THE HOLIDAY PARTY IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE

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SHOW DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2013

Your company’s holiday party is a fantastic opportunity to reveal yourself as a company leader. So what’s up with skipping out on it? Are you on crack?

It’s not just an opportunity to dine on the company’s dime. Your boss is looking at you. They’re checking the list twice—who’s coming and who’s not.

As bosses, Auntie Evan and Uncle David want to know that you’re there for them. That means not sending an email 30 minutes before the party to cancel.

Utilize the holiday party to show your boss that you’re a leader who deserves a promotion.

If you’re new at a company, the holiday party is a great place to grow your presence and get yourself out there. By not showing up, you blow the opportunity.

And don’t send an email that you’re not going—that’s the coward’s way out. At least call. Don’t rationalize it by figuring everyone’s too busy setting up the party to receive the call. If something truly does come up last minute, call in, don’t email, and say you f-ed up.

A holiday party is a marketing opportunity, not just a chance to get drunk. You meet potential clients and show your boss your commitment to the company.

And guess what: If you miss the party, or cancel last minute, you’re showing your boss that this is a recurring problem in your job and in your life. Not good.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1099 or W2—the company is still going out of its way to make sure you’re making a living. When you don’t show up, you’re making a choice. You’re putting the company second.

And if you’re working at a small business, realize that the owners are struggling to make everything work. Think about how to make your company more money so you can get more money.

When you get a chance to attend the holiday party, don’t blow it off, use it to your advantage and show your boss that you’re there for the company.

 

IS YOUR NAME STOPPING EMPLOYERS FROM FINDING YOU?

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Don’t let your common name (ex. David Thomas) keep you invisible on social media.

Career Builder did a survey this year that found that 43% of hiring managers admit to researching high-ranking job candidates on LinkedIn and Facebook and other social media. And of course, having that common name makes you much harder to find.

There’s a simple solution. Make sure that when you register for a site like LinkedIn, the email address connected to the social media platform is the same email you have at the top of your resume.

A hiring manager can simply do a Google search on your email address and one of the first things to pop up will be your personal social media accounts. It’s a great way to stand out in the process.

HIRE OF THE WEEK: CLEAN WATER ADVOCATE CHAD PREGRACKE

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Chad Pregracke is a clean water advocate. He has his own organization called Living Lands and Waters, where he organizes people to clean all the garbage on the riverbanks of the Mississippi River and other big rivers in America.

He’s gotten 70,000 people to pitch in.

What we loved about this guy is what he said on a CNN interview: “The garbage got into the water one piece at a time, and that’s the only way it’s going to come out.”

This is the attitude of a leader. Solutions happen one step at a time—this is how you really take your career by the reins.

Stop being the guy who thinks the problem is too big to handle, and start telling yourself, “You know what, I can fix this. It might take a lot of time and a lot of steps, but I can do it piece by piece.”

STOP CLUTTERING YOUR RESUME

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Is your resume stuffed to the gills? Are your margins .2 inches on every side? Does your resume look like a wall of ink when you print it?

We know that one of worst things you can give to an employer is a thin resume. The second worst? A resume that shows no restraint and no editing.

Resumes are snapshots, not comprehensive documents—that’s what a CV is. CV’s can be five or six pages long, because they’re basically everything you’ve ever done.

As for your resume, if you’re under 35, you should stick to one page.

Here are the guidelines for your page margins:

  • A top margin of .5 inches
  • A bottom margin of no less than .3 inches
  • Keep those side margins to a full 3/4 of an inch.

If you find yourself going to the edge of the paper, show some restraint. Employers will respect you more for knowing how to cut the fat.

SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR BOSS A GIFT?

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Lately we’ve been discussing working on the holidays and when your boss wants you to do things like go to a party after you’ve worked 14 hours straight, or come into work on a national holiday.

On that note, let’s talk about giving your boss a gift during the holiday season.

The answer is really simple: it’s not appropriate. We know you’re doing gift-giving this season, but it’s absolutely not appropriate to give your boss a gift. It’s doubly not appropriate to take up a collection.

There are three reasons for this:

1) Some people that you work with (and you really have to start becoming aware of the people you work with) may not feel the same way about the boss as you do.

2) Some of your co-workers simply can’t afford it. Even if you know they make more money than you, you don’t know what’s in their bank accounts or what their financial obligations are.

3) Finally, it’s really uncomfortable to put your co-workers in the position of having to say no. #ackward.

The bottom line is, it doesn’t help you score points with anyone, so don’t do it.

Job Talk Daily Live – Nov 27, 2013

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FIRE OF THE WEEK: WHITE SUPREMACIST CRAIG COBB

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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: NOVEMBER 13, 2013

Our Fire this week is white supremacist  Craig Cobb. You may know him as the guy that bought up most of the properties in Leith, North Dakota, in an attempt to create a whites-only town.

Cobb was on a British TV talk show, the Trisha Goddard show, last week, where he was discussing racial purity. Trisha decided to do a racial purity test on the show and Cobb agreed. Guess what? Turns out Cobb is 14% sub-Saharan African according to his genome.

But the reason he is our fire of the week is not because he’s a white supremacist (despite this being a good enough reason), but because he was so blindsided by his beliefs.

If you’re going to a meeting or a presentation and you get blindsided because you can’t anticipate basic questions, you end up looking like a fool. When Cobb was asked to give his DNA, he should have realized he was walking into a trap.

You can avoid embarrassment simply by being prepared and anticipating what can go wrong.

Job Talk Daily Live – Nov 13, 2013

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Job Talk Daily Live – Nov 6, 2013

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