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Thursday
Jun212012

7 dumb mistakes managers make (and what to do instead)

By Darryl Rosen

You glance down at an incoming text while an employee is talking to you. DUMB! Or you bark “Just get it done!” to your team and then walk away. DUMB!

According to a recent CareerBuilder poll, 58% of managers received no training before starting the job, which often results in avoidable management missteps like these.

Even smart, well-trained managers make dumb mistakes. But the difference between dumb managers and smart ones is that smart managers notice when their people are unmotivated or uninspired. They work at making small behavioral changes to correct the common management mistakes that are impeding their performance.

Here are seven dumb mistakes managers make, followed by what you should do instead. Any of these sound familiar?

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Parental job shadow

By Mick Swasko, RedEye

The mom who insists on sitting in during her son’s job interview.

The dad who calls an employer to ask why his daughter didn’t get the job.

These are the kinds of stories experts say are increasingly common in a sputtering economy as more parents become involved in their kids’ career searches and development.

As the unemployment rate hovers around 9.6 percent in the Chicago area, recent surveys show desperate moms and dads are going to extremes to give their children an edge, inserting themselves into a rite of passage that recent college graduates traditionally have undertaken on their own. Experts say parental involvement, especially in a tough job market, can sometimes work in a candidate’s favor. But too much hovering can cost a potential employee an offer—or even the job they have.

“It shows a lack of maturity,” said Mimi de Castro, 35, of Logan Square, who has been responsible for hiring entry-level employees and recent grads throughout her career. She is currently the communications director at the Chicago History Museum. “Professionally, I don’t know if I would be inclined to hire [someone whose parents were involved].”

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Monday
Jun182012

The Top 5 “Musts” For Your Job Search

There is a lot of preparation when embarking on a job search. Where do you start? Here are some basic tips to get you on the right road:

1. Networking Business Cards: Use good quality card stock in a white, ivory, grey or other classy shade that matches your resume paper. State your name, title, industry and area of expertise. Indicate your contact number and your e-mail. Note: If you are in a creative field it’s ok to be a little more artsy in card color and graphics. The card is an essential tool for exchanging your basic information with new a contact and it eliminates searching for a pen and a piece of paper.

2. LinkedIn Profile: This is the #1 professional online network going and millions of people around the world are members. They have their professional profiles listed, where they work, where they used to work, what schools they attended, what professional and educational groups they belong to and recommendations from former co-workers, clients and associates. There is a lot of information to be gleaned from someone’s well-constructed profile that you can use to expand your search, contact people, identify new companies of interest, find groups of like-minded people and even help you craft your own profile.

3. Your “Pitch”: When you are employed and some asks you what you do, you know how to answer. You work for this company in this role doing these tasks. When you are unemployed, what do you say? “I’m looking for a new job.” Well, you could. It just isn’t the best use of that opportunity. Create a 30-second to 1-minute story. Very briefly state what you did, what your expertise is, where you’d like to go and what you can bring to a potential employer. “For 10 years I was the VP of Operations for ABC Company. My focus was on ___, ___ and ___. I am now interested in working for a ___company in the ___field, such as XYZ Co or DEF Co. My expertise in ___ will be applicable to their ___ division or product. (Throw in a success statistic.)” You get the picture. No sob story, no throwing the previous boss or company under the bus. Be positive, enthusiastic and open to suggestions. And if the person you are with is new to you, please ask them about what they do. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship!

4. Success Stories: Everyone has accomplishments from their work. Everyone. If you think about it, you can remember or uncover achievements that will help promote you as a good candidate. If you are having trouble, pretend you are going to have your annual review and you will get a salary increase for every measurable accomplishment you present to your manager. You’d find them. You need these stories to demonstrate your ability to problem solve to a potential employer. Show them how you identified the circumstance, what conduct you chose to address the concerns and what the conclusion was. This simple strategy can be very impressive and says a lot about you, the way you work and what value you bring to the company.

5. Planned Activities: You’ve heard the expression that “looking for a job is a full-time job.” Work usually incorporates various activities: computer work, meetings, phone calls, paperwork, research, projects, client interactions, follow-ups, reports. It also may include prospecting for new clients, vendors or opportunities, selling a product or service and closing deals. All of these elements are present in your job search. You need to research companies of interest, prospect for contacts, create informational meetings, uncover opportunities, speak with company representatives, present your materials, sell your abilities, follow up and close the deal. In order to start fresh, motivated and involved, you must have a variety of activities every week to keep you moving forward. Having said that, when you were working you took a day off now and then and sometimes could rearrange your schedule to accommodate life. You should still do that in a job search. You can take time out during the day to do something of importance to you and make that time up in the evening. Give yourself a day off periodically. It’s healthy and smart to be good to yourself. One final activity – once a week, try on your interview clothes to make sure they still fit! You’ll be glad you did!

