Category: Networking

December 12, 2011

Monster Global Poll: ”Ever Done Something Regrettable at an Office Party?”

Drunk_rudolph_businessmanPoll Reveals That Approximately One in Ten People Have Engaged in Career-Damaging Behavior at an Office Celebration

A poll conducted by Monster shows that too much cheer can be dangerous at the office holiday party, as one person in ten admits to having either done something extremely regrettable and been fired because of it (four percent), or acted in a way that was somewhat regrettable and damaged their career/reputation (five percent). But nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of all respondents say they have never done anything regrettable at an office party.

We asked site visitors, “Have you ever done something regrettable at an office party -- for example, consumed too much alcohol or spoken offensively to a colleague or superior?” and received 3,699 responses. Here are the United States results:

  • Extremely regrettable: I’ve been fired for office-party behaviour: 4 percent
  • Somewhat regrettable: I’ve damaged my career/reputation: 3 percent 
  • Mildly regrettable: I’ve been embarrassed for a few days: 10 percent
  • No regrets: I’ve misbehaved, but with no ill effects: 14 percent
  • I’ve never done anything regrettable at an office party: 69 percent


And here are the international results:

  • Extremely regrettable: I’ve been fired for office-party behaviour: 4 percent
  • Somewhat regrettable: I’ve damaged my career/reputation: 5 percent 
  • Mildly regrettable: I’ve been embarrassed for a few days: 14 percent
  • No regrets: I’ve misbehaved, but with no ill effects: 14 percent
  • I’ve never done anything regrettable at an office party: 63 percent


Overall, it seems as though Americans have fewer regrets, though the same number have been fired for office-party behavior: four percent. Among international respondents, U.K. residents appear most red in the face, with nine percent answering that they were extremely regretful about their behaviour at an office party; they were closely followed by respondents in Finland (seven percent) and the Netherlands (six percent).  At the other end of the spectrum, only two percent of French respondents admitted to being fired because of regrettable behaviour.

Meanwhile, 15 percent of all European respondents answered that they have done something mildly regrettable, causing embarrassment for a few days, followed by Canada (12 percent) and the United States (10 percent).  Further, nearly 14 percent of Europeans admitted to having misbehaved at an office party but felt no guilt and experienced no career repercussions, compared with 19 percent of respondents in Canada and 14 percent of respondents in the United States.

An overwhelming number of respondents in Italy (82 percent), France (80 percent), and Germany (75 percent) answered that they had never done anything regrettable at an office party.

“Workplace holiday parties are a great opportunity to build morale and camaraderie among work colleagues, but people should keep in mind that usual codes of professional conduct apply. It's a party, yes, but it's happening in a professional realm,” says Charles Purdy, career expert. “I recommend that people attending workplace parties plan to limit alcohol intake, and that they look at the event as a chance to network and socialise with colleagues and managers that they don't otherwise have a lot of contact with. Look for opportunities to impress your peers -- not to distress them.”

For tips on how to behave at your office holiday party, read:


Posted by Charles Purdy on December 12, 2011 at 01:30 PM in Networking | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

November 29, 2011

Employers Gain New Recruiting Tools with the Free BeKnown Jobs Tab

Beknown-logoNew BeKnown features should make the professional networking app on Facebook even more attractive to job seekers.

Today, Monster announced some exciting new features it has added to BeKnown, the fast-growing professional networking app on Facebook. BeKnown's new Jobs Tab -- which is free for employers to use -- makes it easier than ever for employers to extend their brand to the more than 800 million people on Facebook.

Available globally, the Jobs Tab provides even wider recruitment reach for all companies using BeKnown -- automatically distributing brand content and jobs to a company's Facebook page, and thereby leveraging a brand's existing fan base to reach active and passive job seekers at no cost to the company.

"You already have people who 'Like' your brand and engage with you via your main Facebook page, and these aren't just fans or 'Likes'; these are professionals who could one day become a potential job candidate," says Tom Chevalier, a global product manager for Monster Worldwide. "HR pros and recruiters will be able to tap into the power of this engagement by making it easy to view all jobs available at their company via the BeKnown Jobs Tab."

Any employer with a BeKnown Company Profile page can automatically distribute recruitment branding elements and job listings -- including BeKnown social job listings; Monster job postings; and, soon, all of their ATS jobs* -- to its company Facebook page via the Jobs Tab. Unlike other professional networking sites, Monster is not charging companies to provide job listings on Facebook pages. If an employer has a BeKnown Company Profile page in BeKnown, its designated administrators can simply integrate the Jobs Tab into their main Facebook page and extend their social recruitment presence to reach a much broader network of professionals on Facebook.

