Archive: January 2012
We all know how critical it is for applicants to exhibit and maintain great manners when applying for jobs. But it’s just as important for employers to be courteous to job applicants.
What do you do? I am a home-staging professional [at SetTheStageWA.com]. I make houses beautiful so people can sell them faster and for more money. I work with real estate agents, builders and home sellers to create clutter-free, dramatic rooms...
A consultant who specializes in resolving workplace conflicts says the No. 1 reason people leave jobs is because of a poor relationship with their immediate supervisor. Another consultant reports that workplace conflicts can consume more than 40 percent of a typical manager’s time.
What’s your longest acceptable one-way commute time for a job?...
A business meal is never just about the food. It may be about the drink. If you’re a job applicant or ambitious employee, you should treat with care any job interviews or business meetings conducted over a meal.
Q: My supervisor is being transferred to a different department. The position she is vacating has just been posted. Although it would mean a fantastic career move for me, I have decided not to apply. I remain committed to my job but am concerned that not applying for this position will be considered a negative.
What do you do? I’m the publicist for Fantagraphics, which is a comics publishing house [in Seattle]. I’m the liaison between our books and the media. Day to day, I set up book reviews and cartoonist interviews, and confirm features...
There’s a lot in Jared McGlinchey’s academic life that he’s proud of. He was an editor of his high school and community college papers, competed on a debate team that ranked fourth in the nation, and developed a passion for public speaking and communication that led his friends to dub him “the king of wedding speeches” for his ability to turn a phrase and capture what everyone in the room is feeling.
Does having kids hurt your career?...
By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I’m a single mother who has been unemployed for about six months. In my previous position, I had a flexible schedule which allowed me to easily attend school events or schedule...
What do you do? I was hired in October 2010 by The Mountaineers (a Seattle-based nonprofit outdoor education, recreation and conservation organization) as education manager, a new position designed to work with volunteers on curriculum and course development and to...
Performance review season is upon us. This presents an opportunity for employees to demonstrate their accomplishments and distinguish themselves and their value to the organization.
Every office has a bathroom, every non-robot worker has to use the bathroom, and sharing a bathroom with co-workers seems to be an almost universally unpleasant experience.
Who takes longer lunch breaks, you or your boss?...
By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: On a recent employee opinion survey, my staff gave me a terrible rating on favoritism. I have no idea why they feel that I'm biased, since I try to be very...
What do you do? I’m a segment producer for KING-TV’s "Evening Magazine." My job is to find and write compelling stories for our 30-minute weeknight show. I basically do everything a reporter does but I’m not on camera so I...
Working mothers may be less depressed and healthier than their stay-at-home counterparts, a study finds.
I recently received an advance copy of a book that has the word "SEX" in the title in big, red capital letters and, because I'm a sucker and a guy, I opened it and started looking for pictures. Finding none, I grunted and settled for second-best -- looking at the words. Turns out they are quite interesting, and not in the way you might imagine.
Will 2012 be the year Seattle’s job market recovers from the recession? Arun Raha, chief economist for Washington state and the executive director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, believes the Emerald City is headed in the right direction.
Should employers use credit scores in hiring decisions?...
By Michael Crom / Gannett Q: With the arrival of 2012, I am looking for ways to improve myself. Like every person I know, I have my strengths and weaknesses. One thing I would like to improve is my confidence....
In order to make room for the great new work habits you’re resolving to adopt in 2012, be sure to ring out any bad office practices. And, yes, procrastination is on the list, so reading this now instead of later is a great first step in the right direction.
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