On Careers

December 2010


How to Handle an Office Romance

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This year’s annual holiday company party was the best ever—because you met the person of your dreams. You never imagined that he or she would work for the same company as you. So now what do you do?

We all know office relationships are complicated. And somewhere in your company’s employee handbook ...

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6 Steps to Enjoying Your Job in 2011

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Do you want to feel more energized by your work and life in 2011?

Of course! Who doesn’t? But turning that desire into reality is far from easy. Every new year brings intentions for positive change, and the majority of those intentions eventually go splat. Saying “I want to enjoy my job more next ...

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5 Smart Career Resolutions for 2011

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It is a popular tradition to choose a resolution or two for a new year. But how do you choose a smart and achievable resolution?

Here are five practical career resolutions you can choose for 2011. Each includes a suggestion on how to turn resolution into reality.

1. I will re-focus to keep my boss ...

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How to Follow Up After Applying for a Job

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Once you send off a job application, the next step isn’t just sitting back and waiting. There’s plenty you can do post-application to increase your chances of getting an interview. But following up in the right manner is crucial, because following up poorly can be an application killer.

Here are ...

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5 Reasons to Refer a Friend for a Job

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Companies have long touted employee referrals as the best method of hiring new employees—and rightfully so. The old adage, “leaves don’t fall far from the tree” is true. We often surround ourselves with like-minded people, and good employees are likely to know others who are just like them.

But ...

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How to Make 2011 the Year of Your Dreams

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Imagine looking back one year from now on 2011 and saying, “Wow! What a great ride!” You might get lucky and find the year of your dreams fall in your lap. But if you want to be sure to maximize your potential in the coming year, it will take conscious awareness. And that awareness starts by asking ...

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6 New Year’s Resolutions for Job Seekers

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As the end of the year approaches, we’re all inspired to make life-changing improvements. While you're reflecting on 2010 and planning for 2011, take some time to think about your job-search strategy and include it in your resolutions.

Here are six New Year's job-search resolutions to consider:

1. I ...

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Conduct Your Own End-of-the-Year Career Review

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Yes, this is a busy season. But it’s also a perfect time to reflect on the year that’s about to close.

Did you meet your goals in 2010? What did you learn? What could you have done better? A lot of companies conduct year-end evaluations for good reason—it’s natural to look back and contemplate the ...

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Before Changing Careers, Consider Your Motivation

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As the economy begins to (slowly) improve, many of us are thinking about the work we do, and why we do it. And some of us are thinking that it’s time for a change.

Changing careers is more common than it was a decade ago. Some companies offer less employment stability and provide fewer benefits to ...

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What to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

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In your excitement over receiving a job offer, don’t forget to evaluate the opportunity with a critical eye.

In this economy, it’s easy to feel like you should jump at any job offer that comes along. But that could land you in a job that makes you miserable or even harms you professionally, so be ...

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One Simple Secret to Managing Work Stress

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More books have been written about stress management than any of us could ever read. Consultants, psychologists and psychiatrists have made their living on helping others deal with stress. While a myriad of tactics and tricks can help us manage stress at our jobs, one simple action is often ...

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Learn Career Lessons From 2010 to Thrive in 2011

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By the end of this month, you will have invested an entire year of your life into 2010. You can let that year slide silently into 2011, or you can do some additional work to make the most of your investment.

Your career (and life in general) can be an excellent research and development experiment,

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How to Use the Holidays to Boost Your Career

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It may sound calculating to leverage the holiday season to your professional advantage, but it’s smart, too.

The holidays are primo networking time. Most people are in a more jovial, giving mood. Many workplaces slow down a little this time of year, so you may have more mental space to think about ...

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Pros and Cons of Sticking With One Job for Years

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After holding three different jobs over the course of five years, job seeker Tom was told by a well-respected NYC-based career counselor that he had a serious problem.

"You need a 'stick' job," she proclaimed.

She urged Tom not to take another job until he found a gig he could see himself staying ...

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How to Help Your Boss Have More Confidence in You

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There’s no better feeling in a job than when you know the boss has full confidence in you. You enter a zone where you can really be yourself, where you move beyond worrying about what others think or feeling concerned about being constantly monitored and evaluated.

So how do you get to that zone?

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Why You Should Attend Your Office Holiday Party

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Every year around this time, my mailbag fills up with letters from readers asking if they have to attend their office holiday party. Apparently an awful lot of people really don't want to spend a few hours eating frosted cookies and cheese balls with their co-workers.

I'm sympathetic. After all, if ...

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Job Seekers: Don't Make These Interview Mistakes

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Everyone makes mistakes once in a while. No matter how long you’ve been in the workforce or how much you’ve honed your interview skills, you’ll still make the occasional mistake. And when you’re looking for a job, some of those mistakes can be fatal.

Here are five common mistakes candidates make ...

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Clues for Discovering the Job That’s Best for You

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If you’re like a lot of us, you’re not at all sure which career path makes the most sense for you. Figuring this out can be particularly challenging for recent graduates, but people of all ages struggle to decide which career choices will make them happiest.

The answer often lies in this question:

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Tips for Hiring a Professional Resume Writer

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If tweaking and revamping your resume hasn’t helped you land a single interview, your resume may no longer be cutting it. Maybe it’s time to call in the big guns: a professional resume writer.

But hiring a writer over the Internet is a scary task. In a world of scams and horror stories, how can you ...

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Choose an Employer That Meets Your Social Needs

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As you look for the right job, don’t forget to consider your social needs. Think about how much socializing and human interaction you’d like at work, and what types of socializing you enjoy. How important is it to work at a company that puts a premium on talent and intellectual property versus one ...

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For a Thriving Career, Ask Yourself These Questions

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Considering how busy most of us are, it’s easy to slip into autopilot in our careers. But if you want to really thrive—both financially and emotionally—autopilot is the last place you want to be.

To continue opening doors to opportunity and possibility, make a habit of asking yourself these twelve ...

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10 Reasons to Step Up Your Job Search Over the Holidays

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It’s tempting to put your job hunt on hold during the end-of-year holiday season. “I need a break,” you may tell yourself. “No one’s hiring this time of year anyway. I’ll double down on my efforts in January.”

It doesn’t help that everyone else seems to be having fun, and job hunting is—for most of ...

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