On Careers

October 2008


Job Search: Don't Stalk the Hiring Manager

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When you're searching for a job, enthusiasm is a good thing. But some job applicants cross the line from enthusiastic and proactive to obnoxiously aggressive—and, in doing so, kill their chances at a job offer.

You have crossed the line if you are doing any of the following:

  • Checking on the status of ...
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    Is Workplace Competition Good for You?

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    It's often said that competition brings the best out in people. This might be true in a boxing match, on a football field, or during a Monopoly throwdown, but what does a head-to-head battle yield in the workplace?

    Let's look at each of the four parties involved:

    YOU

    • Pressure can lead to stress. Just ...
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      Why a Formal Warning Is No Cue to Act Tough

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      I do a great job at work. In fact, I perform at a higher level than my coworkers. However, my boss just gave me a formal warning for coming in late. I'm an exempt employee. I put in more than 50 hours each week.If my work is good and getting done, why does it matter if I'm there by 8:30 every ...

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      Why Successful People Need Help

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      Want to make the most of your career? Reach out and ask for help.

      Sure, we live in a culture that celebrates rugged self-sufficiency, but it's a mistake to think you can do it all alone. You may have talent and determination, but if you insist on clinging to a lone-wolf mentality, you're likely to ...

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      10 Things to Do the Day After You're Laid Off

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      1. Get up early, and exercise. Run, walk, ride your bike, dance to a video. Move your body. Sweat.

      2. Shower. Wash hair. Put on makeup if you wear makeup. Put on your favorite outfit. Eat a healthful and tasty breakfast.

      3. Write a thank-you note to your former boss. Also to the people you worked ...

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      Why Slow Means Success

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      An African leader once admonished his followers that they must go slowly because they were in a hurry. President Dwight Eisenhower used to tell his cabinet: "Let's not be a hurry to make our mistakes." A mantra often used in the military is "Fast is slow, slow is fast."

      All of this guidance goes ...

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      Career Change: Timing Isn't Everything

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      Have you ever found yourself saying something like this: "I really need to make a change, but the time just isn't right"?

      That one short phrase—"the time isn't right"—has the potential to keep you trapped in the wrong situation indefinitely. I see that all the time when people look at potential ...

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      Cheap Ways to Get a Great Résumé

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      Many career professionals claim that résumé writing is only for, well, the professionals—meaning that if you need a résumé, you've got to pony up a few hundred bucks to get one done by a pro.

      But in case you haven't noticed, a lot of folks don't have as much money as they ...

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      The First Impression: What's the Big Deal?

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      Everyone's always pounding into job candidates' heads that first impressions during a job interview are critical. Are they really? I've interviewed people before and often changed my first impressions of them (either positively or negatively) once they started answering questions. Surely, I'm not ...

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      Don’t Buy Another Self-Help Book

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      Is there a positive change you want to make in your life? Maybe a new career, or improved sales skills, or getting more organized? Have you bought books on the subject already?

      Here's a radical self-help idea. DON'T BUY ANOTHER ONE. At least not yet.

      How many half-read, marginally implemented ...

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      What to Do Before You Ask for a Raise

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      1. Overperform. If you are simply doing the job you were hired for, that might not be enough. These days you have to not only do that job but do it exceptionally well. I mean, not just exceptionally well...more like, no-one-has-ever-done-this-job-like-this-before well.

      2. Timing Is Everything. It ...

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      5 Signs You're About to Be Fired

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      It's always baffling to me how many people don't realize when they're in danger of being fired, even when the signs are all there. When it finally happens, they're stunned and seem never to have seen it coming. So here are five signs that your job might be in danger:

      1. Your boss tells you. With the ...

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      4 Ways You're Failing to Coordinate With People

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      What is a sure way to make enemies and damage your career?

      Fail to coordinate with people.

      A common charge that is tucked within allegations of insensitivity is that the offender has dropped others on their head. That seldom comes from excessive communication. Here's how this problem arises:

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      When a Coworker Is Never at Work

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      My colleague and I need some help. We have an employee in our department who has been out about 30 days this year! This also happened last year and my company has not followed proper protocol to dismiss the employee. We consistently have to pick up the slack, however she continues to get away with ...

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      Finding Peace Amid Crisis

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      Between world events, the changing environment, and the current financial crisis, there's a growing sense of anxiety and fear in the air. It's almost palpable, and it can be hard to resist joining in.

      But being consumed by fear is debilitating. It sucks us dry and leaves us feeling frail and ...

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      The Best Way to Stop Sexual Harassment

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      Editor's Note: Blogger Karen Burns posted a followup to this post. You can read it here.

      It's a fact of life. Sexual harassment is never going to go away. You will always need to know how to deal with it.

      First and foremost, don't allow it freak you out. Remaining calm is the best way to hang on to ...

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