New Job Advice
Break the 'Hi, How Are You' Conversation DeadendRead the rest of this entry »
Is there anything more conversationally uncomfortable than a co-worker who welcomes you with a "Hi, how are you?" and actually wants an answer? A real one.
The New York Times tells us that with a little planning there's a way to turn the "How are you? Great, how are you?" loop into a real conversation and in the process learn to get comfortable with office small talk.
"Every day around ...
How to Make a Good First Day ImpressionRead the rest of this entry »
Congratulations! You got the job and you start Monday. What should you do on your first day to make a good impression on your new boss and your new co-workers?
Don't burn the popcorn and don't take the last cup of coffee without making a fresh pot.
Good advice for sure, but refraining from these two office faux pas will only keep you from creating a negative impression. It's what ...
8 New Job Firsts and How to Handle ThemRead the rest of this entry »
Having your first job is a bit like being a newborn. Everything is a first: Your first boss, first big opportunity, first performance review and even your first screw-up. It happens -- or did -- to all of us. Now, Glassdoor has put together a list of 8 "firsts" under the title, "8 Moments That Can Make or Break Your Career."
More than just listing these firsts, Glassdoor provides advice ...
Don't Make Your Job Offer All About the MoneyIt may only be natural when you get a job offer to look first at the "how much" part. But if that's all you consider, you're shortchanging the employer and overlooking benefits and perks that may well be more valuable than a few thousand more in pay.Read the rest of this entry »
Young, healthy workers especially are likely to discount the value of a health package covering medical, dental and vision. Even if you never ...
How to Make Your First IT Job A SuccessA first IT job after graduating is a lot like all other first jobs regardless of the field: you'll meet new people, discover things you never learned in class, and be expected to act like a professional.Read the rest of this entry »
But there is one, "dazzlingly different" difference, as an article on the CompTIA website puts it, and that is the amount of freedom and responsibility you'll have even as an entry-level IT specialist. ...
How to Network When You Don't Know AnyoneYou know you should be networking. You've read how important it is to your career to build business and social connections. But how do you get started.Read the rest of this entry »
It's not easy, especially if you've just moved to a new city where you know no one. Getting started may seem like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be. One of the simplest ways to begin making connections is through Meetup.com. ...
What Would You Trade for Lower Pay?How much pay are you willing to give up for certain perks?Read the rest of this entry »
- A better than market rate commission plan? Check.
- A great health plan fully (or mostly) paid for by the employer? Check.
- A really rich 401k plan? Check.
- A flexible work schedule? Not!
Here's What Drives the Boss CrazyIf you wonder what's holding you back, try looking in a mirror. If there's no doubt that the quality of your work is good, even great, then chances are excellent it's you.Read the rest of this entry »
True, sometimes personalities just don't click. More likely, though, your behavior is getting in the way of your career advancement.
Suzanne Lucas, a well read HR blogger and self-styled "Evil HR Lady," explains the "5 Things You Do ...
Plan For Success Before Your First DayCongratulations! You landed the new job and now you're looking forward to your first day. It's natural to simultaneously be excited about the change, and apprehensive. Changing jobs may not be the biggest of stressors, but it ranks up there ahead of buying a house and getting married.Read the rest of this entry »
Fortunately, with a little preparation you can steady yourself and make a good impression on your first day.
Start by consulting this ...
Why Orientation Is Your First Step to New Job SuccessStarting a new job or a new assignment soon? Forbes contributor William Arruda has some words of wisdom about what not to do your first week.Read the rest of this entry »
These aren't the usual "Don't arrive late," "Don't leave early" tips. Arruda's advice deals with matters far less basic and offers a different perspective on the ordinary -- eating lunch -- to what might be thought of as the tedious.
Don't eat lunch ...