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Archives: January 2013

Employee Outsources His Job to China

In the “don’t do this” category:

A software developer in the U.S. apparently outsourced his six-figure job to China so he could spend all day reading Reddit and watching cat videos, the BBC reports.

The developer was working with secure files on a company VPN. No problem; he Fedexed his RSA (security) token to the Shenyang-based consulting firm, whom he paid $50,000 a year to do his job for him.

The security breach was discovered by Verizon after the unnamed infrastructure company asked Verizon to check out some “anomalous activity.”

The open connection from Shenyang to the employee’s workstation had been open for several months.

This enterprising employee may even have been “working” at more than one job, earning several hundred thousand dollars a year to do nothing, the BBC notes.

Hilarious, but not smart.

Five Ways to Become a Super-Achiever

According to authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, there are several things top performers in various fields have in common. As per the husband and wife team’s upcoming book, The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What THey Do and How They Do It So Well, there’s certainly a common thread.

Gosfield told Forbes, “Every great success starts with inspiration, but not every inspiration leads to success.The most common thing we found was these people’s devotion to the day-to-day struggle.” Read more

Companies Begin Hiring Corporate Snoops to Snitch on Employees

Big Brother is watching. Or in this case, investigative firms.

NPR reports “corporate monitoring” is on the rise as external firms keep a close eye on employees from the inside. For instance, Matt Unger of K2 Intelligence, a NYC-based investigative firm, indicates a certain type of software takes actual shots of employees’ behavior at the office.

He explains in the piece, “We see that this guy Kevin all of a sudden started calling the 410 area code where he never did that before, and he stopped answering emails — he’s being less responsive to his peers.” Read more

Four Ways to Kill a Job Interview

Have you ever felt like you aced a phone interview, had really good rapport with interviewers in person, and them bam! No call back.

If so, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve committed one of the faux pas below?

1. Appearing disinterested. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 62 percent of employers polled indicated body language in response to interviewer questions sent a message the job seeker didn’t care about the job. As for the take away? Look alert, make eye contact, and act interested. Read more

Deciphering the New Facebook Graph & What It Means For Your Career

Facebook announced their new graph search and immediately users started thinking about their entire history on the site. Well, when it comes to job hunting or upward mobility in your career, there are a few things to keep in mind.

For starters, like companies you may want to work for. Get schooled on what’s going on in their company and remember there’s someone powering their social media engine, even though they may be in PR instead of HR, it’s a great way to connect to get your foot in the door.

Secondly, Complete your work history. (Yes, this means from back in the day). Recruiters frequently search by keyword such as their company’s competitor. Read more

‘Fortune’ Names Best Companies to Work For in 2013; Google Tops the List

Every year Fortune names its best companies to work for and as for this year’s list released yesterday, media names were buried in there somewhere. We really had to dig but noticed Dreamworks Animation ranked twelfth and yeah, that’s pretty much it.

As for notable observations, Facebook and Apple did not make the list and yes, in case you’re wondering, Google also landed the top spot last year as well. This is the fourth time it made the list and as per the piece, that’s aside from its 100,000 hours (!) of subsidized massages to its employees last year. They apparently have three wellness centers and a sports complex boasting seven acres, roller hockey rink and bocce court included. Read more

Data Reflects Decrease in Americans Seeking Unemployment

Maybe this week will end on a good note? According to data released by the Labor Department, last week weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 37,000.

The seasonally adjusted number of 335,000 is technically the lowest level since January 2008!

This could perhaps mean that the job market is finally on the upswing.

That said, as per a piece by The Associated Press, applications in January can be misleading. Pink slips sometimes occur in the middle of the month when restaurants and retail companies let go of their holiday workers.

New Study Reveals ADHD Kids Grow Up to Earn & Work Less Later in Life

A new paper by Jason Fletcher, professor at Yale’s School of Public Health, revealed in a new study that young people diagnosed with ADHD are approximately 10 to 14 percentage points less likely to be employed. And get this — if they are employed, their income will be  33 percent less than their peers without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The impact is greatest for minorities and the poor but overall the study examined students between the seventh an twelfth grade in the 1994 – 95 school year. Considering they were children in the ’80s, that’s also a time when ADHD diagnoses weren’t as common and access to drugs such as Ritalin weren’t readily available.

Let’s check out the two graphs, courtesy of Fletcher’s research:




Seven Job Search Blunders You May Be Making & How to Fix Them

Let’s face it, no one’s perfect especially when it comes to the job search. So, if you’re not getting calls for a second or even first interview, there may be good reason.

According to CareerBuilder, there are several blunders you may be making to thwart your efforts. Relate to any of them?

1. Your thank-you note needs work. Seriously. If your follow up note has errors or was sent a week later (or not at all), that doesn’t bode well for your candidacy. All you really need is two to four sentences to acknowledge their time as you look forward to next steps. Read more

‘Star-Ledger’ Announces Newsroom Layoffs

According to The Star-Ledger, almost 10 percent of its newsroom will get the pink slip in the first layoff in its history.

Here’s the breakdown: 18 part-time and full-time staffers will be laid off today. This is in addition to 16 other employees in other areas of the company for a total of 19 full-timers and 15 part-timers. Read more