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Enjoy Work and Improve Performance by Clearing Workplace Clutter

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1) Eliminate Distractions – Set and monitor your personal career goals and if your job duties don’t support them then discuss delegating them or moving out of that role with your manager.

2) Resolve Conflicts – Plan to resolve and eliminate conflicts. Place conflict resolving action items at the top of your to-do list, after breaking these actions down into smaller readily achievable pieces.

3) Eliminate Email Overload – Quickly respond to non-priority emails with an ‘I’ll get back to you ASAP’ email, place them in a follow-up folder and get to them when you can.

4) Spend Less Time with Chatterboxes – Tell workplace ‘talkers’ that you have deadlines to meet (assuming you do) and steer clear of them if possible. Save these conversations for break times if they are unavoidable.

Read the entire article here.

Declutter Your Career and Make Way for Success. [CareerJournal – Sarah Needleman]

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Getting Your Ideas Noticed at Work

Penelope Trunk discusses “How to get your company to listen to your ideas” at her Blog Brazen Careerist. Penelope states that “most employees don’t sell their ideas to their company properly.” “When you have an idea, sell from the perspective of the people who can make or break your outcome. Think about what obstacles would stand in the way for the decision maker, and then you do the work of making a plan to overcome them,” says Penelope.

In her blog post Ms. Trunk introduces Jeff Snipes, CEO of Ninth House, an online training company. Snipes presents the following 3 tips to presenting your ideas to your corporate decision makers in an ’emotionally intelligent’ manner:

How to get your company to listen to your ideas

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What is the Preferred Resume Length? – Accountemps Study

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Accountemps, the world’s largest temporary staffing company for accounting, finance, and bookkeping professionals, recently published the results of a poll of 150 senior executives (HR, finance, and marketing) from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies – “Resumes Inching Up“. The executives were asked “What is the preferable length of a resume for staff-level employees and executives?” Here are the results:

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Read the press release to find out more about the Do’s and Dont’s of what to include in a resume.

Resumes Inching Up. [Accountemps]

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Second Life – A virtual life becomes a real job

Second Life is a “3D online digital world imagined, created, and owned by it’s residents.” Simply put it is a ‘website’ where real people can create online alter ego and interact with other people worldwide. As Dawn Rosenberg McKay of About.com writes, “residents of this virtual world, who take on the persona of a self-created avatar, can own land, run businesses and attend events, all online. Ms. McKay references Fortune.com, “the most radical dotcom 2.0 recruitment wave is happening in virtual reality thanks to Second Life. Instead of posting a resume on Monster.com that will hopefully net a flesh-and-blood job interview, your avatar can be interviewed and hired all within Second Life, often for jobs possible only in virtual reality.” Apparently several companies have already hired people by finding and interviewing people’s Second Life alter ego. If you are already on Second Life you might consider networking or starting a business where real world employer can see your talent. If you have not yet experienced Second Life it may be worth a look.

Can Second Life Help You Get Hired? [Dawn Rosenberg McKay – About.com]

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Average Pay at Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For

Fortune Magazine recently released its annual list of the 100 “Best Companies to Work For”. Along with this list Fortune provides the average annual pay for salaried employees for these 100 companies:

Rank

Company

Best companies rank

Most common job title

Average
annual pay*

1

Nixon Peabody

49

Associate Attorney

$181,099

2

Bingham McCutchen

94

Associate

$180,050

3

Alston & Bird

19

Associate Attorney

$166,300

4

Adobe Systems

31

Senior Computer Scientist

$161,127

5

Arnold & Porter

26

Associates

$155,929

6

EOG Resources

83

Engineer

$145,750

7

Perkins Coie

64

Associate

$142,027

8

SRA International

61

Project Manager

$129,642

9

Boston Consulting Grp.

8

Consultant

$129,071

10

Goldman Sachs

36

Other Exempt (Analyst, Program Analyst and Associate)

$129,000

11

Network Appliance

6

MTS Software 4

$129,000

12

Yahoo

44

Technical Yahoo Senior

$126,000

13

Cisco Systems

11

Software Engineer IV

$123,021

14

Microsoft

50

Software Developer

$118,500

15

Jones Lang LaSalle

66

Vice President

$116,566

16

Robert W. Baird

38

Financial Analyst

$116,000

17

Kimley-Horn & Assoc.

28

Project Manager

$115,938

18

MITRE

60

Lead Information Systems Engineer

$112,656

19

Texas Instruments

87

Electrical Design Engineer

$109,223

20

American Century Invest.

15

Programmer/Analyst Specialist

$105,000

21

S.C. Johnson & Son

7

Sr. Research Scientist

$104,192

22

Publix Super Markets

57

Store Manager

$103,981

23

Dow Corning

55

Supply Chain

$102,093

24

Alcon Laboratories

65

Sales Representative

$100,998

25

Booz Allen Hamilton

63

Associate

$100,800

26

Capital One Financial

84

Project Manager

$100,393

27

American Express

74

Project Manager-Technologies

$99,221

28

Nugget Market

13

Store Director

$98,833

29

AstraZeneca

71

Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist

$97,835

30

SAS Institute

48

Systems developer

$97,276

31

Ernst & Young

25

Manager – a client serving position

$95,905

32

Qualcomm

14

Engineer, Senior

$95,345

33

Baptist Health S. Florida

81

Assistant Manager, Patient Care

$93,498

34

Principal Financial Grp.

