July 17, 2009

The Young Gordon Ramsey...Getting People Jobs?

What kind of Friday would it be without some laughs? I stumbled upon the funniest set of advertisements for the UK based Caterer.com website. Now, I realize this doesn't help any of you stateside, but at the very least it will brighten your day with some levity a la a young, foul-mouthed "Gordon Ramsey!"

Enjoy and have a great weekend.


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July 16, 2009

How to be a Good Boss in Tough Times


As many of you already know, I travel the country providing training to corporate and government agencies on effective job search techniques, management, leadership and communication. In the past few months, I have been getting a lot more questions regarding how to manage employees after the company has reorganized or laid folks off. Clearly, this question is largely driven the state of economic affairs that we have right now, and unfortunately, many managers are finding themselves ill-prepared to cope with the ramifications.

One of the first concepts that I like to share with these clients is called the "toxic tandem." This is a phrase coined by Robert Sutton of the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering. The toxic tandem states that most managers work in a fog of ignorance about the needs and activities of their subordinates. This is largely due to the increased work load, as well as a desire to prove themselves worthy of their power. That's not to say that managers are completely at fault. It is just that their perspectives and priorities shift.

Conversely, that same manager's subordinates start to scrutinize and hyper-analyze everything that the manager does to determine what may happen in the organization. Employees are trying to understand and control their destiny by reading "tea leaves," if you will, simply because the manager is paying less attention to them. If you mix tough economic times and lay-offs with this "toxic tandem," you can see why many organizations are in a high state of anxiety.

I was so excited to find a video with Robert Sutton talking about this very phenomenon. He shares some theories and a four-part strategy on how to address this upheaval in the workplace. Happy viewing and learning!

Click to view here.

July 8, 2009

Body Language for Leadership or Employment


You've probably heard the adage that says it takes four minutes to create a good impression. Well, what if your body language is sabotaging your efforts to look assertive and commanding in either your current role or future career? In my corporate training classes, many are taken by surprise when I share that body language accounts for up to 55% of the communication package. Most people believe that a positive impression is generated by using the "right words." Unfortunately, words only account for 7% of all communication.

So whether you are interested in improving your success within your current organization or impressing prospective employers, it pays to understand what your own body language is saying. One of the easiest, low effort ways to see what you are doing is to stand in front of a mirror and practice your interview questions or an upcoming presentation. Another way is to tape yourself and then play back the tape on mute, so as to concentrate solely on your body language. You never know what you might communicating.

For more perspective, take a look at Seven Common Body Language Mistakes from Forbes.com. Are you displaying any of these signs?

July 6, 2009

The Importance of Sending Thank You Letters

I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July weekend. Now, it's back to the grind. For many of you this includes finding a job in this tough market. Well, we've got you covered.

During our recent Secrets to a Successful Job Hunt in ANY Economy seminar, our résumé expert, Shawna Lubs of Remarkable Resumes, talked about the importance of the thank you note. In case you missed this wonderful, FREE job clinic, we'll be holding another session on July 28, 2009 (more details coming soon). So without further ado, I'd like to offer this little video ditty on thank you notes to help your job search success!


You can learn more insider tips to make your thank you letters memorable at the "Secrets to a Successful Job Hunt" Job Clinic. Learn more about the clinic here or stay tuned for more information right at this blog.

July 1, 2009

Understanding Our Evolving Job Market


It's pretty safe to say that the future of the workplace is evolving significantly due, in part, to the ongoing recession. The days of a fat and happy career in one company (or even industry) are a thing of the past. To be successful in this changing work environment, you need to know where the winds are blowing. This will be especially helpful for those of you looking for employment right now, too.

In the CBS Moneywatch article "The New Job Market: Who Wins and Who Loses?," you will get a better idea of how the workplace is changing. It describes four main trends that you need be aware of:

  • Baby Boomers will delay retirement. We've already been seeing this happening as a result of a depressed stock market. However, this trend will continue as Boomers stay in their high-seniority jobs to make up losses in their portfolios. Furthermore, we'll see retired Boomers returning to the work force into low skill or pay jobs (i.e. those jobs more traditionally held by high school students).
  • Women will continue to ascend in the workplace. The last year of lay-offs have really hit male-dominated industries hard. According to the article, job growth will come from professions where the gender mix has been more balanced like health care, education natural sciences and services.
  • The Stimulus package will further drive changes in work force. Given the recent push for improvements in health care and environmental conservation, it should come as no surprise that these two industries will see significant growth. Government and natural science professions will also see a surge.
  • Long gone will be the days of generous wages and full-time work. According to Moneywatch, workers will see a 20% reduction in overall salaries for the next 20 years. Additionally, more and more people will go from full-time work to part time or freelance work.
Take a look at the full article here.