With BeKnown Company Profile pages and the Jobs Tab, employers will be able to:

-- Establish a recruitment-focused brand presence on Facebook

-- Introduce people on Facebook to all current job opportunities within their organization*

-- Feature all their Monster jobs on BeKnown

-- Facilitate conversations between employees and potential candidates to drive high-quality referrals

-- Allow visitors to follow their company and become part of the future talent pipeline

What This Means for Job Seekers
If you don't currently have a BeKnown profile, now is the time to create yours. The social-networking element of recruiting is becoming more important, and you can expect that employers will increasingly be turning to avenues such as BeKnown not only to get the word out about jobs, but also to source and research candidates. For an introduction to this tool, read "How BeKnown Will Make Facebook Work for You."

Launched in June, the BeKnown professional networking app is available in 19 languages in 36 countries and is also accessible for free via mobile apps on the Android and iPhone. Visit for more information on BeKnown, or follow BeKnown on Twitter and visit the BeKnown blog for regular updates.

*The Jobs Tab is available now and will support all BeKnown and Monster job postings and will support all jobs from a company's ATS beginning in early December if the ATS provides an RSS or XML feed of job postings.

Posted by Charles Purdy on November 29, 2011 at 01:44 PM in Current Events , Networking | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

November 10, 2011

Networking Tips for Veterans

CamolaptopThese days, networking is a primary part of not only finding a job but also maintaining and growing a career. And this is as true for veterans as it is for any job seeker.

Find Your Community and Contacts
Several veterans' organizations provide online information about military reunions, help you locate old friends and comrades, and share news on current trends in veteran employment. The Veteran Career Network can connect you with more than one million veterans -- to help you find vets working in companies, government agencies, career fields, industries, or locations that interest you. (Get a five-step plan for adding professional allies to your network: read "How to Turn a Stranger into a Contact.")

Other places to start building your network include The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Military Page on Facebook.

Get Involved Online
If you're just getting started with professional networking online, the thought can be daunting. This is a new and fast-changing world, so it must be complicated, right?

Not necessarily. If you're a human being, you already know the rules of online networking -- because as with much of our virtual existence, the rules for online networking follow those of the real world: Follow-up is key. Reciprocity is important. And flattery works. 

Keep in mind that with social networking, you have to give in order to get -- you never want to begin your networking efforts by asking for a favor. So consider ways to get involved with the people in your professional network. For instance, rebroadcast contacts' activity, comment on their activity, share information or ideas, and introduce contacts to one another. (For more basics, read "Advancing Your Career with Social Networking Sites.")

Stay Part of the Real World
Visiting Web sites is just the beginning. A networking campaign will require that you reach beyond the job postings and your computer screen to attend events, ask questions, and get referrals.

Begin by seeking advice from people who can identify with your military background and have successfully transitioned into the civilian workplace. Other veterans who are aware of employment obstacles in the job market may provide you with support and advice that will help you make solid decisions. Don't hesitate to call contacts and ask for "informational interviews" about how they got into their roles and their companies.

Also look to volunteer opportunities -- a great way to connect with other service-minded people -- and educational opportunities. Classes, whether at a community college or another adult-education provider, are a great way to not only expand your skills but also meet other people who are working, or preparing to work, in your desired field.

Get Started Today
A first step to networking is determining your "personal brand" and developing your elevator pitch -- a one- or two-sentence summary of who you are, what you do, and what you have to offer: you should deploy your brand tagline across your online profiles and have your elevator pitch at the ready for when you meet job leads. (For tips, read "Build Your Brand.")  

When you're preparing your pitch, it may be helpful for you to employ's Military Skills Translator, which will help you decode your skills into language that civilians (including potential employers) can understand.

From November 14 to 18, 2011, Monster and are hosting the Veterans Virtual Career Fair -- it's free to sign up, and all you need is an Internet connection to participate and connect to more than 30 national employers who are actively recruiting U.S. vets.


Posted by Charles Purdy on November 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM in Networking | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

November 09, 2011

Getting Ready for the Veterans Virtual Career Fair

102111_virtualfair-250x166You may have been to a career fair before -- it's quite an experience: joining hundreds (or thousands) of job seekers, all in one place, to meet employers who have positions to fill. Great if you happen to be in the same neighborhood -- but not so convenient if you're a few hundred miles away. As part of our continuing efforts to help veterans manage their careers and find great jobs, Monster and are hosting a "virtual" job fair: an online version of the traditional career fair, with all the benefits of a live event (but without the long lines!).

