Can a side gig help your career? Thursday, May 24 2012 

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/17/can-a-side-gig-help-your-career/?iid=SF_SB_LN

Moonlighting has always been part of American work culture, though it’s not a lifestyle many managers have encouraged. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 5% of workers officially hold more than one job. Some organizations have policies against extra hours work, both for liability and productivity reasons. There are 168 hours in a week, and time you’re spending at a second job or on your own side business is time you’re not dreaming up new ideas for your employer.

But changes in technology and the way people work are leading some to rethink this idea. Certain kinds of moonlighting may actually help you in your main job, and wise organizations can embrace, rather than squelch, entrepreneurial zeal.

 

 


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Epic Win Thursday, May 24 2012 

From http://geeksarewired.com/2012/04/20/epic-win/

#WIN

I absolutely love this infographic for its simplicity, however, I would encourage anyone who sits in the ‘Rich but Bored’ category to do something about it!! If you are truly good at something, and are well paid for it, there is absolutely a way to make your job more fulfilling – find a sponsor, or talk to your manager about finding ways to get you into the #Win space – otherwise they may just lose one of there best staff, and they certainly don’t want that.

It also is just as relevant when you are searching for a job – where do you want to be? Is ‘Rich but Bored’ going to give you job satisfaction? Or do you only go to work to pay the bills?

 

– Conduit

 

 

Why I quit my job without a new one lined up Thursday, May 24 2012 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57433406/why-i-quit-my-job-without-a-new-one-lined-up/?tag=nl.e854

 

“Oops, I quit my job.” Katherine Stevensen’s Facebook status casually proclaimed that she had made a potentially life-changing decision. For one thing, she had no new job lined up. I wanted to know why (Note: Katherine’s name has been changed at her request.)

She’s not a a flighty person prone to rash decision-making. In fact, Katherine has a degree in linguistics and international relations from a state university, graduating in 2009. After graduating she accepted a job teaching English as a second language to adults. However, that job was temporary and nightmarish. Why? Bad management. She says:

I couldn’t get any support for things like getting a log in to take attendance on the computer. There were no curriculum guidelines. They wanted me to spend hours every day of my own time recruiting new students…. The vice principal was very temperamental. He would come into the classroom and yell about something obscure on a daily basis.

I wasn’t even able to get information on what the students would be tested on.

Soft skills still outweigh education in entry-level hires: infographic Tuesday, May 22 2012 

http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/9816-soft-skills-still-outweigh-education-in-entry-level-hires-infographic-2

4 Obstacles To Changing Careers In 2012 And How To Overcome Them Tuesday, May 22 2012 

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/05/21/4-obstacles-to-changing-careers-in-2012-and-how-to-overcome-them/

The economy is showing signs of life. And that means millions of people who have been stuck in jobs they hate will start looking for work. A 2011 survey indicated that 84 percent of Americans planned to look for a new job when the economy improved. And yet, the reality is that only a small percentage of them will be successful in changing careers. Here’s why.


1. Social Media

For all the talk about how social media can help you network your way to a new job, the real truth is: It can also hold you back from one. About 3 out of 4 hiring managers admit to doing a search on a candidate before interviewing them. Of those who do, more than 50 percent say that they opted not to have the person in for an interview based on what they found. Like it or not, hiring IS discrimination. Thanks to social media, the discrimination now happens even earlier in the recruitment process.

Can a side gig help your career? Monday, May 21 2012 

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/17/can-a-side-gig-help-your-career/

Certain kinds of moonlighting may actually help you in your main job, and wise organizations can embrace, rather than squelch, entrepreneurial zeal.

By Laura Vanderkam

FORTUNE — Moonlighting has always been part of American work culture, though it’s not a lifestyle many managers have encouraged. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 5% of workers officially hold more than one job. Some organizations have policies against extra hours work, both for liability and productivity reasons. There are 168 hours in a week, and time you’re spending at a second job or on your own side business is time you’re not dreaming up new ideas for your employer.

But changes in technology and the way people work are leading some to rethink this idea. Certain kinds of moonlighting may actually help you in your main job, and wise organizations can embrace, rather than squelch, entrepreneurial zeal.

