• Work, let me clarfiy

    January 31, 2006 by

    First let me say that my previous blog obviously wasn’t clear enough. My co-workers were accused of being late coming back from lunch when in fact they had left late, so actually they took their entire alloted hour. Second, let me tell you this. You don’t know my boss, so let me give you guys a few more details.
    I have worked at this bank for about 8 months now and this has to be one of the most unprofessional places I have ever worked at. I do my job, which is data entry by the way, so it’s not complicated or difficult. On our shift we have had the highest turnover due to mismanagement and they way the higher ups treat the employees. I believe that people should be treated with respect in the first place. I want to be treated like I treat anyone else and I went into this job with a good attitude even though I had been warned by some people that my boss was weak and frequently shifted blame to her employees for her failings. I have no clue as to how she became a manager. I use to be a lead at my previous job. My sup is terrified of her boss and instead of explaining all she does is say it was the employees fault. Like they new employees. They have been there for 2 weeks with training that was almost as bad as mine. I had 2 days of training and that was it. They got errors, about 5 or 6 which is not that many for 4 people in all. She told that she could fire them up, but because she was a nice person she wouldn’t. That to me is childish and irresponsible. We do have steps that must be followed, that was all talk on her part. If what they did was so wrong why not write them up? Why pretend like you are doing them a favor and hold it over them later, that is what she does. She pulled me into her office because I had made a mistake on an account. She told me what I did was wrong and that the information had been updated on how you should now handle this account. I never got the update, I explained to her that it was her job to issue updates that she gets from corporate. Our time sheets, updates, and stats are something she should give us. We shouldn’t have to ask, that is not company policy nor is that how the other shifts do it. Most of my co-workers don’t say anything, but I refused to be bullied, either fire me, write me up, but don’t threaten me. I told her that her attitude makes me wanna quit or give up even trying to do a good job. All our team ever hear is how bad we are doing and never what we are doing good. I go error free from 3 months, but one error and now it’s “You are doing a horrible job Lakisha…blah blah blah”. A Supervisor should be a good leader that praises and issues discipline not brow beat or threaten you into performing.
    As for being late, a manager should lead by example. My boss is always late and I am not exaggerating by any stretch of the imagination. She is late almost everyday. I get there everyday before she does and then she calls in the office asking if I could do her duties because she is running late. I think people that are in a supervisory position take it personal when they here a supervisor criticized.
    As for me, well, I live in Texas and I am from up north. I am a shy person that just wants to do her job and be left alone. My boss seems to take it personal if you don’t talk very much, but when the new ladies started talking amongst themselves she told them they were talking too much. I just want to do my job, I don’t like to gossip or talk about this person or that person behind their back. I am not that kind of person, for me work should not be a popularity contest. My work should speak for itself. I work part-time 3 days a week, work should not be a hassle. Those who do know me at work, which are about 2 people that changed shifts because of my boss by the way, know a different side to me that is friendly and likes to have fun. I don’t pretend and everyone can tell I’m not that happy, but how can I when my boss is nice one moment then if you make a mistake it’s “i’m gonna fire you, but no I won’t because I want you to feel like you owe me, so I can hold it over you.”
    So please don’t judge unless you know the full story.

  • Don’t Let Your Friend Review Your Resume

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    So you have your resume all typed up and just need someone to review it. Time to ask your friend or someone in your family, right? Wrong. Pamela Braun of Campus Career Counselor advises candidates not to have their resume reviewed by a friend or family member for two reasons.

    1. The person performing the critique knows you too well so they’re too able to infer meaning. But your resume should be written in such a way that the reader need not read between the lines. Facts should be stated explicitly, not implicitly.
    2. The person performing the critique is likely to give advice based upon what they look for in a resume rather than what the employer to which you’re applying will look for in a resume. Put another way, it doesn’t matter if your uncle likes how your resume is written unless you’re applying to work for him. What matters is how the employer to which you’re applying likes to see resumes written.

    Don’t shut your friends and family out of your job search. They can and should be valuable members of your network and can and should provide you with great moral support. But if they don’t write or read resumes for a living, then look for someone who does.