77

IT Application Analyst Sr.

$93,419

35

Paychex

70

Sales Representative

$91,774

36

Vision Service Plan

23

Application Developer III

$90,296

37

Medtronic

72

Engineer

$89,985

40

Procter & Gamble

68

Production Department Manager

$87,400

41

Valero Energy

22

IS Specialist

$86,915

42

Methodist Hospital Sys.

9

Manager, Nursing

$86,783

43

David Weekley Homes

12

Sales Consultant

$86,659

44

PricewaterhouseCoopers

58

Manager/Supervisor

$86,307

45

Genzyme

43

Researcher/Scientist

$85,973

46

Memorial Health

91

Registered Nurse Clinical Mgr

$83,170

47

Quicken Loans

17

Mortgage Banker

$82,000

48

Northwest Community Hospital

37

Clinical Coordinator

$81,224

49

Men’s Wearhouse

90

Professional (Information & Technology)

$80,289

50

Deloitte & Touche USA

76

Senior/Senior Consultant

$77,011

51

Genentech

2

Research Associate

$76,000

52

Edward Jones

29

Senior Programmer Analyst

$75,616

53

Whole Foods Market

5

Associate Store Team Leader

$72,894

55

National Instruments

86

Engineer 2 Staff

$69,866

56

TDIndustries

79

Superintendent

$69,706

57

Standard Pacific

85

Construction Manager

$69,400

58

First Horizon National

46

Enterprise Technician

$68,926

59

OhioHealth

52

Case Manager

$68,755

60

Granite Construction

56

Engineering

$67,497

61

Synovus

98

Program Analyst

$67,491

62

Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Ntwrk.

80

Patient Care Coordinator

$66,565

63

Plante & Moran

32

Auditor

$65,000

64

Milliken

93

Product/Process Improvement

$62,000

65

Stew Leonard’s

51

Store Manager

$60,870

66

QuikTrip

20

Store Manager

$60,525

67

CarMax

88

Buyers

$59,385

68

CDW

82

Account Manager

$58,520

69

IKEA North America

96

Sales Manager

$58,487

70

Aflac

73

Supervisor

$57,363

71

Pella

59

Department Manager

$57,172

72

Stanley

100

Systems Analyst II

$56,867

73

Timberland

78

Manager Store Sales

$54,453

74

Marriott International

89

Sales Manager

$54,274

75

KPMG

97

Associate

$53,880

76

Bright Horizons

92

Director

$53,000

77

J.M. Smucker

39

Production Supervisor

$51,713

78

HomeBanc Mortgage

67

Underwriters

$51,624

79

Umpqua Bank

34

Store Manager

$50,078

80

Baptist Health Care

54

Manager

$48,921

81

Nordstrom

24

Sales Department Manager

$48,500

82

Wegmans Food Markets

3

Store Department Manager

$47,775

83

Four Seasons Hotels

53

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

$47,256

84

Starbucks Coffee

16

Store Manager

$43,598

85

Station Casinos

18

Casino Floorperson

$43,427

86

Container Store

4

Store Sales

$42,630

87

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

35

Business Operations Coordinator

$42,354

88

Nike

69

MGR/Department/Retail

$39,128

89

JM Family Enterprises

41

Operations Account Representative

$36,350

90

American Fidelity Assur.

47

Account Representative

$33,559

From the January 22, 2007 issue

100 Best Companies to Work For 2007. [Fortune]
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Career Hacker * http://www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * http://www.billinman.com

Leveraging "Stretchwork" – Career Advancement Without Experience

According to Siobhan O’Mahony, Asst. Professor of Neotiations, Organizations, and Markets at the Harvard Business School, if you are a contractor or temp you need “stretchwork” to bridge the gap to a more rewarding position and enable them to manage and advance their careers in the less predictable world of contract labor. Stretchwork is work that fits with an individual’s previous experience and yet extends their skills in a new direction.

Here are 4 Stretchwork strategies from O’Mahony:

  • Differentiate competence. Anyone hoping to advance must distinguish his or her performance on the job. This is particularly true, however, for contract workers—because they are paid for each short-term job, their employers are likely to subject their work to close, freque nt evaluation.
  • Acquire referrals. Because high-tech contractors tend to work with a number of clients, brokers, and fellow contractors, they enjoy a broader social network from which to draw referrals than most permanent employees. In the film industry—where most hiring is done based on a production manager’s previous experience with an individual—referrals are a vital aspect of getting any job, particularly if it stretches a worker in a new direction.
  • Framing and bluffing. “This is one of the most creative attributes for obtaining stretchwork,” O’Mahony notes. “People who are good at presenting their prior experience in a way that allows for an easy translation to the desired job can narrow the gap between their past experience and future capabilities.” Adopting a hybrid job title to identify oneself—”director-screenwriter,” for example—can also help establish authority in more than one area.
  • Discounting. Accepting pay below the market rate is a temporary disadvantage some contract workers are willing to accept, if it means gaining the experience and exposure that will lead to a new position. One technical writer put it this way: “I turned down solid offers from three companies, all paying over $100K a year…I would take a job at $55K if they’re using a totally new technology so I learn something…It’s like playing pool…You hit the green ball with the white ball, and the point is to place the white ball to get the next shot. So I take that job in order to learn skills for my next project.”

Career Advancement Without Experience. [HBS Working Knowledge – Siobhan O’Mahony]

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Career Hacker * http://www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * http://www.billinman.com