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Four Career Destroying Emails

Email is an integral part of  corporate correspondence  but even so, people sometimes behave like they are sending email for the first time. These errors can have a significant impact on the way they're perceived in the office. Here are the 5 biggest "email don'ts."

Don't BCC without good reason. You probably know that when you enter an addressee in the BCC field of an e-mail, that person gets the message, but everyone in the To and CC lines is unaware. Hence, the "blind" in BCC. The problems start when you use the BCC field as a way to mask recipients so they can see messages that it's not polite or ethical to share. For example: BCC'ing someone on a disciplinary e-mail. Just imagine what happens if the BCC recipient accidentally clicks Reply All or forwards the message to someone else. The charade is over, and the damage could be irreparable

Don't send an emotional mail before counting to 100. Something upsetting happens, so you fire off an acidic email that lets a co-worker know exactly what you think of him. Or perhaps not so damaging, you just reply to an email with a sarcastic or condescending tone. Before you click Send, ask yourself what you hope to achieve -- and will it have the desired impact? Waiting a half hour and re-reading the message might make you realize there's no reason to send it -- delete the message and be the better man or woman.

Spell check, always. Are you that person who sends email riddled with typos? It looks unprofessional, and contributes to people thinking of you as sloppy and impulsive.

Don't use smug signature blurbs. Signatures that say things like "sent from my iPhone" might seem innocuous, but they can have unintended consequences. You might be trying to say, "I'm writing this on the go, so the message will be short and might have a few typos in it," but the signature can come off as snobbish, and possibly even poison relationships with partners or clients who might have adversarial relationships with your phone manufacturer.




How to train your Creative Mind

As Louis Pasteur once famously said, "Chance favors only the prepared mind." To be an innovative, you want to foster creativity in your daily life so that your mind is ready when opportunity arises.
Creative ideas often come from unusual combinations, "The best solution is not going to be the thing everyone thinks of. It's going to be something unusual."
These unusual combinations, called "remote associations," are related ideas that may seem unrelated at first glance. They are the essence of creative thinking.
To cultivate creativity, you want to increase your chances of stumbling on an unexpected link. Here are four strategies you can use in your everyday life that will train your mind to be more creative in business:

 1. Shake up your routine. To expand your creative horizons, surround yourself with a broad range of perspectives and experiences. A diverse workplace is helpful, but it isn’t enough. Outside work, seek variety in what you eat, where you hang out, the types of art you look at, the places you travel, or the books you read.
"Diversity introduces all kinds of new stimuli," Smith says. "It opens you up to a number of new possibilities." You are more likely to find an unusual solution when you have more options at your fingertips.
2. Cast a wide net for feedback. We often discuss important ideas with the same inner circle of colleagues, but in doing that we can miss the obvious answers. "Someone less expert may notice invisible assumptions right away," Smith says. They may help you see a problem or idea in a new light.
Find intelligent people with little knowledge of your business and talk through whatever you're working on now. You may be surprised by the solutions they help you discover.
3. Let go of rigid rules. Like the queen in Alice in Wonderland who thinks of impossible things for half an hour each day, you want to train your mind to be more open. Practice letting your mind wander and come up with as many ideas as you can, however absurd they may seem. You can even be silly or funny. "Humor helps loosen up your constraints," Smith explains.
Relaxing your standards while you generate ideas increases your openness and boosts creativity. "If you think of 99 stupid, impossible ideas and one that works, then that was time well spent," Smith says.
4. Observe the world around you. "When you get wrapped up in your own head, creative ideas can slide under your nose," Smith says. The most creative people are always on the lookout for interesting things, even if they don't apply to whatever they're working on now, he adds.
Keep a notebook or a computer folder full of interesting ideas, articles, images, or even passing thoughts. They will likely come in handy at a moment you least expect.


Why it is important to be in Linkedin

LinkedIn has now become one of the most important websites for finding a job and making an contact.

So, why is LinkedIn so important?

LinkedIn is where all the HR managers and recruiters are now hanging out. It gives you the opportunity to connect with a company or a person within that company directly - like never before. They are also looking for YOU, so you had better stand out from the crowd.

If you already have a profile, let's do a quick LinkedIn audit. If you don't have a profile as yet, take a note of what's important.

How is your head shot? Up to date?

Having a good photo that you use across all networks says something about you. It says that you are professional and care about your public image. 

Have you claimed your public profile URL?

Claim your public profile URL so you can promote your profile in your email signature, CV/Resume, business card, blog, etc. in an attractive and easy to read format.

Is your professional headline up to date?

Your headline should abruptly say what you are all about, what you are looking for right now (in terms of a job) and your future goals.

