Monthly Archives: December 2013

Recruiters Reveal

Laura’s back with the newest segment of Recruiters Reveal: Navigating the Job Search!

“Finding a job is a full-time job.”

Laura’s inside perspective will help you get motivated to start your job search, offering her advice on what will help you cut through the clutter and get you noticed by hiring managers!

As always, please leave comments and questions for Laura below so she can address them in the next video!

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It’s Holiday Office Party Season: Be the Toast of the Town, Not the Day-after Talk

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Recent media stories have reported that along with hiring, companies are once again spending on holiday celebrations.  Here are some tips to shine at year-end events.

Yes, You Should Show Up

The email’s gone out announcing the time and place. Hmmm, you may be wondering, to attend or not?  Absolutely!  Not only is this an important “face time” moment, it’s also a chance to reinforce relationships with colleagues, meet people outside of your department, and show your support for the company team. Only really solid excuses and unchangeable, previous commitments trump an appearance at the year-end bash. Now, it’s time to…

Choose Your Outfit Wisely

While an extracurricular activity, this is still a professional event.  Sure, tasteful, festive dress is appropriate, but be sure to leave the club attire hanging in your bedroom closet.  If you’re unsure of the dress code, check with your manager or the HR department for advice. So, now that you’ve spiffed up, get ready to…

Mingle

While hanging with your department buddies may feel most comfortable, the holiday party is a great place to catch up with the folks you interact with infrequently. Bump into someone you don’t recognize in the buffet line? Put on your warmest smile, introduce yourself, and make the effort to learn a bit about them, too. And, if you find yourself thrown together with the Big Boss, break out your most firm handshake and confident eye contact, but….

Keep It Light

This isn’t the time or place to bring up your desire for a promotion or raise, or ideas about what can be improved in the workplace. And for that matter, when you’re chatting anyone up at this event, remember to steer clear of notoriously off-limits divisive topics – like politics, religion and sports team rivalries (which for some qualify as the former).  Keep in mind that navigating social politesse is easier when you…

Know Your Limits

If you plan to partake in alcoholic beverages, spreading 2 drinks over a 2 hour period is a good idea. Whatever outfit you choose for the evening, ending up “The One” wearing a lampshade as a hat or twerking like Miley on the tabletop is not the way you want to be noticed.  Keep it classy and remember…

Social Media Is Not Your Friend

Unfortunately, cameras are all around us these days. The last thing you want is a momento of your evening making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine!  That applies to images and tweets you post of others.  The Internet is forever. And a hasty tweet or unfortunate photo might rear its ugly head when you least want it to – like at performance review time or a future job interview.  So, this is why it’s best to…

Know When to Go Home

Leave on a high note. Just as the first impression you make, the lasting impression is equally important.  And consider thanking the people who made the evening possible – the event team and the company leaders.  Even more reason to make sure you’re at your best when it’s time to say good night!

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Freelance Tips: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Stay in contact – as a remote worker it’s critical that you stay connected, both from a client accessibility standpoint and to stave loneliness that sometimes accompanies being a solo act.  Today’s technology makes working from anywhere that much easier – so make sure you are equipped with the fastest Internet connection possible and latest communication gear that enables a variety of ways for clients to reach you.  Phone, email, Skype – stay connected to keep clients happy and your project pipeline humming.

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