On Careers

February 2011


Managing and Matching Expectations at Work

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You’re likely to get ridiculed at work if your wardrobe is consistently mismatched. But while the clash of checks and stripes may hinder your career, other mismatches can be much more damaging.

For example, you may have expectations about your job responsibility, performance, career aspirations, or ...

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How Positive Thinking Can Help Your Career

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Want to expand the possibilities in your career? Start between your ears. The outer limits of your career potential are defined by the stories that bump around in your head. Negative, limiting assumptions and beliefs contract that potential. Positive, affirming stories help it grow.

Before I go any ...

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How to Start Looking for a Job

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When faced with a job search, you might not know where to begin, especially if you didn’t expect to become unemployed. To stay focused on the main goal—finding the right fit for you—it’s vital to be organized.

Whether you’re unemployed or still have a job and think it's time to make a change, here ...

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7 Things Your Interviewer Wants You to Know

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Job seekers spend a lot of time and energy applying for positions, but when invited for an interview (often on short notice), many are caught like a deer in the headlights—unprepared and trying to cram for the interview they worked so hard to win.

Don’t be that candidate! If you are job-hunting full ...

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6 Career Decisions You’ll Have to Make

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Are you starting a new career? If so, get ready for a constant flow of opportunities to come your way. And with opportunities come some big decisions.

How will you decide along the way?

While it’s true your career and life build behind you, decisions on what to do come one at a time. Your choices ...

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When a Contact Invites You to Send a Resume

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What do you do when someone specifically asks you to send in their resume because they might have a job that would be a good fit? Or they want to keep you in mind in case they hear of an open position?

Maybe it’s someone you met at a party, or a friend of a friend, or the guy who just moved in down ...

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How To Create Your Own Career Think Tank

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A think tank is a collection of people who advise, counsel, and think strategically about a problem, issue, or cause. Governments and political leaders have them. Industries and CEOs have them. Institutes are built on the idea of them.

So why not have your own career think tank? Imagine the power of ...

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Why You Should Own YourName.com

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When was the last time you searched for your own name online? Did you like what you saw?

You may be surprised to learn your only Internet claim-to-fame is the track trophy you won in college or a mention of your participation in a charity golf tournament—three years ago. If you have a LinkedIn ...

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4 Stages of a Successful Career

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Looking forward, you may wonder where your career will take you, which roles you’ll play, and the impression you’ll leave on the world.

While we don’t know exactly how the idea of a career will change over the coming years, we know this:

Careers are changing

Some argue that we should no longer expect ...

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What Workers Want in an Employer

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Perfection is an illusion. Once we give up on the notion of faultlessness, we learn that life is all about balance and compromise. Whether it's negotiating with a loved one or navigating a career filled with ups and downs, we owe it to ourselves to create a checklist and make sure that our life is ...

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8 Things You Should Know About Job References

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If you’re job-searching, at some point you’re going to be asked for references. Job seekers often hand them over without giving much thought to what will happen next. But like other aspects of job-hunting, reference checks can be used to your advantage.

Here are eight things about the ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Get Mad at Work

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Back in the Cold War days, and even still today, nations would negotiate and operate under the understanding of Mutual Assured Destruction or “MAD.” This doctrine requires each side to have enough force that if one is attacked by another, the other would respond with equal force, or a force that is ...

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Expand Your Career Potential

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I remember the feeling when I first left home to go to college and realized I didn’t need permission for the way I lived my life. It was exhilarating and liberating. I imagine most people have a similar experience as they transition from dependence to independence.

Part of being an adult is having ...

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When You Need Time to Consider a Job Offer

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You’ve gotten a job offer, and now it’s time to evaluate it. You should congratulate yourself for getting this far in the process.

But remember, a company needs to know you’re just as excited about them as they are about you. You need to manage the relationship with your possible next employer ...

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When to Ask a Career Expert for Help

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Few people experience a perfect career. In fact, many of us will experience real troubles over the years.

And, partly depending on the economy, your ability to succeed without help will vary. But even in good times, you can benefit from having an experienced hand to help guide you.

Maybe you need ...

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Why Job Descriptions Should Be Public

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Do you ever wonder what the woman sitting next to you at work does all day? I don't mean in the broad sense; I’m talking about the day-to-day “quiet” tasks that all of us perform.

We work with plenty of people. We know their names, how they get to and from work, we might even know their religion—but ...

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

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Whoever said 80 percent of success is just showing up wasn’t thinking about job interviews.

Thoroughly preparing for an interview makes a huge difference in how well you do. (And it can also make you a lot less nervous.)

Fortunately, while much of the hiring process can feel mysterious or like ...

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Stop Dreading Meetings with Your Boss

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I was walking down the streets of San Francisco recently, and behind me I heard two people talking about the worst meeting of their week. Not surprisingly, as I slowed my gait to hear what that meeting was, I learned that more than any other meeting, they both dreaded their one-on-one meetings with ...

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Use Passion to Stand Out as a Job Candidate

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If you’re in the job search, you know how stiff the competition is. It’s not enough to simply have what it takes to do the job. You have to make yourself stand out from the hordes of other job seekers. And one way to do that is by showing you have passion.

But beyond jumping up and down in your seat ...

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Questions You Should Answer on Your Resume

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In the recruiting field, we're in a unique position to hear the questions and objections raised by employers in response to a candidate's resume. Left unanswered, the questions could mean the candidate doesn’t get called in for the interview. Most of these issues can be easily addressed with a few ...

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5 Smart Ways to Use Twitter in Your Job Search

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What’s your experience on Twitter? If you’re like many people, you created a Twitter name, hopped on, and then quickly hopped off, dismissing the social networking site as pointless, trivial, or hard to follow.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if you heard Twitter could be a helpful tool to ...

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