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F4 Orlando Sentinel Workstation Does your career Web site jmake the grade? Find out this writing: a mind-boggling 13,000. Those numbers are intimi- dating enough to send many job-seekers running to their IBM Selectric typewriters and bottles of Liquid Paper. But for workers in technical fields -- which account for the bulk of jobs found over the In- .. ternet -- the digital resume " game is still the way to go. For them, Jane M. Lommel, a workforce consultant for the Hudson Institute, provides a checklist of what to look for in a careerWeb site. If your site doesn&apos;t score high in at least 80 percent of these criteria, Lommel says, dump it in the Trash file and move on: Target audience. The site specializes in one field rather than being a massive resume dumping ground for everyone in the phone book. Ease of use. The information is direct and clearly written. It's ON THE JOB easy to get around the site. Min- imal use of graphics to keep downloading fast. Good links. Helpful links in- clude salary and labor market data, professional associations and industry news. The best sites will also have direct links to employers' Web sites. Resume creation. Ideally an easy, cut-and-paste format. Personalization. Lets you create a personal profile, see how many jobs match your cri- teria and how many employers have viewed your resume; and offers an e-mail newsletter with updates. Customer support. Site has tight labor market: Part-time workers are getting more bene- fits than they used to. The biggest improvement has been in alternative work ar- rangements, reports manage- ment consulting firm Hewitt Associates. Nearly half of the companies surveyed now allow part-timers to work at home or have flexible schedules, com- pared with 25 percent of com- panies in 1995. Part-timers have also made gains in medical insurance, paid time off, tuition reimburse- ment, and disability coverage. Did you know ... Among those who are buy- ing Christmas presents on the Internet this year, nearly half of us are surfing and shopping at the office, a new survey sug- gests. The reason? It's faster. Only about 12 percent of house- holds have high-speed Internet connections, while nearly all businesses do. Q&A Don't put up with workplace slob Question: Someone always leaves dirty dishes in the of- fice kitchen.' This person takes offense to any mention of the situation. Several at- tempts have been made to change this habit, with no luck. Any suggestions? Answer: It would be nice if everyone had a clue, wouldn't it? But since so many don't, it falls to supervisors to nip gro- dy habits like this in the bud. That's right -- supervisors. " As Rude Slob's co-worker, i you did the right thing by bringing it up one-on-one. (You did mention the problem calmly and privately, right?) But in any event, since that didn't work, Rude Slob's boss must take charge. "One of the bosses could bring it to their attention non- chalantly -- 'Oh, gosh, I'm so glad you're going to clean this up, because we want to keep it nice,' "said Beverly Hill, pres- ident of Hill & Associates, a career coaching and develop- ment firm in Altamonte Springs. Keep cool when .headhunter calls " KNIGHT RIDDER TRIBUNE Has it happened to you yet? You're at work when the phone " tings. It's a recruiter who wants . to know, "Are you happy there? Would you like to earn more .money?" Now what? If you're like most people, "you react like a deer in the headlights. "Who, me?" are the words that spring to mind. ' Your next thought might be "something like, "Yahoo! I'm go- ing to be rich[" This would be the time to say "i politely, "Can I put you on hold : 'for a minute?" and then collect . your wits. Remind yourself: " You did not just win the lottery. Your current job was just fine a few minutes ago. The new op- portunity might be great, but it might not be. Then, pick up the phone again and start the conversa- tion. According to Wayne " Greene, director of Wayne ,. ,Greene Management Search " (www.waynegreenemanage mentsearch.com), the most im- portant thing to do when a re- cruiter calls is to slow down and listen. "Even if a person is happy , where they're at, they should hear what the headhunter has ' to say," Greene said. "If it looks like there's a fit, they should pursue the next step, which would be to send their resume." First, know your career ob- " jztives. 'i i "If you don't have that down, . you're going to be caught off- -,guard," he said. "People feel thrilled to be called, and they don't think carefully about, the job." If you're not interested, lis- .ten anyway, then try to provide , another name for the recruiter to, contact. The idea is to keep the door open and stay in the : "recruiter's good graces for fu- tu openings. If you have a specific inter- est, or the timing would be bet- ter later, tell the recruiter. "', If the job interests you, ask "for specifics. What are the products? What's the compa- ny's growth rate? How is the company regarded in the com- munity? This information will help you determine your fit for the job. Stay away from questions about salary. "If it's a' good fit and a good company, the salary will be there," Greene said. "But if you're talking about salary out front, I'm going to think that's all that matters to you." In fact, the salary question is probably the most difficult to navigate. The standard advice is not to talk about salary to anyone -- recruiter or employ- er -- unless there's an offer on the table. Greene's advice is slightly different. He wants to talk to you about salary before he tries to place you in the company. He just doesn't want it to be your main interest in the job. "If you're only changing jobs for the money, it's not going to be a good placement," he said. "I represent both sides, the company and the candidate. I always believe in paying people at the higher end of the scale, but I'll tell the candidate if they're out of whack on their demands. And I'll tell a compa- ny if I think they're trying to lowball the candidate." Greene also recommends against playing a recruiter's job offer against a current job. "That's the biggest mistake in the world," he says. "If you have to manipulate your boss to get a raise, you've got the wrong boss, anyway. That's just playing games." Things you should expect from any recruiter include re- spect and confidentiality. If the recruiter doesn't return your