13 Signs You Might Be A Bad Boss



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Don’t you want to be a leader that employees admire and respect?

What if, without even realizing it, you’re making mistakes that are causing you to be a bad boss?

Here are 13 signs that you might be a bad boss.

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5 Things to Do When Your Ex-Boss Gives a Bad Reference



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Think your old boss is singing your praises? Think again. Half of bosses are saying negative things about their former underlings to prospective employers, according to reference check company AllisonTaylor. Many applicants are unaware of the poor reference their former supervisor is giving, even though it’s hurting their chances of landing a new job.

Some people mistakenly assume former employers are only allowed to confirm dates of employment or job titles, or perhaps say whether you were fired or parted ways voluntarily. Yet it’s perfectly legal for your boss to give a negative reference (provided he’s not lying). Even if official policy at your past job is to provide only minimal information on former employees, not everyone follows those rules.

“[M]any supervisors ignore company policy and give out information on employees that is glowing or extremely negative,” labor and employment attorney Donna Ballman told Inc. magazine.

So what should you do if you discover your old boss has less-than-complimentary things to say about you? Obviously, you won’t be putting him forward as a reference yourself, but you can’t always stop employers from contacting him. Rather than letting a bad reference destroy your future employment prospects, take these five steps to getting the problem under control.

1. Talk to your former boss

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If you find out your ex-supervisor is slamming you when prospective employers call for a reference, or if you parted on less-than-stellar terms, your first step should be to try to work out the issue with them directly. Contact your old boss and explain that their reference is making it difficult for you to find a new job. Find out what they’re saying about you and see if you can convince them to temper the criticism.

“Explore whether you could agree to neutral language that would be mutually acceptable,” Susan Lessack, a partner with the law firm Pepper Hamilton, told Fast Company.

2. Go to HR

Supervisors who speak negatively about a former employee often do so without their company’s knowledge. A quick call to the HR department, or even a cease-and-desist letter, can put a stop to the bad-mouthing.

“[I]f you think the reference your boss is providing is factually inaccurate, skip her and go straight to your old company’s HR department. HR people are trained in this area, will be familiar with the potential for legal problems, and will probably speak to your old boss and put a stop to it,” HR expert Alison Green wrote in U.S. News & World Report.

3. Check your own references

Do you really know what your references are saying about you? If you suspect bad references are causing you to miss out on job offers but aren’t sure, do a little digging. Even someone you think will be a positive reference could be hurting your chances by offering lukewarm praise, being vague, or providing misleading information. Doing a reference check on yourself can help you identify a potential problem and then take proactive steps to address it.

Reference checking firms like AllisonTaylor and CheckMyReference will call your references and report back on what they say about you. Or you can take a DIY approach. Just have a friend call your former employers and ask for a reference, then report back to you on what was said.

4. Stack the deck in your favor

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Be proactive about identifying people who will say positive things about your past work. If you didn’t get along with a former boss, share the contact information of someone else you worked with. Make an effort to reconnect with people you’ve worked with in the past and ask if they’d be willing to act as reference. The more positive information you can provide, the less impact a bad reference will have.

“Don’t just offer up one reference contact – provide at least four,” Suzanne Lucas, aka the Evil HR Lady, wrote in an article for CBS MoneyWatch. “If they call three people who think you’re fabulous and one person who says you were fired, they are more likely to give weight to the three folks who liked you.”

5. Be upfront about the bad reference

You can get out in front of a bad reference by letting a prospective employer know what to expect. If you know a hiring manager is going to reach out to former employers, including those you didn’t have a great relationship with, adopt a policy of full disclosure.

Mention that your former employer may have less-than-flattering things to say about you, and then explain why. Perhaps your boss was a bully who has it out for you personally, or you made a mistake and ultimately left the company. Avoid negativity, but state your case. Candor may not be enough to counter the damage of a bad reference, but it could help, especially if all your other references are uniformly positive.

