Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In case you were wondering...

In case anyone was wondering where I've been for the last 3 months...

In December of 2007, I accepted a major promotion with my company. I am now our "Manager of Operations". Lots of new responsibilities and tons to learn! My head has been spinning for weeks but I feel like I'm finally getting a handle on things.

I hope to still be able to share the occasional fun story with anyone who can still be bothered to check out this blog once in a while!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

So, why did you leave your last position?

I've heard some great reasons for leaving a job in the past. But this one takes the cake.

Ian Holloway, former manager of the Plymouth Argyle Football Club, recently resigned his position to take on the leadership role at Leicester. His reason for leaving:
Life's about relationships. I had a fantastic one at Plymouth and I understand I will have broken some hearts but it was breaking my heart that I might not have the opportunity to spend all that money.

In his interview with BBC sport, it's clear that he's actually speaking about the larger budget at Leicester - at least I think so.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


So one of my coworkers asked if I wrote this post on slate.com

I am much smarter than my co-workers. When one of them asks a dumb question (i.e., "What's so bad about Fox News?"), I try to be sensitive and explain without making them feel stupid. Sometimes, though, I get very frustrated, and it's difficult to hold my tongue... How does one handle working with people like this? I could keep my mouth shut and go with the flow, but it makes me feel dumb when I don't speak up—I feel that if I don't acknowledge their stupidity, then I'm not doing my duty as an informed young woman.
I think she was kidding - at least I hope she was. Maybe I need to bring the intellectual snobbery down a notch or two???


Friday, October 19, 2007

It's a jungle out there!

I really love the ad campaign that Career Builder is running these days - beginning with the "Promotion Pit" ad during the superbowl.

It appears that the good folks at CareerBuilder have now teamed up with the coporate side of the Second City comedy team to produce:

"Cube Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle" (available on Amazon) which features top 10 lists, games and hilarious advice.

You can find an excerpt on MSN Careers (powered by CareerBuilder)

But here are my favorites from the: The Boss-to-English Translator

"Great job on the report!"
Translation: "I'm taking credit for your work."

"Let me give you some broadstroke ideas and you can fill in the rest."
Translation: "I still haven't learned how to create an Excel document."

"This office is a family and my door is always open if you ever need to powwow with Papa Bear."
Translation: "I am a tool."

"I'll be out of the office for a couple hours with senior management, but you can reach me on my mobile."
Translation: "I'm playing golf."

"I'll be off-site and unreachable for the rest of the afternoon."
Translation: "I'm playing golf and I expect to be very, very drunk."

"I think we should order in some lunch for the team."
Translation: "None of you are getting a raise. Enjoy your pizza."

"It's good to see you take such bold initiative!"
Translation: "You are a threat to me. You will be fired the next time we so much as run out of coffee."

"Did you finish those projections I asked you about on Friday?"
Translation: "I completely forgot to ask you about the projections on Friday, and I'm hoping your memory is even worse than mine."

"I hate to be the bearer of bad news."
Translation: "Disappointing you is the only pleasure I have left in my dead-end, crappy job."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Job Advertising

I don't think this is what anyone has in mind for "sizzle":

Experienced maintenance technician to work on any equipment problem in a wide variety of conditions: dark, dirty, greasy, foamy, steamy, windy, hot, cold, wet, dry, confined, open, indoors, outdoors, at heights, and under difficult equipment. Must have own tools and be willing to work odd and irregular hours, weekends and holidays, come in early and stay late. Need to have stamina to work through break times, meals and shift changes week after week with a positive attitude. The ability to make anything and everything out of nothing, and change priorities every 5 minutes or faster is required. Eagerness to work as a team-of-one without much support is essential.

On the up-side - at least it's accurate!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Interviewing is like dating

Ask a Manager recently outlined 7 Ways Interviewing is like Dating:
  1. Desperation is not attractive.
  2. Give the impression that you're choosy.
  3. Make your interest personal, not generic.
  4. Use flattery.
  5. Remember to ask if you like them, not just if they like you.
  6. Don't badmouth your exes.
  7. Keep your ego in check.

I totally agree – there are a couple others I’d like to point out:

If you want to see them again – follow up. The value of a well written and prompt thank you note will go far in landing a second interview or an offer

If it isn’t going to work out – don’t leave them hanging. Honest and upfront feedback from the interviewer will save the candidate many a sleepless night waiting by the phone

Appearances do matter – look and act professional in your interview and ALWAYS be on time.

(and just because I love this story) Be wary of making “the first move” – remember hugging the HR Director is not a good idea. But in all seriousness, be aware of the culture you're interviewing in; are they conservative or laid back? Respond accordingly.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

International "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

Who knew there was such a thing!

Here's what not to do in your interview today! http://www.chellar.com/ballog/?p=257

I wish I'd known this earlier today!