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Four Habits of Happy Colleagues

love my jobThere are a few ways to boost that happiness at work. The folks at Inc. outlined a few tips and interestingly enough, changes don’t have to be drastic in order to create significant results.

1. Talk to someone before checking your email. Seriously. Before you log on in the morning, say hi to a colleague and have a friendly conversation by the water cooler. The piece points out, “You’ll be surprised how your mood changes when you don’t just rush into the digital realm.”

2. Bring a colleague a cup of coffee. If anyone has ever brought you leftover food in the conference room, that gesture probably made you feel pretty good. Well, it works in reverse, too. Why not bring a cup of coffee to your cubicle mate? This will automatically boost his or her mood but it’ll likely put a spring in your step, too. Pay it forward. Read more

Got Manners? New Survey Shows People Have Quit Their Jobs in Bad Environments

multitaskingIf you’ve had a coworker or two ditch the “please” and “thank you” comments for some harsher words, you’re not alone.

That is, a quarter of workers actually resigned from their jobs because they were on the receiving end of bad manners in the office. Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate in conjunction with KRC Research surveyed 1,000 individuals about nastiness in work and in life as well. Read more

CareerBuilder Survey Shows Employers Actively Recruiting Veterans

Veterans DayYes, we’re all about Veterans Day and the latest data reflects employers supporting veterans when it comes to hiring.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one-third of employers are actively recruiting veterans over the next year. Numbers are slightly higher than last year’s digits and significantly higher than one-fifth reported three years ago.

In addition, 31 percent have hired a veteran who returned from active duty within the past 12 months. This is three percentage points higher than 2013. Read more

Veteran & Pinterest Executive Don Faul Talks Leadership at ‘Got Your 6′

What better way to celebrate veterans during today’s holiday than hear their stories and salute their bravery?

Last week we attended an empowering Got Your 6 event at HBO’s office in midtown Manhattan. In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The initiative helps squash negative misconceptions and myths to civilians about veterans in terms of who they are and what they have to offer. As for veterans, the program ensures they’re empowered to lead by connecting to various veteran organizations.

The storytellers event had a TED talk flair as each veteran took the stage to talk about their career and lessons learned in their own unique delivery.

Let’s take a look at U.S. Marine Corps veteran Don Faul’s talk focusing on leadership in the Silicon Valley. After all, he knows a thing or two about the topic. Faul’s the head of operations at Pinterest and previously worked at Facebook and Google.

New Study Shows Companies Expect Demand for Middle-Skills Jobs to Increase

CommunityJournalismBLogFIThis just in…global consulting firm Accenture released data today referencing a job candidate pool that’s often overlooked.

The majority of the American companies surveyed struggle to fill middle-skills jobs. That is, jobs requiring more education than a high school degree but less than a four-year college diploma.

Human resources executives from 18 different industries participated in the survey and 73 percent revealed an uptick in demand for middle-skill workers over the next two to three years. The main challenge? Per the press release, they typically have to hire workers with more education than required on the job description in order to tap into the caliber of talent they need. Read more

Should You Work Late Even When You Don’t Get Paid Overtime?

mentorsAh, the corporate conundrum. We totally get it. You aren’t eligible for overtime pay but your job has a workload that represents more than a standard 9 to 5 gig.

A reader wrote into The New York Post today with the same dilemma. While you may be tempted to leave at 5 p.m. on the dot every single day, unfortunately that may not necessarily further your career for the long-term. Read more

Whip Your Website Into Shape to Improve Your Pitch Acceptance Rates

Professional-website-articleIf you’re a freelance writer, you probably link to your personal website in your email signature and social media profile pages. Your site may be a blog on a hosted domain, a page you haven’t updated in months, or it may be a well-executed window to who you are as a writer.

When sending out  pitches, your website can be a make-or-break factor for editors deciding whether to give your story the go-ahead. Establish your trustworthiness and showcase your best work with a professional, well-designed site.

[Carol Tice, freelance writer and founder of several web resources for writers] highlights four main components of a killer website: a homepage, an “About” page, contact info, clips and testimonials. The homepage should clearly and concisely state what you do and how you can help your client, while your About page can delve into the work you’ve done recently. “A lot of people’s About pages start, ‘I first knew I wanted to be a writer when I was five years old.’” Tice says. “This is not what the client wants to know about you — they want to know, ‘Who have you been writing for lately?’”

For more tips, read: How to Create a Writer’s Website That Gets You Work.

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Dyllan McGee Explains: ‘Explosion of Platform is an Explosion of Opportunity’

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

We recently caught up with Emmy Award-winning producer Dyllan McGee at the WiCi Awards sponsored by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI).

The event honored rising stars in media and as McGee emceed, we couldn’t help but get a dose of inspiration from the filmmaker herself.

She created and founded MAKERS, a digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled. It launched online in 2012 and premiered on-air in 2013 on PBS.

MediaJobsDaily: What were your thoughts when you started out doing a documentary about women only to find out it had never been done before? Read more

Good News! Monthly Jobs Report Shows Another Dip in Unemployment

ImproveJobProspectsWhat a way to end the week on a high note! The monthly jobs report was issued today and employment looks really good.

For the ninth consecutive month, more than 200,000 jobs were created. In October alone 214,000 new jobs were added. Plus, unemployment decreased to 5.8 percent. We should point out that’s the lowest it’s been in six years. Read more

Should You Reveal Your Pregnancy During a Job Interview? Experts Weigh In

baby bumpIf you’re sporting a baby bump, congratulations!

And if you’re interviewing for a job while you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if you should disclose your pregnancy to potential employers.

According to employment attorney Donna Ballman on AOL Jobs, you shouldn’t disclose it while you’re searching for a new role. Read more

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