How to Quit Your Job with Class

Quit Your Job with ClassIf you want to quit your job, I certainly wouldn’t recommend an exit like JetBlue’s flight attendant a few years back. Although it rendered a lot of attention and definitely takes the prize for most dramatic exit, there are more appropriate ways to quit your job. No matter how dissatisfied you are with your job, it’s still important to take the high road and quit with class.

So what does it mean to quit your job with class? Here are just a few pointers to consider.

Quit Your Job with Class: Give Notice

Always let your manager know that you are leaving. In other words, give notice. This gives your manager time to come up with a transition plan and start looking for a suitable replacement.

Quit Your Job with Class: Finish What You Started

Finish any outstanding work. If you’re working on any projects, tie up any loose ends prior to your final day. Also let project team members know that you are leaving.

Quit Your Job with Class: Support Your Replacement

Transition your work and support your replacement. Assuming someone is hired to replace you before you leave, transition your work over to this individual and make sure they know how to do everything. Also, create a contact list for your replacement so they know who to go to if they have questions after you are gone.

Quit Your Job with Class: Be Prepared

Pack your personal stuff in advance of your last day. Instead of cramming all your personal belongings into a box on your last day, start taking a few things home with you each day.

Quit Your Job with Class: Be Honest

Be honest in your exit interview. Employers rely on exit interviews to identify opportunities for improvement. If you are leaving for a specific reason, let HR know what could be improved. (Keep in mind that quitting with class does not include bashing your boss or co-workers during an exit interview.)

Quit Your Job with Class: Stay in Touch

Let your manager know how to get in touch with you in case he or she needs to contact you after you are gone.

Have you ever quit your job (with class or otherwise) and have some advice to add to this list? Please leave a comment below and let us know about it!

Image: from Punch, or the London Charivari (via Project Gutenberg)

How To Pause DirecTV And Resume Watching In Another Room

Most of us have seen the current crop of advertisements on television for DirecTV, in which they show how simple it is to stop watching a TV program in one room, and resume watching the same TV program in another. For the past several weeks I have tried doing this without success. I guess my thinking was that if you paused the TV program, you could resume the TV program in another room without a problem.

What is confusing about the operation is the fact that, in the TV commercials for DirecTV, they show the pause and resume process in what appears to be one simple operation as the person walks from room to room. Unfortunately this is not how it works. The process is more involved and requires several steps with user intervention in order to complete.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to watch a program in one room and resume the same program in another:

Press the Record button, then press the List button and select the show you are recording. Select Play from the list. Stop the process by pressing the key with the square stop button. You can turn off your DVR. Go to the room where you wish to resume the playback of the program you were watching. After powering up the TV and DirecTV in your other room, press List from the remote. Select Resume from the list to continue watching your show.

Here is a ‘gotcha’ I have noticed when I have pressed the Record button. In some instances the entire program will get recorded if you have been watching the show from when it started. If this happens to you, you will need to fast forward the program to where you were when you pressed the Record button.

Confusing? Not really. Once you perform the procedure a few times you will be more proficient in its use. However, do not expect the simplicity that the DirecTV advertisement on television shows. The commercial doesn’t even show the actor or actress changing remotes.

If you know a simpler way to achieve the same results, please share your procedure with us.

Comments welcome.

KooLoader v2.5 – Download Manager Freeware

KooLoader is an all in one download manager software that guarantees a worthy Internet downloading experience through the addition of an adaptive download accelerator, segmented downloads for acceleration, and an astounding number of simultaneous downloads. The program offers support for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Any time you need to download something online, copying the URL of that file will prompt KooLoader to automatically paste it into its main window; simply hitting OK in the small window that will be displayed instantly will start the download.

There should be an image here!KooLoader keeps it straight and simple without adding a bunch of useless features that would only crowd your application and encumber your experience, which allows the setting of a portable version to use on different computers with smart file management and multi-language support. A feature which will come in very handy is the Scheduler: with it you can download at times you choose and specify. Apart from this, you have the ability to establish the maximum number of segments and the maximum number of simultaneous downloads (up to 99!).

