Managing your career

By HRNasty

Career Management

Career Management HRNasty style

Career Management

Don’t trust your career to your manager or the man in the ivory tower.  Our careers fall to individual responsibility. The posts in this section give insight, tips and pro-active techniques to manage your career and manage your manager without selling your soul.

The visible tattoo in the work place

  • What industries tattoos are acceptable and where they are not
  • How to work successfully 9-5 with a tattoo

Career management for HR professionals

  • The Harvard Business Review HR edition broken down
  • Why this is a must read for HR professionals

7 steps to beat the performance plan

  • Mindset of a manager when they put someone on a performance plan
  • Why it isn’t the end of your career
  • Steps to beat the performance plan

How to break the ice and meet co-workers on your first day at a new job

  • Simple technique I personally use on my first day of work to meet colleagues
  • How I introduce a new hire at scale with a minimum of effort

Everyday is Championship Day

  • I talk with a NFL football coach about motivation and team dynamics
  • Overcoming mental and emotional obstacles so you can be your best on interview day

Why lay offs are not personal

  • Having gone through a lay off, I explain why they are NOT personal
  • Breakdown of why many lay offs are conducted badly and how to interpret them as they apply to you.

Unemployment Benefits explained

  • HRNasty is unemployed and explains how unemployment insurance / benefits work in the US.
  • I explain why YOU should collect unemployment and why I am.

HRNasty has gone fishin’

  • HRNasty fly fishing for Steelhead
  • I explain personal circumstance and current job hunt

Personal Brand

  • I break down what a personal brand is
  • What I personally try to project as my brand
  • How to incorporate your brand into the interview process

When is it OK to quit your job and how do you do it without burning bridges?

  • How long should you be at your job before you quit?
  • What do I say when I quit my job?
  • What should I NOT say?

Company Christmas Party behavior broken down

  • How HR and your VP look at your Christmas party behavior
  • Different company behavior broken down and interpreted

How to get your manager to approve training

  • Been declined for training
  • How to ask for training and what your manager needs to hear to approve it

Laptop Etiquette in the meetings and the boardroom

  • Are laptops acceptable in meetings
  • Can we take notes on our phones in meetings?

Halloween Costume, Career Limiting moves or accelerators

  • Examples of costumes that will launch your career
  • Examples of costumes that will limit your career

Mentors, the number 1 career accelerator

  • Benefits of a mentor, and why they are critical to your career
  • How to find a mentor
  • Mentee etiquette

To MBA or not to MBA, that is the question

  • How do hiring managers really look at an MBA
  • Is the cost of an MBA going to earn you more money and how much?

4 signs you are a great manager or great leader

  • Do you have the DNA to be a great manager
  • How I think the great managers carry themselves

Part 2: Severance packages explained

  • The differences between how employers and employees view severance packages
  • How to negotiate your next job when you have a severance package

Part 1: Job search after being laid off from Microsoft or any large brand employer

  • How to overcome any stigma of being laid off
  • What we need to be aware of as we get ready to look for the next job after being laid off

Did you receive a Title Promotion without a raise?

  • Ever wonder why you were given a title promotion without a raise?
  • What is your manager thinking when this happens?
  • Can this be avoided ahead of time?

Director and VP Level

  • What C Levels look for in these candidates
  • The difference between managers and the leadership level
  • What to demonstrate if you are getting passed over for promotions

Part 1 of 2: Professional Networking, the differences between an executive and a recent graduate and how they network

  • The biggest differences between how professional executives and recent graduates go about the networking game
  • Part 1 is how recent graduates bumble their way through their networks
  • Hint: executives know how to do this, recent graduates rarely get this right

What HRNasty gives thanks for during the Thanksgiving season

  • If you don’t like your job or your manager, read this.  You do have something to be thankful for.

Why Stack ranking still exists at MSFT (even though they say it doesn’t)

  • Don’t believe the hype, stack ranking still exists

Top 5 rules for you and your spouse at the company holiday party

  • Do’s and Do Nots for you and your spouse at the company holiday party

Halloween costumes and how they can affect your career

  • How Halloween costumes can propel or can your career, the good, the bad and the ugly on Halloween career management

How an inappropriate costume cost an employee their job

  • It happens every year, don’t let bad costumes happen to good employees

7 ways to achieve work life balance

  • 7 things I see on a regular basis that keeps employees working inefficiently
  • How to achieve work life balance and career management

Work Life Balance, one HR guys opinion

  • One HR guys experience and the differences in work life balance between the corporate world and start up

How to study for the SPHR / PHR certification

  • I answer a readers question on how to study for the SPHR / PHR test for HR professionals

Why your job tenure means nothing to your manager

  • How many employees lose their jobs because they have 5, 10, or 15 years of tenure
  • What your manager REALLY thinks about job tenure (they don’t)
  • Career management for lifers

Why your company doesn’t hire internal candidates and seems to go with external candidates

  • Have you interviewed for an transfer within your own company and been turned down
  • Why companies go with external candidates when internal candidates are right under their nose

When you should take the first job offer you receive

  • Guest post from a favorite a favorite, @alarecruiter who has both agency and internal recruiting experience
  • Great perspective on when to accept the first offer

Low balling your job offer, a recruiters secrets

  • What I am really thinking about when I extend a job offer
  • How much can a recruiter get away with?

