February, 2008

Wake Up and Create the Life You Want

Cube Rules

Wake Up and Create the Life You Want One of the great challenges in life is to move from where you are to where you want to be. It's not easy. But, there is a path. I've been a long-time subscriber to Debra Moorhead's blog and found

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Hiring Great People: Focus on Non-Technical Skills

Hiring Technical People

SlackerManager agrees with me in his How do you hire great people? I said Hire for Intangibles; You Can Teach Technical Skills. It's a person's attitude, passion, and ability to work with other people that counts

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The Good Enough Career

Life@work

Sometimes I'm tired of striving for perfect - how about you? It's a real gift to recognize when what you have is good enough. It will do. It's just perfectly OK and alright as is. When was the last time you thought that about your

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Repayment

Evil HR Lady

Monday is the beginning of my last week at my company. They have reimbursed me for one quarter of my MBA degree, however, now I have decided to leave. I signed a repayment agreement when they reimbursed me. They are going to deduct my last paycheck, my bonus, and my vacation pay from what I owe them. Leaving about $4000 left for me to pay that they would like me to pay off each month over the next six months. If I don’t they say they will send it to a collection agency.

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Career Clusters and The Career Key™

Career Key

How are The Career Key ™ and the U.S. Department of Education's Career Clusters/Pathways related to the career development of students in our schools? Dr. Jones, author of The Career Key, answers: The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education adopted 16 "career clusters" in 1999 for use in organizing career and technical education programs or "pathways". A career cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities.

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Where Have All the Testers Gone?

Hiring Technical People

I spoke with a couple of recruiters this week. They've been specializing in finding test people for the last 10-15 years. (I I used one of them 15 years ago, the last time I was hiring testers.) They both asked a question like this

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Should You Provide an “Unintentional” Reference?

Hiring Technical People

You're interviewing someone for a position at your company. You remember working with that person years ago, and you were unimpressed. Maybe it was the jerk factor, maybe it was the way he didn't quite finish work, or maybe it was her

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Don't Assess Cultural Fit with Personal Questions

Hiring Technical People

In a recent workshop, one of the participants explained, “I like to ask personal questions to see if the candidate will fit in with the team socially.” Well, that's an illegal discrimination in the US, but not in other places

2008 120

101 Tasks Helping New Managers to Survive | Cube Rules

Cube Rules

Team of Cubicle Warriors Andrew Rondeau ([link] NULL.greatmanagement NULL.org/authors/2/Andrew-Rondeau) graciously offered to write an article here on Cube Rules while Kate and I continue our Ireland trip

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The Global Enterprise: Personal Branding Rules

Cube Rules

Personal Branding IBM has changed the rules for people working in cubes. This week, I've looked at the “global enterprise” approach that IBM is successfully executing and the impact that this approach to operations will have on all of

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Too technical to hire

Cube Rules

Cubes As candidates looking for new positions, we want to show our skills for the job. And why shouldn't we? Reading most job postings, especially in technology, you'd think that every person on the planet needs to know every single

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jibberjobber Helps You Manage Your Career Contacts

Life@work

I can't believe that I haven't already written about jibberjobber, which is a great tool for both career managers (ie, all of us, right?) and job seekers. Jason Alba created jibberjobber as a result of his own frustrating job search

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Do No Harm

Cube Rules

crutches The other night, my wife and I had dinner with my former manager. He has always been a student of business and provides great insight. In his last interview, he was asked by the CIO what the first priority would be upon taking

2008 100

Wake Up and Create the Life You Want — Part 3

Cube Rules

Wake Up and Create the Life You Want One of the great challenges in life is to move from where you are to where you want to be. It's not easy. But, there is a path. I've been a long-time subscriber to Debra Moorhead's blog and found

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Bad career advice is worse than no advice at all

Cube Rules

A comforting thought, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California With all of the discussion of the economy, you'd think some good advice would be coming out on how to manage through tough times. Not the case

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Money Mindfulness and Your Career - life@work

Life@work

I coach people who are making big decisions about their career, so therefore I coach people about money. Financial rewards and security are for most of us inextricably linked to our career choices. Planning our careers means we're

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Waking Up in Corporate America: Interview, Part 2

Cube Rules

Waking Up in Corporate America I've been a long-time subscriber to Epic Living, by Eric Pennington, with his writing about the crossroads of life and work. I was really satisfied to learn that Eric recently published his book

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Choosing a College Major Using Holland's Theory

Career Key

How do you choose a college major ? What is Holland's Theory of Career Choice and how can it help me? With hundreds of options to choose from, depending on the college, it can be overwhelming to make such an important decision. Fortunately, there is a simple, well-established method to making a good decision that research shows really works. Do a thorough search - Look at ALL your choices. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each alternative. Search hard for new information. Plan ahead.

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The View From the Other Side of the Table

Evil HR Lady

Susan Heathfield , shares a story of a clueless candidate she interviewed. (He He listed his wife as a reference--depending on who did the dishes the previous night, that reference may or may not have been positive.) She asks for additional stories about bad interviews. I think there are equally frightening stories from the worker's side of the table. Once, an interviewer asked me, "Do you need health insurance?" I was young and naive and didn't realize what he was really asking.

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Surfing the Web

Evil HR Lady

Why do most companies say you can’t use their computers, internet connections, etc. for anything other than business purposes when they know people probably check out Ebay from time to time or use their company email account to visit a blog site on occasion? Is this just zero tolerance to avoid a slippery slope or is there some other “evil” HR reason behind this?

