What’s Funny, What’s Not
by Suzanne Bates - Jan, 2011
My husband and I had just finished watching the Patriots get humiliated by the Jets so we were practically suicidal and in need of a laugh. We turned on the Golden Globes. It was just what we needed to wrap up a perfect evening. So UNfunny, it was hilarious. Ricky Gervais claims he has no regrets about savaging the Hollywood elite. But he was offensive enough that the Hollywood Foreign Press, which sponsors the awards, ap...
How Long Do Your College Honors Matter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2011
Entry-level professionals often have a hard time trying to determine which information to include on their resumes. While you obviously want to include any education or degrees, the other stuff from college gets a little trickier. Do employers want to know you were in the photography club? Would a hiring manager care you were membership chair for your fraternity? Relevance As with many things in resume writing, the answe...
Job Advice: How to Handle the Exit Interview
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jan, 2011
Planning to leave the office? Jump ship? Head on to greener pastures? Happens all the time. Here’s what doesn’t happen all the time: The Graceful Exit. When you consider the various ways you’ll say goodbye to your current employer, don’t overlook your exit interview. Consider: Before you walk into an exit interview, prepare. If you’ve never been through one of these before, know that from an HR perspective, an exit ...
THE THANK-YOU LETTER AS A STRATEGIC SELF-MARKETING TOOL
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2011
Most people forget to send a thank-you letter after interviewing. Mistake. Those who do send one often fail to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to further promote their value. Big mistake. While it is true that this type of document should thank the interviewer for their time and interest, a greater impact on the hiring decision can be made by incorporating one or two of the following strategies. - Emphasize an a...
The Leader Blueprint: Building Tomorrow’s Da Vinci
by Todd Rhoad - Jan, 2011
Creating future leaders for business is on the verge of becoming a crisis. Three reasons reign supreme on the subject: it limits power and threatens the future, companies aren’t good at it and the qualities of tomorrow’s leader are nothing short of the modern day Da Vinci. In its recent regulatory filing, Apple disclosed their shareholders desire for a CEO Succession Policy. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, has had a few health probl...
Ted Williams and the New Era of Job Search
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
The job offers are pouring in for Ted Williams, the homeless man whose YouTube video featuring his “golden voice” went viral last Monday. The video was recorded by an employee of The Columbus Dispatch who spotted Williams with his sign claiming he had the God-given gift of voice and was an ex-radio announcer. According to a CNN article, some members of the radio community have expressed frustration because there are so many...
Beat Inertia and Start Your New Project Today!
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2011
As busy managers, we’re often so overwhelmed by a mountain of daily tasks that we never get around to starting the projects that will propel our careers and benefit the organization in the long-term. David Allen, the author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,” believes that many people are paralyzed by inertia as a result of current negative circumstances like the bad economy or a chaotic workplace...
60 Seconds of Networking Advice
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Jan, 2011
You’ve heard it before, “Network in order to optimize your job search.” How exactly do you go about it? It depends on the way you best build relationships and the industry you are targeting. Is the industry you seek employment in best penetrated online or offline? It is not as difficult as it seems. We are all human and we all want to help each other. The idea is to get in touch with as many people you can (in the right cha...
What does Starbucks’ new logo have to do with your job search?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It’s all the buzz in the Twittersphere – Starbucks, the legendary coffee company – is changing its logo. As you can see in the image, the most recent transformation (bottom/right) leaves off the Starbucks name and seems to try to disassociate it from its coffee roots. A Reuter’s article quotes Starbucks‘ Chief Executive Howard Schultz as saying, “Even though we have been, and always will be, a coffee company and retailer, ...
Is Your Professional Brand as Strong as Starbucks?
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
Starbucks just unveiled their new logo featuring their well-known green siren but with one dramatic change – the words “Starbucks Coffee” have been dropped from the logo. At first I thought, “What the heck? Why would a company drop their name from their logo? How is that a sound marketing strategy?” But then I thought about it. Maybe it’s an act of shear brilliance. Maybe it’s Starbucks’ way of saying, “Hey, we are Starb...
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