Archive for December, 2012

Before new year’s, look back

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Happy new year!

Before leaping forward into 2013, take a moment to look back over 2012. Or, if you want to sound more official about it: “Conduct your own year-end career review.”

Never eat lunch alone

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This is a popular business dictum (I think there’s even a book), and it does have some merit, especially when you are starting ¬†a new job.

Yes, even for you shy people who might prefer, even need, a few minutes in the middle of the day to recharge.

The fact is that at a new job, especially that all-important first week, you need to get to know as many people as we can. (Don’t worry, shy people, you can return to eating lunch at your desks next month.)

In hopes that you, like many people, find it more helpful to be told what not to do rather than the other way around, this week’s Seattle Times post lists other things not to do at a new job.


The holidays are a great time to job hunt

Friday, December 14th, 2012

That’s not what you wanted to hear, is it? After all, it’s the holidays! Time to eat, drink, and make merry, not to mention shop, decorate, see friends, and in general kick back to do FUN things.

However, this time of year is great for job hunting. Not just because it’s the season of goodwill toward all (which it is) but because the holidays present so very many primo opportunities for networking. And, as you are no doubt tired of hearing, job hunting is all about networking.

More on this over at the Seattle Times site: “Use the holidays to boost your career.”

It’s the holidays. Don’t celebrate.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Well, okay, you can celebrate. Just not at your workplace holiday party, should you be so lucky to have one.Why? ¬†Because your boss will be there. Yes, it’s that simple.

If you need one, there’s a better explanation in this week’s Seattle Times post, “Keep the “work” in workplace holiday party.”

Makes you wonder why they even call it a party.