In today's competitive environment, it's tempting for internationally focused executives to be constantly tethered to their smartphones in pursuit of success. But Nick Khin of Aristocrat Technologies says that's a mistake: "I think the skill of making sure that you balance the needs of your home and your personal life and also that of work is a critical one" for members of multinational teams, he told SmartBrief's Liz DeHoff at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.
This year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatened the area's oyster supply and cast doubt about whether Louisiana restaurants would be able to serve the traditional Thanksgiving mollusk in dishes such as chef John Folse's oyster stew and fried oyster dressing at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The mollusks have made their return in time for the feast, but in smaller numbers and at higher prices than chefs would pay in normal years.
Many hiring managers don't read cover letters, but you still have to write them, writes Don Goodman. Among his suggestions for making them more effective: Tailor your message for each company individually and make smart use of bullet points to highlight your accomplishments.
Are you able to come up with the perfect retort when a boss or co-worker takes a verbal jab at you? If you fail to respond properly, "then you've said that they can treat you that way again," says Kathleen Kelley Reardon, a management professor and co-author of "Comebacks at Work." She offers a half dozen ways to be ready with a verbal parry, such as rephrasing the offending statement or requesting more information.
Many workers have taken the government up on incentives to train for "green" jobs, but they are struggling to connect their new skills with real-world jobs. Would-be employers say they share their frustration. "We keep getting these stops and starts in the industry. There is no way it can work like this," said Bill Gallagher, president of Solar-Fit.