How HR knows you are conducting a job search

  • Poker has its tells and employees looking for a job while employed have their tells
  • HR isn’t as dumb as you think it is

The dreaded manager meeting

  • My take on the dreaded manager meeting
  • How to minimize your stress, career management, and how to manage your manager.  Don’t let your manager manage you!

How an HR person works remotely and keeps her career moving forward

  • A good friend who works remotely and works in HR gives her take.
  • Consider her the 1%

How a remote employee is REALLY looked at by HR and managers

  • Everyone wants to work from home. HRNasty gives an HR and managers take on how remote employees are really looked at.

HR explains when and why they might offer a lower salary than what you are expecting.

  • If you are accepting a position for lesser pay, this post is for you
  • How your experience relates to the job offer including being overqualified, different geographical markets, etc.

Startup Life Vs. Corporate America and which one will build a stronger resume

  • I have worked in both environments and I provide a few thoughts on stability, career, and resume building

What you need to focus on during the first 30 days of your new job

  • You just landed the job, now you need to keep it.
  • What your manager is looking for from you in your first 30 days

Thank you and WHY you should start a blog

  •  I say thank you and explain why you should start a blog

Dinner with the Boss

  • How to enjoy yourself, and why you shouldn’t worry
  • Career management for those that made the guest list

Office Hours in the workplace

  • They worked in school and they can work with your career

The workplace isn’t a Democracy

  • If you think it is, you couldn’t be more wrong

Office Halloween Costumes, what HR really thinks

  • Think your costume is cute?  Here is what HR really thinks!

What do you demand of your employer?

  • What can you demand and what you should NOT ask for!

HR lessons learned behind closed doors

  • Ever wonder what is discussed behind HR’s closed doors?  Read this whistle-blower.

Hugs in the workplace

  • What is appropriate and what you can get away with

Career Advice to make yourself bulletproof in a weak economy

  • Advice that your manager won’t tell you

HBO’s Hard Times: Lost in Long Island

  • Lessons to be learned from the unemployed in this HBO documentary on long-term unemployed

3 start-up myths shattered

  • Don’t believe the hype when it comes to the myths of start-ups.
  • Stability, Hours worked and Stock options, I debunk all three myths

Great Career advice that changed my life

  • When I was given a stellar review, I was also told how I could take my gave to the next level.
  • Advice that I wish more people in the interview process knew about

Why company parties are so important to you career  (Part 1)

  • Some basic examples how to conduct yourself and how to not conduct your self.  More importantly, is WHY these parties matter so much to not just the company, but to your career.  Reasons 1-5 of 10

Part two of the above.  Reasons 5-6 of the 10 reasons

  • more of the prior post, reasons 6-10.

How to deliver an effective review as a manager

  • Simple steps to make the annual review process easier, quicker, and more efficient
  • Why the annual review is important to individual reports and why (FROM THE INDIVIDUAL REPORTS PERSPECTIVE)
  • Why it is important for a MANGER to deliver annual reviews

How an individual contributor can take control of their annual review

  • No one likes annual reviews.  This post tries to explain the following:
  • Why a lot of annual reviews ARE ineffective and a waste of time
  • How to take control and get the most out of your annual review, at any level
  • Why your annual review is SO IMPORTANT TO YOUR CAREER

So you don’t like your manager?

  • Not many people like their manager, but at the end of the day, it is your career, not theirs, so it is in your best interest to manage this relationship.  This posts talks about:
  • Why your manager may act the way they do towards your career
  • Why your manager may have been promoted despite your lack of trust in them
  • How you can help your manager help you

How to carry yourself in a corporate environment

  • Lessons learned from watching the HBO series Hard Knocks.  Hard Knocks takes us behind the scenes of training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals.  There are a lot of similarities to how pro athletes carry themselves and the way WE should be carrying ourselves in corporate America.

Don’t let your manager manage you.  Manage your manager.

  • Effective ways to manage your manager without them realizing they are being managed.
  • Set yourself up for a raise, promotion, transfer, or just keeping your job in an unstable economy.

Bring something to the party

  • In today’s economy, your manager may have hired you to do a specific job, but they way you are going to be kept around, promoted and given raises, is if you do MORE than just what you were hired to do.  If you make a difference beyond your job description.  A lot of folks don’t know it, but even though they are getting their job description done, they aren’t making a positive impact to the department or the company’s bottom line because of their other behaviors.

Why Cost of Living Raises are NOT your friend

  • If your company or manager is giving you a cost of living raise / adjustment, you are only hurting yourself.  Here is why.
  • Trust me, you don’t want to receive a raise like this.

Resignations, top things to remember  

  • Everyone wants to say “take this job and shove it”.  Do’s and Don’ts when you resign to keep your career on track.

See you at the after party,


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