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The 2X Secret: What Nobody Tells You About Earning More From Your Skills


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How do you earn more money from your skills? How do you get a promotion? How do you stand out from other job applicants?

The secret is to develop rare and valuable combinations of skills. I explain the principle in my presentation below.

It’s a technique that will never let you down and has been used by people like Elon Musk, Matthew Inman (creator of the Oatmeal), and Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert).

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How To Get A Job Anywhere With NO Connections



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I spent 12 months going on over 50 interviews at places like Google, Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, and more. These are the exact formulas I used to land interviews and offers at these companies, in some cases, without any connections. This resulted in landing the job of my dreams along with a $70,000 bump in salary. Now I ‘m going to teach you how to do the same!

The Worst Feeling

Looking for a new job? Maybe even the job? Raise your hand if this has happened to you…

After weeks of searching you finally found it. The one. The day-to-day is perfect, the salary is a big step up, the hours are flexible, and the benefits are amazing (not to mention it’s less than 10 minutes from your place!). You head over to LinkedIn looking for connections and….they are all 3rd degree with your mutual being that weird kid from high school you haven’t spoken to in 8 years. Ugh…

We’ve all been there – the feeling of defeat washing over you before you’ve even had the chance to get started. So what do you do next? What anyone else the 21st century would do – Google it!

  • “Go to large meetups and network with as many people as you can!”
  • “Join professional organizations with like minded people in your field!”
  • “Just email people and ask!”

These are all suggestions that popped up when I searched for “how to get a job” (man, most career advice on the internet is really bad).

You know where you won’t find top performers looking to hire the best talent for Google, Facebook, or Apple? At networking events and meetups. They just don’t have time for that, and neither do you. Most of the people at these events are not very influential within their industrial niches and therefore aren’t going to do much for our cause.

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What about emailing and asking? Well, how would you feel if some stranger emailed you and just asked for a job? You’d probably laugh them all the way to your spam folder.

You probably also noticed that I didn’t mention submitting your resume online into what I affectionately called the “Black Hole of Doom” (where resumes go to die). That sounds harsh, I know, but how many people do you know submitting 20 applications online hear back? It’s simply not a good use of your time.

So how do you get your foot in the door?

In this article I’m going to show you the exact process you can use to get a job interview at your dream company even if you don’t know a SINGLE person there.

How do I know it works? Because these are the exact steps I used to get job interviews and offers at companies like Google, Uber, Microsoft, Twitter, and more.

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Referrals Are The Most Effective Way To Get Hired

If looking for mutual connections was your first thought when looking for career opportunities, then you’re on the right track. Referrals are easily the most effective way to secure a job interview and land the offer:

  • 40% of hires come from referrals, the next largest channel is via career sites at 21% (almost half as many!)
  • Referrals get hired in an average of 3 weeks while other applicants take up to 7 weeks
  • Referrals get paid more on average than cold applicants

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50 ways to get a job



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1 Map Your Current Career Path

If you want a job making money and doing good you have to embrace the notion that you won’t get there in a straight line. Careers today no longer follow linear trajectories that take you from graduation, to internship to employment up the ranks. This exercise is the first of 50 to help you discover your unique path and give you the confidence to get your dream job. By mapping your career path you will see that you are already well on your way.

  1. Make a list of 25 different milestones, relationships, people, jobs, or experiences that brought you to where you are today.

  2. Create a map with your milestones. Connect them chronologically, making note of the impact they had on your state of mind at the time. Draw your map on a white board, a large piece of paper or your computer.

  3. Pick two random points and try to add in five more milestones, people, or experiences that got you from one step to the next.

  4. Choose a different pen color and note your emotions throughout the map. How did you feel before and after you got your last job? When did you last feel overwhelmed or totally satisfied?

  5. Review your map. Take note of patterns, industries, themes, and clues that could inform your next step.

  6. Ask yourself: What do I want to repeat? Do differently? Learn from this?  What industries or jobs emerge that may have been hiding in your peripheral vision?

