Posts tagged with 'advice'
Why We Make Bad Job DecisionsRead the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been disappointed in a new job? Lots of people are. Multiple surveys tell us that 3-in-10 new hires quit in the first 6 months. An astounding 16% quit in the first week. "Buyer's remorse" leads some to simply not show up for their new job, which has given rise to the growing "ghosting" phenomenon.
Most of us, though, don't ghost and we don't quit. We may …
Say Thank You Even When You Turn Them DownRead the rest of this entry »
We've written before about the importance of sending a thank you after an interview and even after being rejected for a job. Until recently, we hadn't thought about sending a thank you note when it's you who turns them down. Yet that's just what a candidate did, making such an impression that LinkedIn wrote about it.
The background is this: The candidate was actively being sought by several companies …
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 …
To Avoid Being Bossy, Are You Being Unclear?Read the rest of this entry »
You're the type of manager who doesn't want to come across as "bossy." That's good, but the way you do it may be leaving your team members confused about just what it is you want.
When you use phrases like "I kind of suspect" or "I'm not sure, but" and when you toss in qualifiers such as "hopefully" and "possibly" simply to avoid sounding controlling, you create doubt about your …
What You Think About Recruiters Is Probably WrongAfter three decades as a recruiter, Paul Gumbinner has seen and heard it all. He places advertising professionals and writes the View From Madison Avenue about his experiences as both a recruiter, and as an advertising executive.Read the rest of this entry »
Though he regularly deals with very senior level people, Gumbinner says even they don't understand how to work with a recruiter. So he penned "Ten Misconceptions About Working With Recruiters." It's a post …
What to Do About Toxic Co-WorkersFrom the Harvard Business Review to You Tube it seems the issue of toxic co-workers is being discussed everywhere. Last year, a research paper published by the Harvard Business School, found that "avoiding a toxic worker (or converting him to an average worker) enhances performance to a much greater extent than replacing an average worker with a superstar worker."Read the rest of this entry »
What do you do if you work with a toxic …
Why You Should Never Tell Someone to RelaxWhen someone is getting stressed out, one of the least effective (and perhaps most annoying) things to say is “Relax.”Read the rest of this entry »
That advice has the opposite effect for most people. Instead of relaxing, some bristle as if the advice was an order, which, if it comes from a boss, might be. For others, being told to tamp down their feelings shows only that the advice giver has failed to understand what's …
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!
Take Time to Do Less and You'll Do More"You need to carve out more unproductive time. Get less done for a while."Read the rest of this entry »
That's advice you rarely get, and certainly not from any boss we've ever met. Yet that bit of encouragement to goof off without guilt comes from no less than the remarkably productive David Heinemeier Hansson, known to coders and car racing enthusiasts simply as DHH.
Before we get into exactly what DHH was talking about …