On Careers

March 2009


Who's Your Seth Godin?

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About a quarter of a million people read Seth Godin’s blog each day. That’s like every household in North Dakota reading his posts. What’s even more amazing is that it's all his--no group of writers for my man Seth. He writes every single post every single day. Worldwide, his blog in the top 20,

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Bossophobia: How to Overcome Fear of Your Boss

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You can't be scared of your boss if you want to be successful. I am convinced of this. Now whether the fear is a product of your boss's actions or a result of your own life experience, I don't know. But I do know that irrespective of the reason, you better cut the fear if you want to achieve career ...

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Long-Windedness: A Job Interview Killer

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There’s always at least one candidate in any hiring round who might otherwise have been qualified but who kills their chances by being way too long-winded. This is especially common in phone interviews (perhaps because candidates who do this don’t make it to the in-person stage).

I did a phone ...

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The Art of Exploitation By Committee

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Two weeks after the first committee meeting, you came to a rather sad conclusion: You are doing most of the work.

You didn’t want this to happen. You hoped the work would be roughly divided with the three other committee members, but, when no one else spoke up, you found yourself volunteering ...

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What Traffic Cops Can Teach Us About Management

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Yesterday I had the, ummm, experience of driving to the Newark, N.J., airport. For those of you who are  unfamiliar with the path to get there--suffice it to say that you are fortunate if you can keep in that state of being for the rest of your lives. It is, shall we say, unpleasant.

On my trip I ...

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7 Ways to Be a Good Boss in Bad Times

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It’s never easy being a good boss, but it’s even harder in times like these.

The work, however, must go on. So, how do you, as a boss, keep people happy and settled enough to be productive? Well, here are seven ideas to get you started:

1. Be upfront. When employees come to you with questions and ...

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When the Job Search Gets Too Frustrating

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So a job seeker asks: What do I do when I get depressed about my job search? I have sent my resume out to hundreds of companies in the last few months and I have not gotten one single interview. This is so frustrating.

Most career coaches give good advice, i.e. "Hang in there." or "It's not you,

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How to Disagree With Your Boss

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A reader at Ask a Manager recently wrote to me about a situation where she felt her boss was asking her to do something utterly nonsensical.

Often in this situation, people have one or more bad reactions: They stew about silently, or they just disregard the boss's instructions.

Neither of these is a ...

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Almost Succeeding But Not Quite Failing

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Even the most successful careers can be dotted by failures. It is axiomatic that we learn from setbacks far more than from victories. The person who has never received the career equivalent of a stomach punch may be less prepared to deal with adversity.

With a conventional failure, one fails,

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The Best Career Path Has Options

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One of the things I often hear in my work helping people find careers that light them up is a feeling of being trapped. They have a goal they want to reach, a dream they want to achieve, but they don’t feel like they’re able to do it. Or, even worse, they just feel flat out stuck in an unpleasant ...

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How to Hold On To The Job You Have

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Take a look at any news source these days and you’ll be smacked in the face with the latest unemployment figures.

They continue to go in the wrong direction (up), making it hard not to get trapped in the general atmosphere of free-floating fear. Pundits throwing out words like “depression” and ...

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Letter to All the New Green Company CEOs

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In my spare time, I mentor or coach entrepreneurs who are involved in early stage or startups. It’s fun for me, helpful for them, I hope. There is nothing like the thrill of helping someone build a new business.

There are green companies being formed now by passionate people who believe in their new ...

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How to Handle Hypocrites at Work

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At some point or another, we all go back on something we've said.  Does that makes us "bad" people?  No.  But it does make us hypocrites. A hypocrite, according to Webster's Dictionary, is a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.


I've always had a hard time with ...

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4 Reasons to Beware the Too-Nice Manager

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Of all the qualities you don't want in a manager, here's one that you might not have thought about: overly nice.

If you have a boss who is too nice--one who allows her desire to be nice, or liked, to control the way she does business--you'll find the following:

  • The boss won't make hard decisions or ...
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    How E-mail Becomes Dangerous

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    There are three common categories of E-mail: “Convenient,” “Questionable,” and “Exhibit A.”

    Convenient E-Mail appropriately matches the subject with the tone. This means it is not used to announce layoffs, propose marriage, or discuss any sensitive topic for which face-to-face communication or, at ...

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    Could This Recession Be a Gift For Your Career?

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    I’m not a big fan of experiencing difficult times, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. Sometimes it takes a personal earthquake to shake us out of the rut of habit, flawed assumptions, and inertia that is keeping us on a track that is no longer (or maybe never was) right for us.

    In my most ...

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    A Good Cover Letter Starts With "You"

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    That's right, "you." Or “Your.”

    Why?

    Because the most effective way to job hunt is to think and act from the perspective of your potential employer.

    Sound obvious? It’s not. When we’re looking for a job we’re thinking about ourselves and our needs. Namely, our need for a job! We continue this inward ...

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    How to Get a Job Using a Company's ORM

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    Lee Odden of TopRank Online Marketing is an expert in advising companies on how to manage their online reputation (ORM: online reputation management).

    He advises companies to monitor, optimize and engage about their brands, products, company and key executives. You can find out more about this topic ...

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    Objectives: Leave Them Off Your Resume

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    Last week, when writing about things to leave off of your resume, I mentioned objective statements, which I believe don't belong on a resume. Some commenters wanted to know why.

    I've never seen an objective that made me more interested in hiring a candidate, and I've seen plenty that actually hurt a ...

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    Tips on Giving Presentations

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    Because you have hundreds of speeches, workshops, and presentations under your belt, a friend asks you for some quick tips. You take a deep breath and say:

    “Know the audience’s needs, interests, hopes, and fears. Recognize that you may be speaking to more than one audience. Know the purpose of your ...

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    How to Take Advantage of Your Negative Thoughts

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    Every once in a while, I get a client whose default mode is to focus on everything that could possibly go wrong. The result is often immobilizing. They see so much danger, and so many ways that things can go south, that it becomes their de facto reality.

    I don’t happen to subscribe to the school of ...

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    7 Keys to Snagging a Job as a College Grad

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    Graduating this spring? Not looking forward to job-hunting in the worst economy since the Great Depression?

    Don’t despair. A college degree is still a good route to well-paying, stable work. Here are seven tips for finding a job in this economy:

    1. Identify industries that are hiring. Health care,

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    Social Media: Time to Regain Control

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    “Social” media is out of control in offices across the country. We spend too much time texting and E-mailing fringe friends frequently meaningless drivel about last night’s “The Bachelor” surprise ending. We don’t spend enough time making real connections or having real conversations.

    In a world ...

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    7 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

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    What you omit from your resume can be just as important as what you include. Here are seven things to leave off:

    • Your photo. Seriously. Stop. It's unprofessional and makes you look naive. Interestingly, more men do this than women. What is this about? (If anyone knows, please tell me. It freaks me ...
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