On Careers

July 2008


The 10 Questions You Must Ask After You're Fired

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"Your position has been eliminated. Your last day of work will be today."

If you haven't heard this line before, it may be in your future. It can be pretty traumatic, and you'll have so many questions, you won't even know which ones to ask. In case this happens to you, here is a list of things you ...

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The Evilest E-mail Sin

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Animated smiley faces. The thoughtless "reply all." Signature lines with inspirational quotes. Passive aggressively cc-ing a person's boss. And, of course, THE DREADED ALL CAPS.

All email iniquities.

All of them bad.

But what's the worst thing you can do in an E-mail? What is the one unforgivable sin?

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Bad Bosses Can Ruin People

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Bad bosses ruin people. They are demanding, impolite, crude; they take too much credit and are adept at making our work lives a living hell. People can get "ruined"—OK, a bit melodramatic, that—because they start thinking that this how bosses operate.

Bad bosses destroy value—in their companies and ...

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How to Resign Your Job Gracefully

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I get a lot of questions from people who are nervous about the best way to tell their boss they're resigning. Fortunately, there's a basic formula for doing it well:

• First, be sure resigning is the right decision. Don't do it in a huff, to make a point, or in the hopes that it will make them ...

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The Secret to Staying Energetic in Your Career

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What if you had a way to make sure you'd never need to come to someone like me to help you figure out how to inject the energy back into your career? Better yet, what if the process were easy and painless? Would you want to know about it?

Well here's the secret sauce: Make your work a nonstop ...

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Playing Like the Big Boys

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So, you've just been pink-slipped. Or you've still got a job but you're worried it's not for long. What do you do?

You play like the big boys.

When times get tough for Google and Motorola and, heck, even General Motors, the first thing they do is diversify. Why? Because they know that when one part ...

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Courage and Discretion: Two Essential Qualities

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I've written earlier about the importance of trust, both from the standpoint of integrity and reliability. There are two qualities that bolster trust—and they deserve far more discussion than is given in the average workplace.

The first is courage. Do you have the courage to walk away from an ...

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Don’t Let Fear of Failure Keep You From Success

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Creating an energizing, inspiring life inevitably brings with it some degree of failure. Sometimes it's just a little stumble, sometimes it echoes with a resounding splat.

The important thing isn't that you've screwed up—we all do on occasion—it's what you do with the experience. You can either ...

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Become the Right Person for the Job

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There is nothing worse than job hunting. OK, that's a slight exaggeration. The stomach flu on a hot day is worse, as are presidential election-year commercials. But job hunting is an unpleasant activity, so I'm going to tell you a little secret about it:

The person who is interviewing you really,

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How to Screw Up a Thank-You Letter

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An evil trend is afoot in the job-hunting universe: form thank-you letters.

Can you imagine? That's almost—not quite—worse than no thank you at all!

One, because it's sort of rude. And two, because you're giving up a primo chance to remind your potential employer why you are such a great candidate ...

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What to Do When the Meeting Turns Ugly

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Business meetings have a way of "going south," especially if an authority figure is not present. It is human nature to complain, even whine a little, and we are all very good at piling it on.

Someone told me once that "the more you stir it, the more it stinks," and it happens in some business ...

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What to Do if You're Overqualified

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To job applicants, being told you're overqualified can feel like being told by a prospective date that you're too attractive. In other words, why is that a bad thing?

To understand what hiring managers mean when they say this, and how you can get around it, put yourself in the manager's head. When a ...

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How to Face the Aftermath of a Demotion

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I have worked for a nonprofit for five years as an executive assistant. Good reviews—no problems—raises every year. I love what I do. Over the five years, I have expanded the duties of my position and they added another administrative assistant. I work for the director and two others. She works for ...

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How to Raise Money for Your Start-up

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In as few words as possible, here are 20 ideas to help with the money-raising process:

1. Research the process. Others have done it.

2. Assuming you'll have outside investors, get legal help.

3. Sell common stock in the first round or two.

4. It is YOUR job, and it is full time.

5. Money is out ...

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Management Is Not a Popularity Contest

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Can a manager be both effective and well liked?

Nope. Not going to happen.

If you're a good manager, you're going to make decisions that anger and upset some people. You are going to tell some people their work isn't good enough. You are going to hold accountable people who don't want to be held ...

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How Regret Can Help You Love Your Career

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If you live your life on autopilot, responding only to external demands and expectations, the odds that you're going to create a career that lights you up are slim to none. It's too easy for entropy to take over and suddenly, before you know it, you've taken the path of least resistance down a road ...

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Love Your Job—but Hate Your Boss?

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When my editor at U.S. News suggested I write on this topic, I felt as if she had just asked me to clean the garage with the Winnebago still parked inside—I can do it, but don't expect a decent job (in 250 words or less).

Yet employees are being asked to clean their garage (their job) with the ...

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