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A Misunderstood Disability

Evil HR Lady

This is the hardest e-mail, esp. to a stranger, and I'll bet the oddest one you've received. I am a veteran with 13 yrs. served in the Air Force. I was injured in Desert Storm and medically discharged. Here lies the problem, my doctors told me I talk as if I'm drunk or high on something. My question is this; should I tell potential employers before an interview about this affliction? I have had what I thought were excellent interviews for good to menial jobs with no success.

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Not HR Related, But I've Had This Conversation Before

Evil HR Lady

I suspect some of you have had this conversation as well. Via Volokh Conspiracy

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Match Best Careers & Best Jobs to Your Personality

Career Key

In choosing a career, what's the smartest way to use popular lists of “ Best Careers ” or “ Best Jobs ”? Match jobs and careers that interest you to your Holland personality types as part of your action plan to make an informed career choice. Following the three steps of good decision-making will help you make the best career choice: Know Yourself, Know Your Options, and Make a Good Decision.

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Politics

Evil HR Lady

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Getting Ahead

Evil HR Lady

I recently realized how much I love working in HR since I was recently working in manufacturing as an HR assistant but was very hands on in the way that I did the same as the HR manager did before she moved to safety. After that I did some temp work and missed all my HR duties. I completed my first week as an HR assistant at a great financial services company with 4 people in HR.

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Happy Birthday Carnival!

Evil HR Lady

It's the first birthday of the Carnival of HR. And boy has it grown. All of its loving caregivers have contributed greatly. Check out the birthday wishes at HR Thoughts

2008 100

Harassment?

Evil HR Lady

My co-worker, a peer has accused me of not doing my job, leaving early and skipping assignments. NOT TRUE) He pulled me aside at work to accuse me of these things and did not tell management. He did say all of my other co-workers agreed with him that I was not "pulling my weight". Is this a form of harassment? He did not threaten to tell management, was just letting me know. but I feel like this is a scare tactic to get me to quit, or some sort of other targeting ploy to harass me.

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"Real" Power for Women in Career Choices

Career Key

What is real power for women? Usually a deep analysis of such a question does not come to me during my gym workouts. But that changed last week when I came across an essay by Maria Schriver in an October 2007 Newsweek magazine. It was part of the Women and Leadership issue, entitled "Authentic Life: Real power comes from confronting the challenges each woman faces and passing on hard-won wisdom."

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Are students evaluating the quality of Internet sources of information?

Career Key

They should be. And so should the rest of us). Critical thinking is one of ten "Essential 'Habits of Mind'" college faculty identify as essential learning behaviors for coursework success. According to a recently released study of American Freshman by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California - Los Angeles, less than 50% of students frequently evaluate the quality or reliability of information received from the Internet. Only 33.8%

2008 100

Does Anybody Have Any Candy?

Evil HR Lady

I was in a locker room, getting changed when a woman asked the above question. Someone offered a cough drop. "No," No," she said, "I'm diabetic and I'm starting to feel shaky." Well, everyone went into overdrive. One of the staff managed to pull out a bottle of juice they keep on hand for just such an emergency. I offered her a nutri-grain bar that I had in my purse. Always prepared!) She took the juice and turned down the nutri-grain bar. ("I'm I'm allergic to wheat," she said.)

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My Last Thoughts on Alcohol

Evil HR Lady

I get more questions about DUIs, public drunkenness and other similar problems than anything else. I'm not an expert in this area and I think I've pretty much said all that there is to say about it. As such, I'm not going to answer any more questions regarding "oh no, I have a DUI! Do I have to tell a prospective employer?" unless it's a really interesting question that will cause tons of people to link to me, thus increasing my hit count. It's all about my needs. But, here are my last thoughts.

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A Career Choice Puzzle: From Astrophysicist to Labor Organizer.

Career Key

It is interesting to analyze the career choices people make. It’s an interesting puzzle. And, you can often learn something about yourself and other people. Take Bernie Fanaroff. In 1974 he was a brilliant young South African astrophysicist. He along with Julia Riley developed a way to categorize galaxies known as the Fanaroff-Riley classification system that is still used today. Two years later he gave up his science career to organize black workers.

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Is More Education Better?

Evil HR Lady

I finished my BA back in October 2006 and received it in Human Resources Management. I haven’t worked since but am contemplating it now. I know that while I have the degree I lack real world experience and as such have been looking for an entry level HR job with moderate success. My question though goes to education. My friends and family have encouraged me to begin looking at getting my Masters degree. I am not opposed to the idea but I’m unsure as what to get it in.

2008 100

Anti-Fraternization Policy

Evil HR Lady

I took an entry level position in customer service at an inbound call center (inbound! not evil! well, mostly) a couple years ago, and have gradually been broadening my experience. I've taken classes at the local college and accepted every opportunity for job-related training. I transferred departments at the beginning of last year with a pay raise, but was still considered to be at basically the same rank. Hey, I mostly answer the phone for a living.

2008 100

What Would You Do for $140,000?

Evil HR Lady

Hmmm, after watching a few reality shows, I know I wouldn't eat live bugs, or live on some island without indoor plumbing, while competing with other people who don't even own toothbrushes. No, $140,000 isn't worth that to me. You, of course, may be willing to eat buckets of cockroaches for the same amount of money. To each his own.) Would you be willing, however to give up you job?

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Me

Evil HR Lady

I got tagged by William the Coroner. I normally don't play tag, but he said I was "hysterical." I am assuming he means that as "funny" and not as "some freaky crazy lady". Since I'm a sucker for compliments, I'll play his silly game, which is to list 6 habits/quirks/things about me and tag others. I draw the line at tagging others, but I'll list 6 quirks. Brownies have to be made in a plastic bowl and mixed with a wooden spoon.

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