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work travel expenses with a baby, required to be on the “fun committee,” and more

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Required to be on the “fun committee” When my company’s current CEO came onboard about three years ago, he inherited an office culture that was in serious need of rehabilitation. As a result of the poor morale, eventually he created a “fun committee,” comprised of 8-10 staff members who were expected to plan office events throughout the year as well as the company holiday party in December. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

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Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process. Could they have picked a better phrase than one so close to “it’s not you, it’s me,&# when by definition it’s at least partly you?

Networking 101: How To Establish References

Career Realism

According to an article on Jobdig.com titled “The Real Purpose of References,” references serve as a deal closer for job candidates (and as a job seeker, you definitely want to seal the deal!).

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A Seat At The Table

Ms. Career Girl

This is powerful and definitely effective. In 2012, she was appointed to President Obama’s Platform Committee. She later served on The White House Council for Women and Girls inaugural committee of community leaders. The post A Seat At The Table appeared first on Ms. Career Girl.

Networking 101: How To Establish References

Career Realism

How To Establish References According to an article on Jobdig.com titled “The Real Purpose of References,” references serve as a deal closer for job candidates (and as a job seeker, you definitely want to seal the deal!).

3 Reasons Not Having A Personal Website Might Be Costing You Big

Career Realism

In the wrong context, talking about your accomplishments and success can definitely be inappropriate. Keeping visible records of your accomplishments can also help give you the edge when project teams and committees are being chosen.

2016 26

“Can I trust Human Resources to keep things confidential?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

We asked him if he would then keep the details of what we said confidential, and he agreed to do so, and to transmit only in general terms our thoughts and concerns to the Compensation Committee. Definitely not our names. It seems that the Vice President of Human Resources told the Compensation Committee that my Manager instructed us to make “demands” and “fight” the new commission structure. Question: I’m a technical recruiter who is paid salary and commission.

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Six Tips for Healthy, Toxic-Free Living

Ms. Career Girl

Yes, but the results are definitely worth it. The post Six Tips for Healthy, Toxic-Free Living appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. The following is a guest post By Deanna Latson. Her bio follows. Making a lifestyle change to live a healthy, toxic-free life is not as daunting as it sounds.

8 Ways Starting a Business Helps Your Job Search

Resume Bear

It will definitely show off your energy and vision, and will make you a more competitive candidate for any role. He is also a Callaman Ventures Board Member and Executive in Residence, an Advisory Board Member for multiple startups, on the Arizona Angels Selection Committee, and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at ASU and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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why am I not getting promoted into a management job?

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I take part in various business networking teams, and I currently sit on the steering committee of one. If you haven’t, that’s the missing piece, and you should definitely do that before concluding that you should move on. A reader writes: It’s been more than five years since I’ve graduated from college, and I’m currently seeking two graduate degrees.

2016 32

How To Ace A Career Fair

Career Realism

With so many potential employers in one spot, you definitely want to make a good impression, right? I’m a member of student government serving as co-chair of the community outreach committee, and in that role I’ve organized projects for the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

3 Reasons Not Having A Personal Website Might Be Costing You Big

Career Realism

In the wrong context, talking about your accomplishments and success can definitely be inappropriate. Keeping visible records of your accomplishments can also help give you the edge when project teams and committees are being chosen.

job candidate got company name wrong, makeup at work, and more

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I’m not on the hiring committee but am wondering what you and the community think about a mistake like this: Should it be considered a serious mark against him? Also, should someone on the hiring committee, who helped him get set up on the computer beforehand, have pointed out the mistake so he could have fixed it before everyone else showed up, or was it better to let everyone see? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2015 19

Zappos and Holacracy: How to Negatively Recruit Against This Org Structure.

HR Capitalist

Here''s the definition of that org structure from my friend Paul Hebert at Fistful of Talent : "H olacracy is an organization structure that seeks to replace the traditional, hierarchical organization structure with governing “circles” focused on specific work outputs—not titles or functions per se. You say tomato, I say committee. Whether you call them teams, circles, whatever - the real name for the structure you have is "by committee". Every play the Zappos drinking game?

how do I give a reference for my awful boss, employer will fire anyone who job-searches, and more

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But you should definitely ask the reference-checkers what systems are in place to ensure that your feedback doesn’t get back to your boss. The head of our philanthropy committee recently put forward several candidates for a benefit walk in which our organization’s employees can choose to participate later this year (entirely on a voluntary basis). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. How do I give a reference for my awful boss?

