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Etiquette for Internships

Posted by Lori on February 19, 2010

Many companies have begun the search for summer interns even though it is only February. Working as an intern provides an up close and personal view of life on the job. It is as important to discover what you don’t want to do as it is to find a career that will make you happy. Also, the company is taking YOU on a test drive in order to determine if you would make a good employee upon graduation. Regardless if you would like to be considered for future employment or not, it will behoove you to conduct yourself in a manner that is appropriate. Wetfeet.com has some suggestions for you to put your best foot forward:

  • DWI: Drinking while interning – no getting sloshed at the company picnic!
  • Deflate your ego – respect EVERYONE.
  • Work time isn’t nap time – no explanation necessary.
  • Show skills, not skin – dress appropriately. Take clues from your co-workers on what to wear.
  • Let the adults talk – no baby talk, please.
  • Say it to my face – back stabbing isn’t ever appropriate.

Research companies in your area and see if you can find any who are hiring summer interns. Even if you find that you do not like the job, you will expand your personal network, which is always a good idea. You may even discover a new career path that will provide a lifetime of personal fulfillment.

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50 Bosses Worse Than Yours? Not Today…

Posted by Lori on February 12, 2010

We looked at a few jobs in Justin Racz’ book, 50 Jobs that are Worse than Yours, the last couple Fridays. Well, here we are and it’s another Friday. My original plan for today was to review another one of Racz’ books, 50 Bosses Worse Than Yours. The more I read, the more I was able to name bosses from jobs that colored my occupational history in living technicolor. Not being one who lives in the past, I decided that we simply did not want to go there and spoil the mood for today.

That being said, I think we should not kvetch about the bad supervisors, but celebrate the outstanding bosses, leaders, and mentors who allow us to blaze new trails and encourage us to think outside the bun. I think the best bosses are the ones that lead you to the edge of a cliff, strap a bungee cord on your ankle, then give you a little nudge. The best thing that could happen is that you learn to fly. If you are not so good at flying the first time, you have the cord for him or her to drag you back to the top.

I recall an incident a couple years ago when I had worked very hard on a project for a government agency. The harder I worked, the more complicated the project became. It seemed like there was nothing I could do to complete the task in a format that was agreeable to all parties involved. One morning, I received yet another nasty gram informing me that there were still issues with the document that I had labored over for so long. That was the last straw – I was done. I truly did not know what to do. I felt as if I had been thrown under a 47 passenger school bus, only to rise from the rubble and be mowed over again. However, when I was laying face down on the asphalt in the crosswalk, my boss stood me up and dusted the tire tracks from my back. He simply said, “Do not let them do this to you. We will regroup and it will be ok.”

Long story short, it was ok. That frightful day was the worst day of the year for me, but it also ended up being the best, because I had the support of my boss and our organization. Take a few moments and reflect upon some great moments in your career. Chances are, there was someone in your workplace, college, or community who believed in you and made you who you are today. Have a great weekend!

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10 Deadliest Jobs in the U.S.

Posted by Lori on February 9, 2010

Think about the most dangerous part of your job. While you are pondering that, also think about the number of times you are in personal danger while you are performing the tasks working at the job. Nearly everyone who has spent time traversing the highways has happened upon a drop-out from the Mario Andretti School of Driving. But, how many of us risk our lives day in and and day out to feed the family? Earnmydegree.com compiled a list of the top 10 Deadliest Jobs in the US along with their average annual salary. Take a look at the list and see how your job stacks up:

  1. Fisher – $28,460
  2. Logger – $32,900
  3. Pilot – $119,750
  4. Steel Worker – $47,170
  5. Rancher – $49,140
  6. Roofer – $37,430
  7. Power Line Worker – $54,300
  8. Truck Driver – $38,720
  9. Refuse Collector – $32,790
  10. Police – $52,810

I think it is interesting the deadliest job pays the least amount of money per year. Another amazing factoid is that each occupation requires some sort of training, whether it is an apprenticeship, vocational school, college, or on-the-job.

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Wanted: A Normal Employee

Posted by Lori on February 3, 2010

The problem with hiring normal people, is well, they’re hard to find. No one wants to be normal anymore – everyone has to have something special about them: I’m the IT guy who drives a Harley and raises Pygmy bunnies; I’m the Accounting gal who snowboards and always wears Hello Kitty gear; I’m the Marketing Dude who is a little crazy about slow pitch softball and facial hair.┬áThe level of personal branding has gotten to a point where it’s next to impossible to find normal people.

Does this paragraph describe you or someone in your organization? Tim Sackett, a recruiter for technical employees and contributor at Fistful of Talent, believes that it is darned difficult to find normal employees. The good news is that he put together a list of job duties, with explanations, for a normal employee. Here are 5 from the list:

  1. Don’t be creepy.
  2. Have good hygiene.
  3. Don’t talk about your pets or your kids at work, more than you talk about work, while at work.
  4. It’s alright to have crazy colored hair – but you need to balance it with every other normal behavior.
  5. Don’t do any behavior that could be deemed crazy.

I think the list pretty well speaks for itself. With regard to #5, Sackett says that, “You never want to be tagged “crazy” – it’s like luggage, you’ll never get rid of it.” Words to work by, no doubt! Please take a few moments to celebrate the day and examine your behavior at work. If you are exhibiting signs of abnormal behavior, do us all a favor and STOP IT!!!

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