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 Maybe the employer rescinded promises that were initially made.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