The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will run from November 14 to 18. If you're a vet, register today. All you have to do is sign up, post your resume, and start visiting the virtual "booths" of employers. Each booth will have information about the employer and the jobs available, and there will be opportunities to speak with recruiters right at the event. From your computer, you'll be able to communicate and engage with job exhibitors and attendees in a virtual environment. As long as you have Internet access, you'll be able to participate.
As with any job interview or in-person career fair, being prepared is key. Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your resume is up-to-date. Because this is one of the first things that potential employers will see, it's important proofread carefully and highlight your top accomplishments clearly. Start your resume with a clear summary of your background and what you have to offer an employer. (For tips on crafting your resume, check out's Resume Writing Archive -- and use the Military Skills Translator to "decode" your military experience into language that civilian employers can understand.)

2. Research employers. You never want to enter a conversation with an employer without knowing a little bit its goals, its products, and its mission. See the list of participating employers at the bottom of this post; then go to the company websites and do a bit of research. This is knowledge that will serve you well during the fair.

3. Set some career goals. You may think that telling an employer that you're "open to any opportunities" will make you likelier to land a job. In fact, hiring managers want people who have specific skills, interests, and specialties. Think about what your career goals are, so you can target your efforts (this is much more effective than scattershot applications).
A good exercise before going into the fair is to develop an elevator pitch or "personal brand" statement -- something that will help you explain the value you bring to an employer, in easy-to-remember sound bites.
For more tips on career fairs -- virtual and real-world -- read "Learn to Work a Career Fair."

As of this writing, the following employers have secured "booths" at the virtual fair:

  • USAA   
  • Military to Medicine   
  • Amazon   
  • CMTC   
  • Vivaro Corporation   
  • Cisco Systems  
  • Bowhead   
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.   
  • Verizon Wireless   
  • Signtronix   
  • Concorde College   
  • Department of Veteran Affairs   
  • MRI   
  • Public Storage  
  • Goodrich   
  • DirectTV   
  • Philips   
  • Hewlett Packard   
  • Deltek   
  • Guident   
  • Tenaris Global    
  • Old National Bank   
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Carrington Mortgage  Holdings   
  • Wyle Labs   
  • Ceva Logisitcs   
  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Brinks   
  • Optima Network Services    
  • Lowes     
  • OfficeDepot  

Register for the Veterans Virtual Career Fair today -- and tell another vet!




Military to Medicine 






Vivaro Corporation


Cisco Systems




Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


Verizon Wireless




Concorde College


Department of Veteran Affairs




Public Storage








Hewlett Packard






Tenaris Global


Old National Bank


  PG&E  (Pacific Gas & Electric)


Carrington Mortgage  Holdings


Wyle Labs


Ceva Logisitcs


Great Harvest Bread Co




Optima Network Services






Posted by Charles Purdy on November 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM in Current Events , Interview , Networking | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 10, 2011

You Gotta Have Friends! (Or Do You?)

In this blog, we recently discussed the importance of developing friendships at work -- and the findings of researcher Shawn Achor, who says that having friends at work can increase your chances of promotion and career success.

So we asked site visitors, "How important to you is developing friendships with your coworkers?" And here's what they had to say:

8%  ... Extremely: I have to make friends with my coworkers.
31% ... Very: Friendships make work a lot more pleasant.
44% ... Somewhat: It's nice to have friends at work, but I don't force it.
11% ... A little: I don't usually socialize with coworkers.
6%  ... Not at all: Don't bother me, I'm working!

So it seems that the experts are a bit keener on work friendships than the average person. If you're feeling iffy about making friends at work, keep in mind that in most workplaces getting ahead isn't just about doing great work -- it's also about being well liked.

By the same token, it's also important to remember that a workplace friendship gone sour can have far-reaching repercussions. For more tips, read "Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?"

How do you feel about friendships at work? Let us know in the Comments section, or find us on Twitter to share your thoughts.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM in Networking , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

October 07, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 7

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. And of course, on the first Friday of every month, the big news is the U.S. Department of Labor's Jobs Report.

The unemployment rate is holding at 9.1 percent, though the Department of Labor is reporting that the country added 103,000 jobs in September -- enough to ease some experts' fears of a double-dip recession. (However, the country needs to add about 125,000 new jobs per month in order to keep up with population growth.)

