Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shop-and-Tell: Shopping Haulers

Moms and teens use "haul videos" to turn shopping sprees into potential profits.

Shop-And-Tell: 'Haul Videos' Turn Shopping Sprees Into Potential Profits

One of the hottest Web phenomena for fashionistas has turned shopping sprees into something that brings worldwide bragging rights.

"Haul videos," homemade online videos in which women and young girls show off their bargain-hunting triumphs, or "hauls," have gone from being an Internet sensation to a lucrative business. There are almost 300,000 haul videos currently on YouTube, with several getting millions of views.

Major Retailers Latch on to 'Hauler' Viral Videos

How Clean Are Your New Clothes? Find Out

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Outsider: A Pathway to Success?

Whether you're the President, a Nobel laureate or merely a loner, the qualities for which you're ridiculed may prove your greatest asset.

Revenge of the Introvert

The Bedrock Confidence of Barack Obama

Bullies and Victims

Hipsters: Why Feigning Out-Group Status Is "In"

Sixteen Things I Believe About Introversion

Are You Too Hyper?

Narcissistic Parents: Contact or Not?

The Man Who Shot Osama bin Laden

Your life in metaphors

The Solo Team Player

Cognitive Outlaws

Field Guide to the Loner

Feel Like a Fraud?

Are Outsiders More Creative?

Secrets of Great Bosses

The best leaders know that power is nothing without connecting to the people below.

Are Leaders Born or Made?

History’s Greatest Trailblazer

Who Sees the Boss Most Clearly?

Let's Hear It for Followers

5 Common Pitfalls of Work Friendships

The Common Thread Among Great Bosses

The Solo Team Player

A Good Boss is a Good Leader - Quotes

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Giving Your References Out

DEAR JOYCE: I became the odd man out when the staff was slashed at the company where I was a department manager. I’m not sure, but I think my immediate boss caused my separation, which makes me a bit queasy about listing her as a reference in my job hunt. Can I leave her out when I prepare my reference list?

Successful, Yet Unhappy and Bored

Q: I’m a national sales manager at a medium-sized company. I rose up the ranks, overcoming every obstacle to attain my success. I make a wonderful salary, am respected by my peers, and have a good reputation in my industry. My next career move would be to become the president of a smaller company or senior officer of a larger company, but I know that this isn’t a path I want. To be honest, I’m 35 years old and absolutely bored and feel that my success is empty. Close friends and family members laugh, and they say they wish they had my problems. But how can I find new mountains to climb?

Could Your Name Predict Your Profession?

A new LinkedIn study says yes.

LinkedIn data analysts evaluated more than 100 million profiles on the business networking site to suss out the most common CEO names.

The top name for women CEOs? Deborah. And for their male counterparts? Peter.

Here are the runners-up ...

What do you think? Have you noticed a pattern of first names among specific roles at your organization? Have your shortened your name to sound more friendly and accessible, or ditched your nickname in favor of your full first name to sound more no-nonsense? How about ditching your first name in favor of your middle name in the interest of sounding more professional?

10 Best & Worst Jobs of 2011

The 10 Best Jobs of 2011

The 10 Worst Jobs of 2011

Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

The 10 Most Stressful Jobs: CareerCast

We don't need April to be labelled Stress Awareness Month to know how stressful the American workplace can be. And with fears of a double dip recession only adding top of the usual demand of performing your job at a high level, it's worse now than ever.

A recent survey conducted by CareerCast asked respondents to rank 200 different jobs based on the level of stress. To quantify workplace anxiety, the survey asked respondents to rate eleven stress factors found in the workplace: outlook/growth potential, travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public.

What they found was that stress can show itself in a number of ways. For real estate agents, it's the unusual hours, while the responsibility of caring for others, as in occupations like emergency medical technicians and airline pilots, can foster more palpable stress. Among newscasters and corporate executives, instead, it's the expectations of the job that induces performance anxiety.

10. Real Estate Agent
Stress Rank: 181
Stress Score: 38.57
Hiring Outlook Rank: 31 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 9.5
Income: $40,357.00

9. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Stress Rank: 183
Stress Score: 39.68
Hiring Outlook Rank: 100 out of 200
Hours Per Day: Varies
Income: $30,168.00

America's 10 Least Stressful Jobs 2011: CareerCast

With so many unemployed Americans struggling to find any sort of paying work, the idea of obtaining a steady, low-stress job can seem like a pipe dream. But it is possible.

A recent survey by CareerCast pinpoints those careers with the lowest levels of stress. To quantify workplace anxiety, they asked respondents to rate 200 jobs by eleven stress factors: outlook/growth potential, travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk and meeting the public.

The results indicate that several factors contribute to a more relaxed working life, with job stability, a common trait among tenured professors or government employees, reported to be among the most critical. In the healthcare industry, which makes up more than half of the jobs on this list, that level of stability can be attributed in large part to the increasing medical needs of aging baby boomers.

