On Careers

April 2011


Why You Should Get a Summer Internship

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Internship programs have taken a lot of heat, particularly in the last year or so. Some for good reason—not every internship is legal according to the Fair Labor Standards Act, especially opportunities where for-profit companies expect candidates to work full-time for no pay.

With nearly ...

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5 Non-Work Ways to Boost Your Career

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When people focus on career development, they typically look at how to grow their skills and knowledge, factors directly related to their work. Clearly that’s an important piece of the puzzle, but if you want to make the most out of your career, there’s more to it.

Your life is a holistic system.

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Why a Quiet Office Is Bad News

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Everyone requires a different set of circumstances to concentrate. And every job calls for a different level of communication. But why is it that the only sound emanating from many of today’s offices is the sleepy hum of electronic equipment?

The demand by some companies for office silence is ...

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How to Create an Effective To-Do List

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Ever sit down to write a to-do list and realize you can’t stop?

The problem with to-do lists is they become a “catch all” for your career, life, home, and health. It’s as if you were waving around a huge butterfly net with really tiny holes in it. The small items don’t escape.

That means you end up ...

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10 Things Your Boss Isn’t Telling You

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Part of being a boss is having difficult conversations. But managers are human, and while they should be tackling difficult or awkward topics head-on, in reality plenty of them shy away from it.

Here are 10 things that your boss might be too uncomfortable to say to you:

1. You talk too much in ...

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How to Investigate Your Potential Future Boss

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Congrats! You’ve landed an interview with a company you’d like to work for.

You probably realize you need to research the company in more depth to get a good idea of how you’ll fit into their culture (although you should have done some of this research when submitting your application materials).

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How to Market Your Skills in Your Job Search

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If you‘ve ever looked for a job, you’ve probably seen skills checklists, ones that ask you to tick off every skill on the page that sounds like you. The trouble with that is, when it comes to telling your story to a prospective employer, it’s still pretty one-dimensional. There’s nothing to back it ...

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Improve Your Listening Skills to Win the Job

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When there are so many qualified candidates, it is even more important to do everything you can to make the best impression possible during an interview. If you’ve been preparing, it’s likely you’ve been rehearsing how to answer questions. Of course, it’s important to be ready for typical inquiries ...

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What to Do When You Hate Your Job

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At some point in your career, you’re highly likely to run into a difficult boss, toxic co-workers, or an unpleasant work culture.

Whatever the problem, the ultimate solution is generally the same: Step back, remove your emotions from the equation, and try to figure out what you can and can’t change.

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8 New Websites for Your Resume

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Multiple experts predict the death of the resume in favor of the online profile in the near future. But on the flip side, resumes will always be needed at some point during the hiring process for official company records.

As a result, new websites are popping up to help you with both sides of the ...

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The Smarter Way to Change Careers

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I frequently talk to people who have lost their jobs and are giving serious thought to tackling something new. They realize the path they’ve been on isn’t one they want to follow—or, more often, they’ve been oh-too-aware of that for years—and they want to make a change.

The trouble comes when they ...

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Why You’re Not Getting Hired

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If you’re trying hard to land an interview and nothing seems to work, you likely have a lot of ideas about why no one is giving you a chance.

Maybe it’s ageism (you’re too old or too young). Or the economy; your industry isn’t hiring (except for your colleague who got the job you should have had).

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10 Tips for Negotiating a Raise

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When’s the last time you asked for a raise?

If you’re like most people, it’s been a while—in large part because it’s an intimidating conversation to have.

Here are 10 things you should and shouldn’t do to make the conversation go smoothly:

1. Pick your timing carefully. Check out these right and ...

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How Positivity Opens Doors in Your Career

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I write frequently about how what’s happening between your ears plays a big role in your career potential. A change in how you view the world—as a place of limits or a place of possibility—literally shrinks or expands the options available to you. And I don’t mean that from a metaphysical ...

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When to Say No to a Job

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Interviews aren’t solely for the sake of the company—they’re intended to help the job seeker figure out whether the company is a match for them, too. And while most of us can’t afford to be too picky in this economy, if you interview for an opportunity that doesn’t feel right, listen to your gut.

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Keep Track of Accomplishments at Work

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We see it with job seekers all the time. They get laid off—perhaps for the first time ever—and begin to struggle mightily. They struggle to document the key accomplishments from their last job. It may the first time anyone has ever asked them to prove their worth, and they’ve got nothing.

You’d ...

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When to Ask for a Raise

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Asking for a raise can be nerve-wracking. You might worry your boss will react badly or think your request is premature or presumptuous, or just that you’ll be turned down. And some people get so nervous about this that they never even get up the nerve to ask.

Despite these fears, it’s perfectly ...

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More Ways to Use Facebook for Your Job Search

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Facebook can be the downfall of your job search if you’re not careful. From posting inappropriate pictures to badmouthing former employers, hazards lurk around many a corner. Even if you think you’re interacting only with your friends, always remain professional. Hiring managers may look at your ...

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