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Company Christmas Party behavior broken down and interpreted

Company Christmas Party

The gossip after the company Christmas party will be remembered and exaggerated

Company Christmas party, mind your P’s and Q’s

The typical HR post around this time of year will discuss why we call the Christmas Parties the “Holiday Parties”.  Other posts explain why we need to be sensitive to different cultures, blah,

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Skilledup.com, get your company to pay for your classes

skilledup.com

There is budget for your training, you just need the right approach

Skilledup.com

Have you cursed your manager after being declined when you requested to take a class or attend a conference?

Have you been the victim of the classic “We don’t have the budget”? If you have heard these crushing words,

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Halloween Costume 2014

tasteless halloween costume

Inappropriate Halloween costume for work

Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year again. Halloween approaches and of course, it wouldn’t be a HRNasty Halloween if I couldn’t try and predict the tasteless Halloween costumes some fools will wear this year to work.

This year will probably be a double whammy because Halloween falls on a Friday.

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Best Business Books

An MBA friend recently entered the work force and asked me to recommend some good business books to read. He is fortunate because his job puts him in situations where he spends extended periods of time with executives. He figured that reading any books would help him with his new career, and consequently wasn’t asking for anything in particular. At first I was stumped. His request was so broad I didn’t know which direction to point him. I didn’t think I could effectively pick a book that would meet his natural curiosity and capture his interest. With this in mind, I took a different direction on his request.

I explained that I didn’t really know what he was looking for but I had an idea that would hopefully solve his request. My thought was to provide a list of books that would enable him to hold interesting conversations with CEO’s and other MBA’s. Some are “must reads” but there should be a few that will give you a different way to think about “best business books”. With this in mind, I put together the following list of books that I believe will give him talking points so he can hold conversations with his executive level customers:

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Job search after the Microsoft layoff, how to bounce back

Microsoft Layoff

How to overcome a layoff from a Large Box Employer

Microsoft Layoffs and how candidates can bounce back

Here in Seattle, Washington the big news this past week was the Microsoft layoffs of close to 18,000 employees and vendors. This is huge number for any company but until something like this happens in your city,

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Closing the job interview

closing the interview

Closing the job interview with a non-verbal flourish is just nasty

Closing the job interview

We all know that closing the job interview is a critical piece to the interview process. I read and hear many well-intentioned closing statements when reading cover letters and interviewing candidates.  How many of us have said or listed the following in a cover letter or stated the below when closing the job interview?

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