How to Lose a Job in 10 Seconds or Less

Social media has taken the world by storm. Unfortunately, many people use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and countless other sites to VENT their frustrations about their employers, co-workers, and bosses. This is NOT a smart thing to do since employees scan these sites for employee activity. Right or wrong, one Tweet can cost you employment.

According to an article on MSN.com, employees that vented or insulted their employers were fired! It’s true. Employers don’t want unhappy employees working for them

Employees may scream the 1st Amendment (freedom of Speech), but employers will have a different viewpoint. They’re paying you a salary and benefits which is something that many people would like to have. Employers can easily replace dissatisfied employees. If you’re unhappy, do something about it.

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Employers will not tolerate employees that “slam” the company. You’d think that in times of a tough economy, employees would be grateful for their jobs. Guess not. Even though unemployment rises in times of economic uncertainty, employees aren’t holding back. They let their feelings known via social media outlets.

Social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends or to grow your business. If you’re going to make a snide comment about a co-worker or boss, you may want to hold off. You never know who is looking at social media sites. This is why they tell you NOT to send emails or surf the internet on company time. You can best believe that you’re time on the computer is monitored.

Remember, you’re at work to do just that. You’re providing a service and getting paid for it. Perhaps a change in mind-set is what is needed. Be grateful that you have a job and steady income each month. Start blessing your job and the money you have. Affirm that you know you’ll realize another position that is more aligned with your passion. Do this and then start the job search. If you don’t clean up your JOB KARMA, you’ll just repeat the same patterns over and over again.

If you’re an employee that has Tweeted or posted anything rude on Facebook, own up to it and take responsibility for your actions. You’ll be surprised how you can turn a negative situation into a positive one. Remember that social media is can be a good thing. It’s a way to connect with “like-minded” people and network. If you’re in the market for a new job, you may have a contact that can help you. Just be discrete about it. Don’t Tweet or post a Facebook status, send an email from home!

Rebecca

What kinds of Tweets do you post when you’re at work?

How You Can Avoid Employment Scams

Here’s a scam that was sent to my email address. It’s amazing that the email got to me because it’s not my email address. Needless to say, I answered the ad because I thought it could be legit. Good thing my “gut instinct” was to delete my contact information from my resume.

The post was offered to me and they wanted more contact information. This is when the rat showed himself.

From: Bary (removed last name; it was probably a fake last name)
Subject: *****Accounting / Payroll Assistant Position Available*****
To: ernestonava77@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 3:02 PM

I am looking for a part time accounting assistant to assist the controller and accounting manager. These hours varies/day,but less that 3 hours a day. Assisting financing supervisor in areas of payment processing and A/R. Apply payments to customer by transfer through money tree service, balance all monies and prepare documents,other duties assigned as needed. Must be detailed oriented. Must have the ability to work independently and be a team player. Self sufficient, effective time management and organizational skills required. Accounts Payable and payroll experience preferred but not necessary. The pay is $800/week -Monday through Friday. To apply for this position, please contact at: barylake@gmail.com with your resume and state if the weekly pay is acceptable by you.

BARY.(Deaf)
STOCK BROKAGE FINANCE.
name@gmail.com

Clue number one that this was a scam was the email address was not mine. The second clue was the sentence about “transfer through money tree service.” The third clue was the company did not show up in Google. The fourth clue was the misspelling of brokerage (BROKAGE). Finally, a reply came into my email telling me that that post was mine. Bary wanted me to submit my address, city, state, and zip; his secretary is supposed to call me. The email was immediately sent to trash and deleted.

When you put your resume on Monster.com, Yahoo! Hot Jobs, Craigslist, or any other job board, you’re susceptible to scams like this one. It was a very good scam. The ad seems legitimate and the pay is great. Too bad it is a fake employment advertisement. Plus, Bary let’s you know that he’s deaf. If you’re a woman, Bary’s deafness may “tug” at your heart strings.” Not that a man will not be compassionate about Bary’s hearing problem, but a woman may be more sympathetic because she’s a nurturer. Then again, maybe Bary is deaf.