There are bright spots: The Deptartment of Labor is showing positive trends in construction and retail. Its report also said that private-sector workers regained the 0.1 hours in the average work week that they lost in August (this is considered an important indicator of employment health). And the Department of Labor is just one measurement. The Monster Employment Index, a comprehensive look at more than 1,500 web sites, including corporate career sites and job boards, that provides an overview of online job postings, also is showing positive numbers.

5. Our first story of the week is detailed look at the Monster Employment Index: "Particularly strong were retail, which typically sees some pick-up in September, and IT, which saw an acceleration in demand for software and telecommunications specialists," said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide." Read more, in "Monster Employment Index Grows 7% Year-Over-Year."

4. And some of that growth in retail jobs is likely related to seasonal hiring. For tips on snagging one for yourself, read "How to Find Seasonal Retail Work."

3. An article in the San Jose Mercury News provided tips and advice for workers who want to enter a "second phase" in their career. Read "Mid-Career Job Seekers Turn to Internships, Volunteer Positions."

2. You might be tempted to file this one under "M" for "Monster blowing their own horn" -- but the fact that BeKnown has won a prestigious HR industry award is important for job seekers. When you're looking for a job, networking is key -- and BeKnown is being recognized as a valuable way to network online. Read "Monster Honored by HR Executive."

1. And finally, a great little piece of job-search advice from CareeRealism this week: read "How Your Writing Style Affects Your Job Search."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 7, 2011 at 07:29 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Job Search , Networking , Resume | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 04, 2011

Monster Honored by HR Executive, with Top Product Award for BeKnown

Fastest growing professional networking app lauded for its innovation and value to HR community.

MAYNARD, Mass., October 4, 2011
Today, Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) announced that BeKnown -- Monster’s professional networking app on Facebook –- was named one of the top products of the year by Human Resource Executive magazine. The award was announced at the 14th annual HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas this week.

Beknown “It’s a thrill and an honor to be recognized by HR Executive magazine for the success we’ve had in bringing professional networking to Facebook with our BeKnown app. Our focus is on making BeKnown an innovative networking platform that brings quality career opportunities to professionals and enables employers to engage with great talent,” said Matt Mund, VP of product management for Monster Worldwide. “We’re continuing to develop new BeKnown functionality that combines the power of Monster and Facebook to add even more value for employers to connect with potential candidates, building their talent pools for both current job opportunities and future ones.”

This award recognition comes at a time when BeKnown has become the fastest growing app of its kind on Facebook (AppData, Sept. 2011) since its launch in June. And in an effort to continually offer more engagement opportunities on BeKnown, the app is now one of few Facebook apps that are part of Facebook’s new Open Graph Initiative which was unveiled two weeks ago at the Facebook f8 Developer’s Conference.

Human Resource Executive has been evaluating HR products and conducting this competition for 23 years," explained David Shadovitz, editor of Human Resource Executive. "Our goal has always been to identify products and services that clearly offer value to the HR community while demonstrating innovation. BeKnown stood out to us as a very clear example of a tool that recruiters need as part of their recruiting toolbox today. It offers another venue to connect and engage with candidates in a professional way and from a platform they are already very comfortable using in their everyday lives.”

In addition to the nod from Human Resource Executive this year for BeKnown, Monster was recognized last year for Power Resume Search –- powered by its 6Sense semantic search technology -- which was cited by editors for its precision talent matching capabilities.

With the introduction of BeKnown in India today, the professional networking app for Facebook is now available in 19 languages and 36 countries, and is also accessible for free via mobile apps on Android and iPhone devices. Visit for more information on BeKnown, or follow BeKnown on Twitter and visit the BeKnown blog for regular updates.



Posted by Charles Purdy on October 4, 2011 at 01:55 PM in Current Affairs , Current Events , Networking , New Media , Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

September 16, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- September 16

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five cool career-advice articles you may have missed during your busy week.

5. To start, we'll point to a post on this very blog. Did you know that September is both National Preparedness Month and National Update Your Resume Month? The two clearly go hand-in-hand, because having an updated resume is an important way to stay prepared for career emergencies. Read "The Importance of Being Prepared." 

4. The Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy interview with "What Color Is Your Parachute?" author Richard Bolles -- in which he shared his thoughts on new job-search technologies, as well as his outlook on the search for "dream jobs" (which echoes Monster's beliefs). Read "People Are Still Finding Their Dream Jobs." Yes they are!