  • Career Services and Much, Much More

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    I graduated one year ago. Still, I have not found a career that matches my Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Arts. In the past two months I have visited many, many online job banks and I have performed hundreds of job searches. After reading quite a few articles while seeking guidance, I took one piece of advice and contacted the online version of my College’s Career Services. I was delighted to find newsletters, networking, workshops, career counseling and much, much more.
    Soon, however, my delight shifted to anguish and then to disgust. Every link, from newsletters to much, much more, all seemed to eventually lead to one screen; the online application to the Alumni Association. Furthermore, in exchange for $30 a month for 20 months, I will be allowed all this information, and much, much more.
    My hostility grew as every link ultimately led to the membership page of the pricey association. Had I not paid enough? Had the $50,000 in school loans not been adequate to warrant me this online privilege? As a student there were certain career services that were freely available. I did not want them then. I need them now.
    Moments later…
    And calmer…
    Even as Alum, there are services that are provided, free of charge. The ‘loop’ that consistently led to the Alumni Association was misleading. One would not have to spend hundreds of dollars to access this online information. One would only have to have the patience to register to use the service. Registration is free. Finding the free registration page is tricky.
    Now if you will excuse me, I have some careers to explore, people to network with, counseling to undergo, and much, much more.

  • Top 500 Employers of College Graduates

    January 30, 2006 by

    If you’re looking for a job upon graduation, it is definitely helpful to know which organizations are the top (actually, the biggest) employers of college graduates. The 50 biggest employers of college graduates are as follows:

    1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    2. Lockheed Martin
    3. Walgreen Company
    4. PricewaterhouseCoopers
    5. Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
    6. Ernst & Young
    7. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    8. Schlumberger
    9. U.S. Department of Agriculture
    10. Cendant Car Rental Group
    11. Hertz
    12. KPMG
    13. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    14. Boeing
    15. Teach For America
    16. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
    17. State Street
    18. U.S. Marines
    19. 84 Lumber
    20. Intel
    21. National Security Agency
    22. Ferguson Enterprises
    23. Microsoft
    24. Wal-Mart Stores
    25. Accenture
    26. Cerner
    27. Internal Revenue Service
    28. U.S. Air Force
    29. U.S. Navy
    30. Target
    31. Finish Line
    32. General Electric
    33. Johnson & Johnson
    34. PNC Financial Services Group
    35. Countrywide Home Loans
    36. National Cancer Institute
    37. Pfizer
    38. Pulte Homes
    39. U.S. Army
    40. U.S. Department of Labor
    41. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    42. Raytheon
    43. CareerBuilder.com
    44. Staples
    45. Capgemini
    46. Battelle
    47. Liberty Mutual Group
    48. UMB Bank
    49. Farmers Insurance Group
    50. JC Penney

      — Source: CollegeGrad

  • Are Degrees Useless?

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    Interesting entry today by Jessica Piskorz, one of the students and recent graduates who writes for the CollegeRecruiter.com Insights by Candidates Blog. Jessica is an English major who is unable to find a job in writing, reading, or journalism but someday would like to open her own bookstore. Her fiance suggested that she take a job in a bookstore and work her way up. Jessica doesn’t seem inclined to do so, apparently because her degree makes her overqualified for such a position. Does it?
    So many college students and recent graduates assume incorrectly that if they do well in their academic studies, that they’ll be able to land the job of their dreams upon graduation. Were it only so. The reality is that the vast majority of employers are far more concerned with the work experience demonstrated by the candidate than the candidate’s academic credentials. While both are valuable, unless you’re the cream of the cream, excellent career-related work experience is going to be necessary for you to find the job of your dreams.
    So should Jessica pursue a job in a bookstore? Perhaps. I think that it comes down to whether she is more interested in a journalism-type job or owning a bookstore. If she’s more interested in being a journalist, then her bookstore experience won’t help her that much. It may help pay the bills and that’s important too, but it won’t be much of a stepping stone. So she may want to work in a bookstore part-time to bring in money while also working part-time as a freelance writer. She could write and submit articles to local publications for free until she’s built up a reputation and can start charging for her work or perhaps even get hired to write for a publication. On the other hand, if her dream is to own a bookstore, then working in one would be invaluable experience.
    If you don’t have the experience that you need to pursue your dreams, then go out and get it. Don’t look for reasons why you can’t do something. Look for ways that will allow you to do something. Take on an unpaid internship, volunteer, do whatever you need to do in order to get the experience that you need. Don’t make excuses. Make dreams.

