FIRE OF THE WEEK: FOX NEWS BUSINESS REPORTER NEIL CAVUTO

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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.

SHOW DATE: AUGUST 7, 2013

Neil Cavuto is a crotchety old guy who doesn’t understand how the world works.

You may have heard about the recent nationwide minimum wage strikes, where fast-food workers demanded that the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour. Well, despite being a business reporter, Cavuto doesn’t seem to understand how inflation operates: he says that the workers should be happy that they have a job at all—after all, he earned a meager $2 an hour back in the day.

Sorry, Cavuto, but $2 back in the day translates to $9.47 in today’s economy. That’s over $2 more than the current federal minimum wage. Not only does Cavuto fail to consider inflation, but he doesn’t seem to understand that today’s minimum wage can hardly support a single adult.

Cavuto, you get the hook.

IS DRINKING ON THE JOB OKAY?

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SHOW DATE: JULY 10, 2013

The beer keg is the new water cooler—and your boss has decided this. Bringing alcohol into the office is becoming more and more prevalent these days, especially in Silicon Valley firms. It’s certainly not at Mad Men proportions, where keeping a flask in your desk was mandatory, but it’s on the level where the presence of alcohol in the office is no longer a test of willpower and a measure of self-restraint. When your boss brings alcohol, he wants you to drink—at least a little.

This isn’t a free pass to get plastered and use the office plant as a urinal, however. Alcohol in the office has its strategic value: it keeps employees on the premises and let’s them unwind and feel more at home while on the job. What it is not is an excuse to drown out your workplace miseries. So relax, swig a beer or two—just be sure to limit your intake.

 

By Aleksandr Smechov

INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE

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SHOW DATE: JUNE 12, 2013

High IQ? Who cares—that’s soooo 20th Century. These days, employers care more about your EQ—your emotional intelligence. And this year, there’s a new factor that hiring managers might be evaluating you for during job interviews: your Spiritual Intelligence.

Don’t worry, you won’t be expected to have passages of Ezekiel memorized (that’s soooo 15th Century). Cindy Wigglesworth, author of SQ21-The 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, defines spiritual intelligence as “the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation.” In other words, when work blows up, will you blow up at your boss and co-workers, or will you be able to take it all in stride? Yeah, you can kinda see why hiring managers would want to evaluate you for stuff like that, so we suggest you pick up the book and do some of the exercises.

TAKE A VOCATION VACATION

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SHOW DATE: JUNE 5, 2013

You know how once in a while you fantasize about not just leaving your job, but leaving your whole career? Just starting over from scratch in an entirely different field? You’re not alone—these days more people than ever before are reinventing themselves professionally.  But since that requires developing a whole new set of professional skills and tools, maybe it’s time for you to take a “vocation vacation”—a vacation where you learn new job skills.

While it might not sound like your idea of “getting away,” think about it—if you learned enough skills to enter a new career in a new industry, you might love your job so much that you no longer want to get away.

One website that caters to this hot new trend is www.pivotplanet.com. There, you can find mentors and advisors in almost any field who will help you to switch careers—sometimes by letting you intern with them for a couple of weeks. Imagine spending your next vacay in Napa learning how to make wine, or on the set of a film, learning how to make movie magic! Now doesn’t that sound like a great way to get away?

LUSTING FOR A CO-WORKER? YOU’RE NOT ALONE

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SHOW DATE: MAY 29, 2013

We’re onto you. You’re smitten with one of your co-workers, and you’re terrified someone’s going to find out.  How do we know this?  Simple statistics.  According to a recent study, 83% of Americans have lusted after a co-worker.  And sometimes it doesn’t stop at lust: 15% of all marriages began on the job.  That’s good news for you and the hottie on the 3rd floor–wedding bells could be in your future.  But it could also be bad news after you tie the knot, because half of all affairs begin at work.  Then again, only 10% of people know someone who is having a workplace affair. What does that mean? Well, you can probably rest easy, because it’s unlikely that anyone is on to you.

Finally, just in case you’re lusting after a co-worker or thinking about hooking up, who should you be most diligent to hide it from? Not your boss, but the receptionist. Statistically, she’s the most likely to discover what’s going on. So, if it’s the receptionist you’re lusting after, you’re in good shape: chances are good no one will ever know!

W-2 VS. 1099: KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE INTERVIEWING FOR

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SHOW DATE: MAY 15, 2013

According to the Economic Modeling Specialist International Institute, there has been a 14% increase in the number of people being hired as 1099 employees (independent contractors) as opposed to W-2 employees (standard full-time employees).  It’s very important that you know the difference between these two types of employment, as they have very different implications when it comes to taxation and benefits.

So what’s the best way to find out which kind of job you’re interviewing for? This one can be answered in one simple word: Ask!  It’s not considered “uncouth” to ask the hiring manager; on the contrary, your prospective boss will be impressed that you know the difference and are eager to know what kind of dynamic you will have within the company.

Bonus Points: If the answer is 1099, let the interviewer know that regardless of how you are paid, you view yourself as a “real” employee—a committed member of a team.

THESE 5 CITIES WANT YOU…TO WORK THERE

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SHOW DATE: MAY 8, 2013

Can’t find a job? Stop blaming the economy, your undergrad degree, and your resume. Have you ever considered that your problem might be where you live? A recent report unvielied five cities with unemployment rates under 5%—way below the national average.  So if you’re serious about your career, start thinking about packing your bags for one of these cities:

5. Houston, TX

4. Ft. Worth, TX

3. Salt Lake City, UT

2. Nashville, TV

1. San Francisco

THERE ARE PLENTY OF JOBS IN AMERICA—IF YOU DON’T THINK LIKE AN ITALIAN

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SHOW DATE: MAY 1, 2013

A recent news piece got me thinking about our desire to work. The London Telegraph reported that “a growing slice of Italy’s pizza makers are not actually Italian.” Turns out Italy has the same problem America does: its natural-born citizens think they’re too good for manual labor—the “dirty work,” as it were. Let’s take a page from this nation’s Greatest Generation, who were not afraid of hard labor and working. If you don’t have a job—go be a plumber. It’s the third fastest-growing job in America, expected to grow 26% in the next five years. As long as you’re willing to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities out there.

THREE STEPS TO TWESUME SUCCESS

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SHOW DATE: May 1, 2013

If you’re in a 21st Century profession like marketing, tech, or social media, you should create a Twesume–a 140-character Twitter resume. Here’s how:

  1. Give one bold sentence to distinguish yourself. For example: “I am the creative engine, senior strategist, content curator, and worker-bee who makes great campaigns happen.” It’s only 98 characters!
  2. Use hashtags to get noticed: #Twesume and #hireme, as well as a city tag (#NYC or #SF)
  3. Put a bitly hyperlink to your LinkedIn page.

Don’t be an Over-Poster

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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.