Best Places to Work – Employees’ Choice Awards

December 19th, 2011

From GlassDoor.com

Glassdoor is excited to announce our fourth annual Employees’ Choice Awards for Best Places to Work. Our Top 50 winners were selected by the people who know these companies best — their employees!

Click here to see the full list and learn more about each of the companies.

Holiday Jobs: How to Snag One and Who’s Hiring

December 12th, 2011

From The Street
By Jeanine Skowronski, MainStreet Staff Writer

‘Tis the season for temporary holiday jobs, as retailers have begun announcing their holiday hiring for this year. So far six companies — Fedex, QVC, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy and Toys R Us have announced their plans and staffing estimates for the 2011 holiday shopping season, and we will update the list as other retailers follow suit.

The new estimates paint a mixed bag for those hoping to score some work during Thanksgiving and Christmas, as among the companies are those dialing back, adding extra help and keeping job openings virtually the same as last year.

How can you increase your chances at getting a seasonal job? Check out our rundown of How to Snag a Seasonal Job for details. Those who find one should also take a look at our How to Keep Your Seasonal Job and turn that temporary job into permanent employment!

The Benefits of Having a Professional Mentor

December 5th, 2011

by: Shonda Y. Lewis, Owner and President – Ridgeway Lewis Consulting
from: WEOP (Women’s Employment Opportunity Project)

If you are looking to advance your career, it is absolutely essential to seek the guidance and help of a mentor: a suitably experienced person with whom you can discuss your career goals, obstacles, and generally work with to solicit confidential guidance and direction on the best course of action to take.

Your mentor should be someone who possesses the appropriate level of wisdom, expertise, and professional success that you also seek. They can be someone you know or someone that would be beneficial to get to know. Their role is to challenge and support you but not simply tell you what to do. The goals of the mentoring relationship should be stated up front so that everyone stays on task. The time span for the mentoring relationship can be generally short (less than 6 months) or long. A good mentor will want to ensure that you gain confidence and independence as a result of mentoring, and that you are empowered to take full and effective responsibility for your own development over the next career stage. 

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