Being unemployed is emotionally and financially challenging. If you find yourself in such a predicament, don’t sit back and blink at the wall. Opportunity doesn’t fall into lazy laps. Do yourself a favor and fight back! These eight tips will help you get out of your rut and beat the stigma of unemployment.
Los Angeles is a massive, sprawling city that has come to embody the glamour, richness, and excitement of the West Coast. The name alone is iconic and likely to bring to mind ultramodern skyscrapers, smog, boulevards lined with palm trees, sunshine, swimming pools, movie stars…
Titillating as it can be, gossip is something most people realize they should avoid, especially at work. But there is an upside to gossip. In a recent survey by staffing firm Randstad USA, more than half of the respondents felt gossip was useful to job hunting. Gossip can also help you identify new opportunities within
While it may be true that good things come to those who wait, the things bestowed on those who wait are often the leftovers from the people who hustle. That’s what Lincoln said, and it’s still true today. The future will be upon us the next time the sun rises. That’s why, when it comes
You already know job stress is bad — but do you know just how bad? According to a report issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, one quarter of workers viewed their job as the most intense stressor in their lives. Over 40 percent of workers felt their jobs were extremely stressful,
Interviews are always pretty difficult. You’re nervous. You don’t have a lot of personal space. You’re forced to answer multiple questions back to back with no time to rest. And your whole professional future seems to depend on this one tiny thing. Terrifying! So it’s easy to understand why so many interviewees depend on cliches
A male employee now says he’s a woman — what do we do? I have an employee that started cross-dressing. He wishes to use the women’s bathroom. He has provided a statement form his doctor that he is suffering from gender dysphoria. Are we obligated to allow him to use the women’s rest room?
Raymond Nidds, a highly-experienced employee in his 50’s, learned that his supervisor said he intended to get rid of all the “old timers” because they would not “kiss my ass.” Some months later, Nidds was laid off, and most of his duties were assigned to 25-year-old Greg Cardenas, a former “helper” employed by the company
We take our employees to lunch for their reviews — do we have to pay them, too? When an employee is taken to lunch, and given their scheduled review, is this considered their lunch break (unpaid) or should they receive an additional break that day and be paid for the time during the review?
How many hours per week can a salaried employee be required to work? I am from the state of Florida where I work in a store as a manager. I was hired with the understanding that I would be required to work 45 hours/wk. Is there a limit to how many hours I am required
At age 35, Paul Gauguin was working in a bank. A year later, he chucked that job, along with his wife, his children and his prosperous but predictable Parisian existence for a tumultuous life as an artist in southern France and then Tahiti. It was a life he later described as “ecstasy, peace and for
Wendy Brawer was an English teacher in Japan vacationing in Bali when she noticed how peaceful, rural hideaways were turning into tourist hotels. When she returned to the U.S., she was determined to shift environmental attitudes. She eventually hit upon the idea of helping communities create maps of their ecological and cultural resources. In 1995,
Despite the hiring slowdown in the information-technology field, thousands of IT professionals and wannabes are banking on certifications to boost their careers. Computer professionals use certifications as yardsticks of their skills in hopes of better jobs and higher pay. Employees in other fields may be lured by the thought that computer certifications might help them
Many of us dream of finding the perfect spouse, a fantastic place to live and the absolute best college education for our kids. But most romances, house hunts and academic pursuits aren’t as perfect as we’d hoped. Your spouse is loving and understanding, but snores. A house is large and airy, but expensive to heat.
I once had a sign on my office wall that read: “This life is only a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have been given further instructions on where to go and what to do.” Couldn’t we all use a little more guidance on our destinies? Many people decide their life’s
Jane started her career as a promising architect with a large international architectural firm. After winning a prestigious award to design a cultural center in Japan, she was quickly promoted to associate. Now she’s been with the firm for 12 years and is under pressure to become a partner.
Some employers may not ask for references and others will routinely call your past employers with or without your permission. The references we will discuss include those you voluntarily submit to a prospective employer. In selecting these references, use the following criteria:
Self-Assessment is the process of determining where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going by examining your current needs, your personal strengths and your personal weaknesses. Once you have identified these factors you can begin to build a career roadmap.