HIRE OF WEEK: FLEETWOOD MAC VOCALIST CHRISTINE MCVIE

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SHOW DATE: JANUARY 15, 2014

We are excited that Fleetwood Mac is getting back together. But that’s not why vocalist Christine McVie is our hire of the week.

McVie retired in 1998, and she’s been holding on to her retirement. But she decided to let go of her ego and get back with Fleetwood Mac without worrying if it will make her look like she’s going backwards.

She was passionate, and we should all take a cue. If you have too much pride to take up a certain job—say one you resigned from a while ago—drop the ego and focus on the passion.

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.

 

GET TWICE AS MUCH WORK DONE ON THE JOB

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2013

You’re going to get twice as much work done at your job if you start thinking of your tasks as a set of problems to solve, instead of a list of responsibilities.

This is especially useful for tasks that are not in your immediate job description: think of these responsibilities as ongoing problems that you specifically tackle in your mind’s job description.

Let’s say you’re a counselor who helps low-income youth get into college. Your job is to teach these kids about the college process, but eventually you end up teaching the entire family.

Don’t think of this as just another responsibility to add to the myriad tasks you already have lined up, think of it as a problem that needs to be solved: “These families are not educated about the college process their children are going through, and since it’s part of my [mental] job description, it’s up to me to solve it.”

When you start to implement this way of thinking, instead of falling into the role of the generic employee just doing his daily grind, you become a successful problem solver on the job.

THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT WORDS ON YOUR RESUME

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Uncle David has gotten every job he has ever gone for, so when he gives job-hunting advice, you better listen up. Join us every week for Uncle David’s 100% Successful Job Hunting Tip.

SHOW DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2013

People only read the first five or six words of each bullet point on your resume, so you got to make those words count.

Start your resume bullet point items with powerful words, such as “lead,”“created,” “initiated” and “designed.”

Instead of having a few giant block paragraphs for bullet points, you could easily break those up into multiple, eye-catching list items.

THESE THREE UNKNOWN WEBSITES WILL GET YOU A JOB

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SHOW DATE: AUGUST 14, 2013

We like providing you with tips that give you a competitive edge on your job hunt. In fact, we enjoy it immensely. That’s why we’re going to tell you about three websites you have likely never heard of that will give you the tools to gain an advantage over all those schmucks still using their tried-and-true job boards.

Don’t get us wrong, behemoths such as Monster, Indeed and Realmatch are all great places to start searching for a job. But they’re only part of the solution. That’s why these three sites will come in handy when you focus your job search:

Think of RileyGuide.com as a dart and Monster.com as a net. While Monster catches every job your keyword may relate to, RileyGuide hones in on a specific niche and points you directly to the appropriate job board. Want to find a job board for horticulture or meteorology? RileyGuide will help you do it in seconds. With over 1,600 links to various job boards and resources, RileyGuide is a secret you should indulge in. It also has an extensive guide on how to search for a job. What’s not to love?

VentureLoop.com focuses on companies that have recently gotten venture capital. What’s great about this is that venture-backed companies have a lot of money in their pockets and they need staff their offices, fast. And they’re mainly doing it through VentureLoop. So go ahead, feel free to abuse your newfound power and find a venture-backed company that’s right for you.

CrunchBase.com is a vast database of tech companies, and a great news source for online startups and everything tech-based. CrunchBase’s Newly Funded listings relay recently-funded startups, as well as the amount of their funding. You can bet these companies will be hiring when you come knocking on their door for a job. CrunchBase also has an adept startup locator that’s powered by Google Maps, to help you find startups within your area.