On Careers

June 2008


How to Take Criticism Without Getting Defensive

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If your manager takes the time to give you constructive criticism, responding defensively is the worst thing you can do.

I once managed a woman who responded to any constructive criticism by throwing up an impenetrable wall and insisting she knew what she was doing. As her boss, I knew her ...

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10 Ways You'll Erode Trust

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One of the most important characteristics of a truly successful person is the ability to inspire and maintain trust. Many otherwise decent people erode trust by slipping into these habits:

1. Make a commitment to another person and later switch your position without giving that person timely and ...

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What a Scathing Exit Review Can Do

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I'm in HR, and when I quit my last job voluntarily, I put on the exit questionnaire for reason, 'Dishonest and deceitful practices by executive management,' and for suggestions for management, 'Practice what you preach about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.' The company's disregard for the ...

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Lessons in Networking

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Your career will live and die on the relationships you create. Some relationships will help you get your next job; others will help you complete an important project. We learn early in college that networking is vital—and establishing the relationship can be the hardest part. Soon after we begin ...

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A Midyear Career Checklist

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I've always been envious of the fact that my wife is a teacher. It's not the summers off or the chance to "make a difference." What has my admiration is the fact that each school year has a beginning, middle, and end. Most professions work in a never-ending cycle without any sort of regimented time ...

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9 Ways to Start Your New Job Right

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How you handle your first few weeks on a job can set the tone for your entire stay at the new company. Here are nine ways to set yourself up right:

1. You might be overwhelmed by all the new information: Don't freak out about it. I have a theory that you can only retain one third to one half of the ...

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To Be Humble Is Good Except...

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We have been asked to complete, prior to our annual reviews, a questionnaire in which we grade our performance for the prior year and set goals for the future.

Should I be humble and minimize what I really think and feel I do for the company, or should I be honest in my response? I don't want to ...

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employment

Why Career Change Starts Now

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One of the biggest lies people who are unhappy with their careers tell themselves is, "I want to change careers, but I can't." It's a great excuse to sit and wallow in misery without actually having to do anything about it.

It's also a flawed perspective.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, what they ...

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Boost Your Career With a Hobby

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By definition, hobbies are activities that yield pleasure or relaxation outside of your occupation. A great hobby can make you forget about the fires at work that may require attention when you return to the office. At first thought, hobbies might not seem appropriate in the workplace. However, the ...

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The One-Sentence Motivator

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"Be the man you dreamed you could be when you were a little boy."

I am not sure who said it originally, but I first heard it at a speech given by Mike Vance, the former head of creativity at Walt Disney World. Speaking of whom, how is this for a reference? "Mike Vance is one of the most creative ...

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7 Workplace Fears

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It's not just horror movies that give folks the willies. From natural disasters to a floundering economy, there's no shortage of workplace fears. Since going to the office is such an integral part of our lives, and an anxiety-provoking one at that, I think it would be interesting to discuss common ...

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corporate culture
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How to Follow Up After an Interview

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One of the most common questions I get asked is whether, when, and how to follow up after a job interview. Following up in some way is nearly essential. Yes, you can get a job without it, but if you're in competition with other top candidates, following up to reiterate your interest when the other ...

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What Would You Tell Tom?

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Consider two employees: Maria and Tom.

Tom is more creative than Maria. He can come up with 12 different ways to handle a project, while Maria may find four or five. His insight can be stunning. During his time with the organization, Tom has attracted a sizable group of admirers, along with an ...

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Why You Must Choose Change Over Inertia

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Have you ever wondered why so many people who are unhappy with their work are so resistant to actually changing it?

One reason is that change is often fraught with uncertainty, which can make it seem scary and potentially painful. As wired as humans are to minimize pain, they choose the dull ache of ...

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How to Use Your Vacation Time

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While most articles for young professionals provide tips for work, an all-too-often ignored aspect of work is not working at all. After graduating from college, working 40 to 60 hours a week is tough! When I graduated, I had two weeks to move before starting my job, and I'm sure I'm not the only ...

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42 Rules For Your First Week

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1. Show up on time.


2. Wear clean clothes.
3. Don't ask about the vacation policy.
4. Keep your opinions to yourself.
5. Don't surf the net.
6. Don't complain.
7. Assume goodwill in others.
8. Be mindful of the hierarchy.
9. Learn the company's history.
10. Remember coworkers' names. 11. Don't ask ...

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corporate culture

Will a Mess-up Mean a Job Loss?

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One of the most chilling comments I've ever heard in the workplace was when an executive muttered: "We don't recover our wounded."

I remember thinking, "If that worries you, imagine how the practice is viewed by your employees."

The late Earl Long, eccentric governor of Louisiana, was assured by a ...

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employment

How to Survive Job Insecurity

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In the military, and especially as a fighter pilot, I have tons of job security. What's it like to not really have good/great job security? How do people function—not to mention buy a car, house, etc.—without knowing they will have a job six months from now? Obviously, if you do a good job at work ...

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How to Make Yourself Lucky

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Do you ever find yourself eyeing your distant dreams and hoping plain old dumb luck will bridge the gap? If you do, you're wasting your time.

Dumb luck does happen, of course. People do occasionally stumble into their wildest dreams completely by chance. And people get hit by lightning, too. But not ...

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10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You

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Want to become your boss's favorite? Here are 10 habits that, if cultivated, will have your boss showering you with lavish praise:

1. Keep track of everything your boss puts on your plate, so she learns that she doesn't have to follow up to make sure thing are getting done. Give her the peace of ...

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management
employment