  • So what’s my degree for then?

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    I have worked very hard to achieve my bachelors degree in English by this May and last night my fiance and I had a talk about me using my degree to achieve a career at least for the time being. I want to pursue my education further but not right now as I am really just over-worked from everything and then there is the move and wedding. He said that there are not job openings for people with English majors that it’s only a stepping stone to something further and right now I am just burnt out and don’t even know what I want to do to further my education, i.e. what to get my masters or PHD in. One day I would like to own my own bookstore and he said that even working at a bookstore could give me things to learn from to apply to what I want later and granted that I could move up in the company since I had a degree. To me this seems like a waste of my degree. What is my degree for then? If I can’t use it to find a job after I graduate at least in the feild of writing, reading or journalism type of work. *Sigh*

  • Tips for the Entry-level Job Candidate

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    Job hunting got you down? Are you new to the job search or just not sure how to go about it? Maybe some of the things I’ve learned on my pre-employment journey can assist you.
    My name is Nancy, and I’m a non-traditional (adult) college student who’s re-entering the workforce after a long absence. Last fall, my household income was abruptly cut in half. So it was off to the salt-mines, as I pounded the pavement and my computer keys in search of a good job. Fifteen to twenty years ago, the job search was fairly simple: you filled out a paper application or mailed a resume, and you were either called for an interview or not. That is no longer the case in today’s technology-based/security paranoid society. When my younger self sought out employment, it usually only took a matter of weeks. So far, I’ve been at bat for over two months, and am having a hard time keeping the roof over my head. But it hasn’t been all bad, I’ve learned a lot of things about the job search in my bid to re-enter the market.
    Are you looking to enter or re-enter the job market? You’ve been diligently attending college, but you have no recent work experience. Is this a problem? The answer is yes, that it most certainly can be. Unfortunately, many of today’s employers won’t even glance at the resume of someone without a recent work history–regardless of the reason(s). How can a prospective employee cope with a situation like this one?
    The very first thing you should do is to get someone to help you with your resume and a cover letter. Most colleges have career centers for the use of students and alumni. Just because you’ve graduated, doesn’t’ mean the college’s doors are closed to you. A big selling point for most colleges is where their students wind up after graduation. Most colleges like to take credit for your success–use that! Do not settle on just one resume, either. The longer you are out there in the job market, the more often you should be tweaking your resume.
    So you have a good resume/cover letter, what do you do with them? Again, your first stop should be to your college’s career center. Next, visit your local state department of labor employment office and/or go online. But don’t stop there. Save those cover letters and resumes on your computer. There are literally dozens of online job/career sites, like this one, out there. Many will automatically forward your cover letter/resume directly to the prospective employer. Use them all. Next, decide what kind of business you’d like to work for, and Google them. Many of today’s big employers have career/internship sites right on their corporate webpage. In many cases, you can not only submit a resume and/or application online, but also take pre-employment surveys. The nice thing about computer applications is that you can sit in your underwear, drinking beer and three a.m., and fill them out the same as if you dressed in your best outfit and went as a walk–in, just be sure your web cam is turned off!

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  • Landing that Writing Gig

    January 28, 2006 by

    After sending out about 30 resumes and following up religiously, I’ve recently been accepted for a part-time writing internship! Thankfully, it pays, because these days, every dollar counts. Most importantly, I’ll be writing articles that will be published online, get my own byline, and be working with an editor to improve my writing skills. I’ll finally be able to create a writing portfolio. I feel a thrill akin to that felt by the aspiring actress who lands her first one liner on a TV show.
    There’s only one thing marring the happiness of finding a position from which to springboard my writing career, that little voice in the back of my head murmuring that with my college degree and my work experience, I should be making more money. The bottom-line is that I have to keep reminding myself that although there’s nothing glamorous in being where I am now, sometimes people have to give up a little to get where they want to go. The act of pursuing my passion as a writer despite the lack of monetary reward is equivalent to the gutsy act of someone who’ll hop on a greyhound bus heading out to Hollywood to chase after their dreams.
    In the meantime, in accordance with my new role as an aspiring writer, and to keep a positive monthly bank balance, I plan to apply as a part-time waitress at a restaurant nearby. When it comes to going after your goals, I feel like I’m starting to have more in common with that aspiring actress than ever before, and lately, I feel like that isn’t such a back thing.

