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December 06, 2009


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Date December 6, 2009

Issue #09



In the previous article I talked about more employer documentation tricks. I also talked about how to "bulletproof" ourselves from bad bosses who act in "bad faith". In this article I'll focus on the internal or "secret" files our supervisor/manager keeps in his private office desk. This file is different from the official personnel file kept in our employers human resource department.

Do you work under a manager who loves to email and write memos for almost everything, especially about you? From my professional experience this individual will most likely keep a "fat" internal file on her subordinates. Many job seekers and employees are not aware that managers routinely keep "secret files". Most employment experts believe supervisors should maintain these records for every employee that reports to them.

Keeping these "internal files" are supposed to assist management in having an accurate timeline of info involving the employee's job experience. This is especially true when it comes to disciplinary issues and job evaluations. Unfortunately, employees can and do get hurt by this practice. Companies typically have poorly trained managers with no clue in how to properly conduct employee performance reviews. What's also amazing is the level of bad intent and bias many supervisors show regarding job evaluations and disciplinary situations.

For example, a new manager of 2 months evaluated me negatively in the area of "works well with others" or "gets along with co-workers". His comment was "Yancey said he did not like (HR person), he has to get along with others". I had previously had what I thought was an informal conversation about classes an HR person taught. I said to my supervisor, "Some of her classes are boring, I don't like taking them". My supervisor not only changed what I said but my intent as well. My research shows employers who subjectively engage in this type of "bad faith intent" will typically create false discipline and job performance documentation for the "employee file".

So what are the specific differences between an employee file and personnel file?

Employee File
Is kept by manager/supervisor in her desk or file cabinet
Is not official
Can be subjective and bias
Easily accessible by the manager/supervisor
Can contain inaccurate and false documentation

Personnel File
Is kept in human resources
Your official record of employment history
Must be retained for a certain length of time
Info on benefits,salary,seperation notices,payroll records,job description,training issues and more.
Contents can also contain inaccurate or false info from manager or supervisor
In most cases is available to the employee on request

Employees should also be aware their medical records, investigation or security records should be maintained in separate HR files. Also any documents that clearly show discrimination or bias on the employerís part should not be in the official HR file, DUH!

The bottom line is this, every job seeker and employee should be aware and learn all they can about documenting the employer and how the employer documents them!

Are you getting paid correctly? Are you salaried or hourly? Do you understand the difference between exempt and non-exempt? Stay tuned for the January 2010 article ;)




Top Tips!


The following employment tip by my friend Adam Waxler is explosive! It can help anyone's job search, and is very helpful to those seeking an advantage in the highly competitive career of becoming a teacher.

Copyright © Adam Waxler

Teacher Resume Tips: How To Get Your Teacher Resume Noticed © Written By Adam Waxler

There is no doubt that teaching jobs are more difficult to secure than ever before. States around the country are drastically cutting their budgets in an attempt to battle rising fuel costs and a tough economy. In fact, many school districts are being forced to cut more than 20 million dollars from their budget. Unfortunately, this is leading to many people actually losing their teaching job.

So how are teachers supposed to get a teaching job in this situation? Is it even possible?

The answer is yes, but itís not going to be easy. To land a teaching job candidates are going to have to pull out all the stops...they are going to have use every trick in the book.

One problem many teachers have is getting their resume noticed. How does one make their teacher resume stand out when a school district may get thousands of resumes?

Hereís how...

First, let me preface this by stating that the resume tip you are about to read will always be powerful, but as of the writing of this article it is currently EXTREMELY powerful as hardly anyone is using it.

Also, let me state that I did not come up with this resume tip on my own. It was actually brought to my attention from someone who works in the human resource department at the Sarasota School District in Florida. The Sarasota School District is a very popular Florida school district that gets thousands upon thousands of resumes every year.

In a recent conversation it was brought to my attention that a strategy is starting to be used (by very few candidates - roughly 1 out of a 1000) that is not only making the candidate look good, but also making the candidateís resume STAND OUT. It is something that will immediately get the readers attention...something that will literally force the reader to take a closer look at your resume...something that simply cannot be overlooked.

What is so fascinating about this strategy is that it is taken right out of marketing 101. It is the same strategy that has worked for sales letters and websites for is so simple I canít believe I didnít think of it myself!

What is this amazing resume tip?

Simply add testimonials to your resume. Thatís right...testimonials!

**Important Note: This is not meant to replace the reference section of your resume. You will still have a section at the end of your resume where you write your references (including name, title, and phone number).

However, in addition to references you will now include testimonials on each page of your resume. Just like you would see on a website. Simply use the left margin of your resume to write testimonials from other people about you. Remember, when it comes to getting a job, you are "selling" yourself, and ask any marketer and they will all tell you the same thing...testimonials increase sales. So use the left margin to write short 1-sentence testimonials. Use small font, and italics with the personís name and title included.

For example: Adam has an outstanding work ethic. --Jim Ross, Principal

Mr. Waxler has been a real team player. --Harriet Cohen, Principal

Adamís positive attitude has helped inspire studentís to learn. --John Smith, Teacher

You get the idea. Simply place several testimonials on each page and watch how much more your resume stands out from all the others.

Again, this strategy is currently being used by very few people so now is the time to take advantage of that. I guarantee there will be a time soon when this strategy becomes routine and every resume will include testimonials. Until then you have a golden opportunity to make your teacher resume grab the readers attention and get you the teaching job of your dreams.


Adam Waxler is the president of Teaching Tips Machine, LLC and author of, "Your Basic Guide to Acing ANY Teacher Interview". For more information on how this book can get you the teaching job of your dreams visit:



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