Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Use holiday downtime wisely


Use holiday downtime wisely | Individuals create game-changing ideas | Try this strategy for connecting with recruiters
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December 17, 2014
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Getting Ahead
Use holiday downtime wisely
The holidays are an ideal time to work on advancing your career, writes Hailley Griffis. Set goals for 2015, polish your LinkedIn profile and write down your strengths, she suggests. Fast Company online (12/16)
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Individuals create game-changing ideas
Novel, industry-changing business strategies are typically the product of individual people, not companies, writes Ken Favaro. "[T]hey start with individuals working on big, specific challenges who find novel ideas in unexpected places, creatively combine them into innovative strategies, and personally take those strategies to fruition -- against all odds," he writes. Strategy+Business online (free registration)/Strategy Leadership blog (12/15)
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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Try this strategy for connecting with recruiters
Send a series of six e-mails or LinkedIn messages -- one message every one or two weeks -- to get the attention of a recruiter, resume writer Cheryl Lynch Simpson writes. Introduce yourself, share details about your skills and offer value, she writes. (12/16)
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

The Landscape
22% of employer payroll spent on absent time, survey says
About 22% of employers' payroll costs are dedicated to paying employees while they are not working, including when sick or on vacation, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. More than 60% of workers say unplanned absences increase workplace stress levels, the survey says. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/On Leadership blog (12/15)
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Your Next Challenge
Landing an interview might take multiple tries
Consider applying for jobs multiple times if you don't get an interview on your first try. "Reapplications can speak volumes about whether someone is really as motivated as they claim to be," writes Marianne Stenger. Brazen Careerist/Brazen Life blog (12/15)
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Balancing Yourself
Increase productivity by "chunking"
Write down your daily tasks, identify the top five and start with the highest-priority item, suggests time management and productivity expert Robyn Pearce. This method, referred to as "downward chunking" by Pearce, reduces tasks into smaller, easily achievable activities, which allows you to "easily focus your mind on the priorities that give the best impact." The New Zealand Herald (12/17)
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The Water Cooler
Steampunk inventions that didn't work out
The Victorian era was an age of invention, but not every idea is equal. Among the inventions that failed to catch on: an automatic boot remover, a protective anti-garotting cravat and artificial leeches. (12/16)
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I dwell in Possibility."
-- Emily Dickinson,
American poet
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