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Making the Case for Nixing a Generic Cover Letter

IFind a Jobf you typically address a cover letter “To Whom It May Concern,” listen up. Companies don’t like being addressed as “HR Manager” or another generic term. In this day and age it’s certainly easy enough to find someone’s real name to input onto that letter.

Per a piece in today’s New York Post, HR executive in the media industry Gregory Giangrande writes:

“It doesn’t take much sleuthing to find names of executives running different departments. Try to find someone in your network who is connected to someone at the company, and see if you can get a referral.” Read more

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The Scoop Behind Reference Checks & Employee Rights

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’re interviewing and curious about what your current employer can dish to your future employer during a reference check, listen up.

Overall, your only right as an employee is for an employer to not make slanderous statements. If you’re currently negotiating a settlement with your current employer, then by all means the employer must oblige by that agreement. Read more

Should You Pursue J-School if Your Career is Stalling?

media-fieldsA piece in today’s New York Post got us thinking.

That is, a reader asked for advice by mentioning he or she has been passed over a few times for a promotion and “yet no one at work complains about my work performance.”

The reader contemplated getting a master’s degree to potentially accelerate career growth.

Here’s the thing — going back to school, of course, is an investment in money and time as well. Will your employer truly value the degree? Is it necessary to complete the job or will it make you overqualified? Will the degree position you for a promotion whether it’s journalism school, a master’s degree or another program? Read more

How to Dress Appropriately for Casual Fridays

casual FridaysIt’s that time of year again, finally!

If you’ve had an absolutely dreadful winter similar to our neck of the woods in New York City, you’re not alone. We’re ready for spring and summer and in turn, warmer temperatures typically signify wearing more casual clothing at the office.

Some offices may alter policies by changing the dress code to casual Fridays whereas others may change the policy to become casual all of the time. And if your office is already pretty casual, it may not be shocking to receive a human resources reminder to specifically define the code as it becomes more lax (and by that we mean much more lax as pumps morph into flip-flops). Read more

How to Remember a Colleague’s Name

nametagHave you ever gotten a case of the I-just-met-you-and-I-have-no-idea-what-your-name-is blues? No worries there, it’s impacted us, too.

You’ve just been introduced to someone and less than three minutes later, his or her name escapes you.

Well, according to today’s New York Post there are a few ways to cure this common ailment. Read more

The Scoop on Protecting Your Own Data On Your Company’s Phone

mobile phonesBack in the day, if you left your job you really only had to be concerned about your online files and some occasional hard copy ones. Well, corporate devices complicate things because they’re technically owned by your employer.

And yet when you leave, regardless of where the data resides, the device needs to get returned. Should you keep personal items on your device? Shouldn’t you also be able to keep the contacts’ information, too? Read more

Taxi Cab Wisdom: Networking Anywhere & Everywhere (Back Seats Included)

taxi cabA piece in today’s New York Post got us thinking. A taxi cab driver wrote into the career advice column saying he wants to get an office job.

It reminded us of old school networking basics. Striking up a conversation with folks anywhere and everywhere and having your elevator pitch ready at all times. Read more

How to Tactfully Ditch Your Current Mentor & Ask For a New One

mentorsPicture it. You’re assigned a shiny, new mentor. They’re older, wiser and look at that! An executive as well.

The only issue? He or she is into gossip, seems political and simply doesn’t share the same point of view that you do. What should you do?

According to The New York Post, keep in mind the essence of a successful relationship. For a mentoring relationship to be effective for both the mentor and mentee, there “needs to be trust, rapport and respect.” If you don’t get a good vibe or even if their busy schedule makes them completely inaccessible, it may be time to cut your losses and move on. Read more

How to Handle an Impractical Boss

listenDo you have a boss who’s a bit out of touch with reality? If so, listen up.

A piece in today’s New York Post will be right up your alley. The good news is having an unrealistic boss can force you outside your comfort zone.

Gregory Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes in the piece, “Sometimes a boss’s expectations are unrealistic, but sometimes employees don’t realize what’s possible until they are pushed beyond their comfort zones.” Read more

Is it Age Discrimination if You’re Asked to ‘Think Younger?’

job economistsAge discrimination. Ugh. That is, two very ugly words.

We read this piece in the New York Post and simply cringed. After all, a reader wrote in to inquire if it was age discrimination when his or her boss asked the reader to “think younger.”

The fact that the 50 year-old marketing director pondered the question meant there was an inkling that discrimination’s present.

That said, Gregory Giangrande, human resources executive in the media, doesn’t think the director should speed dial an attorney just yet.

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