3. BostInnovation reported on the latest thing in mobile networking -- that is, Monster's own BeKnown application, which is now available on the iPhone and Android. Read "Monster Worldwide Adds Mobile Functionality to Facebook App, BeKnown."

2. career expert Alison Doyle provides some great tips on digital communication in one of her latest posts. Read "How Not to Email About a Job."

1. And now maybe you can end your week with a laugh (while learning an important lesson about the need to proofread your resume). This week, Yahoo! ran a Monster advice article that provides a collection of cautionary tales. Read "10 Classic Resume Bloopers."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.



Posted by Charles Purdy on September 16, 2011 at 04:56 PM in Books , Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Networking , New Media , Update Your Resume Week | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

September 09, 2011

"You're Fired" -- Now What?

The dismissal of Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz made news this week -- not only because she was a very visible chief executive at a huge and influential company, but also because of the way Bartz handled her firing -- in a brief email to the company that reportedly said:

I am very sad to tell you that I have just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with you, and I wish you all the best going forward.

Career experts have been divided on the appropriateness of this two-sentence email -- perhaps because the two sentences are very different. The first second is a pretty clear jab at person who did the firing (over the phone). The second sentence is an appropriate and professional farewell to her former colleagues.

So what's the appropriate response when you've just been fired? Of course, it can be a huge blow, but it's important to make sure you act thoughtfully -- so you don't do something you'll regret later. For most of us, that would mean waiting before sending a company-wide email.

For more tips, read:

"You Just Got Fired, Now What?"

"Fire Up Your Post-Firing Job Search"

"How Do I Explain Getting Fired?"

What do you think about Bartz's firing, and about her response? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.



Posted by Charles Purdy on September 9, 2011 at 05:16 PM in Career Development , Current Affairs , Job Search , Networking , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

August 15, 2011

9 Tips for Workers in a Turbulent Economy

Jobsphoto Many employers are still fearful of a global economic slowdown, and some companies are tightening belts. It can be a fearful time for workers, despite some recent mildly encouraging employment news..

Doug Dennerline, HR expert and president of SuccessFactors, a global employee-management software company, has the following tips for employees who want to make themselves invaluable and less vulnerable to job cuts at a time when confidence among U.S. employers is shaky:

1. Remember the Basics. Now is not the time to miss a deadline, show up late, try a risky ensemble or be seen gossiping at the water cooler. It may not seem like managers are watching you, but staying professional at the workplace will serve you better than you think.

2. Know Your Priorities at Work. Make sure the work you're doing is aligned to the company's goals and initiatives. Make sure that you're working on strategic projects. You'll make your work invaluable by focusing your efforts in the right direction.

3. Ask for More Responsibility. Many of us are overworked, but having a positive attitude while asking how else you can chip in goes a long way to impress the boss and makes you stand out from the coworkers loudly grumbling complaints at their desks.

(Get more tips in "Getting on the Boss's Good Side.")

4. Merchandise Yourself at Work, Humbly. Make sure you're seen as a top performer at work, and have your accomplishments recognized -- especially when speaking with your manager and other influential folks at your company.

 5. Broaden Your Skill Set. Being an expert on a specific topic is nice, but when positions are being cut, the workers who can do their jobs as well as others' jobs are more likely to be kept on the payroll.

(Read "Five Ways to Be a Good Team Player" for more advice.)

6. Join a Professional Networking Group. This is a great way to meet new contacts, as well as to keep up with your industry. The best time to network is before you need help in your job search.

7. Get Involved in Your Community on Behalf of Your Company. If your company will sponsor you for a charity or fundraiser event, take advantage of highlighting yourself as a company representative. You'll not only stand out among the management team, but also be seen as a contributor to the company.

8. Stay Abreast of Latest Industry Developments and Technology. Make sure you set yourself apart from the crowd by keeping up with news and technology, so that you can make credible recommendations at your company that make sense, and potentially save your company money.

9. Have a Backup Plan. If your company is really in dire straits, there may be nothing you can do to keep yourself immune to layoffs. Keep your online professional profiles up-to-date. Also, search for yourself onilne sure the results are positive and double check social profiles like Facebook and Twitter to make sure they reflect you positively.

What are your tips for making yourself indispensable at work? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.


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Posted by Charles Purdy on August 15, 2011 at 01:10 PM in Career Development , Careers at 50+ , Job Search , Networking | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)