KooLoader allows you to even use links stored in your clipboard, offering support also for both protocols HTTP and FTP. The user interface is as clean as it can be, providing you with all of its features in the easiest way possible. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability are included. This mean that you can resume broken downloads that had been interrupted on account of lost connections, network breakdown, or system shutdowns.

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[Photo above by johntrainor / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Download Manager Freeware – KooLoader v2.5

KooLoader is an all in one download manager software that guarantees a worthy Internet downloading experience through the addition of an adaptive download accelerator, segmented downloads for acceleration, and an astounding number of simultaneous downloads. The program offers support for Internet Explorer and Firefox. Any time you need to download something online, copying the URL of that file will prompt KooLoader to automatically paste it into its main window; simply hitting OK in the small window that will be displayed instantly will start the download.

There should be an image here!KooLoader keeps it straight and simple without adding a bunch of useless features that would only crowd your application and encumber your experience, which allows the setting of a portable version to use on different computers with smart file management and multi-language support. A feature which will come in very handy is the Scheduler: with it you can download at times you choose and specify. Apart from this, you have the ability to establish the maximum number of segments and the maximum number of simultaneous downloads (up to 99!).

KooLoader allows you to even use links stored in your clipboard, offering support also for both protocols HTTP and FTP. The user interface is as clean as it can be, providing you with all of its features in the easiest way possible. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability are included. This mean that you can resume broken downloads that had been interrupted on account of lost connections, network breakdown, or system shutdowns.

[Discovered via Download.com]

[4.58M] [Win98/Me/2k/XP/Vista/7] [FREE (Download KooLoader)]

[Photo above by johntrainor / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Mad At Your Boss? Here’s What Not To Do

There should be an image here!Getting mad at your boss is one thing (and bound to happen). How you react when you’re angry is another thing. You likely want an opportunity to share your opinions or concerns but blowing a gasket and publicly displaying your anger is definitely not the way to do it.

If you find yourself at odds with your boss (or other management), consider the following list before you react.

  • If you’re the type of person to react in anger, it’s best to distance yourself from the situation and come back when you have calmed down.
  • When you do get the opportunity to speak, don’t attack your boss personally, rather attack the problem.
  • Look at the situation from your boss’s point of view so you can understand where he or she is coming from. If you’re not clear, ask the question. It will make for some productive discussion.
  • It’s difficult not to speak up during the heat of the moment. However, remember that there is a time and a place for certain things to be said and discussions to occur. Sometimes it’s better to hold your tongue and save the conversation for a more appropriate setting.
  • If you choose to attack the problem in public, be prepared for the possibility of having to apologize for your actions in public.
  • Sometimes you need to agree to disagree and leave it at that. You were hired for a specific purpose and it likely wasn’t to fight battles.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

How To Look For A New Job While You’re Still Employed

There should be an image here!Many people are employed but still looking for other opportunities. The challenge is if your current boss gets wind of it, he or she may prematurely start looking for your replacement or worse yet, make your life miserable. So what do you do if you’re looking for a new job but don’t want your current boss to find out? Here are a few things you can do to keep your job search under the radar.

  • Don’t suddenly change your appearance in preparation for an interview. If you wear casual clothes to work each day, showing up in business attire, such as a suit, is a sure way to look conspicuous. Instead, pack a change of clothes for your interview and make arrangements to change once you leave your current workplace.
  • Avoid talking to potential employers at your desk. Instead, use your personal cell phone. Furthermore, avoid using your current work computer to 1) search for potential jobs and 2) communicate with potential employers.
  • Don’t use resources within your current work environment to prepare for an interview. This includes printers and photo copiers. You never know who may beat you to the printer or inadvertently pick up your resume at the copier.
  • If possible, schedule any interviews first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. The less work disruption, the less likely anyone is to question your whereabouts.
  • Be particularly careful if you are interviewing with an employer who is also a client of your current employer. You never know who you may run into.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Mad At Your Boss? Here’s What Not To Do

There should be an image here!Getting mad at your boss is one thing (and bound to happen). How you react when you’re angry is another thing. You likely want an opportunity to share your opinions or concerns but blowing a gasket and publicly displaying your anger is definitely not the way to do it.

If you find yourself at odds with your boss (or other management), consider the following list before you react.

