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23 Dec 2014

Happy Holidays and Ugly Sweaters!

Happy Holidays and Ugly Sweaters!
Today we had a great potluck meal at J&L for our corporate employees and Ugly Sweaters were in the house! Happy Holidays from us to you!
Author: Susan Fey
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19 Dec 2014

Want a promotion? Read on!

Want a promotion? Read on!

16 Mistakes Employees Make When Trying To Get A Promotion

Asking for a promotion can be one of the most stressful experiences in your career–especially in today’s uncertain economy.Why? “Because you know you’re putting yourself at some level of risk,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. “The often legitimate fears of appearing too ambitious, or not being focused enough on doing your best work, can trigger unnecessary missteps. However, if you’re strategic about your pursuit, you can change the frustrating dynamic of feeling undervalued.”

David Parnell, a legal recruiter, communication coach and author of In-House: A Lawyer’s Guide to Getting a Corporate Legal Position, agrees. He says in many organizations, getting promoted is “not a simple task.”

“It should be no surprise that, in comparison to only a few decades ago, today’s average employee has larger workloads–and more (and better) competition to contend with. Add to this the highly evolved social and political networks one needs to master, and you have one tough road to travel,” he says. “To move from employment offer to promotion without a single misstep is unlikely, and mistakes happen often enough.”

A promotion, by definition, is a form of advancement or movement into new territory, he adds. “This means learning new information and trying new things, which, by their very nature promote mistakes in some way, shape or form. The key lies not so much in avoiding mistakes, but more so in keeping the mistakes as small as possible, and effectively cleaning up after them.”

Here are 16 common mistakes employees make when asking for a promotion:

Asking for too much at once. Many employees ask for a promotion, raise, new privileges and more–all at once. This will likely frust

Author: Susan Fey
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16 Dec 2014

Handshakes are Important!

Handshakes are Important!

When you are out interviewing, one of the most important signs of trust is a good handshake. Iowa Works offers some great information about the Dos and Don'ts of handshakes:

Handshakes are a sign of trust and help build strong relationships. Prospective employers are more likely to overlook visible body piercings and tattoos than ineffective handshakes. In addition, people are twice as likely to remember you when introduced with a handshake than if you didn't shake hands.

Three steps to a proper handshake:

1. As you're approaching someone, extend your right arm when you're about three feet away. Slightly angle your arm across your chest, with your thumb pointing up.

2. Lock hands, thumb joint to thumb joint. Then, firmly clasp the other person's hand--without any bone crushing or macho posturing.

 3. Pump the other person's hand two to three times and let go.

Handshakes to Avoid:

1. The "macho cowboy"...is the almost bone-crunching clasp many people use to shake hands. What are they trying to prove, anyway? There's no need to demonstrate your physical strength when shaking another person's hand.

2. The wimp...is usually delivered as though you are afraid to hurt someone. This one shows a complete lack of confidence or respect for the other person.

So, be firm and confident when meeting a prospective employer! You want your impression to last!

 

 

Author: Susan Fey
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12 Dec 2014

Tis the Season...For Giving!

Tis the Season...For Giving!
For the second year in a row, our staff at J&L brought in donations for the Community Action Agency to disperse at the area shelters in Siouxland. We are proud to help those in need in our community!
Author: Susan Fey
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5 Dec 2014

December Employee of the Month

December Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Darin King, our December Employee of Month! Thanks for all of your hard work. We appreciate you!
Author: Susan Fey
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