3 Ways to prevent getting fired because of Social Media

HOW MUCH IS SOCIAL MEDIA WORTH TO YOU?   It’s nothing new that people have lost their jobs because their employer found out or was notified about something posted on a social media account. Just imagine you are working towards a debt free life and a good retirement fund and all of a sudden you say the wrong thing on your social media account and you lose the career you worked so hard to get. It happens more often than you think. You can completely ignore any advice and say what you want because it’s your after all.  The problem is some people aren’t going to learn until they are getting the pink slip. Social media is not rocket science but your employer may still hold reign over you even when you are not working. What’s worse than being embarrassed about the job you have is being embarrassed when you are fired and it’s been made public because of your online actions. Your company’s reputation is always on the line, never forget that. Like the saying goes, “Common Sense isn’t so Common” which means there are always going to be people who make you scratch your head and wonder, “Why […]

A Workforce shortage is not easy on staff : February 2015 Budget Update

MONEY TALKS IF YOU HAVE TIME TO EARN IT   Have you ever worked somewhere and for whatever reason the organization has a workforce shortage? Some people wish they could get more hours to earn some over-time pay because extra money is always nice in the bank account. Others may cringe at the thought of working more than they have to, especially if they are paid salary with no-overtime pay. Not everyone lives to earn money because there’s more to life than just work. Being tired all the time is tough and for some people working too much can bring on bouts of depression. Some people just don’t know how to say no they can’t work because they have other obligations. It may even break down a relationship. In my line of work we have workforce shortages happen occasionally especially since you can’t just hire anyone to fill such a demanding role. There really is no shortage of work or unemployment in my field because of the options we have which makes it equally as frustrating. This just means there are more vacancies than qualified people to fill the job. I don’t talk about what I do to protect my […]

Lying on your resume can get you fired: The Saturday Weekend Review #84

GOOD RESUMES TELL THE TRUTH   Writing a resume for many people is just as intimidating a task as is creating a budget. I know they are on two different spectrums but it’s true. I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard people over the years cringe about having to write a resume and seeking out support to do so. I remember when I was in school we were taught to write a basic resume. Although it takes time to master it has to be done and visited often over the course of employment with any career you are in. Failing to update your resume only makes the job harder when it comes time to apply for a new role. Resume writing and interviews is such a huge topic which I hope to write more about in the future but this morning I read an article about what people lie about on their resume. I was not shocked at what I read because people lie everyday just to become someone they are not or to bump someone else out of the employment race. One of the most common lies we’ve all heard is that someone “quit” a job when in […]

Can you afford to take a full day off from work?

PAYING THE BILLS TAKES MONEY   In order to take a full day off from work for most people that means an entire day’s loss of income. That can be tough for any budget but there are times when it must be done. Unless your employer has provided you with stellar benefits or a contract that states your days off are paid sick days you might be shaking your head, no you can’t afford to take a full day off. You may say, yes you can afford to take a full day off because you have money saved up in the event that you need to take a day off and it won’t affect your budget too much. That’s great. Some employees are lucky they can carry over their sick days, bank them or get paid out for them but you must read the provisions of your contract with your employer to know what is covered. If you are not sure contact your human resources department or your benefits company for a more in-depth explanation. It’s better to know rather than to guess.   Full day off   Not everyone can afford to take a full day off from work […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #48: How your name could affect your salary

KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE…IS THAT TRUE? Just when you thought your education and experience was priority when looking for a job it might not be the only thing that will get you the salary success you deserve. I thought I had heard it all when it came to salary and career choices but now it might be your name that is holding you back from scoring an awesome pay cheque to go along with your career choice. I’ll be honest and say that I just love reading articles that explain why things happen the way they do and then a light bulb goes off and I realize I’ve been doing something wrong all along. Who knew that if you had a shorter name that your chances of scoring a higher salary were much better than using your full name, depending on what field you are in. If you have a nickname which is reasonably professional don’t be shy to use it while at work from the start because that might be your golden ticket to a salary you might not want to turn away from. That is if you believe it will help you. I was captured instantly by […]

Cash in with excellent customer service my way

By: Katrina Customer Service How Can I Help You? After working in various retail stores for a few years now, I can say I have seen some excellent customer service and many satisfied customers, but as with everything else, where there’s good there’s bad. Ideally we would all like to walk out of a store having found exactly what we needed, when we need it and at a price that we believe reasonable but we all know this doesn’t always happen. Define customer service What does good customer service mean to you? To me excellent customer service means I am leaving a store completely satisfied with my shopping experience and any problems are resolved quickly and in an appropriate manner. There is a difference between good customer service skills vs. excellent customer service skills where excellent means the cashier or shop floor clerk takes you through the help process from step 1 listening to your concern to paying for the product. Choosing positive point of sale solutions will give the customer an overall ease of shopping experience. Good customer service might show you where the product is and bad customer service might not help you at all, or point you […]

Strategies to Survive Unemployment, Job Loss,Injury and Disability At Work

When you get laid off, injured or become unemployed the money may stop coming in but the bills never stop. Are you prepared for this situation if it happens? Red Alert….panic sets in, frustration, stress, what will you do?  Collection agencies will come calling and doing everything in their power to get money from you if you don’t pay. They will even go as far as taking you to court if they believe you can pay and have exhausted all other avenues. Investing in yourself is, if not the most important tip you should take away from this post. You are your number one priority and you should take the time to know who you are and what you have to offer. That’s not all though, not everything you have to pay for comes in the form of a bill. You still need to pay for your food or whatever else you pay cash for throughout the month. Thank goodness for local food banks who try their hardest to keep the shelves full for local families in need and to those that donate. Please, I have to say, for goodness sakes stay away from those Payday Loan shops or you […]

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