On Careers

March 2011


People Who Will Help You See Career Success

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If you want to reach your career’s full potential, you’re not going to do it alone. Whether your career is flying high or you’re struggling in a trough, the need for other people’s support is a constant.

Here are eight people you need in your life to help you make the most of your career:

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7 Ways to Use Facebook for Your Job Search

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We often hear about how job seekers can use social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to their advantage. But what’s sometimes overlooked is the biggest network of them all: Facebook.

We think of Facebook as a way to connect with friends, not necessarily hiring managers or employers. But with over ...

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10 Signs of a Healthy Job Search

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If you’re out there looking for a job right now, you may be wondering, am I doing this right?

How would I know? And if I am, why haven’t I found a job yet?

Here’s the truth: In a struggling economy, you can do everything right and still not find the right job—or any job, for that matter.

Because in ...

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11 New Websites for Your Job Search

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If you’re entering the job market for the first time or haven’t searched for a new job in the last three years, you’re in for a shock over how the process works—and how it has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Job search 1.0 = help wanted ads in newspapers

Job search 2.0 = online job ...

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Reviewing Your Way to a Better Career

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Whether you’re in a job you love or a job you loathe, there’s always room for improvement. And to open the door to that improvement, you need awareness.

Unfortunately, most people sail through their work days on autopilot. They do what needs to be done to meet the job requirements, but don’t step ...

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How to Stay Relaxed During a Job Interview

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Whether you’re an interview virgin or have simply been “interview celibate” for awhile, that first interview in a new job search can be stressful. From the sweaty palms to the rambling stories to the nervous laughter, it takes a great amount of self-discipline to harness your energy when trying to ...

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Should You Include a Short-Term Job on Your Resume?

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If you left a job after just a few months, should you include it on your resume?

It depends on why it was short-term. Was it short-term by design, or did you leave under less than ideal circumstances?

If the job wasn’t intended to be short-term but ended up that way because you were fired or left ...

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How to Research a Hiring Manager Before an Interview

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Career experts always tell job seekers to address their cover letter to the hiring manager—but all too often, that name is pretty difficult to come by. If you can’t even find out who’s behind the job posting, how will you research them before your interview? And what do you do once you know their ...

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Feeling Stuck in Your Career? Tips to Get Moving

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Stuck. We’ve all been there. Maybe you have big dreams but can’t seem to find your way past the demands of your present mundane situation. Maybe you don’t even have the big dreams and are mired in the muck of a career you don’t love without any vision of where you would like to go instead. Perhaps ...

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Answering High-Pressure Interview Questions

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Have you ever found yourself in an interviewing situation where the hiring manager asked you about a negative quality or an uncomfortable issue related to a previous job? Some interviewers love asking these high-pressure types of questions, so it's best to be prepared to answer them.

These are a few ...

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When You Want to Drop-Kick Your Boss

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Life at work can be tough. These days, you’re probably spending more time with co-workers than ever before, and working harder because tight budgets prevent hiring your other half.

So when stress enters the workplace, expect squabbles, disagreements, and a lack of patience. And when head-butting ...

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How to Stand Out at a Job Fair

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Job fairs are nerve-wracking: huge crowds of people, harried employers, and the expectation that you’ll walk up to a stranger and start talking about yourself. But if you know how to navigate them, you can take a lot of the anxiety out of the experience, and impress prospective employers.

Here are ...

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What You Shouldn’t Say at Work

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For one reason or another, it has become part of mainstream culture to use expletives. In the entertainment industry, we have Cee Lo Green’s hit song, “@&*# You” (or “Forget About You”). Pink has her own with “@&*#in’ Perfect.” On The New York Times Best Seller List are “______ Finish First” and ...

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Overcoming Fear in Your Career

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Fear is probably the single biggest limiting factor when it comes to stepping into our true potential in our careers—and life in general. We take a look at something that’s beyond our easy reach, and the fear propaganda in our brain takes over. “That’s too risky,” it tells us. “You would probably ...

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Tips for Working with a Recruiter

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When you need a job, it can be hard to get a recruiter to take your call. Yet when you aren't actively engaged in a job search, it seems like every industry recruiter comes knocking on your door.

Maintaining some key relationships with internal and external recruiters in your field is an important ...

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Job-Search Lessons From American Idol

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If you ever take a break from your job hunt to watch American Idol, it’s time to connect the dots. No doubt a show that’s about winning the ultimate career break for a singer—a recording contract—holds some important lessons for job seekers.

So after you vote for your favorite singer this week,

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How to Get a Second Interview

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It’s the cliffhanger that’s used in countless TV shows and movies: “To be continued...” We already know that the sequel is never as good as the original, but when it comes to searching for a job, that rule doesn’t apply. Part Two has to be better than the original.

When you go on a job interview,

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Signs You’re About to Get Fired

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Too many times after someone gets fired, they say, “I should have seen it coming.” But most of us don’t see the signs because we don’t want to see them. They’re there, sometimes right in front of us.

Here are some cautionary signs your last day may be coming sooner than you think:

There’s been a ...

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How Loving Your Job Helps You Succeed

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For college seniors across the country, the clocking is ticking down to graduation and a new career. As you make your decisions about what path to take, thousands of new graduates will be asking questions like, Where can I make the most money? What’s the quickest path to the top? What career am I ...

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Ways to Stay Positive During Your Job Hunt

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Rejections are an unavoidable reality during a job search. You’ll talk to many companies before you find the right fit. It’s discouraging, especially when you thought you had the job and you’re surprisingly passed up without reason or feedback. It's okay to be disappointed, but set a limit on how ...

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How to Get a Job When You Lack Experience

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When you’re early in your career and lacking work experience, are you totally out of luck as a job seeker? What about if you’re in the midst of a career change and your background doesn’t quite live up to what your targeted job descriptions require?

While you can’t create experience you don’t have,

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Looking for a Job When You’re Already Employed

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If you have a job today, you should feel fortunate, confident, and satisfied. After all, it’s a tough job market out there.

But many people who have a job don’t feel any of those three emotions. Even if you’re employed, you might be feeling these emotions:

Worried: Your department’s budget got ...

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