- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Jun 11, 2013 4:31 PM EDT | Comments
People to befriend at work
When you don't quite know your way around the office-or heck, even if you do-it's good to know people in high places.
But by "high places," I don't necessarily mean the executive suite. While buddying up with the CEO probably wouldn't hurt, there are a few other well-known office archetypes who can really help you out.
So, when you're kicking off a new job, seek out these seven officemates-stat.
1. The Human Snack Machine
You know the feeling: It's 3 PM, you're starting to get the "maybe that rice cake wasn't enough for lunch" shakes (or the "a client just yelled at me for 20 minutes straight" need for stress-relieving indulgence), and you're a quarter short for anything in the snack machine.
This is precisely when it pays to know that guy in the marketing department who keeps a drawer full of candy-and is willing to share in exchange for a few minutes of office chit-chat. (Just make sure to occasionally offer treats in return or contribute to the snack fund!)
2. The Socialite
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- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Sat, Jun 8, 2013 4:20 PM EDT | Comments
Quit Job With Grace
You've finally decided to quit your job-congratulations!
Maybe you landed a great new gig and you're moving on to greener pastures. Or, maybe you hate your boss and-let's be honest-can't wait to stick it to him with your two weeks' notice.
But whatever the situation, quitting your job can be awkward and uncomfortable-and if you don't have a clear plan of action, you might end up burning bridges and sacrificing valuable references down the road.
So whatever's pushing you out the door, exit the right way: with grace, class, and preparedness. If you're not sure how to make the big announcement or navigate your last two weeks, don't worry-I've created an easy three-step plan to guide you through it.
Step #1: The Set-Up
First, set a firm date for your last day of work. Make sure to give yourself enough time to tie up any loose ends and train your replacement, if necessary. In most states, you're not required to give two full weeks' notice-but as a professional courtesy to your co-workers...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Mon, Jun 10, 2013 1:13 PM EDT | Comments
Life hasn't been the same for true crime author Ann Rule since her book about serial killer Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me," was published. She says her editor told her, "Now, Ann, if you could just befriend another serial killer and write a book about it." But Ann certainly didn't want to repeat that route.
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Ann says she spent every summer in jail as a child. Her grandpa was a sheriff in Montcalm County, Michigan, so Ann wanted to grow up to be a police officer. But after failing the police eye exam, she began writing short crime stories. She got her first book contract in 1975 to write about a series of unsolved killings.
"Mysterious Ted was abducting and killing young women in the Northwest," says Ann. "Nobody knew who it was." Later, Ted Bundy was arrested in Florida, and he called Ann. It turns out she had known the killer she was writing about. Ann had volunteered at a crisis clinic in Seattle, and the college stude...Read More »
- Oprah.com | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Jun 4, 2013 4:11 PM EDT | CommentsBy Amy Shearn
Check Your Data Plan
Your company might be able to offer you up to a 25 percent discount on your cell phone bill--and it's possible your boss doesn't even know about it. All you have to do is enter your corporate (or school) email onto your cell phone carrier's employee discount page to see if you qualify.
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Ask for the Leap Year Bonus
Sometimes your company won't consider a raise because that will make you more expensive forever. But if you feel like you are really deserving, ask for a one time raise. Tory Johnson, workplace contributor for Good Morning America and business consultant at Women For Hire, recommends asking for a "spot bonus." Johnson told me, "You can say, 'I know it's not time for my annual review or I know salary budgets are frozen. Based on this significant contribution, I'm hoping you'll consider a spot bonus ...Read More »
- Cheapism.com | Secrets to Your Success | Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:12 AM EDT | Comments
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Wanna make a quick buck? Just refer a friend to a company that compensates you for making the match. It's a win-win-win: The company gets a new client, you get some kind of payment, and the new customer often gets a bonus. But first, you need to know where to find the offers.
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Online forums and blogs pitched to the frugal-minded are useful sources of so-called refer-a-friend links, and Groupon is well-known for $10 Groupon Bucks awarded for enticing a friend to sign up and buy a deal. When you're interested in opening a bank account, say, signing up for cable TV, or even buying beauty products online, looking for a referral link can be more lucrative than finding a coupon. Frequently the referee (that would be the friend), not just the referrer (that would be you), is rewarded as well.
Save money with referral websites.
RefAround.com is a relatively new site whose sole purpose is to act as a platform for finding and sharing refer-a-friend links. Althoug...Read More »
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