Patterns around lunch breaks provide clues to company culture. In some companies, activities vary, but not so in others. Time allocated can be telling. A survey from OfficeTeam, based in Menlo Park, Calif., shows that 48 percent of 400 employees polled may be rushed, with less than a half-hour. Another 28 percent take at least an hour. Whether you’re on the low end, the high or somewhere in between, the culture of your company or business may influence how you spend that time.
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Job seekers will be relying more and more on staffing companies that are friendly to applicants in a market filled with legions of job hunters. One reason is obvious. In some fields, full-time, permanent positions are declining. In others, highly qualified job seekers create competition for companies bringing them on board. Applicant-friendly staffing benefits job seekers in declining and robust industries.
During the December holidays a cashier looked unhappy. She conceded that 1) a customer had spit on her and 2) this is common behavior toward all cashiers beginning at Thanksgiving.
Jason Kanigan succeeded with a maverick move. He has received four job offers where he set himself up as the one candidate.
Whether you’re a buyer or seller, your inner crisis manager will emerge if a sale is going south. You’ve invested in the process and don’t want the sale to fall through.
Older workers striking out in new directions may need a new network, because the old one can’t cross over. Current colleagues often don’t have information about the new area. This problem can become acute when isolation sets in.
Your interpersonal skills may be so strong and your relationships so solid that you didn’t start the New Year thinking about what you could do to improve them.
The black hole encountered by online job seekers is now common to more proactive applicants. This trend toward employer unresponsiveness won’t likely diminish soon and is particularly unnerving for people who are job hunting highly selectively.
You’ve been invited to speak. You’re one-of-a-kind in your industry, so content isn’t a problem. How long should you talk? Should you negotiate a different length than the organization requests?
Your co-worker is new on the job and isn’t productive. That lack of productivity will undermine your work. Your objective, stabilizing the workflow, will require some effort. Consider a range of tactics to create impact as quickly as possible.
Emphatically not. Nancy Collamer, author of “Second-Act Careers,” lays out tools, including websites, for your next step and will inspire you to shape a new career. While many of the best-networked people of a certain age uncover opportunities wherever they go, you can succeed without one. Her book will help you explore an idea until you act on it or move forward on another.
You’re repelled by their behavior. It wastes your time, contributes to a short fuse and drains you. It makes you feel powerless. Should you replace toxic vendors?
Postinterview advice abounds. Write a thank-you note. Follow up in the amount of time the employer suggested when you asked and don’t overlook some of the best employer feedback. Sometimes it comes wrapped in the message that you don’t fit in the new environment. Think strategically.
Blame baby boomers for expressing themselves. They spend forever talking to make people feel good and understand the complex world around them. The consequences are real. For example, Laura Stack, in “What To Do When There’s Too Much to Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results and Save 90 Minutes a Day,” writes that “gossiping and complaining … waste time (and damage) corporate culture.”
Job hunters often don’t understand why employers don’t hire them. Some recruitment efforts fall flat for a number of reasons. Applicants may assume they lacked qualifications or fit, when the reasons for not hiring may be unrelated to them.
Ambitious small-business owners may not know when to stop competing for new business. Overextending may become habitual, especially during startup.
Valerie Poteete of Las Vegas had for six years been the Wishing Faery, motivating and teaching children to think positively.
In some offices, people focus on a person as responsible for their dissatisfaction and blame the person for causing it, according to Jessica Campbell, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Palm Beach, Fla. These situations often lead to upheaval in the workplace, with the scapegoat being terminated, resigning or doing anything to hang on.
What gets people hired? Let successful former job seekers describe the smartest job-hunting tactic they ever used in their careers. Of the four here, one reduced his reliance on online searching, another decided to be who she is, a third sourced contacts from the business that let her go and a fourth relentlessly followed every lead.
In “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” Jonah Berger writes that “people tend to ignore the importance of offline word of mouth … ” and cites research maintaining “only 7 percent of word-of-mouth happens online.”
You’ve found a business with a culture and potential boss you like. However, you’ve been rejected for the job you wanted. How can you prepare yourself to land a job? How can you make an impact?
Technology, once sexy, offers unimaginable efficiency when it doesn’t malfunction. It enraptured sectors of the workplace and still facilitates career obsolescence, tension and exit interviews for nonconverts. Now that some of the early adopters of technology have spent their careers with it, how are they reacting to it? Is their behavior aligned with that of other technical and nontechnical players?
One of the most difficult forms of interviewing doesn’t require new-fangled technology. Rather, it’s a new group form — multiple applicants for the same position, possibly from multiple generations. What new rules apply?
“Small businesses are more likely to have passionate people or passionate people are more likely to be in small businesses,” says August Turak, author of “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity.”
Put multiple small-business owners together in low-cost space and the result is co-working. This new development, multiple contiguous offices in open space, is spreading across the country. What new issues arise among these neighboring co-workers?
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