The key insight is that while the term “second job” conjures up an image of commuting to a second site after a long day at the first, these days “I don’t have to move my atoms around,” says Paul Kedrosky, a venture capitalist and senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. Platforms like Etsy (where people sell crafts), eBay (EBAY), Zazzle (where people hawk designs) or Quirky (a crowd-testing site for manufactured products) allow people to do creative work from their home computers.

 

‘Focus’ and Define a Career You Love Friday, May 18 2012 

http://www.careerealism.com/focus-define-career-love/

It seems the world “focus” comes up a lot lately in the media, emails, conversations – basically just about everywhere.

Perhaps it is the Universe’s way of telling me that it is time to pay attention.

Focus, or lack of, seems to be a recurring theme among us Career ADDers. Our thoughts are constantly tripping over themselves, coming at us from all directions and sending conflicting messages.

For those of us with Career ADD, one of the more interesting areas of life are what, where and how we choose to focus our attention. When we are in the “zone,” so to speak, we can focus for perhaps hours and hours on a subject that interests us.

This is a huge clue. We can spend hours and never be distracted. Think of the last time this happened to you, what were you doing?

On the other hand, when we are not in the zone, our mind drifts and all kinds of crazy things can happen that we are not so pleasing, including confusion and perhaps frustration. This, unfortunately, is the state of mind that many of us can stay in for years on the job.

So, it would not be out of the realm of possibility to say that our feelings have a great deal to do with identifying our true career direction.

 

How Can I Look for a New Job Without Offending My Boss? Wednesday, May 16 2012 

http://www.careerealism.com/how-look-new-job-boss/

Dear J.T. & Dale: I am currently employed, but am very unhappy with the unpaid hours that are expected. I’ve been submitting my resume to job postings on the Web, and I would like to attend an upcoming job fair and meet employers “in person.”

Unfortunately, my current employer also will be attending the job fair. Is there any way I can go to the fair without offending my current employer? – Steve

How to Remove Lies From Your Resume (and LinkedIn) Without Getting Fired… Wednesday, May 16 2012 

http://www.hrcapitalist.com/2012/05/how-to-remove-lies-from-your-resume-and-linkedin-without-getting-fired.html

So you’ve distributed a lie on your resume.  Maybe a big one, maybe a small one.

Still, if you’ve been following the saga of Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, any lie on your resume should give you cause for pause.  Consider the rundown of Thompson’s alleged character issue via a resume lie from the San Jose Mecrury News:

Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Scott Thompson will step down from the helm of the Sunnyvale Internet company after a furor resulting from a false degree on his company bio, according to a Sunday report.Activity  broadcasts

Thompson, who took over as head of the struggling company less than six months ago, claimed he received degrees in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College near Boston, but Yahoo’s largest outside investor revealed earlier this month that the accounting degree was the only one he earned.

Yahoo admitted Thompson did not receive a computer science degree, but termed it an “inadvertent error.” That did not halt the controversy stemming from the revelation, however, and Thompson’s attempts at damage control — two apologies to Yahoo staff and claims that the error resulted from a mistake by an executive search firm that recruited him to his former job at PayPal — did little to calm calls for his job.”

 

4 Ways to Find a Compatible Job Wednesday, May 16 2012 

http://comerecommended.com/publish2/4-ways-to-find-a-compatible-job/

When it comes time to search for a new job, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for and how to attain it. Do you want to continue working in the field you have experience in? Or are you looking to make a transition? What jobs can you get with your current skills and experience, and what jobs are right for your personality type?

Finding a compatible job is easier said than done. With thousands of jobs posted every day on major job boards, company career sites, and social media, it can be challenging to really focus in and find what you’re looking for.

However, there are certain things you can do in order to ensure your new position will be the right move for your career. Check out these four ways to find your most compatible job:

  1. Research ideal companies. Making a list of companies you’d like to work for helps focus your job search on opportunities you know are a good fit. Look at the company career site to get a good idea of the company values, company culture, etc. to determine if it’s an organization you believe in and would enjoy working at

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