  • Intros – Part 7 of 7: A Moment of Muddy Clarity

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    My senior year was my fifth year in college. I had just found out what major would help slip out with a degree in hand. And I started to take every course I could to graduate on time. I had already been delayed too many times by changes. In the meantime, linguistics came pretty easy to me.
    My business job had ended after three months; the funds ran out. But my sociology job was kind enough to allow me to work with them and get paid and stay as a team. I will always be grateful to them.
    In the meantime, I was enjoying taking the acting 101 class during autumn quarter of my senior year and had fun going to plays and the class participation. I had taken theater 101 as a freshman, but didn’t think too much of it. When it was time to schedule for Winter courses I started to take a Movement class dealing with Laban notation. It was so fun and inspired more confidence that in the spring time I took a directing class and script analysis class.
    Somewhere in the middle of my directing class, I was doing a ballet piece with human montage stills and splicing audio files late into the night and thought, “Hey! I could do this for a living, it involves computers, and this is fun!”
    I graduated a few weeks later with A’s in all my final courses, received a diploma and was having a blast staying up there earning cash as a university webmaster. But, my summer was coming to an end. My job was going to be over. I had to go back to my parents home and my father and mother called every weekend reminding of Damocle’s sword hanging over me of my return to dependence on them if I couldn’t find a job. Again for the second time my Dad offered to give help me make a career move, this time teaching.
    It was a warm summer’s day as I was walking to my sociology job for my last three weeks on the job. Halfway there, it all became clear. I resolved to go back to graduate school to study film and video editing. But then it became muddy again. How to get there and what to do with it…?
    *** Dear readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed my exciting seven part Pre-Candidate Intro series. Stay tuned for Job Hunting – a new series where I chronicle my next past and present job hunting adventures beginning in February.

  • Cheesman’s “Battling Free” eBook

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    I read a great ebook today by Joel Cheesman. Battling Free describes the current opportunities and risks facing all classified sites, including job boards, as sites such as Google begin to run classified ads for free. According to Cheesman, “to remain competitive, it’s imperative for such posting sites to reevaluate market positions, business models and evolve to find new sources of revenue.”
    Cheesman’s book addresses these issues and offers over 25 nuts-and-bolts tips, each of which are designed to enable the site owner to raise revenues that they have, are, or will lose to sites which offer competitive content at little or no charge. But what I loved about this book is that rather than just focusing on the problem or offering vague, theoretical solutions, Cheesman dives right in and gets his hands dirty. He provides links to specific web sites that offer specific solutions to specific problems. He provides his opinions as to which of them offer more promising solutions than the others. And he doesn’t pretend for one minute to have all of the answers or to possess the ability to accurately predict the future.
    It was comforting to see that we have already successfully implemented many of Cheesman’s tips, such as running Google AdSense code on our site to display pay-per-click text ads as well as pay-per-impression graphical ads, referring visitors to third party sites using trackable affiliate links through Commission Junction, being listed in directories such as Yahoo!, submitting articles to third party web sites, pre-selling sponsorship pages on our site to organizations which offer services which are complimentary to ours, delivering targeted emails to our users based upon their demographics rather than just a one-size-fits all monthly newsletter, encouraging employers and job seekers to pay nominal additional fees to have their jobs and resumes appear at the top of the search results, providing video content, charging for resume access, and selling complimentary services to the employers and candidates who use our site.
    But even though we are successfully generating revenue through the above strategies, Cheesman’s book provided me with a lot to chew on. There are substrategies in many of the above areas that we have not yet implemented and there are strategies that he recommends that we have not yet touch at all. The book is $24.99. And as stated on its web site, “just one idea pays for this investment times over.”