Generation Iowa

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January 08, 2009
Goodbye, My Career
by Katie Smith , Grimes
This is my final blog for My Career. It’s been a great experience for me. However, my spare time’s about to be limited as I spend the upcoming months planning… Read More

 

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December 26, 2008
Be A Grammar Guru
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Earning respect in the workplace takes time. One way to boost your game is to demonstrate that you’re articulate. However, this strategy won’t work if you shrugged off your elementary… Read More

 

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December 23, 2008
Office No-nos
by Katie Smith , Grimes
An interview with a prospective employee recently had a friend of mine looking for a hidden camera. She was stunned that the lunatic before her was the credentialed candidate she’d… Read More

 

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December 19, 2008
Career Readiness Certificates
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Your college degree says more than you’re versed in your major. It entails you have developed a certain skill set and can follow through on a commitment. However, how do… Read More

 

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December 17, 2008
Handling A Sabotaging Co-worker
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In one of last month’s blogs, I mentioned the importance of rules for work friends. While my current co-workers rock, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Especially in highly competitive… Read More

 

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December 15, 2008
Holiday Parties
by Katie Smith , Grimes
The holidays are a time of year usually accompanied by bonuses, company gifts and holiday parties. Well, not this year. With so many companies having to layoff employees, it hardly… Read More

 

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December 11, 2008
Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!
by Katie Smith , Grimes
As Virgin Mobile smartly encompassed multi-traditional holiday greetings a few years ago in its ad campaign, “Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah!” Personally, I’m a Christian and freak when Christmas images of Santa and… Read More

 

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December 09, 2008
What Gets You Through The Work Day?
by Katie Smith , Grimes
To kickoff our first annual organization-wide meeting, my company brought in a few speakers to inspire us. * I consider myself a pretty positive person and have heard motivational speakers… Read More

 

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December 05, 2008
Bounce Back From A Layoff
by Katie Smith , Grimes
This Thanksgiving, I was thankful to have a job. I couldn’t help but think of those not so fortunate. So for those of you faced with this dilemma, hang in… Read More

 

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December 03, 2008
Bye, Bye, Bonuses
by Katie Smith , Grimes
‘Tis the season of giving—including bonuses rewarding employees for their contributions to the year’s profit. Bonuses act as incentives for employees’ investment into the company’s bottom line. Therefore, the greater… Read More

 

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December 01, 2008
Greater Dsm, A Great Place To Work
by Katie Smith , Grimes
News is depressing these days. However, Greater Des Moines has recently been in the news due to some exciting rankings. Here’s the information from the Greater Des Moines Partnership:… Read More

 

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November 24, 2008
Salary Negotiation
by Katie Smith , Grimes
A friend of mine looking for a new job listed her salary on her application as $10,000 more than she actually was making. Due to HR policies, her employer could… Read More
November 20, 2008
Do What You Love
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Considering you spend a great majority of your time at work, if you hate your job, you essentially hate your life. While not all of us can be rockstars… Read More

 

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November 18, 2008
English For Professionals
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In a previous blog, I voiced my disdain for grammar gaffes—especially from those who should know better. Here’s a great list I found on spogg.org (The Society for the Promotion… Read More

 

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November 14, 2008
Cashing Out To Pay Off: Bad Strategy For Economic Woes
by Katie Smith , Grimes
I recently read a troubling statistic; a study from Fidelity Investments showed 74 percent of Gen-Y names money as the concern keeping them up at night. Here’s the article… Read More

 

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November 12, 2008
Second Jobs: Should You Get One?
by Katie Smith , Grimes
As a young professional, you’re just starting out on the pay scale. However, now’s when you need money to pay off college, a wedding and honeymoon, a down payment on… Read More

 

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November 11, 2008
Rules For Work Friends
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Co-workers make the workday more enjoyable, and you support one another with job duties. You likely have similar interests and have the job in common. Because you spend so… Read More

 

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November 10, 2008
How To Be A Good Young Boss
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Your first supervisory assignment can be uncomfortable—especially when you’re in charge of people who have more years of experience with your company/industry than you’ve had birthdays. Therefore, it’s… Read More

 

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November 06, 2008
Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Employees
by Katie Smith , Grimes
When the alarm clock wakes you, and you drag yourself to work, what are the things that keep you going? Obviously you work for a paycheck, but these little… Read More

 

