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everybodylies

I really just want to talk about the “lies” part, but I did put a link up on Facebook having to do with whether resumes need sexing up. I think we can all pretty much agree that they do — so let’s just get right on that, folks. I promise to close with the video resumes (thus justifying my oh-so-wickedly clever — and timely! — title), but let me jump into my topic: lying. Everybody fudges a little  on their resume. That’s a given. And we’re all okay with that, in an uncomfortable way where we don’t want to come right out and say that we’re okay with that, but we’re mostly okay with it. Some career experts go so far as to offer up advice on how to walk that fine line between bragging and lying. Now what about outright lying? That’s got to be wrong, wrong, wrong. Always….

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faxmachine1

Writing about the future of the social enterprise at Forbes, ServiceMax CEO Dave Yarnold shares this tidbit about a company planning on making a big change: Atos, a 70,000 employee IT services firm based in France, has committed to eliminating all internal email by 2014 in favor of social technologies. The CEO claims that only 15 percent of their internal email was useful and the rest contributed to lost time. We’ll skip the snarky response about how relieved we all are that social technologies will never result in lost time. What’s interesting here is the proposition that internal email is a technology that can be eliminated. It would be far more shocking if Atos were planning to dump email altogether, but even this is a big step. Email is definitely not the force it once was, within enterprises or society in general. Such transitions are hardly unprecedented. I worked for…

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doomedship

It’s a tragic story. A small fishing boat lost at sea comes within sight of a huge cruise ship. The men aboard the boat do what they can to attract the attention of people on board the ship and it works. Some bird watchers on deck note one of the men desperately waving a sweater. The image shown here is a photo taken by one of the birdwatchers from the deck of the cruise ship. They report what they have seen to someone who was an employee of the cruise line (although not necessarily a member of the crew) and even show him the boat. This individual says that the captain will be notified, but nothing ever happens. The cruise ship steams on. The lost fishing boat is not rescued for another two weeks, by which time two of the three men aboard have died. This matter is under investigation; the findings…

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dottedlines

Discussing the difficulties dotted-line management relationships can create, Laurie Ruettiman describes some techniques she has used in the past to demonstrate her authority to those who are slow to accept it. I really like the story about showing up on a Monday morning in a city where the local office had been ignoring her requests for updates. When the boss said there was no office there for her, she simply replied, “That’s okay. I’ll use yours.” And then there’s this: I’m a quick study — and I’m disengaged from my career. That’s almost lethal. It doesn’t matter if you like me. It just matters if you do your job. Very easily, I learned how to make my requests clear and simple and make failure to meet my requests super-difficult. After an excruciating conversation with a Human Resources team in Kentucky, I once told a woman that her fears were right…

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mrnosey

You think you’ve read everything and then you land over on Ask a Manager and see this: my boss is using my email account to impersonate me You have to read the entire letter to get the whole creepy effect. The most disturbing part may be the fact that the writer has apparently omitted quite a few details in order to keep her letter short. The advice is exactly what you would expect: confront him, talk to HR, think about getting a different job. It’s interesting that we seem to be seeing more and more of this kind of thing. The stock explanation is that technology is blurring the lines around what is and is not appropriate, but I don’t think so. True or False: As a general security measure, the company has the right to monitor your email. There’s nothing wrong with your boss using your email account to…

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telecommutingandtheenvironment

Workshifting.com is running an interesting infographic on the case for telecommuting once a week. it includes some pretty good arguments for doing so, including the environmental impact… Obviously cutting 3/4s of the oil we import from the gulf would be no small thing, although it looks like those numbers are based on having people telecommute all the time rather than once a week. Such a scenario is not as completely out there as it might sound. We’ve explored whether the death of the office is imminent on more than one occasion. I know that I have drastically cut my petroleum consumption (and carbon footprint) since I’ve been a telecommuter. Add this to the economic advantages for an organization of eliminating an an “office” as we know it, as discussed in the podcast linked above and elucidated by Stephen Gordon in his “everything becomes a coffeeshop” scenarios. Another way to cut…

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jeffkaney

We have had a number of interesting discussions over the past few months about the job market and the difficulty that some individuals are having finding a job. Economist Arnold Kling talked to us about the possibility that many traditional middle class jobs are simply disappearing. Futurist Federico Pistono examined how automation is contributing to the dwindling job market. Most recently, recruiting guru Dan Ridge made the case that there are a lot of hidden jobs out there, millions of them in fact, and that they are unfilled and may go on being unfilled for some time.   The corollary to hidden jobs is unseen — or at least undervalued or under-appreciated — job seekers. We’ve talked about one group of of job-seekers whose value has been severely discounted — the unemployed. This week we’ll take a look at another group, our veterans. Jeff Kaney joins us to talk about how…

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theresamay

How would you like to help make our nation more secure? Heck, who wouldn’t, but what can the average person do? Well here’s your opportunity… National “cc all your e-mails to Theresa May” Day The government wants to store all our e-mails in a huge database? OK, we’ll save them the trouble by cc-ing the Home Secretary on every e-mail we send for a whole day. It’s a simple and elegant solution. Don’t make the government slink around having to look for your emails. Share! That’s what transparency is all about, right? Sure, one day’s e-mail barely scratches the surface, but we think it will let Ms. May know how much we value and appreciate her efforts to protect us and our freedoms.Read More…

Riseandfallofjobs

UPDATE: Instalanche! Thanks, Glenn. BTW, folks, this info was originally published on our Jobster page. If you find it useful please drop by and give us a like. The rise and fall of employment in America, 1948-2012. (Source: Bureau of labor Statistics.) The trend line is the civilian employment to population ratio. Our current doldrums appear to be a kind of bouncing around at the bottom after a fairly steady 10-year decline. The drop is precipitous with the onset of our current troubles, but things have looked pretty bleak since the late 90’s, mitigated by a few years of partial recovery. How do we turn this line back the right way? Here’s a close-up. The past four years start with one of the longest and steepest drops in the past 50. Especially in an election year, it’s easy to make this all about the current occupant of the Oval Office…

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