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Posted February 07, 2014 by

Put a Little “Heart” Into Your Next Cover Letter

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

People rush to buy their loved ones some tangible expression of their affection at this time of year. A Valentine’s Day card, flowers, or chocolate are popular gifts of the heart.

What does this have to do with job-search cover letters? Actually, a lot. You’re not going to send a card or flowers to a hiring manager. But you can put a little ‘heart’ into your next cover letter––a bit of passion for the job you hope to win.

Show your emotional as well as your professional self so you will come across as a human being who cares about others, wants to be a team player, and is excited about helping company employees meet the goals of the organization. (more…)

Posted February 13, 2013 by

30% of Those Date Who Co-Workers Get Married to One

Office Romance

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Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? It may just be in the cube next to you. Thirty-nine percent of workers said they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career; 17 percent reported dating co-workers at least twice. Thirty percent of those who have dated a co-worker said their office romance led them to the altar. This is according to CareerBuilder’s annual office romance survey of more than 4,000 workers nationwide, conducted online by Harris Interactive© between November 1 and November 30, 2012.

How Many Dated the Boss?

While the majority of relationships developed between peers, 29 percent of workers who have dated someone at work said they have dated someone above them in the company hierarchy, and16 percent admitted to dating their boss. Women were more likely to date someone higher up in their organization – 38 percent compared to 21 percent of men.

Which Industries Have the Most Romance? (more…)

Posted February 11, 2013 by

60% of Workers Find Romance in the Workplace

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The approach of Valentine’s Day may have many human resource managers on the lookout for any evidence of budding or ongoing romances between co-workers or, even worse, between a worker and supervisor.

With some surveys indicating that as many as 60 percent of co-workers, casually dating, hooking up and/or finding love in the workplace, it is an issue that keeps many human resource executives up at night.  “Office romances are fraught with pitfalls that can impact workplace harmony, productivity, more and, in some cases, the bottom line if they end badly and a lawsuit is filed,” noted workplace authority John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  (more…)