Another factor that shouldn't be discounted, either, is workplace flexibility. Many in the tech industry, such as computer programmers and software engineers, are big beneficiaries of that often overlooked perk.

10. Chiropractor
Stress Rank: 37
Stress Score: 13.58
Hiring Outlook Rank: 12 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8+
Income: $68,358.00

9. Occupational Therapist
Stress Rank: 35
Stress Score: 13.22
Hiring Outlook Rank: 8 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 6-8
Income: $70,193.00

8. Mathematician
Stress Rank: 31
Stress Score: 12.78
Hiring Outlook Rank: 19 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 6-10
Income: $94,178.00

7. Philosopher
Stress Rank: 28
Stress Score: 12.56
Hiring Outlook Rank: 68 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 6-10
Income: $61,221.00

6. Speech Pathologist
Stress Rank: 25
Stress Score: 12.43
Hiring Outlook Rank: 28 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8
Income: $65,143.00

5. Dental Hygienist
Stress Rank: 23
Stress Score: 12.07
Hiring Outlook Rank: 2 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 6-8
Income: $67,107.00

4. Computer Programmer
Stress Rank: 21
Stress Score: 11.76
Hiring Outlook Rank: 168 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8-10+
Income: $71,176.00

3. Software Engineer
Stress Rank: 15
Stress Score: 10.40
Hiring Outlook Rank: 5 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8-10+
Income: $87,140.00

2. Dietitian
Stress Rank: 14
Stress Score: 10.27
Hiring Outlook Rank: 103 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8
Income: $52,127.00

1. Audiologist
Stress Rank: 11
Stress Score: 9.44
Hiring Outlook Rank: 13 out of 200
Hours Per Day: 8
Income: $63,144

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pick up where you left off: 5 ways to resurrect your career after unemployment


Making yourself known: How to cultivate your executive presence


Tips for getting hired long distance


How are you supposed to answer "What are your weaknesses?"


How to bounce back from an embarrassing work blunder


How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell


Monday, April 11, 2011

6 ways to make your next presentation outstanding


How to create a career path


Shake the job search blues


Bouncing back from a bruised ego after job loss and rejection


Should you accept that job offer?

Imagine: You've accepted a job offer, and almost immediately after doing so you regret your decision. Perhaps you were laid off soon after being hired. Maybe the employer rescinded promises that were initially made. Maybe you disliked your job responsibilities or work environment. Or perhaps you just didn't get along with your supervisor or co-workers.

For many people, these hypothetical situations are a reality. Accepting the wrong job offer is a common mistake people make in the world of work, particularly when they've been unemployed for several months or are frustrated with their current employer.

According to Marcia Heroux Pounds, author of the recently released book "I Found a Job!," job seekers shouldn't let desperation pressure them into jobs that are a poor fit. To help job seekers make a confident and informed decision about whether to accept a job offer, Pounds offers the following advice:

Remember your values: Before accepting a new job, think about what's important to you and assess how well you believe the employer will live up to your standards.

Do your research: Use the Internet and talk to others to achieve a better understanding of the potential employer. Doing so will help you spot red flags that may indicate that a particular job is not as secure or rewarding as it initially seems.

Go with your gut: Your instincts play a major role in giving you the green light to accept a job offer. On paper an offer may look fantastic, but if you can't shake a funny feeling that the job isn't right for you, there's a good chance it isn't.

Take the long view: Keep in mind that salary isn't the only factor you should consider. Are there health benefits, a 401(k) or other retirement plans? Can you expect an annual bonus? Will your employment package work with the relative cost of living where you'll reside? Ask these important questions before accepting an offer.

Ask for the opinion of someone else: Discuss the offer with your spouse, partner, parents, mentor or a good friend to get their perspectives. You can be too close to the situation or too emotional and may not think of asking for something doable in the compensation package.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Too Fat to Work at Health Food Store?

Hidden Cameras Roll as Overweight Woman Faces Job Discrimination in WWYD Scenario

People at the Grassroots Natural Market in Denville, N.J., are shopping for groceries when they hear this:

"I'm going to be honest; I don't think this is the right fit for you. I just don't want you to waste your time filling out an application."

Waiter Scolds Overweight Customer
What would you do if you saw a waiter mistreat a heavyset woman?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Unions and the modern workforce: In Focus

Unionized workers have become targets of budget cutters in cash-strapped states

In the wake of the recession, teacher's unions find themselves at the forefront of budget debates. Seth Doane reports on our educators and the fight over the future of labor.

10 obsolete jobs we'll miss


1. Elevator operator
2. File clerk
3. Iceman
4. Inspectors, testers, samplers, sorters and weighers
5. News vendors, street vendors and door-to-door salesmen
6. Machine feeders and offbearers
7. Milkman
8. Paper goods machine setters, operators and tenders
9. Switchboard operators
10. Typist

10 jobs of the future

As advancements continue in a variety of fields,

4 jobs everyone should experience

Regardless of your background or ambitions,
these positions teach valuable lessons we all should learn