Dec 15, 2007

Good advice from the WSJ

Sent in by a reader.



How to Network
Without Sabotaging
Your Own Job Hunt
December 4, 2007; Page B1

An email that a veteran marketing executive recently blitzed to 12,000 contacts begins: "On Sept. 11, to my complete and utter surprise, I was terminated..."

She identified her ex-employer and why the small market-research firm fired her. Copies of her message inadvertently landed in her old boss's inbox, prompting the company to make her sign a separation agreement limiting how she spoke about her departure, her attorney said.

The otherwise effective technique could have been hassle-free. Broadcasting bad news about your job is a bad idea. "I am a prolific networker,'' the dismissed executive said in an interview. But in hindsight, she concedes, the emotionally charged email "wasn't the most professional or politic way to do it."


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Anonymous said...

*** We're #1 (Again)! ***

Best Cities for Savings - Forbes
by Kurt Badenhausen

Thursday, December 13, 2007

...Los Alamos, N.M., scored the top spot for the second year in a row. The birthplace of the atomic bomb has a big lead over second-ranked San Jose, Calif. Los Alamos amazingly had the highest rating in the country for five of the 12 categories that A.G. Edwards studied, including 401(k) plan participation, household income, net worth, pension or other retirement plan participation and savings propensity. A big dose of credit must go to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is one of the largest employers in New Mexico and is packed with high-paying jobs for scientists and engineers.

Anonymous said...

All of this is going to change as LANL RIFs a lot of these "savers" and they have to use their savings to get out from under the houses that they are "upside down" on.

Anonymous said...

The higher they fly, the harder they fall.

The downturn in the Los Alamos economy is going to be very tough to watch. Already, you can sense the desperation of some of the local businessmen. It will be next to impossible to sell a home and leave town over the next few years if you get laid off. Cuts in benefits are coming our way, courtesy of NNSA and LANS. Salaries are going to be stagnant for some time to come. The rich and secure UCRP pension is a thing of the past for most LANL workers. And just wait until the financial report on TCP1 is released this next summer. The shortfalls here will be recovered by having employees fork over a large portion of their declining salary into the TCP1 pension.

Don't look for Los Alamos to stay at the top of this Forbes list for much longer. The gravy days are over for most of LANL's workers. Of course, at the very top of the new corporate ladder it's Party Time.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the grimmer it gets, the more I save.