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Are you worth a good reference?


We all want a good reference from an employer.  Here are some tips on how you can get a good reference.  NOTE:  these tips help, however if you have an unstable boss, it can be a challenge! You might have to leave your job sooner than later to sustain your own sanity!

How you behave at work will dictate if you:

Get a good reference when you leave

Get a promotion

Get assigned to important projects

Bad or questionable behavior can result in:

No promotion

Bad references

It all comes down to good work ethic in order to get a good reference from an employer.  Here are the some rules to follow:

  • Get to work on time EVERYDAY!  If you get to work a few minutes early, the better!  This will give you a buffer for unforeseen situations such as a traffic jam, etc.
  • Don’t scoot out of work early without approval!  If you are able, volunteer to work late if emergency arises.
  • Volunteer for assignments and special projects!  Be the first to raise your hand when a need arises and you think you can do it!
  • Don’t be “that” person who calls in sick on Mondays and/or Fridays
  • Keep a tidy work area
  • Dress the part (professional)
  • Get along with your co-workers…even the people you really don’t care for.
  • Show initiative
  • Show leadership
  • Don’t be a whiner or malcontent  Instead, say this:  “I would love to help the company, and it’s needs are important to me.  I noticed ______.  I would like to offer a suggested solution and I think I could help get it fixed!”

None of the above is rocket science.  This should be common sense for most people.  However, you will be surprised at the amount of people who fail to do the above simple tasks and then scratch their heads when they are passed up for a promotional opportunity or get a bad reference from a prior employer.

Oh yeah…. STAY OUT OF JAIL! 


How to Dress Professionally on Little Money!

You don’t have to be rich to look rich.  You just need to change your attitude a little. Here are a few proven tips on finding your professional wardrobe.

1.  THRIFT STORES OR CONSIGNMENT SHOPS.   If you have expensive taste but only have a few bucks in your wallet you can find some awesome deals at thrift stores.  You will be surprised by the expensive suits, dresses, pants and other items that some rich person wore once or twice then donated or put on consignment.  You might find a $500.00 suite for $10.00 or less!   If sizing is a problem, just keep shopping.   The deals and sizes are out there, just don’t give up.

2.  YOUR CLOSET.   Women typically have stuff already in their closet that they can pull together and add too.  Men have more trouble in this area and may have to start from scratch.  See how many nice slacks, skirts or blazers that you can build upon then go shopping to add to the ensemble.   A tie, necklace, or scarf will really dress up any outfit.  Head to the dollar store and the good ole thrift store for any and all accessories!  You can find some really nice accessories for cheap cheap cheap!
3.  SALES RACK.  If you are hard to fit and aren’t having any luck at the above mentioned places, head to the department stores when they have  huge clearance sales.  Clothes are marked up considerably.  When these stores have their sales, they are marked down considerably.  Also, most of these closes that aren’t sold end up in the thrift stores!  You just might find a designer suit with the tags still attached for $5.00!

Take the Rocket Rosie Challenge:

With only $20.00 and see if you can put together a professional attire!  We Dare You!   If you do, post your success stories in the comments. We want to see how you did!
Check out this blog by Cheap Frills and you can see just exactly what can be purchased for $1.00!  You will be shocked!!!!

8 Ways to Network with your Management

Moving up the career ladder not only takes hard work, motivation, and education, it also requires building professional relationships with people who are higher up the ladder than you are.  These are the people who have the power to promote you or are colleagues with the people who can promote you!  Here are some valuable hints on how to make these relationships.
1.  Make a point to introduce yourself to executive staff.  Find out who top staff is and seek them out.

2.  Once you have made contact, continue to engage in conversation (in the elevator, hallway, parking lot etc)  You don’t have to act like a stalker, just engage them the way you would with all of your co-workers.  Be yourself!

3.  Once they get to know you a little, ask them about upcoming projects and how you may be able to help.

4.  Work hard on the projects you are currently working on.

5.  Dress the part.  Make a professional impression!

6.  Don’t get involved with the malcontents of your company.  Stay away from the people who management despises! Stay away from the constant whiners!   You will be guilty by association.  Remember, your goal is to move up the ladder and make more MONEY!  Compare the paychecks of the whiners and malcontents with where you WANT to be.  I bet they don’t match!

7.  Get involved with a charitable association at work and ask one of the senior management to speak at one of your meetings.

8. Plan some sort of event outside of work, i.e picnic, mixer at a restaurant, team building event, etc.  Invite the senior staff!


Your Life Story on One Piece of Paper

6432107_mThere are many rules of thought on what to put on your resume and how to properly format it.  Its been a long rule of thought that your resume should be on only one piece of paper.  However, if you have a lengthy professional career this might not be feasible.  So, go ahead and break the rule and put it on two pieces of paper.  HOWEVER, make sure that you aren’t being to “wordy.”  As a person who has had to scour over many resumes and applications, I can tell you that most people don’t have time to read every single paragraph of your resume.  They only want to see the highlights.  So if you must use two pieces of paper, make it appealing to the reader.  Use big bold headings that draw attention.  Tell your story in an interesting way that really sucks them into reading the rest.  There are many professionals who write articles and give tips on different types of resumes as no two are alike.  You may need a couple of different resumes that are geared to different job types.     It’s always a good idea to have someone else read your resume to make sure they understand what you are saying and that there are no typos!  Here is a link to a GREAT resume that you may want to use as a guideline!  You might also want to watch this video of what NOT to put on your resume! Also, check out this short article on what recruiters look for in the first 6 seconds!

Here is another rule.  If you are submitting an official application with your resume, make sure you application says the same thing and is TYPED!  Never, ever hand write an application if you can help it.  If you must hand write it, PRINT!  You want the prospective employer to be able to read your writing!  I can’t tell you how many applications I have seen that were literally scribbled.  Guess what?  The application went immediately to the bottom of the stack and I didn’t give it any further consideration.

Good Luck!

The Team at Rocket Rosie!