Blame – The Very Fast Way to Destroy Your Career When You Have Been Laid Off

I have been in the recruiting software and HR technology industry for about 14 years and have seen some of the best and worst in most any company and any company's personnel. I myself have been in a few very bad situations with my job on the line and have handled things both very well and very badly, which is what this article is about. I guess it was about 8 years ago now that I almost ended my career with what we will call blame-a-nitus. I was a senior manager within a top Recruiting Software vendor and I had grown very resentful because several of the team that had begun with the company around the same time I had, were being promoted and I was not. In my frustration, I was very vocal and an all around angry person to be around. After all, I was putting in more hours than anyone else, I was on call 24/7, and I was the go to guy for almost anything when it came to getting the job done and turned around on a dime. I thrived on the challenge and knew the company could not afford to lose me. Here in lies the problem and illusion that I think many top people in companies live under. I thought I was irreplaceable and that the angrier I got and the harder I pushed; the company would eventually give in. Boy was I wrong.

In comes Poker time – the big bet.

I guess for about a year, I had become increasingly bitter and it all came to a line in the sand one day when I did not get up in the middle of the night and handle a support call. I had actually thought it was handled and had gone back to bed but none the less the next morning came and there were still problems. I was called into the CTO's office and was asked why I did not help out, I explained I had thought it was handled and then the CTO hit just the right button. I like many of you was and am prideful and put a lot of sweat equity into my work. The CTO told me that the team thought I had let them down and abandoned them when they needed me. Upon hearing that, I walked out of the room, walked for a while, walked back in and told him I did not want the role anymore and that I wanted to take a different role on the sales team the VP of Sales had offered. I told him the money was not worth the stress and the role was not going anywhere. I basically put him to a decision and backed him into a corner. He had two choices in my eyes, make me happy or I am out of here.

Here Comes the Moral of This Story

I did not get any response from him immediately and it was not until about …

IT Career Certification – Doorway To Success

The new entrants in the field of information technology as well as the professionals of the field always try to attain as many certificates of IT as possible. Normally, they go for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, or they go for the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certificates. However, there is one hurry for the candidates in achieving these certifications. Most of these certificates require some form of experience as a pre-requisite for registration into the programs. As a result, a lot of people who are interested in these certifications do not apply for these certificates and the market becomes deprived of certain talent figures.

Another important point that wants attention is the behavior of other people towards those who wish to attain these certificates. Many times it happens that if a person wants to go for any of the Cisco certificates, many other people discourage him for doing so by saying that you would never be able to attain your desired certifications. Some days back, I witnessed a same incident. A newcomer wrote on a website that he wanted to go for CCNA certification. Within a small fraction of time, many comments were received that were all about his inexperience for doing so. Here, they discouraged him for doing this act.

After viewing these comments, I thought that those people were doing the wrong thing. All of us have to start from some beginners' point in every field of life. The same is true for the field of IT. Therefore, it is very wrong to discourage someone on the basis of inexperience. After all, all of us have no experience at the starting point of our career and I am saying so from my own experience. Even I have to work very hard during the beginning years of my career to attain a proper job and then to get promotions within my job.

In the field of IT, having a certification means having knowledge and this is a lifelong process ie you can always attain knowledge at any level of your career. If you are working in the field of Local Area Network side, do not stop yourself from attaining CCNA. If you are on WAN side, do not refrain yourself from MCSE certification. Similarly if you are a new comer in IT, go for A +, Network +, MCSE or CCNA. The point here is that never prevent yourself from attaining any of the IT certification only because you do not have experience. …

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

I can only wear gold jewelry, everything else breaks me out.” How many times did I hear that exact phrase from my mother when I was a child? Every time I would give her jewelry that was her response.

Why does everything but gold break my mother out? Is that statement even true? When I started designing jewelry over ten years ago I decided to find out. I wanted to design jewelry for my mom that she could wear without fear of a breakout. Now I am going to let you in on what I have discovered.

My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. Her dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common, in fact one out of every seven people are likely to suffer from a nickel allergy. More often, women tend to suffer from nickel allergies than men. Allergy treatment can help with the symptoms of a nickel allergy. Unfortunately once the allergy has developed, a person will remain sensitive to nickel for the rest of their life.

Nickel is found in many types of costume jewelry, especially those that are mass-produced. It may also be found in other everyday items like coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, and cellphones.

So why is my mom allergic to nickel, you may ask. For some reason, which science still does not understand, her body has mistaken nickel (or similar metals like cobalt) as a threat. In response to that threat, her body causes an immune response (aka allergic reaction) to get rid of the threat. This reaction causes her to breakout in an itchy rash. But others could have a more severe reaction to nickel.

Now that I knew what was causing my mother’s breakout, I set out to find out which types of jewelry did not contain nickel.

First I looked at gold jewelry. Generally speaking, yellow gold (above 14 karat) will not cause an allergic reaction. However white gold may. White gold alloys contain nickel and other “white” metals to produce its silver coloring. One out of every nine people will react to the nickel in white gold.

Another form of gold jewelry is gold filled or “GF” jewelry. Gold filled jewelry metal is created when a base metal is coated with a layer of gold. Gold filled differs from gold-plated by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold filled jewelry is typically 50 to 100 time thicker that the layer used to coat gold-plated products.

Next I looked at silver jewelry. For those who are nickel sensitive, fine silver and sterling silver are great choices for “white” metals.

Fine silver is by definition 99.9% pure silver. Jewelry is generally not made of fine silver because the metal is extremely soft and does not withstand normal wear and tear well.

Most silver jewelry is made using sterling silver. Sterling silver