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Entries from December 2007

Bulletin! What You Post Online Can Get You Fired!

December 30th, 2007 · 54 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough We’ve mentioned this before, but in case you hadn’t heard, the New York Times had an article this Sunday alerting you that social networking can be hazardous to your career. It seems that anyone can see what you post on your blog/website/Myspace/Facebook… and “anyone” includes your boss and co-workers. Ever since […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · Time Wasters · Workplace Gizmos

Taking A Week Off

December 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Just a quick note. We’ll be taking a week off from posting. We’ll be back right after the new year. You’ll want to make sure to come back in January, though, because we’ll be in high gear posting a ton of great stuff. As we’ve mentioned in the past, January is […]

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Tags: ... Or Hardly Working?

2008 Crystal Ball- Where The Jobs Ain’t.

December 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough The second Marketwatch article is all about which industries won’t be hiring as much in 2008. Again, the obvious subjects are mentioned up front; i.e.: anyone in any field related to the housing bubble. So the hardest industries to get hired in will be: Real Estate Mortgage Broker/Banking Finance and Banking […]

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Tags: Career Change · Getting Ahead · Job Search · Jobs

2008 Crystal Ball- Where The Jobs Are

December 21st, 2007 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s the end of the year, so the prognostications about the 2008 job market are beginning. For the first time since 2003, I have to begin the year with a pessimistic outlook. Let’s face it, we’re going to be damned lucky if we avoid a recession next year. And just plain […]

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Tags: Career Change · Getting Ahead · Job Search · Jobs

(I Missed The) Jobs Report

December 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough I made a note to myself last night, but I still missed this all day. Only saw it again when I was about to shut down for the night. Initial claims for unemployment, while still not very high, are definitely inching upwards… … the Labor Department said initial claims for state […]

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Tags: Jobs

Ask Brian- Parents Fundraising In The Office

December 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough If you have career or job search question you would like answered on this blog, click here to Ask Brian. Reader Sarah from Buffalo writes: “Don’t you just hate when parents bring their kids fundraising drive into the office? A co-worker brought in the dreaded list-o-magazine-subscriptions today and went one by […]

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Tags: Ask Brian · Working Parents

Coming To A Corporate Server Near You- Facebook!

December 20th, 2007 · 12 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Ever since it opened itself up to the non-collegiate world, Facebook’s growth has been exponential. Clearly trying to out-LinkedIn LinkedIn, Facebook now allows professional and even company-specific groups for networking. But one problem has been preventing Facebook from becoming the dominant professional networking platform: a lot of companies block Facebook. The […]

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Tags: Computers Work 4 U · Productivity · Workplace Gizmos

Broken Promises Can Break Your Career

December 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Time and again on this blog, I’ve stressed the importance of your reputation vis-à-vis your career. Improvement blog Lifehack.org has a timely reminder that your reputation hinges on your ability to say what you’ll do… and then do what you’ll say. People want to count on you when you’ll say you […]

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Tags: Getting Ahead · Office Politcs

Ask Brian- How To Schedule An Interview When You Already Have A Job

December 19th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough If you have career or job search question you would like answered on this blog, click here to Ask Brian. Reader Loraine from Alabama writes: “I saw your advice to Mike from last week. My question is along similar lines, but from a different angle. I.E., I don’t want my boss […]

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Tags: Ask Brian · Career Change · Interviewing · Job Search

Working Vs. Stay-At-Home Parents, A Cost Analysis

December 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough I know… sounds like the title of a dry academic research paper… Over at the Simple Dollar, they’ve crunched the numbers on something I’ve always suspected myself. How much is a stay-at-home parent actually worth, in every day economic terms? In other words, if you give up your job for a […]

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Tags: Finance · Working Parents