Employment scams are prevalent. Each day on the news we hear about someone who was scammed out of money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Tips to Avoid Employment Scams

  1. Google the name of the company. Search for the company on Google and see what you can find.
  2. Conduct a search using the company name and contact name. Look for the company name and contact person.
  3. Look for multiple spelling errors. This happens in most ads. Most of the time, the people who write “scam ads” cannot spell or construct a complete sentence.
  4. Words that are not used in employment ads. Unless you’re applying for a job in another country, look for words (like “post” in the above email) that seem out of character for your country of origin.
  5. Does the company request money. This is one of the biggest scams. Yes, a company needs start-up money, but they should already have the money from their investors. Do not send money to these people!
  6. Email address ending in gmail.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com or some other popular free email. A person from an organization will not use these email addresses. These emails are legit for most of us, however; if you work for a company, they’ll provide you with an email address ending in the company’s name (example: rebecca@scamfreeorganization.com).
  7. Scan for keywords such as great pay, flexibility, and easy work. Look for these keywords. And — if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!

The next time you receive an email like the one mentioned in this post, think twice before answering. Protect yourself from false hope, time, and money. You must be vigilant, especially when the economy is going through changes. There are many people crawling the internet looking for their next target!

Who Else is Fed Up with Horrible Customer Service?

Has this ever happened to you? You are excited about shopping at your favorite store. The shelves are filled with your favorite products and they’re priced just right. Then it happens. You get to the register and the person behind it provides horrible customer service. This has happened to me numerous times at Ulta Beauty in Chandler, Arizona. The energy in the store is just “blah.” You’d think by now I would know enough to go the Ulta Beauty at Tempe Marketplace. Well, I finally learned my lesson. I’ll shop at Tempe Marketplace store, order online, or find another beauty store.

Customer service in The United States of America is less than stellar. What’s the deal with horrible customer service? Are people that unhappy with their lives? Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “yes!” These people take their negative energy to work and spread it around faster than the speed of light.

Too bad businesses did not administer an “energy” test to employees. Some give psychological and or personality tests but those are not 100 percent reliable. Then again, most businesses are only concerned with the degree a potential employee has and how many years of experience. It does not occur to businesses that they may be hiring a “toxic” employee. Soon the entire company will be infested with an “energy disease” that can suck the life out you in less than 2.5 seconds!

Oprah had Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com on her September 23, 2008 show. He has taken Zappos.com from $1.6 million in 2000 to $840 million in 2007. Tony did this by focusing relentlessly on customer service. He knew what it was like to receive “horrible customer service” which is why excellent customer service is important at Zappos.com.

Zappos.com offers handbags, clothing, electronics, and much more because of their superior customer service. People who receive good customer service will be loyal customers. Tony does not have an office; he doesn’t even own a suit! Tony prefers to be accessible to all of his employees instead of being holed-up in an office.

The next time you provide or receive horrible customer service, remember these two things: 1) the person you just waited on may be a writer for a major newspaper or magazine and 2) shop at another store. With current economic conditions being a little shaky, there are plenty of stores that provide great customer service. They’ll take your money with a smile!

Have you experienced horrible customer service? What’s the story?

Warning! Working With People Maybe Killing You!

Most people cannot stand to go to work. When Sunday comes around, they are already dreading going to work. Perhaps it’s because the boss or another employee makes their blood boil or stomach do “flip-flops!” Most people have experienced an overbearing, rude, or negative boss, co-worker, or employee at some point in their career. It is becoming a job requirement to know how to work with all types of people.

“In their book, “Working with You is Killing Me — Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work,” (Warner Business Books, 2006), Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster offer advice on how to recognize a co-worker problem and provide tools for dealing with them professionally and effectively.” See MSN.CareerBuilder for further reference.

Do not allow people to take your power! Most people do things to get a reaction out of others. Once they know what buttons to push, they will do it all of the time. Here’s a saying that you can say to yourself if you find yourself in a negative situation at work: “I’m rubber, your glue, your negative energy bounces of a me and sticks to you!” You may even find that a smile forms across your face.

Some people are very insecure or in so much pain that they do not know how to deal with their issues. It is not your job to “fix people.” It’s your job to monitor your thoughts and feelings. When a person is “getting on your nerves,” walk away as fast as you can. Think about something that makes you happy, like a new job. Be sure to thank your current job for providing you with experience and a salary, then start looking for a new job.

