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March 24, 2009
In today's broken economy, troubled by the threat of layoffs, employees are reeling from a sense of powerlessness and, in turn, fear. But that fear isn't necessarily pushing them to work harder. Fear can be paralyzing, leading to lowered productivity. If, as a manager, you are not communicating about your business and people are worried about losing their jobs, well, that is about as unmotivating as it gets.
March 18, 2009
After interviewing people going through all types of change -- whether it be losing a job, divorce, a cancer diagnosis, becoming a new parent or starting a business -- I noticed that there were some very similar patterns, behaviors and attitudes among people who are good at change. I discovered nine principles I want to share. Principle 1: People who successfully navigate change have positive beliefs.
March 15, 2009
Some people are best suited to ad agency life, others will thrive as freelances or consultants. Martin Bihl helps you decide which group you're in.
March 10, 2009
Even under these circumstances, many of us are seeking a career, not just a job. But finding a way to build a career in one of the worst job markets in decades is a new challenge -- and many of us are not quite prepared for what that entails. Here's how to say ahead at every level.
March 02, 2009
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- When client cutbacks drove the Martin Agency to cut 5% of its staff, each of the 24 affected employees received a severance package, plus an offer: The agency is promising to pay prospective employers one half of the first month's salary, up to $4,000, for any laid-off employee hired by May. It may not sound like much, but collectively, that's a commitment of nearly $100,000 -- not exactly a drop in the bucket for any agency in these cash-strapped times.
February 25, 2009
It's important to get the fit right, both for your business and for the people you bring in to it. But how do you do that? Here are 10 simple truths that can help.
February 23, 2009
Getting good at change is becoming one of the most important competitive advantages for a company. What you need to understand is that companies don't change -- people change. That said, if you can learn how to get good at change, you will be indispensable to your company.
February 23, 2009
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- After seeing advertising job losses mount in its home city of Toronto, an independent agency is trying to mitigate the devastating effects of the recession in Adland.
February 18, 2009
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Job seekers, take heart: Erik Proulx plans to set you up. The former senior copywriter at Arnold, Boston, is in the process of transforming his 3-month-old blog for the advertising industry's growing pool of unemployed, Please Feed the Animals, into what he hopes becomes the de facto industry job site.
February 18, 2009
Diversity. I have always struggled with embracing this term because it is very often used too loosely and used to fulfill a need. "We are an equal-opportunity company." No, you are not. You favor cupcakes over capabilities. You pamper already bloated egos. You love the self-promoters.
February 09, 2009
So you've answered the phone and made an appointment. What's next? Here are 10 basic rules you can follow when dealing with a recruiter.
January 30, 2009
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- If you are going after a marketing position, you might stand a better chance of landing the job if you emphasize your creative-thinking and leadership skills. At least, that's what you could take away from an Epsilon survey out yesterday, which found that nearly 40% of chief marketing officers are dissatisfied with the availability of qualified candidates for marketing positions.
January 27, 2009
You did all you could to avoid getting canned, but in the end, you were one of a handful asked to pack up and head on down the road. In this economy, you're in good company, as it's not just underperforming employees who are getting the ax. But just because you lost your job doesn't mean you don't have a job to do. Now is not the time to wallow in your plight and slip into obscurity -- and out of contention for that next plum gig, which can be yours if you follow these six steps to make it happen.
January 26, 2009
Things have changed. Stability and job security are now more important than perks and compensation. But that doesn't mean it's an employer's market.
January 19, 2009
I understand that everyone is busy, and today, more than ever, employees are asked to work harder with less support, so it is easy to put a recruiter's message on the bottom of the pile. But everyone's first priority, especially in today's volatile market, ought to be themselves.
January 13, 2009
It's harsh, but true: If you're not a shortcut to something or someone in business, you're taking up too much space and you will be replaced. But frame yourself (or your agency) as a "shortcut" and customers will use your services without hesitation.
December 23, 2008
As Organic's director of talent acquisition, I've been swamped with requests from friends and strangers: "How do I find work in this economy?" The truth is, there are still some positions out there. But now more than ever, it's important to be strategic and persistent in your job search and to continue to upgrade your skills. The following are my own top 10 recommendations to help ensure your pursuit is successful:
December 22, 2008
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Ad Age checked in with some career gurus and employment strategists for five of the most common cues of an imminent round of cuts.
December 22, 2008
YORK, Pa. (AdAge.com) -- The flailing economy is taking a terrible toll on employees seeing their jobs cut, but it's also affecting the person wielding the hatchet: the boss. But that doesn't give managers the right to start complaining publicly.
December 18, 2008
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- They are your colleagues, acquaintances and, in some cases, close and trusted friends thanks to the natural bonds formed by the close spaces of a work environment. Now they've been laid off. And you're not.