On Careers

July 2010


When Ambitious People Hit the Brakes

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The most dangerous part of a journey can be the last leg. We are tired, our minds practically assume that the trip has ended, and we let our guard down.

There is a related career practice that deserves our attention. Many highly competitive people push themselves right up to almost achieving a goal ...

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5 Key Tips to Avoid Working on Vacation

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A friend is taking his family on a cruise. The thing he’s the most excited about? The prohibitive cost of shipboard Internet access. “On our vacation last year I ended up reading and answering E-mails for two to four hours every day,” he says. “This time it will just be out of the question. I will ...

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Why Your Boss Can Require You to Wear Pantyhose

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A reader writes: My place of work does not have a dress code;  instead each department manager can create his/her own dress code. The department I work in has a very strict dress code policy which I don't  mind following, except for the pantyhose. We are required to wear pantyhose everyday,

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7 Ways Not to Use Your Connections to Get a Job

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Most of us know by now that using connections is the best way to find a job. Open jobs are simply so hard to find that our best hope often rests in our friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and even relatives. They hear about the openings before we do.

Many articles tell you how to use your ...

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How to Design a System to Frustrate Job Seekers

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“Listen up, team. Our task is to create a system that will frustrate and perhaps even anger a large number of our organization’s employees, customers, and potential customers. What can we do?”

“Well, we might affect them when they are most vulnerable; say, when they are looking for a job or a ...

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At Work, Question Doing What You've Always Done

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Many years ago, my grandparents had a housekeeper. She was a wonderful cleaner and a delightful woman. However, during the summer months, she would open their freezer and throw out any ice cream she found in there. Why? Because everybody knows that you don't eat cold things when it is hot. It will ...

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Why Start-ups Aren't Hiring

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Start-ups help march economies out of recessions, but today's smallest businesses aren't hiring. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. They don’t have the money. Banks are not lending, angel investors have run to the sure-thing public market, and venture capitalists only invest when you are profitable and ...

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5 Myths That Are Crippling Your Job Search

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Do you believe any of these myths about job searching?

Myth: You can only get a job through connections these days.

Fact: Plenty of people—I'd guess the majority—are getting jobs by spotting an ad, sending in a resume, and interviewing. It may not feel that way, because there are so many people in ...

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When HR Fails to Do Its Job

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The supervisor felt trapped. Upper management didn’t seem to care, possibly because they didn’t have to work with the employee who was rude, abusive, and insubordinate. Besides, they deferred to the lawyers.

The lawyers were skittish about any action that might lead to a lawsuit. They knew a lot ...

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9 Ways to Prep Now for a Career Change Later

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Making a career change can be a challenging endeavor in the best of times, so this economy certainly doesn’t help. Sadly, a lot of people (a majority, I would say) allow that to keep them frustrated and stuck--not just for the present moment, but for the long haul. They think about making a change,

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