Monthly Archives: September 2008

Sep 25

Washington Mutual Holds Pension Funds

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Since January, Kate has been trying to extract her pension money from Washington Mutual. This morning was the fourth time attempting to get the company Washington Mutual uses for its pension funds to simply send her the forms to request the pension disbursement to her Individual Retirement Account. This morning came the most interesting excuse […]

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Sep 24

Building Job Skills Through Adjacency

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Most career management sights will advise you to continue to “build your job skills.” It’s great advice, but with companies cutting back on training, how is an aspiring Cubicle Warrior supposed to build those elusive job skills? On the job training, of course. Except on-the-job training only counts when you already are in the job […]

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Sep 23

Being Bought is an Opportunity

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Being bought out by what is now the largest bank in the country can be a disheartening time for knowledge workers. Especially if you were a Financial Analyst working in one of the country’s oldest (now defunct) investment bank in the world. But change is also an opportunity. With Merrill Lynch being bought by Bank […]

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Sep 17

Never end your job search

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

A coworker of mine had this rule: get at least one job offer from a different company every year. Every year. He didn’t often take it, though, but he went through the extreme effort of constantly applying for positions, going through interviews, and getting the offers. When he explained this process to me, I asked […]

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Sep 16

Career Management is About Confidence

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

HP just announced they will be laying off 25,000 people in the next couple of years, consolidating their purchase of Electronic Data Systems. Lehman Brothers just went bankrupt. Merrill Lynch was just purchased by Bank of America (who will undoubtedly lay a bunch of people off once they figure out what they have). And here […]

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Sep 10

When the job market falls apart…

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

With unemployment over 6% in the United States (some 8% if you use the criteria from the 1980’s) and some industries really taking it on the chin, Cubicle Warriors necessarily feel uneasy about their positions. It make sense. But worrying about your position doesn’t do you much good. What follows are eight killer steps to […]

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