The other day, I was catching up on my emails from being gone, and found this message:
"Dear Dawn: My name is _______ and I'm 30 years old. Today at work I received a 30 day warning from my two bosses that if I don't get my act together work-wise, they'll have to let me go. The scary thing is that this could be my SEVENTH layoff in six years."
My biggest concern for this job seeker is that they are referencing their departure from an employer as a layoff.
A layoff is when a position is eliminated, the company closes, or there isn't enough money in the budget to pay for that position.
This person is totally misunderstanding their situation. They have been terminated.
That's an entirely different conversation. Hopefully, they grasp the difference in meaning so they aren't misrepresenting themselves. I quickly advised this young person about the proper use of terminology.
I also asked them to also take a good hard look at themselves to better understand why there have been so many terminations. One or at the most two terminations might have some causes beyond their control (i.e. BossZilla), but 7 is a huge red flag.
My concern is that they are impatient and entitled as that they were coming across that way in the message to me. If I can pick that up from one interaction (email), it's likely being screamed out in the workplace.
One of the blessings of the work that I do is speak to groups. This week, I am onsite at IAEE’s Expo Expo in San Antonio, TX providing one on one resume reviews and a presentation about amping up your LinkedIn profile.
Given that most people's resumes are AWFUL, any little bit helps, especially if you aren't working with a resume writer. https://www.themuse.com/advice/45-quick-changes-that-help-your-resume-get-noticed?ref=long-reads-1
Getting unstuck can help you boost your positive contributions at work. Try this! https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-obvious-trick-for-getting-past-a-creative-block-that-no-one-tries?ref=recently-published-1
I've been keeping tabs on what HR practitioners have been discussing, and a lot of it has to do with artificial intelligence (AI). Here's what you need to know: http://mashable.com/2017/10/26/will-robots-take-steal-your-job-automation/#cjb5KttaDuqq
Get ready... get set...GO! https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/10/25/whos-hiring-the-most-holiday-season-2017/#187bdfcfdfbb
Touchy subject (literally) but an important one: Sexual harrassment happens in the workplace, but begins in school. Remember: if this behavior isn't addressed early, it lasts a lifetime. http://fortune.com/2017/10/26/sexual-harassment-assault-mark-halperin-george-hw-bush/?iid=sr-link1
Is this a new trend?
If you have ever dealt with an underperforming co-worker, you can appreciate how them not ever getting fired could make your worklife hell. https://blog.liberationist.org/what-if-no-one-would-ever-get-fired-827601fb8af1
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