SHOW DATE: August 8, 2012
When you’re looking for a job, make sure your Google+ profile pic is something
you’d want your boss to see. Here’s the deal, when you send gmail to someone else
who has gmail—like a potential employer—your Google+ profile pic is attached to
I can’t believe some of the pictures I’ve seen attached to resumes—glamour shots,
artsy shots, lots of red Solo cups. Stop it!!! Make sure your Google+ profile pic is
something you would want a potential boss to see while you’re searching for a job.
SHOW DATE: July 25, 2012
Don’t be sending junk mail on Facebook while you’re at the office. What does that
mean? No one cares that they forgot your side of honey mustard at McDonald’s.
Or that, “we are low on yellow ink.” Or that Verizon just put up a tower in Calgary.
Simply put: NOBODY CARES. And two things start to happen. One, you look like you
don’t have enough work to do, two, people start to resent you for “slacking off” and
three, you are not concentrating on the work at hand.
SHOW DATE: June 27, 2012
No, this time we’re not talking about AIDS. If you work on a trading floor, and the
trader next to you keeps calling one of the associate analysts a “fag,”—speak up!
Next week that trader will be calling you fat or making fun of your receding hairline.
That advice your grandmother gave you, “Keep your head down, and don’t get
involved,” is for losers—not leaders.
SHOW DATE: June 27, 2012
You need to regenerate. That means—leave your cellphone. That’s right, take a
vacation. No one likes you more because you don’t take your vacation days. If you’re
rolling your eyes, because you work for yourself or you own the business then set
“check-in” times. And let your employer or staff know that is when they can reach
you, or when you will be returning emails. Otherwise there are no emergencies.
People have died for years while you were away. Taking this time off will help you
perform better after you return.
Copy your boss on everything you do. It’s the best way to make sure he or she knows what you’re working on and the progress you’re making — and to remind him or her of your value to the company. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Time and time again I have told a co-worker on my team at an organization where I work, that she should copy her supervisor on her progress. She rarely does. I, however, always make sure to copy my supervisor on the progress my co-worker and I are making. How do I do it? By tossing the supervisor’s name into the “CC” line. I don’t hide it and I’m not covert about it. As a result, I get credit. My co-worker should be getting credit too, but it’s not my job to give it to her. Getting credit for the work you do is your job. The “CC” line in an email is a great way to do it without saying, “Look at me!” Not only does it let your boss and your company know you are working hard, but it puts it on record.
SHOW DATE: March 21, 2012
Don’t be the crazy person who bothers your boss or co-worker with that “one quick
question.” Unless you’re just asking for the time of day, almost all quick questions
demand responses that require expertise and time of someone else. Tip: Wait until
you’re in a scheduled meeting.