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Jobs in the New Economy

Come and join executive, leadership and career development coach Danila Székely tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Newton Free Library for a program titled Reinventing Yourself in Today’s Economy. This program is for people who are considering a career transition, currently engaged in a job search or are interested in re-defining their career.

The interactive session will include tools, suggestions and exercises to help participants take the next step in their careers. Be prepared to share your questions, challenges and successful approaches that have worked for you.

This is the second presentation in the ongoing Job Seekers, Career and Professional Development Series.

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Telecommuting Tips

Contemplating a switch to work-from-home status to save on commuting costs?

While it sounds like a no-brainer, Women & Co. offers some worthwhile tips to follow to avoid potential pitfalls.

  1. Be on time – a few minutes late to a virtual conference will have your colleagues thinking you just rolled out of bed or are nursing a hangover.  Maintaining professionalism is crucial.
  2. Hire a sitter – Don’t attempt to multi-task with childcare.  Either have the children cared for outside the house or have a designated provider during business hours.
  3. Let the dishes sit – Same as above.  Household chores can wait. Clients may become suspicious if they hear running water and clattering china in the background during a phone call.
  4. Set boundaries – being at home does not make you the go-to person for friends and neighbors needing someone to receive packages or meet the cable guy.
  5. Set a schedule – it is important to establish a work schedule and more importantly a quitting time.  Don’t become a workaholic and spend evenings and weekends on job-related tasks.  Your homelife is a priority.  Remember why you chose to work from home in the first place.

Read the online article here.

Watch and Learn

Handling your finances well is often framed as an individual matter.  But, if you understand what the economy is doing, you can fare better financially.

A good place to connect economics to your own money matters is through Paul Solmon’s program on the PBS  News Hour and his companion website, Making Sen$e: Your Guide to the Economy.

Start with the videos for teachersWhat does Goldman Sachs Do? and Are Big Banks Good for the Economy?

View a recent broadcast, The Unemployment Paradox:  Why Job Seekers, Employers Aren’t Connecting to learn more about the job market.

Or take a recent popular quiz, Do You Live in A Bubble? to determine if your socio-economic status and lifestyle separate you from the mainstream of Americans. Based on the book Coming Apart by Charles Murray, it claims that the income and education based enclaves we live in are unhealthy for all of us.

Massachusetts Conference for Women

This year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women will be held on Thursday, December 8th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Learn how to manage your money, reinvent your career and network effectively.

“The  Conference features nationally recognized speakers who share their wisdom and expertise on a wide range of personal and professional development topics, helping you find clarity on your goals and what you need to accomplish them.”

A Small Business Boot Camp will be held one day prior on Wednesday, December 7 and will feature Tory Johnson,  Good Morning America workplace contributor and a line-up of small business experts.

This is not a free conference.  Registration information can be found here.

Job Interview No-No’s

A recent The Color of Money column by Michelle Singletary contained worthwhile advice for  job seekers on what behaviors to avoid during that crucial interview.

Like to chew gum?  More than half of the managers in this survey by  CareerBuilder cited gum-chewing as among the top mistakes by applicants.

Other major irritants?

  • Talking or texting on your cell phone.
  • Bringing Mom or Dad to the interview.
  • Negative talk about prior employers.
  • Dressing inappropriately.
  • Looking bored.

Feel like you aced the interview?  Don’t even think about giving a big bear hug to the interviewer.  Hiring managers do not like good-bye embraces.

Want to impress your prospective employer with a college degree?  Just make sure it is your own.  One manager told the story of a candidate who brought in a diploma after using white-out to remove the graduate’s name and replace it with his own.

Read the whole article here.