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Archives: February 2014

Lights, Camera, Action! Cool Jobs at the Academy Awards

oscarsAs the Oscars illuminate on Sunday night (and will no doubt light up Twitter as well), from a job perspective we can’t help but think about the various roles the annual event will employ.

Courtesy of our friends at AOL Jobs, here’s a look at a variety of Academy-inspired jobs. Read more

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How to Follow Up After an Interview Without Being a Stalker

handshakeWe’ve heard this question time and time again from job seekers. How long should I wait before following up after an interview? How can I be persistent without being a stalker?

Ah, the dance begins.

First of all, during the interview you should ask when to follow up. Sometimes the recruiter and/or hiring manager will provide additional information like, “We’re completing a round of internal and external interviews but our boss is on a business trip so the earliest you’ll hear from us is three weeks.”

Or they may suggest you follow up within a week. Whatever the answer is, the point is you should ask to find out timing. Read more

Not Getting Enough Rejections? Your Goals are Too ‘Safe’

rejectionA headline on Business Insider caught our attention today: “If you’re not getting rejected, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.”

It’s time to dream bigger. Seriously.

Chris Dixon, entrepreneur and partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, actually values rejection. Instead of viewing it as a failure, he flips it upside down. Dixon merely views rejection as a way to emphasize his lofty goals. Read more

New Survey Reveals Retirement’s Still out of Reach for Workers

moneyUgh. According to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 58 percent of workers over 60 years-old are saying they’re delaying retirement.

As for the good news? This is down from 61 percent in 2013 and 66 percent in 2010.

A sample of 433 full-time workers over the age of 60 and 2,201 hiring manager and human resources professionals were surveyed. Ten percent of the group revealed they’ll never be able to retire. Half of them indicated they will be able to retire in four years. This is up three percentage points compared to last year’s survey. Read more

Want to Say These Forbidden Things During an Interview? Bite Your Tongue!

judgeHave you ever wanted to reveal everything (and we do mean everything) on a job interview?

For instance, when the interviewer asks why you’re looking for a new job you really want to proclaim, “My boss is a complete jerk!”

Alas, if only you could.

This piece on AOL Jobs inspired us to think about what truly needs to be left unsaid during an interview. Yes, it’s common knowledge job seekers are looking for a new opportunity to a variety of reasons including a bad boss. Like an unspoken truth, you don’t need to acknowledge it. Read more

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before Negotiating Freelance Gigs

moneyIf you’re a freelancer, raise your hand!

If you’re hesitant to negotiate, don’t be shy. By sheer definition of being a freelancer, we’re always hustling. And always negotiating. Seriously. Sometimes we don’t even realize we do it and yet, we’re still doing it.

According to a post on Freelancers Union, there are a few tips to keep in mind when negotiating. For starters, never say “um” and don’t let nerves take hold of your emotions. Stay calm, cool and collected and better yet, keep these six questions in mind. Read more

Man Gets Fired for Using Forklift to Retrieve Vending Machine Candy

twixEver have one of those days where you simply needed a little boost and plunked loose change into a vending machine for a sugary treat?

If you’re Robert McKevitt of Spirit Lake, Iowa, you’ve certainly had one of those days. And then some.

The 27 year-old got fired for trying to retrieve a candy bar from a vending machine. Check that — we need to add one minor detail. An 8,000-foot forklift was involved! Read more

CareerBliss Reveals Happiest Occupations List (Spoiler Alert: Journalism is Not One of Them)

love my jobSigh.

CareerBliss has released their list of the top 20 happiest occupations based on analyzing hundreds of jobs. We noticed a range on the list from contractor to finance manager but alas, media occupations are absent.

In fact, BusinessInsider worked with CareerBliss on this endeavor. The career site looked at 57,000 employee evaluations spanning more than 450 different job titles. The indicator of ultimate job satisfaction relied on eight facets: work-life balance, relationship with colleagues, environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture and daily tasks.

CareerBliss discovered the top three factors determining happiness encompass the people you work with, organizational culture and work freedom.

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Smart Move? Toiling Away Long Hours at the Office to Prove Dedication

hangoverHave you ever stayed at the office past typical working hours even though you weren’t really productive?

Join the club. Per this piece in today’s New York Post, people stay at the office until their boss leaves. At that point, they follow suit and head to the nearest exist as well. One New York-based professional explained he “wouldn’t look dedicated” to his job if he left 90 minutes before everyone else.

We have to wonder aside from social cues, if you stay longer does that mean you’re more available for opportunities that come along after hours? Or does it look like you’re inefficient since you’re not getting work done during the actual day itself?

Bruce Tulgan, founder of management research firm Rainmaker Thinking and author of It’s Okay to Be the Boss, told the newspaper, “The people who get ahead aren’t the people who go home. The hero is the one who stays in the office the longest.” Read more

New Research Says Playing on Smartphones at Work is Beneficial to You & Employer

simply hired mobileIf you’ve ever squeezed in a tweet here or there during your day job, you’re not alone.

And according to new research, you’re making excellent strides since it’s apparently a boon to business.

According to BusinessNewsDaily, two members of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology say it’s actually not necessarily a bad idea for employees to play on their smartphones during the day. Read more

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