  • If you’re the type of person to react in anger, it’s best to distance yourself from the situation and come back when you have calmed down.
  • When you do get the opportunity to speak, don’t attack your boss personally, rather attack the problem.
  • Look at the situation from your boss’s point of view so you can understand where he or she is coming from. If you’re not clear, ask the question. It will make for some productive discussion.
  • It’s difficult not to speak up during the heat of the moment. However, remember that there is a time and a place for certain things to be said and discussions to occur. Sometimes it’s better to hold your tongue and save the conversation for a more appropriate setting.
  • If you choose to attack the problem in public, be prepared for the possibility of having to apologize for your actions in public.
  • Sometimes you need to agree to disagree and leave it at that. You were hired for a specific purpose and it likely wasn’t to fight battles.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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How To Look For A New Job While You’re Still Employed

There should be an image here!Many people are employed but still looking for other opportunities. The challenge is if your current boss gets wind of it, he or she may prematurely start looking for your replacement or worse yet, make your life miserable. So what do you do if you’re looking for a new job but don’t want your current boss to find out? Here are a few things you can do to keep your job search under the radar.

  • Don’t suddenly change your appearance in preparation for an interview. If you wear casual clothes to work each day, showing up in business attire, such as a suit, is a sure way to look conspicuous. Instead, pack a change of clothes for your interview and make arrangements to change once you leave your current workplace.
  • Avoid talking to potential employers at your desk. Instead, use your personal cell phone. Furthermore, avoid using your current work computer to 1) search for potential jobs and 2) communicate with potential employers.
  • Don’t use resources within your current work environment to prepare for an interview. This includes printers and photo copiers. You never know who may beat you to the printer or inadvertently pick up your resume at the copier.
  • If possible, schedule any interviews first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. The less work disruption, the less likely anyone is to question your whereabouts.
  • Be particularly careful if you are interviewing with an employer who is also a client of your current employer. You never know who you may run into.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Negative Job Reference

It is possible that one of your references may provide a negative job reference. This may happen because you did not prepare the people on your reference list about the requirements of the position or the reference did not write a letter that outlined your strengths that applied to this job. You need to be very careful in the selection of your references. However, now that you have received a negative reference, the employers or if you are applying to a college for admittance to a program that requires references may contact you for additional information. If the individual presented information that is incorrect you may have a chance to clarify the information or is the information is true you may have the opportunity to present your explanation.

It is important to remember when writing your letter of application and completing your resume that you do exaggerate your skills and experience. Be honest and present your abilities in a positive light. This will help to ensure that you will not be faced with a negative reference and if you are, you will able to clearly and carefully explain the issues. Prospective employers are willing to take a risk if they feel that you are open about the situation.

Try not to say anything negative about your reference in this matter. It will only make a bad situation worse.

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DoYouBuzz

Let’s face it, the traditional resume is dead. Employers have seen them for many decades and they’re ready for something new. Many companies are leading the charge in this area by finding potential job candidates and having them communicate their qualifications and experience in different ways. You’d probably be surprised by how many employers research potential employees on a search engine and use what they find as the resume for an individual. Since resumes are clearly moving online, it makes sense for you to have an online resume that does a great job of representing you. DoYouBuzz is the next generation of the online resume.

This service can import your LinkedIn profile information, so you won’t exactly have to start from scratch. Resume design is important, and DoYouBuzz offers customizable themes and templates for you to use. Your resume can get greater search engine visibility, but at the same time, if you want to keep it a little more private, then the privacy options will allow you to do that. One of the worst parts about applying for jobs is not knowing what’s going on, but with DoYouBuzz, you’ll know how many people have been looking at your resume, and if the line is going up, then you should be in good shape.

How To Ask For A Reference

As you begin to develop your list of potential references you should consider the responsibilities of the job that you are applying for and think about the people you know that are in a position to provide information that will be helpful to you in your quest for the job. There is no point in asking someone to be a reference if they do not have experience and knowledge of you in that capacity. Also be sure that the people that are on your list would be comfortable serving as a reference for you.

