Between making copies in the copy room and taking questions in the board room, Jacqui Tom (a.k.a The Office Newb) offers you the latest tips, insights and stories about being the new kid at the office. Each week she combs the web for the latest research, news, stories and personal anecdotes related to corporate life. Hopefully it will make you laugh, cry and give a little extra thought to who you are and what you do. Jacqui currently works as a Web Writer in Seattle.

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  • The Biggest Mistake I’ve Made as a Manager

    The Biggest Mistake I’ve Made as a Manager

    In my first full year of leading a team, I’ve had my fair share of ups, downs, lefts and rights. My transition from worker-bee to boss-lady hasn’t been the smoothest. After taking some time to reflect on my journey, I reached a “Eureka!” moment about management. I’m going to share it with all of you in hopes that it will help ... More


  • Top 10 Most Annoying Office Habits of All Time

    Top 10 Most Annoying Office Habits of All Time

    In Letterman-like fashion, I am presenting the most horrifying, offensive and incessant co-worker behaviors that infect the office and kill your productivity. 10. Gum chewing. Whether it occurs just at inappropriate times or constantly throughout the day, gum chewing can be a major distraction. The constant “smack, smack, smack” of your boss’ mouth is not only irritating but unprofessional. 9. Smelly ... More


  • To Dress Or Not To Dress: Navigating The Minefield Of Office Dress Codes

    To Dress Or Not To Dress: Navigating The Minefield Of Office Dress Codes

    I stumbled across an interesting news article in BusinessWeek discussing the Return of the Dress Code at the University of Illinois. As of the beginning of this year’s school term, students in the marketing department are now required to follow a “business casual” dress code during class or risk getting kicked out of class and earning a zero for the day. ... More


  • Keeping Up Appearances: Why Fat People Make Less Money

    Keeping Up Appearances: Why Fat People Make Less Money

    For the past month I have been making the rounds on the interview circuit in anticipation of leaving my current job (more on this later). Last week I was relating the gritty details of each interview with a close friend and expressed my anxiety about receiving an offer from any one of the companies where I was interviewing. My friend responded ... More


  • Paid To Nurse A Hangover?

    Paid To Nurse A Hangover?

    One of my biggest office pet peeves is dealing with co-workers who come into the office sick. This is partly because I’ve dealt with not one, but two bouts of something akin to the black plague (which I caught both times from a sick co-worker) and partly because it just irks me that people would rather drag themselves into the office ... More


  • Do Women Who Wear Heels Command More Respect?

    Do Women Who Wear Heels Command More Respect?

    My workday often starts once I step off the bus and walk across the parking lot to the main entrance of my office building. Because of my commute, I tend to come into the office with my feet clad in practical, but not very stylish, socks and sneakers. My company happens to share space with the training center for a major ... More


  • Why I Hate “Best Places To Work” Lists

    Why I Hate “Best Places To Work” Lists

    Last week I was surprised to receive a press release from Fortune Magazine announcing the publication of their annual list of “100 Best Companies to Work For”. (How did they find me? Was it from the post I wrote blasting their Gen-Y expert? ). This instantly stirred up some negative feeling on my part because frankly, I think “Best Places To ... More


  • Wanted: Smart Students with No Experience

    Wanted: Smart Students with No Experience

    In light of a record number of layoffs at U.S. companies in just the past few months, you’d think that businesses who still had money to hire new recruits would be overjoyed with an abundance over-qualified, experienced candidates, despe enough to work entry-level jobs for entry-level wages. Not so at one popular online real-estate firm. They’ve decided to take an alternate ... More


  • How To Get A Job In This Economy - Resumes

    How To Get A Job In This Economy - Resumes

    Here are some tips I learned from a hiring manager about what you can do to vastly improve the quality of your résumé and improve your chances of getting a job: 1. Ditch the Objective Obviously your objective is to get a job at my company (and if it’s not, it should be!), so why waste valuable white space telling me ... More


  • How To Get A Job In This Economy - Interviewing

    How To Get A Job In This Economy - Interviewing

    Interviewing is often compared to dating—and for good reason. Just like a first date, an interview is a forum for you to look your best, highlight your attributes, and convince the other person that they should pursue a long-term relationship with you. While these are all important aspects of successful interviewing, don’t forget that it’s important to interview the company as ... More