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The Anatomy of a Great Resume

Check out this great infographic. Lot’s of great tips!


Credit to the guys at Top Counseling Schools.


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Co-Workers From Hell

Yep, we all have our horror stories about co-workers from hell.

Well, pinged their users on the worst co-workers they’ve ever had and man, did they get an earful!

I once had a co-worker who clipped his nails at his desk. I am still not over the horror of it all. To this day, the sound of a clipper is still like that screeching sound during the shower scene in “Psycho.”

I had another co-worker who was so universally disliked, other co-workers would Tweet “__^__ ” when she was approaching, meaning — “shark in the water.”

Here are some of the “hygiene horrors” PayScale heard about:

  • “This one lady always burped and clipped her fingernails. Gag!”
  • “One word: farting. Uncontrollable, incessant farting.”
  • “Coughing up phlegm all morning long. Gross!”
  • “There was once a discussion from the staff about buying the business owner a gift basket of mouth care products. This person’s breath was somewhere between annoyance and horror.”

They also found a whole lot of unprofessional, lazy and obnoxious behavior:

  • “I actually worked with a girl who wore house shoes and sweats that said ‘juicy’ on the butt — then she wondered why clients didn’t take her seriously or respect her. Also, lazy people drive me nuts, and Debbie-Downers. Womp-womp.”
  • “A male coworker called all the women he worked with ‘girl’. ‘Hey girl’ only works for Ryan Gosling, and only if I don’t work with him.”
  • “I had a coworker once who was nearly crazy (passive aggressive, played the victim, just an emotional basket case). I also had the joy of having the office next to her. One day, about 3PM, I hear someone playing a mandolin in her office. It was her. She had to practice she said. I couldn’t believe it.”
  • “I can’t stand passive-aggressive group e-mails, especially ones with words in ALL CAPS.”

The Internet is loaded with complaints about co-workers – the oglers, the combative types and the perpetual victims.

On , one poster spoke of a co-worker who spoke down every day and doublechecked everything the employee did and then went one better – er, worse – and went to the boss and said this person didn’t know what they were doing.

On , one fed-up employee said a co-worker from Hell “stole my work, called me names in the hall, let the air out of my tires, and scuttled any program I tried to start. She got her job by being the mistress of an important man in the hierarchy.”

Another post on JobSchmob talked about a foreman who leers at her when he’s in the office. When she chirped, “What’s shakin’?” he gave a glance to her backside and said, “Looks like you are.”

Ew. offers a list of five types of bad employees, including “The Panicker,” who is “always running around the office with steam coming out of their ears and their hair looking like they’ve just been wrestling with a wild bear…” and makes “every trivial task into a battle between good and evil where they are Luke Skywalker to the filing cabinet’s Darth Vader.”

And then there’s “The Silent Assassin.” “This was the weird guy who always ate lunch alone and quietly kept scribbling onto his notepad during meetings. This was the woman who looked like she had seen a ghost when you asked her if she had seen Sex and the City the night before. They have no social skills and they are silent. They are deadly. Those notes that he was taking? They were all about how you keep stealing stapler pins from the admin desk and how you are always browsing humor blogs when you should be working. These people annoy you because they ruin your image with the boss and can eventually lead you to quit when you realize the amount of hatred your boss has developed for you.”

On Twitter, there were tales of grime in people’s teeth, lying and blaming and one co-worker from hell who *gasp!* played that song “Call Me Maybe” twice a day.

Oh the horror. The humanity.

It’s one thing to show up with food in your teeth or Juicy printed on your butt. But we have to draw the line at Carly Rae Jepsen!

Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter offers this advice in “Psychology Today” for dealing with CFH’s (Coworkers From Hell):

  • Anticipate and be prepared
  • Don’t reinforce bad behavior
  • Don’t take it personally
  • Avoid direct attacks on the CFH, emotion, sarcasm and defensiveness
  • DO NOT engage
  • Practice reasoned responses to CFH behavior


Credit to CNBC for the original article.

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The World’s Dirtiest Jobs …

… and you thought your job was tough!