call, Greene advises finding a new recruiter. Greene requests that his candidates send him informa- tion quickly when he has an op- portunity for them. "If you take two or three weeks to get me a resume, the job will be gone," he said. "Stay up-to-date, and you'll be able to benefit when a recruiter calh." Still no luck? Then the next step is to make clear the clean-kitchen policy at a staff meeting, Hill said. If neces- sary, make it part of the com- pany's written rules. Maybe Rude Slob is really just Absent-Minded Slob. But it's unacceptable for an em- ployee to ignore a problem af- ter it has been repeatedly brought to his or her atten- tion. "If someone's that defiant, they don't belong there," Hill said. Datebook INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION, Central Florida chapter, noon-l:30 p.m. Thursday, Chapters Bread & Books Care, 717 W. Smith St., Odando. First th-rL=e meetings free. For more information and to RSVP, call 407-332-0554. CHANGING YOUR CAREER AND YOUR LIFE 7-10 p.m. Thursday, The Knowledge Shop, 1241 Semoran Blvd., Casselberry. Learn to clarify your values through a personality exercise and receive career ideas based on assessment Cost: $37. Details: 407-671-9505. CENTRAL FLORIDA PARALEGAL ASSO- CIATION, networking luncheon, noon-1 pm. Thursday, Kate O'Brien's Irish Pub, 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando. Cost: Order off menu. For details, call Donna Crowe at 407-839-4556. JOB SEEKERS CLUB, 1-3 p.m. Thurs- day,, Brevard Community College, Co- coa campus, Building 17, Room 220. Sponsored by BCC's Women in Transi- tion Program. Free. Details: 321-632- 1111, Ext. 64600. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AD- MINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS, Orlando chapter, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting, Monday, Ventura Country Club, 3333 Woodgate Blvd., Orlando. Cost: $10 for dinner. For more information, call 407- 423-2680. QUICK START CARF_ER MANAGEMENT SEMINAR. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Career Management Strategies, 1051 Winderley Place, Suite 204, Maitland. Topics in- clude marketing yourself, resumes, net- working, researching companies and in- terviewing. Cost: $495. For more infor- mation or to register, contact Sheila Ryan at 407-875-0005. DISPLACED HOMEMAKER JOB CLUB, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Valencia Community College, Winter Park campus, 850 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. Free. Details: 407-299-5000, Ext. 6876. HOW TO MANAGE PROJECTS AND MEET DEADUNES, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 20, RDV Sportsplex, Maitland. Cost: Free for members, $69 for guests. For details and membership information, call 407- 660-5757. To have your event Ibted, send it to ttheisen@orlandosentinel.com or call 407420-5435. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 Home Work Books and other guides to managing your work t aholics We've all known Eggshells, those co-workers who are so sen- sitive that they take even the most innocent comments the wrong way and crack There are the Rumormongers, who go beyond fun gossip to spread damaging rumors in order to feel better about themselves. Then there are the Not-My- Jobers, who are pretty self-ex- planatory. With all these land mines at the office, it's a wonder we can get any work done at all. Eggshells, Rumormongers and Not-My-Jobers are among the 14 types of negative workers, Gary S. Topchik writes about in Managing Workplace Negativity (Amacom, $21.95). Topchik says your office may be infected with the workplace- negativity virus if work is con- stantly criticized, job security is low, people work in isolation, few growth opportunities exist, peo- ple fear change, and other symp- toms. So don't blame Mr. and Ms. Cruddy Attitude too quickly, he writes. Maybe the company truly is dysfunctional, and the negahol- ics are simply reacting. But if crises exist only in their minds, deal with them by helping them to take responsibility and to replace uncouth behavior with positive reactions. Topchik also describes a 21- day program to overcoming neg- ativity. -- TIFFINI TH M(,st vital skills at wor]k rarely change :i:iii;ls!ii,iiiiiidicii 'ehfigi) you'll be less likely to be laid off. However, underlying job- specific skills are a whole list of skills that haven't changed much in the past 25 years and aren't likely to change in the next decade, says LaVerne Ludden, an executive with Jist Publishing. Adaptability and flexibili- ty. Since the workplace is changing all the time, it's criti- cal for employees to change with it. Teamwork. People who learn quickly The will offer new ways of business that everyone need to learn The who succeed will be who can learn new quickly Problem-solving. people are hired to solve problem: to sell acom product, for example, or sign a new computer. one also faces problems the job, such as disa ments with a manager or don't work well with teams workers. It's important can have a difficult time get- ting ahead in the workplace. Communication. This en- compasses speaking and writ- ing, from casual conversa- tions to formal presentations. It's important both to help you able to solve both kinds problems. Technical skills. the previous five skills are sential in almost any field, still true that every job specific requirements. Hot Jobs Employer:. Marriott Village at Litt Lake Bryan. Employees wanted: Housekeeping attendants, housepersons, house- keeping room inspectors, dell/pizza cooks, breakfast servers, loss-pre- vention officer, attractions ticketing agents, front-desk workers. When jobs available: Now. Where jobs available: Orlando. How many people needed: 40- 50. 'Salary range: S6.75-$12 an hour depending on experience. Benefits include profit sharing, medical and dental insurance and discounted room rates. Qualifications: None. Training pro- vided. Screening requirements: test; background and checks. How to apply: In person a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays at the riott Village at Little Lake B) the Fairfield Inn Human 8623 Vineland Ave. tails, call 407-938- 4910. Reason for hiring now: hotel recently opened. TODAY IN SENTINE Here come the holidays and everyone's looking < fo r that perfect gift. Sell it to them. Ad00rtise your merchandise in Sentinel Classifieds Holiday Gift Guide and G:eetings. 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