2016 13

Some LinkedIn strategies.

Job Stalker

However, I am finding a definite increase in people reaching out to me via my Linked In profile. For example, I'm chairing a marketing committee for an upcoming Chicago Red Cross fundraiser - that can easily become another bullet under my "Freelance" category.

“Can I retire and also continue working for my employer?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

That said, the definitive answer can be found only in your own retirement plan. All employee welfare and benefit plans I have reviewed say that the plan will be operated and supervised by a “Plan Administrator” or “Retirement Committee” or similar such title. Question : My company allows me to retire at age 62, but collect benefits as if I was 65 because I have earned enough “points” due to my long service.

How Can Social Media Affect Your Job Search?

Jennifer Anthony

If you have it on your resume, then the employer will definitely look at it. As a proud member of PARW, CDI, AORCP, Erin also sits on CDI’s Credentialing Committee for new certification candidates and serves as a Mentor for CDI’s Member Mentoring Committee. By Erin Kennedy. People have been fired over what they’ve said in blog posts or on social media sites.

How Can Social Media Affect Your Job Search?

Jennifer Anthony

If you have it on your resume, then the employer will definitely look at it. As a proud member of PARW, CDI, AORCP, Erin also sits on CDI’s Credentialing Committee for new certification candidates and serves as a Mentor for CDI’s Member Mentoring Committee. By Erin Kennedy. People have been fired over what they’ve said in blog posts or on social media sites.

should you be paid for the time you spend interviewing internally?

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My manager, who was not on the hiring committee and who was very supportive of my potential promotion, reminded me to make up the time I was missing to interview by working extra that day or at a later date that week. I don’t think that getting paid for the interview time will give reasonable employees the idea that they’ll definitely get the job.

2015 12

job applicants’ parents keep calling me, coworkers are ranking the attractiveness of women in the office, and more

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I’m thinking there is no benefit to further discussing this with the search committee, since they can’t undo it (and frankly, don’t seem to care how I feel about it), so how can I approach this with the new ED so she knows I’m on board and not jealous or resentful? At this point, though, I don’t think there’s anything to gain by bringing it up with the search committee. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

hiring someone for a job that might change soon, recommending a former coworker who left on bad terms, and more

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What I’m not sure about is whether it looks better to the hiring committee (which includes other senior managers I report to) to withdraw my name from consideration shortly after the interview, if I decide to do so, or to wait for an offer. We’re not a large organization, so I want to make sure I don’t do anything to harm my reputation internally and keep a good rapport with this other manager and the hiring committee. It’s five answers to five questions.

how to handle a hostile new hire — and candidates with identical interview answers

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A reader writes: I am a low-level supervisor, and I’m on the hiring committee for our entry-level contract positions. Our questions are very open-ended, so it was definitely beyond coincidence. Our process is a skills test, followed by an interview for those who pass.

2015 20

my boss sent around photos of my coworker in body paint, getting paid for commute time, and more

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This honestly doesn’t bother me at all (my degree is in Linguistics–we’re all about letting go of hangups over variation in language use), but it occurred to me that I could offer the committee responsible for it volunteer services as a copy editor. You can definitely volunteer to do it! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My boss sent around photos of my coworker in body paint. My boss and a coworker became Facebook friends.

The Creative Power Of Language

Career Realism

They’re not mere definitions of objects or concepts; rather they enable us to see what we wouldn’t see without them. The following post is an excerpt with minor edits from Find Your Inner Red Shoes: Step Into Your Own Style of Success by Mariela Dabbah. The Value of Distinctions.

mentioning marriage and kids on a resume, interviewing in a foreign language, and more

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Member of Anytown Presbyterian Church for 10 years; currently serving as an active elder, supporting the work of the Fellowship Committee. Also, definitely don’t do this only as a way to look impressive; you should only do this if you genuinely have questions for that person. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Mentioning marriage and kids on a resume.

my boss is furious after my coworker pranked her, the deal with “hustle,” and more

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That doesn’t mean I definitely wouldn’t interview your husband, but it does mean that I’d want to be able to decide that for myself before investing time in interviewing him. A friend and former colleague works at this new college and was on the hiring committee. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My boss is furious after my coworker pranked her. Today our boss came to my desk to talk to me, in an open office area of about 40 cubicles.