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November 04, 2008
Salary Secrets Your Company Won’t Tell You
by Katie Smith , Grimes
The government just announced this year’s cost of living adjustment. A 5.8 percent increase was determined to balance social security benefits with inflation. But with massive layoffs, many are thankful… Read More
October 30, 2008
In The Zone
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Think about how your study habits in school. Have they translated into your work habits? Maybe you were the student studying at the local coffee shop. In that case you’re… Read More
October 29, 2008
Campaign For Your Career
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve been bombarded with political news and advertisements. In the spirit of campaign season, I thought I’d share a link to… Read More
October 27, 2008
Your Vote And Your Career
by Katie Smith , Grimes
I’m too busy. It’s too far. My vote won’t matter. I hate politics. It doesn’t matter. These are all dumb excuses I’ve heard for why people don’t vote. When reflecting… Read More
October 24, 2008
Your Benefits – Health Care
by Katie Smith , Grimes
I promised to delve deeper into deciphering employee compensation packages, and then I saw this article explaining what the presidential candidates’ health care plans really entail. Thus, I thought… Read More
October 21, 2008
Clear Your Tracks
by Katie Smith , Grimes
You know you’re not getting paid to surf the net. But it’s late in the afternoon, and you need a break. Most employers won’t have a problem with you occasionally… Read More
October 17, 2008
Making A Career Change
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Hating your job is like hating your life given how much time you spend there. Perhaps it’s not your position or your current employer that’s making you miserable. Maybe you’ve… Read More
October 15, 2008
The Economic Crisis And Your Paycheck
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Today’s news headlines are enough to put Americans into a state of panic. If you were confused before as to how to invest your paycheck, you’re likely terrified now…. Read More
October 13, 2008
No Excuses
by Katie Smith , Grimes
A former co-worker of mine had an excuse for everything—especially when it came to being late for work. She’d blame everything from traffic, car trouble, the weather, her alarm and… Read More
October 03, 2008
Your Benefits Explained: Time Off
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In last month’s blog on evaluating a job offer, I promised to further breakdown a typical benefits package. Many young professionals overlook the value employee benefits offer both physically and… Read More
October 01, 2008
Career Fair
by Katie Smith , Grimes
What are your plans for Thursday, Oct. 9? If you’re looking for a job, they’d better include attending Kaplan University’s Career Fair. Didn’t attend Kaplan (formerly Hamilton Business College)? No… Read More
September 29, 2008
Show Me The Money!
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Salary is one of the biggest — if not the biggest — determining factors for many young job applicants. While I’m not discouraging negotiating for a higher starting salary, I… Read More
September 25, 2008
Don’t Pollute With Your Commute
by Katie Smith , Grimes
These days everyone’s talking about living green. But did you know being kind to the environment can also save you money? You’re already one step ahead by living in a… Read More
September 23, 2008
401k: Don’t Sink Your Battleship
by Katie Smith , Grimes
401K. Roth IRA. Bear Market. Bull Market. Figuring out what to do with your finances is confusing enough without all the code words. At this point in your career,… Read More
September 19, 2008
Work V. High School
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Views of high school are dichotomized into those who are glad it’s over and those who consider it the best time of their lives. Whichever your view, the workplace often… Read More
September 17, 2008
Bored At Work
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Most jobs comprise of an amalgam of stressful, chaotic days with those where you swear the clock isn’t budging. You’ll be evaluated on how you handle and balance these extremes…. Read More
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September 11, 2008
Cover Letter Tips
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Face it — most people enjoy writing cover letters just about as much as they do filing taxes or going to the dentist. However, if you want the job, suck… Read More
September 09, 2008
Brown Bagging It
by Katie Smith , Grimes
A couple of my co-workers who religiously dine out for lunch are now bringing their own twice a week to save some money. One morning on my commute to the… Read More
September 05, 2008
Microsoft Brings Money To Central Iowa
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Just a few weeks ago, Governor Culver announced that software giant Microsoft chose West Des Moines to build its $500 million data center. The corporation chose Iowa due to… Read More
September 03, 2008
Preventing Wardrobe Malfunctions At The Workplace
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Nearly five years ago, Justin Timberlake coined the term “wardrobe malfunction” after his infamous Super Bowl halftime show. Just as wardrobe malfunctions have no place on national television, they also… Read More
September 01, 2008
Career Lessons From Nbc’s The Office
by Katie Smith , Grimes
As a public relations professional, I’ve learned to “spin” the facts. I even use this skill in my personal life to justify some of my decisions. One such example could… Read More
