Leave it to Career Builder to run a survey seeking the most unusual co-worker holiday gifts. Camouflage toilet paper made the list.
(Well, at least it wasn't used, amirite?)
* * *According to this survey from CareerBuilder.com, about one quarter of your co-workers will exchange gifts this holiday season, while 1 in 5 will buy holiday gifts for their bosses. Most will spend lest than $25 on the gift. 1 in 10 cheapskates will spend $5 or less.
If you are on a limited budget and are looking for the unusual holiday...
December is the time of year to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments and celebrate multiple holidays. The beautiful lights, music, festive decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere. As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" ...unless you're in HR.
Recently, the Next Blog posted an amusing article that tells a tale of HR’s hope and headaches during the holidays. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start to go up and culminates with the festivities at the office holiday party.
Religious and cultural...
Social media is not on the list of top workforce trends for 2014. Mobile applications (apps) for work, however, are. In fact, they’re No. 1.
So said HR software developer PeopleMatter in a webinar it gift-wrapped just in time for the holidays called Naughty or Nice? Top 10 Workforce Trends and Whether They’ll Be Good or Bad for Your Brand in 2014.
Why mobile apps?
Well, for one, more and more people are tethered to the Internet from the palms of their hands. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 56 percent of American adults have smartphones. Most...
Even the most skeptical economic forecasters have to agree that the U.S. labor market has made strides, albeit small ones, in putting more people back to work in 2013.
Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that, on average, through October, 186,300 jobs were created each month of this year. That’s up from 172,700 during the January-October time frame in 2012 and an increase from an average of 169,900 during that same period in 2011.
Data from the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment...
Last year, I told you the story about the "Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai." I am retelling the story this year, but with some additional information about what happened not only during the holiday season, but also before and after the holiday season that led to our protagonist’s leaving HR, even if only temporarily. Here we go. Buckle your seat belts....lots of sarcasm ahead.
You walk into your building and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere. You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree eloquently decorated. A co-worker responds: “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. Nelson Mandela, 1918-2103
Last week, the human race lost one of its greatest leaders of all time. Almost every country around the world flew their flags at half-mast in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.
To see the global impact of one single person should be inspiring to us all. In his lifelong journey for peace, freedom, and equality, Nelson Mandela captured the essence of the...
Alison Green (@AskAManager) ran a post the other day called "Resume Paper is Obsolete."
It got me to thinking about some of the interesting ways that resumes have been presented/submitted to me:
- Sent via FedEx; receipt signature required
- As a “book” complete with illustrated cover and bound with plastic binding spines
- In a three ring binder with tabbed sections
- Handwritten on lined paper which was obviously torn from a notebook
- In a picture frame
- A copy of a copy of a copy with the distinctive purpled-tinged ink from a mimeograph machine
- On an index card
And lest you assume...
The title to this blog post is a bit of a ruse. There is no ‘perfect résumé’. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder, and you never know who’s going to be reviewing your résumé – recruiters, hiring managers, founders, admins, etc. Aiming for a ‘perfect résumé’ is a lost cause.
Like most recruiters, I’ve read thousands of resumes over my career. Some great, some awful. Some memorable, some not. The key (in my mind) to a great résumé is one that’s laid out in an easy to follow chronological order. A format reviewers can scan vertically from the...