How to Fire a Client or Partner
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2010
As a business and workplace author and speaker, I’m always getting asked about how to cope with getting fired, or how to fire a wayward employee. But no one ever talks about the best way to cut ties with an individual you’re working with as a client or a partner. In my native world of public relations, the idea of firing a client who is paying you is virtually unheard of. You simply put up with the abuse no matter how sev...
The Dos and Don’ts of Thank You Notes
by Lindsey Pollak - Nov, 2010
Last week I talked about how to ask people for advice. This week, I thought it would be helpful to talk about how to thank people for the advice (and any other assistance) you receive. How perfect that it’s Thanksgiving week, too! Here are my top tips: Email thank yous are acceptable. I admit I’ve changed my mind over the years about email thank you notes. For a long time, I preached the importance of sending handwritten...
Are you 45+ with an idea about how to make a difference?
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2010
Do you have an idea that will make a difference in your community in the areas of education, social services, environment, health care or helping others engage in encore careers (careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck)? If you are at least 45 years old, take note! Civic Ventures (a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose) just announced its new Launch Pad contest, which is designed to discover five inspir...
by Ariadne Moisiades - Nov, 2010
Just the other day, I had another person tell me all they want to do is work at Google. I get this one a lot, so I’ve started asking why. The response usually focuses on one of the following: • “Because it’s fun.” • “They really support you.” • “They give you room to be yourself.” I also usually hear: • “… and they have great perks.” It makes sense – Google offers great health care, child care, flex time, generous compen...
Top 10 Office Turkeys of 2010
by Barbara Safani - Nov, 2010
Okay, we all make mistakes at work. Sometimes we get frustrated or our judgment is off. Usually we muddle through and do what's right. Ten people weren't so lucky in 2010. Here are AOL Jobs' top 10 office turkeys of 2010. 10. Joshua Lee Campbell We've all fantasized about breaking a computer or other office equipment when we get frustrated at work. But mortgage worker Campbell took the fantasy one step further when h...
by Suzanne Bates - Nov, 2010
About a year ago I got tickets to a Paul McCartney concert for my husband’s birthday. It was amazing to see how, now well-past that mythical and unimaginable age 64, McCartney is ever-brilliant. One of my favorite stories about the Beatles goes back to the mid-1960’s when McCartney woke up in the middle of the night with a song idea. He liked it so much that he immediately played it through on the piano to ensure that h...
Job Search Essentials: New Resume, New Suit, New Attitude?
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
When I was searching for my first corporate job, I was called a few days after an interview and told, "Thank you for coming in, however we’ve decided to offer the position to someone else." I politely thanked her and let her know I appreciated the interview and follow-up call. The next day, I received a call from the same person with a job offer. I remember her words so vividly: "I’ll bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me!...
Professional Resume Writer Declares Networking is Key
by Paul Freiberger - Nov, 2010
Talk to a professional resume writer or a career counselor and they’ll tell you that you need a high quality resume. You expect that. But you might surprised when they tell you that networking is even more important than the resume. As an example, consider former President Clinton, certainly a man with a strong resume. But even more than that, throughout his life Bill Clinton was always a superb networker. Back in the d...
4 Steps to Time Management
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Nov, 2010
Do you ever find you get so caught up in your list of things to do that you don’t seem to get anything done? Kimberly has a four pronged strategy to help you manage your daily tasks and long range projects. The first step, the daily to-do priority technique, acts as a foundation for the remaining steps - managing other’s expectations, staying focused and factoring in real life. Each step works well in conjunction with the next...
Listening – It is an Art!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Nov, 2010
When a friend is telling you a story about something, do you find yourself thinking about your own experiences that closely relate? Does the following excerpt of a conversation sound typical to you: Jane: Whew. I had a tough day. This project is killing me. Mark: Ugh. I know what you mean. I was trying to reach Jane for some info I needed and she told me she’d get it to me Wednesday! Jane: Well this project just isn...
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