Connect. Engage. Collaborate.™
The purpose of The Great Workplace 2.0™ is simple: while it is happening, show core changes in great workplaces, so that start-ups, small and mid-size companies, can extract the principles that other companies are discovering. By example, grow in a healthy and sustainable fashion; return to our economy great dividends of revenue, value and innovation.read more →
“Yeah, that job sounds like a good one but if I take it, it’ll hurt my unemployment benefits so I’m gonna have to pass, thanks anyway.”
What’s wrong with this picture? People are turning down good, well paying, permanent job opportunities for fear of loosing their unemployment benefits. There are jobs out there but the people just won’t accept them. Is this an example of a system gone wrong? Is this really what’s happening in the employment market because of the extended unemployment benefits?
I thought extending unemployment was a way to protect those hurt most from the collapse of our economy. I was led to believe that the extensions were meant to be short term fixes to keep the economy solvent while preventing deep financial hardships for those employees victimized by the economic turbulence. But when it is time to put our foot down and say move on?
Has our unemployment system, ...
read more →
Have you ever run a background check on yourself? Websites such as TransparentMe allow users to find out what is on their background check before applying for their next job!
Bad Credit is Blocking People Getting Jobs
After 35 years at the same job, now facing unemployment in a dismal economy, Vernita Humphries of Randallstown was elated when she landed a job. But just days before her start date, the chief financial officer telephoned her personally to rescind the offer.
Her bad credit, stemming in part from a divorce and the cost to care for her mother after a stroke, had come back to haunt her.
Employers’ use of credit histories to screen applicants is turning into one more barrier for the nation’s unemployed-about 15 million people – many of whom end up with tarnished credit when they lose a job and struggle to pay bills, credit cards and household expenses. Critics of ...
read more →
“So, tell me about yourself.” “Why should I hire you?” “How does your experience meet our needs?”
Have you ever heard these questions during an interview? I guess that depends on the type of position you were interviewing for. If, for example, you were called in for an interview as a fry cook at a fast food joint, then these questions probably never surfaced. However, it is true that employers want to know about you as a person and as a professional. They are interested in how you feel about yourself and why you think you are deserving of the position. They also want to know if you are confident and have what it takes to be successful. There is such a thing as employer standards, and maybe asking these questions of a person interviewing for a fry cook position is a bit extreme. But let’s say you are interviewing for ...
read more →
de Schrijver here.
Yep, been there, done that and felt worthless and scared. It feels like someone has a hold of your heart and is making it beat 25% faster, all the time. More often than not you have been in control until that time, able to see a lot or a little ahead in your future, then BAM! The pink slip, or in the case of a business owner, the funds run out.
More often than not we feel worthless and scared when we have time to dwell on things, or if we take on a negative attitude about life in general.
Here are some fundamentals that have helped a lot of people:
1) Clean your house/ apartment completely. Spend as much time as necessary getting everything spotless. Clear out the clutter, clear out the junk. Make a new start. Do this every week you are looking for a new career. The work ...
read more →
Excerpts from the Book: The Great Workplace 2.0™
A Great Workplace functions at a higher level of purpose and productivity and is a more interesting place to work than other “normal” organizations. It attracts great talent and it attracts great results…for the customer. It extends its intelligent self-interests beyond the executive suite into the depths of its own employment, into the rich treasure troves of vendor knowledge, the community and to all “Participants”. It reaches out to the crowd within its community for opportunities and solutions. The Great Workplace 2.0 understands intrinsically that being “open” is an advantage. When it reaches, it extends its hand in a positive manner both internally and externally looking for strengths and sustainable principles on which to further grow the business and the opportunities for participants. It simply does not adhere to the old model of corporate hierarchy and held power. The Great Workplace of today ...
read more →
NO CELL PHONES FOR INTERVIEWS!!
If you want to make sure you conduct a poor phone interview with a recruiter or hiring authority, use your cell phone.
Yes, I’m an old guy. I was around when phones were the “finger in the dial” kind. It made texting very difficult. I have a cool iPhone now, and use it for everything, except important business calls. Again, EXCEPT for important business calls where I have no choice. I try NOT to use it in the car. I value my life (and yours) too much.
There are positives to be said about having a good old heavy hunk of plastic in your hand that is attached to a wire and then attached to millions of miles of copper:
1) The call is CLEAR. Let me repeat that: CLEAR. No zaps and frizzles and pops. Especially when you or the caller are trying to make logical points about ...
read more →