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The benefits of clearing workspace clutter

Spring brings thoughts of warm weather, outdoor activities … and cleaning. Although few people truly look forward to the last item on this list, almost everyone understands it needs to get done.

Don’t concentrate solely on your closet, dining-room table or other household areas. Also look to your workspace. Chances are your desk and computer could use some freshening up, too.

Here are some of the benefits of cleaning around the office:

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Hiring blacklists: Do they exist?

In this tough labor market, it’s challenging enough to get a job, even with the right experience and a spotless employment record. So what happens if you left a company on bad terms or you got caught in a lie during an interview? Could that land you on a company’s no-hire list, or blacklist?

According to Fred Cooper, managing partner at Compass HR Consulting, “In the case of labor-relations law, it is unfair labor practice to discriminate against — blacklist — employees who encourage or discourage acts of support for a labor organization, and one does not want the Department of Labor investigating an allegation of an unfair labor practice.”

But that doesn’t mean recruitment firms or companies don’t have some form of a do-not-hire list. “Most employers maintain records of employees that are not eligible for rehire,” says John Millikin, clinical professor of management at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and former vice president of human resources at Motorola. “This is usually because they have been terminated for cause. These would be difficult to appeal unless there were new facts that were not evident at the time the adverse action was taken.”

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The case for the 4-day workweek

Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder

If your employer offered the opportunity to work four 10-hour days per week instead of a traditional five 8-hour-day workweek, would you take it?

Teresa Allen — a customer service representative for American Fidelity Assurance Company in Oklahoma City — did take it and is pleased with the decision.

“I love the arrangement of the four-day workweek. I like getting to the office as early as I do, 6:30 a.m. The morning is my most productive time of the day, the phones are off until 8:00 a.m. and the office is very quiet. I enjoy having Wednesdays off and can focus on spending time with family and maintaining a home. It helps me with balancing stresses of being a family provider and full-time employee.”

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Career lessons from reality stars

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder.com

Believe it or not, reality TV stars can be more for us than a guilty pleasure. In fact, they can even teach us a thing or two, and not just about being a drama queen.

Now that more reality stars have begun to stretch their 15 minutes of fame into entertainment empires, many of them can actually teach us valuable lessons about business, personal branding and careers.

Don’t believe us? Read ’em and weep.

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10 Jobs for Outdoorsy Types

Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder.com

If you’re the outdoorsy type, picking a career that gets you away from the cubicle is key. Whether you’re roaming the woods as a park ranger or tending to livestock as an organic farmer, doing a job with an outdoor element is an important part of feeling satisfied at work. But don’t just reach for any outdoorsy position, consider other elements to figure out the perfect fit (i.e. just because you love the outdoors doesn’t mean you’ll be a great zookeeper).

Are you a nature lover? Here are 10 jobs worth considering:

1. Archaeologist 

Digging and studying what’s left behind by the ancient world can sound like a dream job to some. But archaeologists must be disciplined and understand that it’s rare to have the amazing discoveries shown in Hollywood films. Many spend a great deal of time outdoors at archaeological sites. Travel is a big perk.

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23 traits of good leaders

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder.com

Leadership is one of those nebulous terms — you hear it all the time but it has various definitions. The traits that make up a good leader can vary depending on the organization, team, manager and work environment.

Leadership can also vary in style — are you someone who dictates the group and doesn’t listen to anyone else’s opinion? Or do you lead with a more bureaucratic or democratic style?

“Every leader has a particular style of leadership that is innate. However, the behaviors, attitudes or methods of delivery that are effective for one staff member may in fact be counterproductive for another,” says Michael Burke, account supervisor, MSR Communications, a public relations firm. “Great leaders are aware of their own style and make the effort to learn how their style actually comes across to their team. They learn to flex their leadership style to individual team members so that they communicate and behave in ways that motivate and inspire.”

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10 dream jobs that aren’t as glamorous as they look

Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder Writer

 

Who wouldn’t want to be a travel writer? They visit some of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world, and they get paid for it. Or a celebrity assistant? They get to hang out with celebrities!

The truth is that while these jobs certainly do come with great perks, even so-called “dream jobs” aren’t perfect. Though all 10 of the following people love their careers and wouldn’t change them for anything, there are times when, like the rest of us, they think work sucks.

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1. Travel writer
The perception: Trips to the world’s most beautiful locations and meals at the best restaurants, all expenses paid.
The reality: “It’s a difficult industry to get into and it can be a tough field to stay in because it’s not known for paying well,” says Sarah Sekula, a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Sherman’s Travel and USA Today. “Therefore, this is not the right profession for you if your main concern is making a ton of money.”

Plus, Sekula says, although the travel is great, it can interfere with her personal life. “You’re on the road often, so you miss things in town like birthday parties and weddings,” she says.

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4 career lessons from celebrities

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder.com

Ah, celebrities. We love to love you, we love to hate you and we love to watch you make silly career mistakes that we can all learn from.

While some of these mishaps were more public, old or recent than others — they were major blunders all the same.

Here are four career faux pas we can learn from celebrities.

1. Don’t do drugs

In September 2010, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was arrested in the bathroom of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for possession of cocaine. He reportedly admitted to the police officer that his mistake was foolish and that he had never used drugs before. Mars eventually pled guilty to felony drug possession and as a result, the drug charges will be erased from his criminal record as long as he pays a $2,000 fine, does 200 hours of community service and completes a drug-counselling course. (Source: TMZ.com and MTV News UK)

And then there’s pop singer T.I., who was released from jail earlier this year after doing about seven months’ time on a federal weapons charge. After his release, T.I. was set to make a career comeback in music and movies — until he and his wife were arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance. Back to square one, T.I.! (Source: MTV News)

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