Want to keep thinking about your path? No patterns or potential future directions emerging? Build on this exercise and Write a Creative Nonfiction About Yourself or Imagine 3 Vastly Different Careers

10 Things People Won’t Tell You When You Lose Your Job



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You can wallow, or see your job loss as an opportunity for self-discovery.

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Ariane de Bonvoisin, author of The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier, shares tips for coping with a job loss.Give yourself some real time to figure out your next step. That may mean weeks, not a few hours! Don’t feel compelled to jump right back into the work force. You will feel some shock—the same way you would feel shock after any loss. Take some time to deal with that. When you are ready to jump back in, keep your options open. This might be a good time to explore a new field that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time to, start a business, or go back to school.

The next job you take may be a transitional one. Whether it’s full or part time, embrace it. Every experience is a valuable one and you never know where it may lead. It’s OK to freelance or find part-time work to get some cash flow until you find the perfect new position. In fact, you may find that you don’t need a full-time job as much as you thought you did to be happy and secure.

Find companies with missions and values that you can get behind. Employers are much more interested in candidates who have a passion for the company than someone who is just looking for a paycheck. Remember, your resume and cover letter are not unique. With the huge number of layoffs today, there are likely to be many more people you have to compete against for a single position. You have to find new skills and new selling points in your abilities to highlight on your resume and your social networking pages.

Your reputation and your online persona play much more of a role in getting you a new job than your resume or your cover letter ever could. Your profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn should be spruced up and optimized as much as possible to make you as attractive as you can be to a potential employer. And don’t forget to Google yourself to see what comes up.

Celebrate, and maybe even take a vacation. You probably didn’t take time away while you were at your last job—use this period of adjustment to break free. It’ll give you a chance to get some perspective. Have drinks or a party and celebrate being laid off. Put a positive spin on this. Enjoy yourself. This will be one of the few times in life that you’re unencumbered by work. Read. Sleep. Do all the things you never get to do…believe it or not, you’ll miss this time when it’s gone.

Use your health insurance while you still have it. I bet you haven’t been taking care of yourself or haven’t had the time. Get a full physical, go to the dentist. You can also explore meditation, acupuncture, or other complimentary therapies that can help you de-stress. Finding your next dream job is an endurance test and requires a lot of energy. Start eating well, do a cleanse, and go to the gym. Your energy and self-esteem will get a boost and this will be felt by everyone around you, including future employers.

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Realize that something good will come from this. (I call this The Change Guarantee.) Write it down somewhere visible. In the end, this job loss is probably a good thing. Make yourself write a list of 3 things that help you see the upside from this downside. You’ll end up better off, no matter what. You may not see it now, but you’ll triumph over this job loss in ways you couldn’t imagine.

Don’t rehash the story, blame something or someone for the loss, or explain it to everyone ad nauseam. Blame never accomplishes anything. Don’t get addicted to your story of why you got fired or how unlucky you are, because it will hold you back. There is no shame or embarrassment to be had. Every successful person has lost a job at some stage. Instead of feeling shame, honor this as just a life change that will make you stronger. Stick around optimistic people, not victim circles. Ask yourself, “Who are you not thinking of that can help you?” And also, “Who is holding you back?”

Always frame things in the positive. Say things like “I’m excited I’m back in the job market. It has given me a chance to really go after a job that I love,” as opposed to, “I recently got fired/lost my job.” People who are optimists and have positive beliefs will always get through this change better than others.

Let go of the way life should have gone. Resisting the job loss causes more pain. Sometimes you know why you were fired, sometimes you just don’t. Don’t waste any time figuring it out. Be mature about anything you feel may have contributed to it. See the difference between reality and illusion (reality is you lost your job, illusion is you’ll never find another job.) Take a moment to go inside yourself, get silent and listen to your intuition. Some of your best ideas will come when you slow down enough and tune in.