This info-graphic lists the world’s top 10 dirtiest jobs. This will make getting up before the sun, skipping breakfast and sitting through the commute from hell, look like a walk in the park! Your job will look so much more appealing to you after you have read through this dirty job list.
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25 Of The Most Outrageous Interview Questions

Have you heard the one about the penguin in the sombrero? Here are 25 of the most outrageous interview questions!

“If you could get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why ?”

Florida ? C’mon, you’ve always had a thing against Florida since that whole hanging chad business. California ? Alaska ? One of the Dakotas ? Do we really need two Dakotas ?

This is just one of the 25 weird questions that job site found in its annual survey of oddball interview questions. The question was asked by a Forrester Research interviewer for a position as a research associate.

Most people walk into a job interview expecting, “Tell me a little bit about yourself,” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses,” but the truth is, these crazy questions get asked at all types of companies, from Bank of America to

“What do you think about when you are alone in your car ? “

That question was asked during an interview for an associate analyst position at Gallup.

How would you answer it ? I suppose “a string of profanity and karaoke” would be an unacceptable answer.

“I would say, ‘On the way to work I’m thinking about the 20 things on my to-do list when I get into the office,'” said Amanda Lachapelle, director of HR and talent acquisition for Glassdoor. “That demonstrates that you’re on and ready to go when you get there.”

“What song best describes your work ethic ?”

That question was asked at Dell for a consumer sales job.

“‘Under Pressure’ by Queen!” Lachapelle said.

“‘I’m a Rolling Stone,’ because I take it as it comes!” one man said.

“‘She Works Hard for the Money!'” a woman responded.

Watch a video of employees randomly asked some of these oddball questions by Glassdoor.

Have you ever stolen a pen from work ?”

That question was asked during an interview for a software architect position at Jiffy Software.

“Yes, but not on purpose!” the candidate answered.

We’re not connecting any dots here, but just sayin’ … that candidate did not get the job.

Lachapelle’s answer ?

“Glassdoor gives us free pens!”

Most difficult questions, such as, “How many balls would it take to fill this room ?” are designed to test your creativity, critical thinking, and how you handle pressure.

But some are designed just to see if you’re a good cultural fit for the organization.

Here’s by far the best one on the list this year:

“A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here ?”

That question was asked by a recruiter for a position as office engineer at Clark Construction Group.

If you’re really thrown off by an oddball question, stop for a moment. Take a breath … and think of something! A clever response is to use something like that to sell yourself.

“My penguin is going to come in the door and say, ‘You should hire Amanda – she’s organized and she has her stuff together. You want her to lead your team,'” Lachapelle said.

Uh, yeah, but what about the sombrero ?

“He had a margarita before he came in!” she said.

“It’s how you think. Your social fit,” Lachapelle explained. “Are you fun ?”

Incidentally, the candidate for that job answered, “Where’s the sun screen ?” … and got the job.

If you’re stumped, whatever you do, don’t say, “I don’t know.”

Employers are trying to test your creativity, critical thinking, and your ability to handle pressure and all you’ve got is, “I don’t know ?”

“Part of it is kind of creating good conversation,” Lachapelle said. “Saying ‘I don’t know’ stalls the conversation a bit,” she said.

I’d say. That’s a conversational dead end!

Seriously, do you really want an interviewer to conclude that, after knowing each other just five minutes, you have nothing else to say to one another ? God forbid you run into one another in the kitchen while heating up a Lean Cuisine – those will be the longest five minutes of your life!

On the “don’t” list, Lachapelle suggests, never speak negatively about a past employer or former co-worker.

And never, under any circumstances, miss an opportunity to sell yourself. Even if a penguin walks into the room!


Here’s the full list of Glassdoor’s 25 outrageous interview questions for 2013:

1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why ?” – Asked at Forrester Research, research associate candidate.

2. “How many cows are in Canada ?” – Asked at Google, for a local data quality evaluator position.

3. “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building ?” – Asked at JetBlue, for a job as a pricing/revenue management analyst.

4. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here ?” – Asked at Clark Construction Group, office engineer candidate.

5. “What songs best describes your work ethic ?” – Asked  at Dell, consumer sales candidate.

6. “Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it ?” – Asked at Amazon, product development candidate.

7. “What do you think about when you are alone in your car ?” – Asked at Gallup, for an associate analyst position.

8. “How would you rate your memory ?” – Asked at Marriott, front desk associate candidate.

9. “Name three previous Nobel Prize winners.” – Asked at Benefits CONNECT, office manager candidate.

10. “Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time ?” – Asked at MasterCard, call center candidate.

11. “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us ?” – Asked at Trader Joe’s, crew candidate.

12. “How would people communicate in a perfect world ?” – Asked at Novell, software engineer candidate.

13. “How do you make a tuna sandwich ?” – Asked at Astron Consulting, office manager candidate.

14. “My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend ?” – Asked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advisory associate candidate.

15. “You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on ‘Iron Chef.’ How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restauran t?” – Asked at Accenture, business analyst candidate.

16. “Estimate how many windows are in New York.” – Asked at Bain & Co., associate consultant candidate.

17. “What’s your favorite song ? Perform it for us now.” – Asked at LivingSocial, Adventures City manager candidate.

18. “Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50.” – Asked at Bank of America, software developer candidate.

19. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?” – Asked at Jiffy Software, software architect candidate.

20. “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.” – Asked at Urban Outfitters, sales associate candidate.

21. “What kitchen utensil would you be ?” – Asked at, marketer candidate.

22. “If you had turned your cellphone to silent mode, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me ?” – Asked at Kimberly-Clark, biomedical engineer candidate.

23. “On a scale from one to 10, rate me as an interviewer.” – Asked at Kraft Foods, general laborer candidate.

24. “If you could be anyone else, who would it be ?” – Asked at, sales representative candidate.

25. “How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet ?” – Asked at Petco, analyst candidate.


Credit to the ponyblog over at CNBC for the original content.

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The Most Difficult Interview Questions You’re Likely To Be Asked On Wall Street

Wall Street is rude, it’s crude and it will eat you alive. Interviewing for a job on Wall Street is no different.

By: Cindy Perman. Staff Writer

It’s not a meet-and-greet tell-me-about this job or that experience. It’s more like a punch in the face. They’ll ask you hard questions, maybe inappropriate questions — all to see if you’re going to be able to run with the big dogs — or if you need to get your behind back on the porch.

‘They’re looking for how you handle pressure. How you think on your feet. Are you the brightest of the bright ? Are you a natural leader ?’ said Jeanne Branthover, head of global financial services at Boyden Global Executive Search.

Wall Street Oasis, a job-search site for financial careers, recently pinged readers for the hardest questions they were ever asked on an interview for Wall Street. The answers included such zingers as:

‘You’re going to be working 110 hours a week here. Can you even handle that ?’

‘Why don’t you have any offers yet ? What’s wrong with you ?’

‘What single word would you use to describe yourself so I don’t walk out of here and forget you ?’ (Good answer: Unforgettable!)

‘What line on your resume is the most bull**** ?’

‘Do you view this as your dream career ?’ If you answer yes, ‘If in two years, you receive an offer for more money on the buyside, will you turn it down because this is your dream career ?’

In an interview for a Goldman Sachs analyst position, the interviewer asked: ‘If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out ?’

‘What’s your outlook for cucumber prices over the course of 2012 ?’

In an interview where there were two interviewers, the one who was supposed to be the silent No. 2 asked just one question: ‘Are you trying to f*** us over ?’ The kid froze, the interviewer wrote in a comment on The No. 1 interviewer jumped in: ‘Why didn’t you just say no ?!’

‘If I told you that the only way you were going to get this job is if you let me sleep with your girlfriend, would you accept ?’

When it comes to analytical questions like ‘What’s your outlook for cucumber prices ?’ or ‘How many tennis balls could you fit in this room ?’, it’s not about the answer.

