On Careers

May 2008


6 Ways to Be a Great Listener

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I knew an executive whose career success was widely attributed to his extraordinary ability to listen. When he was with you, he was with you. He recognized that listening carefully is one of the greatest of compliments.

Here are some basic listening tips:

Listen for a theme. Rather than getting ...

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You're Not Scaring Me

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I deal frequently with people who are less than pleased with a management decision. Usually this decision involves a layoff. Fine, I understand. I wouldn't be pleased with being laid off.

When this happens—and the employee wants me to say: "You are right. Even though you are screaming at me and ...

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What if Success Is Inevitable?

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There's a well-known self-exploration question that goes, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" It's a way to help people shine a light on their dreams. Unfortunately, when it comes to taking those dreams back to the real world, too many people default to a negative response.

They look ...

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Help Your Kid This Summer

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Much has been written about helicopter parents being too involved. The stories—attending college classes with their kids, calling bosses at their first job—are embarrassing. Parents need to let go and let the little darlings blossom or fail.

Except for this: Most kids get summer jobs—"internships"

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What to Ask at Your Interview

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The best job interviews aren't one-sided interrogations but rather two-way conversations designed to let both sides figure out if they'd be a good fit. Since your goal shouldn't be just to get a job offer but to land in a position in which you'll thrive and in an environment you won't dread as you ...

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How High Gas Prices Can Help You

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With sustainability issues and astronomical gas prices dominating the evening news, now is the perfect time to take these unfortunate circumstances and attempt to use them to your benefit.

Ask for a Raise. The cost of living is rising dramatically, but rather than pay people accordingly, most ...

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7 Things to Avoid in a Job Interview

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1. Excessive use of "I." When it's "I" this and "I" that, the interviewers may wonder if you ever worked on a team and, if so, how much credit you gave to your colleagues. Conversely, if you never mention the advances you were able to achieve, they may fear that you are team-dependent. Seek a ...

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Be Patient—and Impatient

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If you're feeling the itch to change careers, you're probably ready for it to happen, ohhhhh, like, yesterday. While that impatience can be a great source of motivation, by itself it can also get in your way.

Making substantial, sustainable change takes both impatience and patience. It's about ...

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Read This Before You Accept That Promotion

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I'm often amazed at how the majority of workers have an autopilot mind-set of: "I want a promotion." While most of us want to earn more, it's important to understand that it's not always worth the trip. I'm not suggesting you take the path of least resistance; I'm merely asking you to think it ...

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3 Questions Posed in Every Job Interview

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There are three questions that applicants must put to rest in every job interview:

  • Can I trust this person?
  • Will this person embarrass me?
  • Will this person fit in?
  • These questions might not be asked, but the concerns behind them are the interview's backdrop. The applicant who reassures the employer on ...

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    Confidence Makes a Leader

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    Of course, it's important to have the skills, but that's only a portion of the pie chart. The most important characteristic of leadership is confidence.

    Many people will argue that confidence is gained through failure and success. That may be true in some instances—it may even help you become a ...

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    Employers Still Want You, Just for Less Money

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    New graduates and experienced job seekers alike in the fields of technology, project management, governmental contracting, and finance may encounter a change in how companies are willing to compensate them for their services. As the economy continues to face a downturn, businesses are faced with a ...

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    Sales Is Not a Dirty Word

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    "There ain't hardly no business done what ain't went after."

    Too homespun? Aw shucks, then Trace Adkins should write it in a country song.

    In my companies, I have been identified as—even accused of—being too close to, or enamored with, "sales." Whatever "sales" wants, I want, they say.

    Yep.

    Which is ...

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    Dare to Be Dreamy in Your Career Search

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    When was the last time you sat down and took a blue-sky look at your future, unencumbered by the urge to be "realistic"? Have you let your dreams run free lately?

    One of the biggest obstacles I see people encounter as they look for a career they love is an urge to be prematurely realistic. Don't get ...

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    How to Feel Good About Your Work

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    A popular topic of discussion on many career blogs is white-collar work vs. blue-collar work. Since the grass is always greener on the other side, collar-switching daydreams are common.

    One major benefit to "blue" work is visual cues. Sure these guys and gals have to rely on Mother Nature more than ...

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    Why a Job Interview Is Like a Date

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    I see too many job applicants who approach the interview as if their only goal is to win a job offer, losing sight of the fact that this can land them in the wrong job—a job they won't enjoy, a job they'll struggle in, or even a job they might get fired from.

    Yes, it's nerve-wracking to feel ...

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