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Entries from June 2008

Unemployment Benefits Extended

June 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough President Bush signed a war funding bill today that included an extension of unemployment benefits. The extension covers workers who use or have used all their unemployment benefits between November 2006 and March 2009. So, if you’ve already used your benefits, you might need to re-apply. The part I find interesting […]

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Tags: Jobs · Layoff Rumors

How $200-A-Barrel Oil Might Affect The Workplace

June 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Doesn’t it kind of feel like all sort of bills are coming due lately? I’ve written before about how at we’re seeing the cost of the commute become a major factor in job searches for the first time ever. I’ve been helping people find jobs for more than a decade […]

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Tags: Finance · Jobs · The Green Worklife

The 6 Most Effective People To Use As References For A Job Application

June 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough When a job opening asks for references, who should you use? This is a part of the job search process that calls for absolute calculation and cynicism. Use the best, most effective people you know, not necessarily the people you like or are closest to. Listed in order of effectiveness… Someone […]

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Tags: Job Search

Career Hack- Use The Summer Months To Climb The Career Ladder

June 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s well known that business tends to slow down during the summer months. Wall Street traditionally experiences slow trading days in the summer (though maybe not this year) for the simple reason that traders and brokers are all out in the Hamptons enjoying long weekends. Perhaps you’re in an office where […]

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Tags: Getting Ahead · Office Politcs

How To Fill Out A W-4

June 19th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Until last weekend, I had never heard of (h/t NYTimes). But I’m glad I was turned on to them. They have 3 free and insanely useful online calculators and assistants that are designed to help the average worker. The most impressive to me is the W-4 form assistant. Isn’t it […]

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Tags: Computers Work 4 U · Taxes

Interview Tip- Have Some Questions

June 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough There’s a lot of literature out there along the lines of: “The 50 Most Common Interview Questions and How To Answer Them.” I’m not sure I’m a big fan of these articles. I mean, they’re a good exercise… they help you get a sense of the kind of questions that might […]

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Tags: Interviewing

How The Housing Crisis Affects The Job Market

June 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough I’ve written before that I’m worried people chained to underwater mortgages will upset the supply and demand balance in the job market. One of the unique things about the American job landscape is the ability of workers to easily go to where the jobs are. If you can’t find decent work […]

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Tags: Jobs · Where The Jobs Are

New Job Site-

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough There’s a new site for job seekers that has gotten a fair amount of press recently. Glassdoor doesn’t offer job ads (yet). Instead, the focus is on trying collect and disseminate the inside scoop about a company or a given position. They do this on a give-to-get basis. Dream of being […]

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Tags: Job Sites

5 Career Lessons of the Clinton/Obama Race

June 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Just a quick note before I get the comments: there’s no Obama or Hillary bias intended here. I’ve not been a supporter of either candidate. 1) Experience is not always a trump card. There are times when all the experience in the world is not what people are looking for. Because… […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · WorkLife

When You’re Taking a Sick Day

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough First, take the sick day. Stay home. You don’t get any bonus points for being a martyr and trying to work through a cold. And you’re just going to get everyone else in the office sick, thereby destroying the productivity of your whole team. You know how much you hate it […]

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Tags: Health · Productivity