‘It doesn’t mean you have the right answer — they’re trying to see how your thought process works’, Branthover said.

The kiss-of-death answer to any of these questions is ‘I don’t know’.

‘You answer ‘I don’t know’ and that will get you out the door!’, Branthover said.

Some of the other questions she said her clients have been asked include:

If you could choose, what brand would you like to be and why ?

How many balls would it take to fill Central Park ?

Have you ever cheated on your partner ?

Did you ever tell a secret you promised to keep ?

What is the biggest lie you’ve told — to whom and why ?

Tell me, how would you go about killing a crocodile ?

Questions for Wall Street jobs have always been tougher than those for most jobs, Branthover said, but they’ve gotten even tougher since the financial crisis.

‘They want to know if you can really be a leader in tough times’, Branthover said. A lot of these leaders hadn’t been tested on that before the financial crisis. They survived and now they want to know — can you ?

So, they may ask you questions like ‘What was one of the toughest decisions you had to make ?’ or ‘What was the hardest environment you’ve ever worked in ?’. Then, they’ll want to know what you did to solve the problem, get through the tough situation — and what you might do differently today.

Plus, with all the layoffs on Wall Street, there are fewer people to do all the work, meaning they really want the best of the best, the brightest of the bright.

When it comes to the inappropriate questions like sleeping with your girlfriend and cheating on your partner — the kind that would get the red light flashing in human resources at most companies — it’s about seeing if you can handle how brutal Wall Street can be.

‘They’re trying to divide the men from the boys and the girls from the women’, Branthover said. ‘If you have soft skin, you’re not cut out for investment banking’.

They’re going to poke you with a stick and see how you react.

‘They want to see that you’re not rattled by rudeness; that you stay on your feet and don’t look shocked’, Branthover said.

You don’t have to answer ‘Yes, you can sleep with my girlfriend’ — you just have to not look shocked and have a quick comeback.

A good answer one person posted on Wall Street Oasis was: I’ve been with my girlfriend a long time and plan to marry her. If you so much as kiss her neck, I’d (bleeping]) knock you out. That being said, I have a beautiful sister I’d be happy to hook you up with …

And that, my friend, is a lesson in how deals get done on Wall Street!


You can find the original article at CNBC, or it was also re-produced over at Here is the City.

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Why do smart people do such dumb things?

As its Friday – time for something a bit more light-hearted…

Career-ending scandals, sexual and otherwise, seem to be everywhere these days. Why do intelligent people shoot themselves in the foot so often?

As the year is winding down with a brand new sex scandal in the news, it’s forced me to take a look at why these things keep happening. I know that some people are just depraved, or act that way sometimes. I know that some people have egos that can’t be punctured. What I don’t get is how an otherwise intelligent person does disgraceful things without understanding the possible fallout.

(If you thought that the tech sector was above and beyond any kind of headline-grabbing scandals, you would be wrong. Even before the bizarre McAfee deal, there were so many that they had to be narrowed down into a top ten list.)

Unfortunately, whatever sector a scandal falls in, one thing is shared: They involve moral corruption, arrogance, or head-slapping cluelessness. And in some of the more entertaining scandals, all three of these play a role. Take, for example, number ten in the top ten list above: The former CEO of IT services company Savvis, Robert McCormick, got busted in 2005 after he and several associates rang up a $241,000 tab on the company American Express card during a single visit to a topless bar in New York. (McCormick disputed the charges, saying that they were all bogus except for $20,000. Like $20,000 is understandable.) The New York Daily News dubbed him “The Lap Dunce,” a phrase I cannot wait to use in conversation, by the way.

I’m not sure that the moral corruption that plays a part in scandals can be “treated.” I’m sure some of you may argue stringently otherwise. And, in my opinion, arrogance can only be cured with a tremendous fall from grace.

But, like I said, I just don’t understand how people like Mark Hurd, former CEO of HP, who is featured in the top ten list twice, can be so intelligent on one hand and so clueless on the other. Perhaps arrogance and good judgment can’t co-exist?

Credit to the guys at TechRepublic for the original article.