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what if my coworker fails a class I teach, hiring the long-term unemployed, and more

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If a coworker does well in our classes, we generally both know about it and it definitely helps them in the workplace. Volunteer, serve on committees, try to take on some freelance work in your field — whatever you can do that’s as close to working as possible. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Interviewers who make no effort to sell you on the job.

I’m in training with a much slower coworker, contacting my boyfriend’s boss, and more

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Whoa, definitely do not contact his manager yourself. Should I let my friends know I’m on the hiring committee that will be evaluating their spouses? I was asked to be on the hiring committee for an open position in my division. These committees are a new strategy, and sometimes word gets around as to who’s been asked to participate, but there’s no real announcement of any sort. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

my boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave, watching what I say around a coworker with financial worries, and more

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As long as you aren’t bragging about purchases to your colleague (and it definitely doesn’t sound like you are), you shouldn’t censor yourself. You definitely don’t need to avoid getting a haircut! Of course, if you think you’re likely to be let go over this, then yes, you should definitely be job searching. We have up to 30 events a year where I send bulk invites out to our board, executive committee, and special VIPs. It’s five answers to five questions.

How Job Hunters Should Use ZoomInfo to Crush the Competition

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Bob was ecstatic, until he discovered he was just one of a dozen going for first interviews and he knew he was definitely “the most mature ” [read old ].  Bob called me in a panic a few months ago. 

A Guide to Creating a Professional Setting for Skype Interviews

Corn on the Job

The key is professionalism, and remembering that in this situation, less is definitely more. Luckily, there were several cat people on the interview committee, and I wound up with that job, anyway!)

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I have a weird patchwork of responsibilities, sharing a desk, and more

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I am in two minds about what to say, because on the one hand, this is impractical and with academic work there is a definite tacit understanding that you spend the rest of your time doing research. Everyone seemed happy, the people on the hiring committee convinced me to go for it. It definitely doesn’t sound personal here. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. I have a weird patchwork of responsibilities and feel unqualified for anything else.

How Job Hunters Should Use ZoomInfo to Crush the Competition

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Bob was ecstatic, until he discovered he was just one of a dozen going for first interviews and he knew he was definitely “the most mature ” [read old ].  Bob called me in a panic a few months ago. 

Living in Ubud, Environment: Nature, Climate, Villages, and Animals

Personal Excellence Blog

Unless you enjoy being stuck in the rain, I definitely recommend that you visit between May and September.

we have to write letters to our boss while she decides whether to re-hire us, fired for refusing to answer manager’s questions on the weekend, and more

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It might just be the timing — new boss has a lot of good ideas, and there’s definitely room for improvement here. My boss won’t let me serve on boards or committees in our field. If it doesn’t come up before the reference-checking stage, you should definitely mention it then — as in, “My company is owned by my father. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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asking for a job description before interviewing, turning down an offer, and more

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The CEO called and said I was the committee’s preferred candidate and they were going to call on references. As for the entry-level jobs, yeah, the definition has been stretched in recent years. It’s short answer Saturday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. How to ask for the job description before interviewing. I know the best idea is to keep a copy of all job descriptions you apply to, but I have a habit of not doing that.

a parking shortage at my job is forcing me to park a mile away

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You can imagine the challenges of city parking for 25,000 people, and this is definitely a city with horrible weather that at times adds a great deal to the challenges. I was just asked last week to be our department representative to 2 major committees. A reader writes: I’ve run into some parking issues at work, and when I discussed the situation with colleagues, they all said I was overreacting, but when I discussed it with family they thought I was underreacting.

boss accused me of faking a panic attack to get out of a meeting, coworker is taking over my social life, and more

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I think he’s in the wrong for writing me up for a health condition I can’t control, especially after telling me that it was okay, and even more wrong for accusing me of faking it (since if he thinks he faked it, that definitely influenced his decision to write me up). This committee is very actively involved in my department, planning community events and such. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

interview with a lab worker at the Arctic Circle

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In addition, we have a Recreation Committee that oversees other activities. I’m a big fan of strawberries and grapes at breakfast, and I definitely have them much more often here than at home. Recently, a commenter mentioned that her dad is a lab supervisor in a mine at the Arctic Circle, and there was a clamor to learn more. Her dad graciously agreed to do an interview for us.