Don't Be That Guy (or Girl)

You've read those books about working in perfect harmony with that insufferable coworker down the hall. But what if you're the insufferable coworker? In the forthcoming You Want Me to Work with Who? ($14, Penguin), Julie Jansen gives plenty of advice about stroking egos and confronting blabbermouths. But she also pulls the veil off her readers' own foibles. Never fear: Foibles can be overcome. - Tracy Staton

Too Nosy? Think about questions before you ask them. Then the words So, how much did you have to give your ex in the divorce settlement? might never pass your lips.

Too Aloof? Point your heart in the direction of every person you meet. Seriously. It gives you a "warm and approachable" demeanor.

Too Serious? Watch a coworker you consider funny and take notes (preferably without that person noticing, or you'll have an entirely new problem). Do this for two weeks. Then imitate.

Too Conventional? If your creativity is hibernating, wake it up by taking a hike in the woods, going scuba diving, even scheduling a brainstorming date with friends.

Too Negative? If something bad happens, try procrastinating. Don't pass judgment on the news until you've had time to think about the silver lining.

Too Clueless? If you're lacking in the self-awareness department, get yourself lost. Literally. Then try to find your way back. You'll observe yourself anew.

Survey Says:
More, More, More,
The placement firm Ajilon surveyed 500 hiring managers across the United States about salary and career trends. Here's what they found. - T.S.

61%-expect their jobs to get bigger over the next 12 months.

54%-say finding experienced staff is their biggest challenge.

39%-say training, recruiting, and hiring are their top priorities.

True or False

It's all about the salary: Money is by far the most important factor to people considering a new job offer.
False: Twenty-five percent said money comes first, but 22 percent said lifestyle and the work/life balance are the deciding factor.

Sales is the field to plumb if you want to make lots of money.
False: Human resources directors now make as much or more - up
to $17,000 more - than sales managers.

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