Looking for a job is now your job. It may take a lot longer to find a new job than you think it will. Many people are running out their unemployment benefits, taking six months or more to find a new job. You might have to settle for less. We’re in a tough economic climate and the dream job you want might not be available for the next few years. Some jobs leave the market and never come back, and you may be facing that reality. Don’t get discouraged. Remember, even in a bad economy, there are always jobs for good people.

How to Never Lose Your Job



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How to Lose a Job in 10 Days



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Why Exercising More May Actually Make You Smarter



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What is the relationship between exercise, learning, and neurogenesis? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Bart Loews, passionate exercise enthusiast, on Quora:

When it comes to the the relationship between exercise, learning, and neurogenesis, there are three things that I’m aware of:

1. Neuromuscular training and muscle recruitment. Your brain is responsible for everything that your body does that has a nerve ending. Nearly every move you make is controlled by your brain. Aerobic activity engages and requires coordination on a quick scale of large parts of your body. For running, for example, your brain is coordinating leg movements (upper leg, lower leg, feet), with core movements and stability, with arm movements, all while regulating your breathing and an increased heart rate. All of that activity triggers neurogenesis (creation of new nerve cells) in the hippocampus, one of the parts of your brain responsible for locomotion, but is also in charge of memory and stress management.

2. Oxygen and blood. Aerobic activity gets your heart pumping and your lungs breathing harder. This happens because aerobic activity increases your body’s immediate energy needs. Because of this, your heart circulates blood faster to get nutrients to your cells and your lungs pull in new oxygen (and get rid of spent CO2) to power the energy conversion process from sugar to ATP. This means that your brain also gets a heavy dose of increased blood flow and oxygen. When this happens your body recognizes a need for more bandwidth in the blood system and more capillaries will form over time. This happens all over your body, particularly in your muscles from aerobic activity, but it does happen in your brain as well allowing your brain to get more energy creating oxygen to all its cells easier.

3. Hormones. Aerobic activity also causes your brain to release endorphins, which have a stress reduction effect. Chronic stress can cause neurological issues.

While it’s always best to remove the cause of the stress, exercising can help get your brain in a good gear to take care of the stresses of your life at the same time.

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How Many Spiders And Insects Do People Really Eat Unaware?



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Answer by Matan Shelomi, Entomologist, on Quora:

In terms of creatures that crawl into your mouth while you sleep … likely zero. Insects are not that stupid. They will not crawl into the warm, moist, CO2-exhaling cave that is pretty obviously the entrance to something big and living. Granted, some insects like roaches do occasionally crawl into ears and get stuck, but that’s very rare. The idea that we swallow a certain number of spiders every lifetime/year/night is just an urban legend.

What about in our food? That’s a different issue. Because crops are almost always infested with insects, the harvests will usually have pieces of insect too. The amount of insecticides or controls you would need to keep a farm 100% insect free is so high that it would cost more to control the insects than one would get from selling the crops. Plus, at certain levels, the damage from insects is not even noticed. That’s why farmers don’t control insect pests unless the infestation crosses the economic threshold. This is the population level (number of insects per acre or per plant, etc.) where the cost of controlling the infestation is less than the losses if you let the infestation get any worse … and even then the farmers only control until the population is below the threshold, not at zero.

The point is, crops will always have insects on them, no matter where they came from or how they were grown, so whatever you buy at the store or market, especially processed food, will have teeny tiny quantities of insect parts. These are harmless to humans—insects are edible, after all—but still don’t belong, so regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration place limits on how many insect parts different food items can have. These are the Food Defect Action Levels, for “Levels of natural or unavoidable defects in foods that present no health hazards for humans” (Defect Levels Handbook).

These levels are a maximum; most food sold will be far less contaminated. So, assuming the food you ate was as defective as possible, you may have eaten enough parts to make a few whole insects … but you’d have never noticed, and it would all be extra protein anyway.

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