Is your summary up to date?

If your summary is no good then recruiters won't even take a look at the rest of your profile. 

Is your experience up to date?

It's important to keep all experience on LinkedIn and your CV, up to date. 

Are you using applications?

Do you have a blog? Are you using the blog application? Have you added the Amazon application to show which books you're reading? Make your profile that little bit more personal by adding an application. 

Do you have an uneven number of recommendations?

Do you have more recommendations than you have given out? That's a good sign that you are a well-liked and reliable individual. Get as many recommendations as you can!

Have you imported your email contacts?

Import all your email contacts to make sure your email acquaintances are also your LinkedIn connections.

Have you customised your email invitations?

"I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn." Is the standard message everyone receives. Stand out and change it!

Have you joined relevant groups?

Join relevant groups and discussions to connect with major players in your industry by using the search tool to find groups by industry. Join groups, post relevant articles and participate in discussions.

Have you got any stars on your profile?

If your answer is the best answer in a discussion, then you'll get attributed a green star on your profile. They are very useful for showing your expertise.

100 funniest thing we have read on a CV – Part 1

 100 funniest thing we have read on a CV – Part 1

We have detailed the section of the CV and what people have written below.   As these are real life examples we have hidden the names to protect the innocent and the spelling mistakes have all been left in, so don’t blame us!

Part 1 and the first 50 are below:

1.         ACHIEVEMENTS  – “I came first in the school long distance race”

2.         HOBBIES – “Horse rideing,like going pub when havent got my kids.looking after kids and doing stuff with them when they anit at school.”

3.         EMAIL ADDRESS  Lazysod@……

4.         ACHIEVEMENTS – “Being sober”

5.         ABOUT ME – “My favourite colour is Toupe, cos it rhymes with Dope”

6.         REASON FOR LEAVING – “It was hard work”

7.         PERSONAL PROFILE – “I be no stranger to double-entry. I loves numbers, and my wife and I loves journals and ledgers! Can also do tricky sums when I puts my mind to it. Computor litrate.”

8.         COVERING LETTER – “This is my CV I am intrested in any job opening use have avaiable if u could please send a vercation that you reciceved the email”

9.         PERSONAL PROFILE – “I do have convictions (drug offences) which are spent some 30 years ago for when I was 16-18 and have a caution for 4 years ago for criminal damage”

10.      HOBBIES – “Marital Arts” (Possibly meant martial arts?)

11.       KEY SKILLS – “Perfectionist with a keen I for details.”

12.       HOBBIES – “Space Travel”

13.       EMAIL ADDRESS  Batfacedgirl@………..

14.       EMPLOYMENT HISTORY -  “Whilst working in this role, I had intercourse with a variety of people”

15.       HOBBIES – “i like playing sport, which i fined gives me a winning appetite for life’”

16.       KEY SKILLS: “I would like to assure you that I am a hardly working person.”

17.       HOBBIES –  “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians”

18.       JOB HISTORY – “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”

19.       SKILLS – “Fantastic ability in multi-tasting.”

20.      SIZE OF EMPLOYER: “Very tall, probably over 6’5″.”

21.       SKILLS – “Speak English and Spinach.”

22.      STRENGTHS – “Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.”

23.      SKILLS – “I have technical skills that will simply take your breath away.”

24.      MARITAL STATUS:- “Celibate”

25.      SKILLS – From an IT Engineer, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

26.      EMAIL ADDRESS  hotsexyluv@…….

27.      KEYS SKILLS – keeping family home clean, tidy and hygienaic undertaking basic DIY.operating domestic taskslike cleaning,washing,cooking.dealing with emerengencies smoothly.dealing with health issues,superivsing,supporting,guiding and organising children.

28.      CV GAP – Candidate explained his gap in employment by saying it was because he was getting over the death of his cat for 3 months!

29.      KEY SKILLS – “But wait…there’s more. You get all this business knowledge plus a grasp of marketing that is second nature.”

30.      PRINTED CV – Candidate sent over their CV printed on the back of their current employers headed company paper

31.       SKILLS – “I can type without looking at thekeyboard.”

32.      JOB HISTORY - “Left last four jobs only because the managers were completely unreasonable”

33.      SKILLS – “I am a rabid typist”

34.      HOBBIES – “My interests include cooking dogs and interesting people”

35.      COVERING LETTER – “I am extremely loyal to my current employer….Feel free to ring my office if you are interested in my CV”

36.      KEY ACHIEVEMENTS – “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”

37.      EDUCATION – “I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”

38.      HOBBIES: “donating blood – 12 litres so far.”