Most of the people you will ask will be flattered or at least willing to provide a reference but it is important that you ask and do not just put their name of the reference list. Some people you approach may decline for a variety of reasons, but remember that you really want people who are willing to take the time and effort to help you. When you approach these individuals to serve as a reference for you be clear about the position you are applying for and the skills that are required. Explain why you think you would be good in this position and how it fits with your skills and abilities. This will help the reference decide whether or not they want to continue. Collect all the details of the job, what their task will or might be (writing a letter when requested or to agree to a telephone interview). Give your reference a copy of your resume and keep them informed about any changes.

Don’t forget to thank your references for agreeing to assist you. They will also want to know if you were successful. Remember they have contributed to your success.

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CeeVee

Recently, a lot of people have been trying to dust off their resumes and get back into the job hunting game because the economy has taken many jobs over the past year or two. Many of the people who are now unemployed have had secure jobs for many years, so the process of trying to find a new job is something that they haven’t had to deal with for a long time. For some, one of the hardest parts about finding a new job is simply creating a resume. That may sound easy, but since your resume is usually your first step in the door, it’s important to get it right. A service called CeeVee (clever) takes your resume online and prevents you from having to worry too much about formatting, etc.

While an online resume won’t be acceptable to every employer, it’s still nice to have an online version that you can point people to. With CeeVee, it’s all about the actual content. The service provides themes for you to choose, and from there it’s just a matter of using the tool to input your information. Resumes can be public or private, saved as a PDF, and shared through social networks. We’re all wishing you the best in your job hunt.

TwitRes

The economy is suffering, jobs are being lost, people are out of work, etc. We’ve all heard these facts over and over again to the point that the initial shock is starting to wear off. Of course, if you’re someone who has lost your job and is suffering financially, then all of this is still very real to you. You don’t have to be out of work to know that finding a good job right now is very difficult because there aren’t always very many available and you’re competing with hundreds or thousands of other people. In this type of situation, the old job hunting methods that everyone continues to use need to be expanded to include fresh ideas to help make the candidates stand out as individuals. TwitRes brings your resume to Twitter.

With that said, anyone can bring their resume to Twitter by simply linking to it in a tweet, but TwitRes has packaged the process together and made it more interesting. Instead of just linking to a URL, a TwitRes tweet brings your followers to a special page that contains an embedded version of your resume and controls to view it however they’d like. Features also exist to enable things like comments and recommendations. If you’ve been able to get a job through Twitter, tell us about your experience in the comments.

How To Be A Good Reference

Before you agree to be a reference for a colleague or friend it is important that you consider what you would say if you are asked to provide a reference. If you have reservations about your ability to write a positive reference then you should decline or at least explain why you have reservations. However, if you have agreed to be a reference then it is important that you get a copy of the advertisement for the position and then carefully outline the skills, knowledge and experiences are required for this job. Then you can begin to think about the skills, knowledge and experiences that the candidate has and how they match with the requirements of the job.

It is important to be able to link the skills to the requirements of the jobs because it will allow you to clearly and concisely articulate these connections. Whether you are asked to comment verbally in an interview or to write a letter of reference it is important that you have planned what you will say. If you seem uncertain or unclear about how the candidate would be able to meet the job requirements, it will come through in the reference. In order to be a good reference for the individual you need to be prepared and aware of the responsibilities of a good reference.

If you feel unable to complete these obligations, you should decline the request to be a reference.

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What To Include In A Letter Of Reference

You will have asked the permission to include the names of your references before including them on the list. If it possible you should advise the people on the list about the details of the position that you are applying for and what skills and experiences that are necessary or preferred for the job. This may not always be possible if you are applying for several jobs at once but it is far easier for your reference to write a letter of reference for you if they have this information.

When I am asked to write a letter of reference I always ask for the details of the position, particularly the requirements of the job. If I know for example that the job requires specific tasks such as greeting the public or writing reports then I know what to include in the letter of reference. Even though the person may not have direct experience with the tasks required in the position, I can describe why I think this person would be successful in those tasks because of other skills or experiences they have. For example, if I am writing a letter of reference for a student that I have worked with for a position that requires report writing, I can outline the skills that the student has demonstrated in school.

Clearly, an influential letter of reference outlines the candidate’s skills that apply directly to the position.

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