Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Cover Letter Secrets: Secret Tip For Emergency Situations

Address your cover letter to the recipient by name...

If the name is unavailable, use one of the greetings in Example #2 and add this personal note.

Please Note: I'm sorry for this impersonal greeting on my cover letter. I was unable to get your name online. However, I look forward to the opportunity to meet you in person so I can address you by name and discuss this job opening. I am highly interested in working for {company name}.

CrossRoads Newsletter and Career Development Center: "care"

Monday, May 16, 2005

Creating Passionate Users - Hire Different

Another post I saw on DayPop that I want to revisit:

Creating Passionate Users: Hire Different

Hiring is Obsolete

I just saw this on DayPop's Top 40 and wanted to link to it so that I can check it out later.

Hiring is Obsolete

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Companies starting 'no fault' attendance programs

This comes to us from the folks at

Clark usually has trouble with his voice this time of year because of allergies to the pollen in the air. He has missed no work because of it and feels very lucky because of that. He is also grateful for the fact that, when he is sick, his employer understands and gives him a day to rest. But many employers are not so generous these days. According to the Chicago Tribune, the trend in corporate America is to punish workers for taking sick days. The companies participating in these “no fault attendance programs” give points or demerits for taking sick days. And if you get too many, you could be suspended or even fired. Arriving late to work is also penalized with points. Some banks and utility companies have these policies, and they claim that it eliminates favoritism and judgment on the part of supervisors and managers. Yes, some people deserve to be penalized for calling in sick when they are not. But these companies are punishing everyone for the behavior of a few. And, sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone is truly “sick” or not. Clark’s solution is to eliminate sick pay all together and just allow employees a certain number of days off each year.
via Clark Howard Show Notes Monday, April 25

Monday, May 02, 2005

Whistle While You Work

If you're not happy at your job - a recent HotJobs story says that a lot of us are (see U.S. Job Satisfaction Keeps Falling) - you may want to look for volunteer opportunities, according to this story from Yahoo! HotJobs:

"As people get more involved, they feel good about what they're doing," said Lance Hunsinger, president and CEO of Cariten Healthcare. "You find it builds a lot of teamwork and employee morale. You do see when people are happier they work more efficiently and more productively. It's good for the company. As employees get happier about being part of an organization, turnover drops."
via Whistle While You Work ; Companies Find Employees Who Do Community Service Through Their Jobs Are Happier, More Productive