On Careers

August 2008


How to Change Your Life With People

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Want a quick prediction of your potential in life? Take a look at the people around you.

How high do they inspire you to fly? Do they lift you up, or do they drag you down? Do they energize you or drain you? Do they inspire belief, or do they plant seeds of doubt?

When you surround yourself with ...

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behavior

The Worst Interview Question of Them All

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No, it's not "If you were a breakfast cereal, which kind would you be?"

Although that's close.

It's this: "What is your salary history?"

You will want to say, "It's really none of your business." But it's hard to pull that off without sounding snarky. So here are four sample answers. Take your pick.

1.

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salaries
careers

A Pretty Website Won't Make Selling Easy

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Over the years, I have seen far too many sales and marketing people develop, create, and depend upon sales literature and brochures to present, and even sell, their services and products.

Far too much time and resources have been spent on this activity.

One time, at a sales meeting, I passed out our ...

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marketing
internet

The Power of Reciprocity at Work

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From Christianity to Buddhism, almost all of the major world religions believe that the more you give, the more you get in return.

Making the place you work the best place possible falls on your shoulders. Help make the office a better space by giving until you drop.

It's not just giving; it's the ...

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careers

When to Ignore Your Turnover

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I work for a large third-party logistics company that has some of the largest retail suppliers in the world. My site has an average of 115 hourly and management employees on the payroll per month. What is the best way to calculate turnover, hourly and management? What is the clearest formula for ...

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careers
small business

Put Your Favorite Quote to Work

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Do you have a favorite quote? Are you wasting its potential?

Quotes have the potential to be inspiring reminders of the way we want to live our lives. Unfortunately they rarely live up to that potential, amounting instead to little more than meaningless sound bites. They go in one ear—we nod ...

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careers

Is Your Boss Superhuman?

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Maybe you've had one. A boss who's a likable, funny, generous, and all-around lovely human, but who is...a terrible boss. Unreliable. Inconsistent. Disorganized. In short, a nightmare.

The qualities that make people charming and fun are not the same qualities that make them good bosses. In fact,

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careers

What to Do if You Think You’re About to Get Fired

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Often, when someone is having serious performance issues and in danger of losing their job, they simply do...nothing. Sometimes it's denial about the severity of the situation, but other times people just feel helpless to change anything. If you're getting signals that your job may be in jeopardy,

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careers

Say No to Black-and-White Thinking

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Want a surefire way to limit your ability to create a future that energizes and inspires you? Think in black and white.

So often I see people looking at life's options and obstacles as though there were only two possibilities for any given scenario. "Either I do it this way or I can't do it at all.

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careers

How to Lead a Headhunter to Your Head

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Need a job? A headhunter may be your answer. But how do you get your head hunted?

It's simple but not easy: The way to find a good headhunter is to put yourself in places where headhunters will find you.

Headhunters don't exist to get you a job. You as a job-hunter can't hire a headhunter.

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careers

7 Signs Your Interview Went Well

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So you've had your job interview, and, as you wait to hear from the company, you keep replaying the interview in your mind and wondering how you did. But is there any way to know until you get an offer or rejection? No signs are 100 percent foolproof, but here are some indicators that the interview ...

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interviews
careers

The One Move That Makes for Career Magic

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If career advancement is to be compared, as is often the case, to the ascent of a high mountain, many of you are blocked beneath an impossible ledge. You've tried all of the standard tricks and yet no progress has been made. Logic would point to using another approach, but here's a strange fact:

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careers

5 Pieces of Bad Career Advice

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I'm sometimes unnerved by some of the career advice that gets repeated over and over in job-hunting guides and career columns. Here are five particularly bad pieces of advice that I cringe every time I see:

Bad piece of advice #1: When interviewing, figure out what the interviewer is looking for and ...

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careers

How Your Temper Is Killing Your Career

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Since most organizations favor peace over justice, one of the worst things you can do for your career is to lose your temper. You may have solid reasons for your anger, but "excessive displays" of emotion—even pleasant ones such as happiness—are deemed unprofessional in many workplaces. Skeptics ...

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