Friday
Jun152012

Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now

The word “etiquette” gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

But the concept of etiquette is still essential, especially now—and particularly in business. New communication platforms, like Facebook and Linked In, have blurred the lines of appropriateness and we’re all left wondering how to navigate unchartered social territory.

At Crane & Co., we have been advising people on etiquette for two centuries. We have even published books on the subject—covering social occasions, wedding etiquette and more.

Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It’s not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it’s about ensuring some basic social comforts.

So here are a few business etiquette rules that matter now—whatever you want to call them.

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Thursday
Jun142012

What To Do At The End of An Interview

By Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

One of the hardest times for job seekers is the period of time following an interview. A job seeker is left wondering what to do next and what to expect. There are things you can do that will help keep you uppermost in the mind of the hiring manager and to continue to influence even after you have left.

Interview finish & wrap up

All interviews have an “arc” to them, meaning that there is a buildup of questions and information exchange and once the bulk of information exchange is completed, the interviewer moves into a closure or wrap up. Sometimes, depending on the interviewer, this can be awkward or abrupt but the job seeker needs to ensure certain information is covered prior to departing to ensure they understand what to expect next.

If the interviewer doesn’t voluntarily offer this information, the job seeker needs to ask questions to obtain it:

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Monday
Jun112012

20 Percent of Employees Don’t Know What Their CEO Looks Like

By Mary Lorenz

A new CareerBuilder survey indicates that some American workers have about as much chance of properly identifying their CEO in a lineup as they do of winning the Hunger Games…but does it matter?

CareerBuilder recently surveyed more than 7,000 full-time workers to find out how well American workers know senior leadership at their organizations. Results indicate that while most workers have met their CEO, many don’t even know what he or she looks like. Below are highlights from the survey.

  • 40 percent of American workers say they’ve never met their CEO in person.
  • 21 percent don’t even know what their CEO looks like.
  • Only 35 percent of workers can name all of the C-level officers at their organization, while an additional 21 percent can only name some C-level officers.
  • 68 percent of workers don’t know how much their company generates in revenue each year

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Friday
Jun082012

Resume-Writing Secrets: Target Employers Using These Little-Known Tools

One major component of an effective job search is writing a resume that successfully targets the employer you’re applying with. This involves researching the employer’s goals for the position you want—as well as its overall mission as a company—to determine how you can make a difference.

There are a number of tools available that can help job seekers to research companies. Some common tools are the company website, the Google search engine, LinkedIn, and Twitter. But there are other options many seekers don’t know about. As you conduct your research, consider utilizing the following tools:

ZoomInfo

ZoomInfo is an open directory that can help you find information about more than 50 million business people and 5 million businesses. It’s a great free resource for acquiring company information (including revenue, number of employees, industry, and products and services) to help you fine-tune your resume.

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Thursday
Jun072012

The Most Successful Email I Ever Wrote 

Below is an except from Derek Sivers’ bestselling book, Anything You Want. Sivers founded online music store CDBaby, which he sold in 2008 for $22 million:

 

When you make a business, you’re making a little world where you control the laws. It doesn’t matter how things are done everywhere else. In your little world, you can make it like it should be.

When I first built CD Baby, every order resulted in an automated email that let the customer know when the CD was actually shipped. At first this note was just the normal “Your order has shipped today. Please let us know if it doesn’t arrive. Thank you for your business.”

After a few months, that felt really incongruent with my mission to make people smile. I knew could do better. So I took twenty minutes and wrote this goofy little thing:

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Wednesday
Jun062012

4 Perks Employees Love

In the dot com/bomb heyday, kooky perks became the icon of much that was wrong with start-ups, as they blew through investment money and got little to nothing in return. And that is unfortunate. When competition for talent is tight and so is money, being smart about how you show appreciation for employees can be a great way to retain people. Here are some of the more innovative and interesting perks companies are using:

Concierge, Please

S.C. Johnson offers employees a concierge service that can take care of tasks from picking up dry cleaning to returning library books. Sound over the top? Hardly. Consider that the more running around people must do in their lives, the less time they can spend at the office. How much would it cost to hire additional people to cover the lost time? Probably plenty.

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Tuesday
Jun052012

There Is No Career Ladder

By Priscilla Claman

Reaching the apex of the career ladder by gradually getting promoted to the top is a thing of the past. From my experience as a career coach, career ladders in most organizations have not existed for at least fifteen years.

Career ladders are an artifact of the Mad Men era, when you signed onto an organization at age 21, followed the rules, were incrementally promoted, and retired with a gold watch.

But those days are long gone. Career ladders died out during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when over 85% of Fortune 1000 American companies downsized their white-collar workforce.* Downsizing has only escalated from there, however in the 80s and 90s the lost jobs were not in manufacturing but white-collar jobs, including management jobs. As companies thinned out, those leadership positions disappeared — and most haven’t come back since.

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