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Five Antiquated Office Supplies in Honor of Throwback Thursday!

white outIt’s #tbt! As your Facebook friends tag you in photos from your high school football or cheerleading days in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here at MJD we can’t help but get nostalgic for office supplies from yesteryear.

1. Wite out. Need we say more? Remember the odor it provided as well? Ah, memories. Of course, we wouldn’t have needed white out if we didn’t make typos from… Read more

Monetary Items to Consider Before You Resign

money bagsIf you recently resigned or you’re about to, let’s not forget one important factor: Money!

According to a post on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your company has “rules and regulations regarding salary, bonus pay, health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave), expense reimbursement, and the handling of retirement accounts upon an employee’s termination (whether voluntary or involuntary).” Read more

Survey Shows Biggest Summer Regret: Not Taking Enough Vacation Time

beachSay it isn’t so but the lazy days of summer are certainly dwindling. In turn, per an OfficeTeam survey, one in three managers said taking too little time off was their biggest mistake.

As for second place? Not being able to get their mind off work. Next up? Checking in too frequently with the office. Let’s put it to you this way: A tiny percentage of folks indicated they didn’t check in with the office enough.

Here are several ways to make the most out of your vacation time so you don’t have to live with any regrets by Labor Day longing for days at the beach and out of the office.

1. Use them! Seriously. They’re just going to expire anyway, right? Or even if you can indeed roll them over until the next fiscal year, feel free to use them. That’s what they’re there for.

2. Time it right. If you go away or even if you have a staycation, reflect upon your last vacation to see if you needed more time to truly unwind.

3. Have a back-up plan. Wrap up loose ends before you leave and designate a point of contact person for your absence. The place will not fall apart because you’re away for a week or two. Trust your back-up and then exhale.

4. Tell people you’ll be away. Be proactive and let key contacts know you’ll be away and unavailable. Key word? Unavailable. Since they know you’ll be away and your out of office will be on, keep it on and intact.

Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Got a Wide Face? Study Says You’re a Better Negotiator

money bagsThat is, if you’re a man with a wide face you’re apparently a better negotiator than non-wide-faced counterparts.

According to a new study, researchers conducted several male to male negotiations in real estate transactions and salaries. They discovered that men with wider faces started out with a competitive mindset. Their colleagues actually entered with a cooperative mindset.

In one particular experiment, wide-faced men negotiated a signing bonus significantly higher than narrow faced men to the tune of $2,000. These wide faces rule the roost in buying and selling, too. In another example, when the wide face represented the seller, property went for a higher price. And when the wide face was the buyer? He negotiated a lower price than men with narrow faces. Read more

Study Shows States Experienced Minimal Savings by Cutting Unemployment Benefits

ImproveJobProspectsAccording to a recent study, many states that cut back unemployment benefits post-recession actually experienced minimal savings.

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) issued the study and discovered that six of eight states that cut benefits didn’t have significant savings as a result. In fact, the states saved merely 37 cents per week for every employed worker in their state. This is in comparison to the $252 lost by unemployed workers on a weekly basis. Read more

Tablet Etiquette for Job Interviews

FI One mand BandAnswering your cell phone during an interview isn’t only rude, it’s wrong. So is leaving your cell phone on a nearby desk or table in full view.

As for a tablet? Well, that’s a slightly different story. Keep in mind the purpose of the interview is for the hiring manager to get to know you. You shouldn’t be buried in your device but, according to Ask Annie, a tablet can help make you “a stronger and more memorable candidate.”

Here’s an example: If you’re a web designer, you can literally show the interviewer a variety of sites you’ve created. Instead of describing them, simply show off your work.

Show, don’t tell. Read more

Five Ways to Get Your Body Moving Away from Sedentary Work

workout2What do you do for a living? Ah, you sit. That’s right, we sit, too. Unless we’re out and about, chances are most of us sit in front of our desks all. Day. Long.

Well, the studies tell all and experts have said, “Excessive sitting is a lethal activity.” Ouch.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends 147 minutes of motion per week at the bare minimum. Sadly, right now only 20 percent of Americans meet that minimum requirement.

And according to this piece in Fortune, there are a few quick ways to get mobility into your day and ready to go. Read more

What Not to Do When You’re Running Late to an Interview

suitYou know how things snowball, right? You’re running late to an interview and then you spill your coffee. As you wipe it off your suit, the napkin disintegrates and makes white, visible balls of cotton on your lap. Lovely.

Well, here’s the thing. Running late is inevitable. It’s going to happen at one point or another.

As soon as you realize you’re going to be late, contact the recruiter via phone, email or text to let him or her know you’re running behind. Here in New York City, the E train is notoriously slow so it’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be late 30 minutes or more thanks to mass transit — been there, done that, seen it happen. Read more

Three Ways to Ace the Panel Interview

videoWhile we talk a lot about job interviews, one type of interview which is often dreaded is the good ol’ panel interview. Yes, we’re talking about being interviewed by five people at the same time because after all, there’s nothing like a pressure cooker!

Kidding.

You can ace this. You will ace this. We know you will but it doesn’t hurt to have a little ammo at the ready to truly rock it. Read more

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