The workplace is full of people. The key is to know how to deal with all personalities types. Remember, it’s just a job and not your life. Another way to deal with toxic people is an attitude of gratitude. You can thank God you are not related or married to these people! Can you imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? It would be an exciting day which would make you want to be at work instead of spending the holiday with them.

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How to Avoid Desk Rage in the Workplace

Work relationships can be pleasant or very intense. Employers must be aware of “desk rage.” Just like road rage, desk rage can be deadly. Employees are overworked, underpaid, and stressed out to the max! Mix in a little economic uncertainty, debt, and family troubles into the pot and employers have a recipe for disaster in the workplace. Before employers know it, they have a mess that may not be easy to clean up with disciplinary action such as firing.

What is desk rage? People who come to work that are angry, grumpy, ill-tempered, insulting, or worse. Anything from acts such as impatience, yelling, gossiping, backstabbing, throwing things, stealing office supplies, and abusing sick days are part of desk rage.

What causes desk rage? Americans who are coping with woes of rising costs, debt, family problems, and job uncertainty suffer from desk rage. Employees with the least power are more than likely to show desk rage because they feel they are at the mercy of everyone else. Those who do not seek help to deal with their emotions in a more healthy way are a disaster waiting to happen.

What can employees and employers do about desk rage? Breathing and walking are great ways to “cool off” the emotions. Taking 10 deep breaths and focusing on each breath is a great way to calm down. Getting up and going for a walk is another technique that will help to curb desk rage. Not only is walking great exercise but it is a way for people to change their focus.

How to avoid desk rage? Change your thoughts, change your life. A job is just that, it’s a job. If employees feel that their “job” is their life then they have deeper issues to resolve. Don’t buy into the doom and gloom speak of others. Many people thrive in good and bad economic times. Choose to think your own thoughts.

Listening to and partaking in gossip will come back to haunt you. Just because some employees have gathered around the water cooler to talk about “Bob” does not mean you have to join in the conversation. Remember the saying, “what goes around comes around” and it will get you. Karma is powerful; we’re all in this together.

Another way to avoid desk rage is to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Employees could be grateful they have jobs because others have lost theirs. Just something to think about before performing an act of desk rage.

To learn more about what causes “desk rage” and how to prevent it, please visit News.Yahoo.com and MSNBC.com.

Help Wanted! Are You Overqualified For That Job?

If you search the “main” career websites such as CareerBuilder, Monster.com, or Jobing.com, you will find a plethora of job opportunities. If you are a person with a Masters Degree, do you think you are qualified to be a receptionist? Most people would say “yes” you are qualified. In fact, you are more than qualified to be a receptionist.

It is very discouraging when you are looking for work and you read a job posting that states “Experienced Veterinary Receptionist.” Translation, if you do not specifically have veterinary receptionist experience do not bother to apply. So, the people running the office feel that it takes a very special talent to pick up the phone and say “Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, Dr. Soandso’s office, how may I help you? Yes, Dr. Soandso has 9:00 am this Saturday available. Would you like to schedule an appointment?” You get the picture. Yes, you will have to know how to use a computer, provide great customer service, and have a love of animals. If you are applying for the job not only do you have a strong interest in the position, you most likely possess other qualifications that would benefit everyone in the office.

Employers wonder why employees are disgruntled. The government of the United States of America wonders why its people have a lack of faith in the establishment. Could it be the fact that our jobs are shipped overseas even though reports will say that “x-amount” of jobs were created. Congratulations to the people who were hired in those jobs.

It can be very aggravating and frustrating when you have yourself or a family to support. Employment search engines seem to “pop-up” each day. Yet, many people are having a difficult time of finding employment. Maybe there is something in the air. Will it change? Hopefully things will start to improve. Of course, one way to improve your situation is to keep the faith!

The Art of Leadership

I graduated with a Masters of Science, Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Let me tell you, I am getting my money’s worth! We often discussed in our classes whether or not leadership can be taught or if it is something you just have within you. Lately, I have been asking myself this question. Here’s why…

I am an events volunteer, and I signed up with MovieWork Now Casting, Inc. as a “talent” to earn some extra cash. Sweet! So far, I have had two auditions and worked one event. And there it is! I worked an event that was eventful. Ha! Ha! At least I made some extra money this weekend! [Read more…]