aside from a steady paycheck, most employees are most thankful for friendly colleagues. So, you may be feeling the extra sting of loneliness today since nearly one-quarter of professionals in the survey were grateful for friends at work. This even supersedes one-fifth of respondents who attributed employment gratitude to their benefits programs.

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News Anchor Publicly Announces Resignation in ‘#Xmas Jammies’ Video

If you’re among the 12 million YouTube viewers of the hilarious tongue-in-cheek Christmas card video by the Holderness family of Raleigh, you’re not alone. This spoof on traditional holiday cards mentioned that Penn Holderness will resign from his role as local news anchor.

In the video his wife rapped, “The biggest thing is what happens next — as of next month, he’s stepping off the anchor desk. It’s the biggest decision of his life, he’s going to step off the desk and come work with his wife!”

All we can say is bravo for their ingenuity and not-so-shameless plug of their next venture, a video production company called The Green Room.

And on that note, happy holidays to all and to all a good night.