On Careers

September 2010


11 Ways to Size Up a Prospective Employer

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The job market is picking up. Companies are hiring and candidates aren’t as nervous to consider working for a new employer. The fear of being the "last one in, first one to go" is slowly diminishing as employers are aggressively seeking to fill new positions.

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How to Inspire Your True Potential

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Are you being all that you know you could be? Are you achieving all you could truly achieve? Are you using your abilities to the fullest?

If you answered yes to those questions, you’re probably either lying or delusional. I don't think it's a stretch to say that most people go through life without ...

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30 Smart Time Management Tips and Tricks

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Yes, yes, yes, you are very busy. That’s why you meet deadlines at the last minute. Or after. That’s why you cruise into meetings 15 minutes late. It’s why you forget details or schedule two tasks for the same time or have 500 unanswered emails in your inbox. It’s why you can never take a vacation,

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What Job Recruiters Can and Can't Do for You

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As a recruiter, I'm on the receiving end of dozens of phone calls and E-mails a week from job seekers asking how to "enlist" our services. Job seekers often think recruiters are their solution to the job search and that once they're in touch with a recruiter, the job opportunities will come pouring ...

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4 Ways to Overcome an Addiction to Pessimism

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How you see the world--whether you have a generally optimistic or pessimistic view--will have a big impact on what you see as possible. And what you see as possible will determine what you’re willing to even try. And what you are willing to try (or not) determines what you have the potential to ...

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The Truth Behind Those Crazy Interview Questions

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If you were a breakfast cereal, what kind would you be? What would you do if I gave you an elephant? Which Seinfeld character are you most like? Please describe how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you could have dinner with any famous person, living or dead, who would it be?

Why do ...

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Invest in Your Professional Health

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Consider the conduct of two managers.

Ellen seldom attends workshops or the conferences of professional groups. Even her reading of management journals is limited because she feels that there is not enough time for anything other than meeting and exceeding the performance expectations.

Mary, on the ...

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6 Questions to Ask Your New Boss

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It's your first week on the job, you're feeling slightly overwhelmed, and you don't even know where to start getting all of the information you're going to need from your new boss.

Here are six questions to ask to get the foundation of the relationship between you and your manager set up correctly ...

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Take Steps to Open Doors in Your Career

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Have you ever found yourself getting stuck because of uncertainty about the future? The fact that we can’t know what’s coming down the pike creates a void that our minds often fill with fear. How many times have you predicted the worst case scenario--either knowingly or subconsciously--only to ...

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The Worst Mistake You Can Make On Your Resume

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Fact: Job hunters obsess about resumes. Who wouldn’t? There’s so much to get right--functional versus chronological, objective statements (pro and con), key words, templates, references, font size, white space, action verbs, employment gaps, placement and style of bullets, typos, and whether to ...

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7 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Stress

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You’re not alone--most people find job interviews stressful. With only one crack at making a good impression to escape your current job, increase your pay, and expand business connections, who can blame you. Aside from quitting your job and giving an anxiety-provoking public presentation, few ...

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5 Surefire Ways to Frustrate Your Boss

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Looking for ways to frustrate your boss, ward off raises and promotions, and maybe even get fired? If not, make sure you don't do these five things.

1. You recognize that you're out of alignment but you don't address it. If you can tell that you're on one page and your boss is on another--about a ...

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7 Toxic Attitudes That Can Harm Your Career

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There are certain attitudes that you will not find among successful employees. These attitudes resemble illnesses and if left unchecked, can destroy careers. Here are some of the most common:

1. “If they promote me, I’ll show them how capable I am.” This person has the process exactly reversed.

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How to Gain Traction in Your Career

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Without action, dreams remain little more than electrical charges in your brain. Action is the alchemical step that turns those dreams into reality. It’s a pretty straightforward idea, but if you’re anything like most people, you probably find that the right action doesn’t always happen at the ...

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How to Ace the Dreaded Phone Interview

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What is it about phone interviews that can make any job candidate choke up? It's hard to get a sense for someone's true personality and capabilities over a phone call, yet most interviewing processes start with this step. Since it is inevitable, here are a few tips to make sure you get to the even ...

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Why Are Companies Sitting on Cash But Not Hiring?

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Contrary to public opinion, "companies" are not sitting on cash, nor are "companies" making decisions not to hire you. From now on, whenever you hear someone talk about "companies" doing this or that—or not doing this or that, or acting one way when we all would rather them act another—substitute ...

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4 Easy Ways to Maintain a Great Resume

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If you are like most people I talk to every day, keeping your resume current isn't at the top of the priority list. People usually think about their resume only when they are actively looking for work or when a job comes up that piques their interest. But if you have to spend a few days writing a ...

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13 Ways to Stay Sane in Your Job Search

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Usually when people are faced with a job search, they dive into the mechanics of looking for work—how to write a perfect resume, how to answer tough interview questions with ease, and so on. That’s all important, but human beings that we are, it’s only part of the equation. The other part of the ...

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39 Ways to Annoy Your Coworkers

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Coworker relationships are like no other. You don’t (usually) get to choose your coworkers. Yet you have to spend considerable amounts of time with them, and you have to get along with them well enough so that you as a team can produce whatever product or service it is that you produce.

All this,

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