August 28, 2008
Walk The Line: Finding Balance Between Being Social Yet Professional
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Do the words “happy” and “work” conflict to you? Then you may be missing out on the bonding time that got your co-worker the promotion you sought. A fine… Read More
August 26, 2008
Top 10 Bad Behaviors At Work
by Katie Smith , Grimes
College professors don’t teach students how to behave at work because it’s assumed that employees know what is/is not acceptable. Certainly you’ve worked with or have heard stories about someone… Read More
August 22, 2008
Working Smart Vs. Working Hard
by Katie Smith , Grimes
A commonly believed American adage is hard work is the foundation of success. I even remember a speaker saying, “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work,”… Read More
August 20, 2008
Office Space: Your Funny Yet Surprisingly Accurate Guide To Corporate America
by Katie Smith , Grimes
It wasn’t until I’d worked in management that I realized just how uncannily Office Space, one of my favorite movies, depicts workplace politics. If for some reason you haven’t seen… Read More
August 18, 2008
Popularity In The Workplace
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Thought being popular wouldn’t matter after high school? As I’m sure you’ve noticed, popularity contests still exist in the workplace — they’re just different. It’s human nature to want to… Read More
August 14, 2008
Your Computer, Make It Your Friend
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Like most Gen Y-ers, you’re probably pretty computer savvy. You likely grew up with computers and use them for both play and work. But at the latter, is your computer… Read More
August 12, 2008
Stress Makes You A Mess
by Katie Smith , Grimes
You know stress is bad for you. The acute symptoms are easily recognizable: rapid heartbeat and breathing, upset stomach, increased anxiety and irritability. If left unmanaged, you could develop chronic… Read More
August 08, 2008
Decoding The Job Search
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Looking for a job? Then you know what a chore the search can be. You may spend hours tailoring your resume and cover letter to a potential employer and go… Read More
August 06, 2008
I Heart Plants
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In a previous blog, Big Brother is Watching You, I suggested brightening up your workspace with a plant. But which type should you get? Bamboo and peace lilies generate… Read More
August 05, 2008
Dude, Where’s My Paycheck?
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Like many college students, I thought I’d have it made once I started getting paid my “big girl” salary. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite grasp how much of that paycheck I’d… Read More
Get Ahead, And Have Fun Doing It
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Looking to advance your career? Then you should look outside your duties from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Plenty of opportunities exist right here in Iowa for you to get ahead in… Read More
August 04, 2008
Excuses Your Boss Doesn’t Want To Hear
by Katie Smith , Grimes
The management experience from my previous job has certainly made me a better employee. I remember what it was like being in the boss’ shoes and try to incorporate that… Read More
August 01, 2008
Life After Graduation
by Katie Smith , Grimes
What’s the difference between a HMO and a PPO? What number should I put for my W-4? Should I put money into my 401K or towards my debts?… Read More
July 28, 2008
The Power Of Thank You
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In today’s tight job market, you need to take every opportunity available to put yourself ahead of the competition. A simple thank-you note is a must, and according to CareerBuilder.com,… Read More
July 25, 2008
Where’d You Supposebly Go To College At?
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Okay, I realize I attended journalism school at an accredited university. Therefore, undoubtedly, a stronger emphasis was placed on demonstrating grammar competence. However, I am dumbfounded by the oral and… Read More
July 22, 2008
Ready For Your Review?
by Katie Smith , Grimes
You’ve made it through orientation, the probationary period and learning the ropes at your job. So now’s the time for you to sit back and get rewarded for all of… Read More
July 18, 2008
Big Brother Is Watching You
by Katie Smith , Grimes
Your employer is Big Brother—whether or not you’ve figured it out yet, you’re always being watched. And I’m not just talking about executing your job duties. Big Brother’s watching… Read More
July 17, 2008
Rock Your Resume
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In today’s tight job market, you need to take every opportunity available to get hired. Many young professionals overlook the weight and purpose of the resume in this process. So,… Read More

 

July 15, 2008
Brownie Points: Little Things Make A Big Difference
by Katie Smith , Grimes
In life, it’s often the little things that make a big difference. The workplace is not different. No one wants to be considered the office brown-noser, but observing some… Read More
July 08, 2008
Summer’s Business Casual ≠ Beach Attire
by Katie Smith , Grimes
The summer sun’s great for picnics, baseball and boating, but it can be a challenge in maintaining a good image for the young professional. Don’t let the rising temperatures outside… Read More

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