On Careers

June 2011


7 Ways to Make a Difference on the Job

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Do you want to make a difference in your career? Would you like to feel that the world is a better place as a result of your work?

Most people would say yes to those questions, but many are at a loss to figure out how. They’re not in a job that’s obviously making a difference, and they can’t or have ...

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New Monster App Ties Facebook to Job Search

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Deciding which social networks are most worth your professional connecting time isn’t always easy. No one has unlimited time, and many job seekers wonder where to put their online efforts. Even though it’s known primarily as a personal network, Facebook, with 750 million monthly active users, is an ...

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Should I Interview for a Low-Paying Job?

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In a crowded job market, companies can be picky. They can also offer low salaries to candidates, saving money in the short term.

But since many job seekers are simply looking to solve the out-of-work problem, any offer would be a solution, right?

Depending on your financial situation, accepting an ...

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It’s Time for a Job Seekers’ Bill of Rights

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As the job market continues to favor employers, job seekers are increasingly reporting poor treatment—from employers who never show up for scheduled interviews to inappropriate demands for private information on online job applications.

Employers may feel they don't have to pay much attention to the ...

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How to Successfully Change Careers

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Unhappy on your current career path? Ready to move on to something different? Although it can be tough, changing careers is possible—as long as you have the passion, drive, and patience to do it right.

Here are a few tips on successfully changing careers in a tough job market:

Know exactly what you ...

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Are Men Better Than Women at Online Networking?

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Men are savvier online professional networkers than women, according to an online-networking “savviness” ranking developed by LinkedIn, the social network that's known for professional networking.

The study was based on two findings:

  • The ratio of connections that men have to connections that women ...
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    7 Ways to Motivate Yourself

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    Whether you’re looking for a new job, trying to make your current one better, or planning a career transition, you’ll need a healthy dose of motivation. Without discipline and will, your dreams and ambitions never come to life, turning even the best intentions into dust.

    Here are seven ways to

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    6 Tips for the Hopeful Entrepreneur

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    Down economies tend to give rise to great ideas, and this one is no exception. As the job market continues to be tight, the option to start your own venture sounds pretty good.

    We all have fantasies about becoming filthy rich and super independent, and being able to take vacation whenever we want.

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    How to Manage Your Boss

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    Frustrated with your boss? Or finding your boss frustrated with you? Here are 10 tips to manage your boss and hopefully end up with a far easier, pleasant, and more productive relationship:

    1. Make sure you’re aligned about expectations. Talk explicitly with your manager about your goals and ...

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    How to Avoid 7 Common On-the-Job Mistakes

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    Everyone makes mistakes—but some of those mistakes are more avoidable than others. When it comes to your job, even just one mistake could result in major consequences for your career.

    Impress your employer by avoiding the following mistakes:

    Mistake #1: Being unavailable

    It’s inevitable that, at ...

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    Why You Should Keep an Open Mind About Your Career

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    Always. Never. Have to. Can’t. They seem harmless enough, but if you’re not careful these words and others like them can keep you stuck in your career. They are all symptoms of the artificially limited worldview created by black-and-white thinking.

    Black-and-white thinking offers only two options.

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    How LinkedIn Can Transform Your Job Search

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    If you're going to use just one social networking site in your job search, it should be LinkedIn. With far less effort than it would take to go to networking events and build contacts the old-fashioned way, LinkedIn lets you expand and utilize your professional network in a pretty dramatic way.

    It ...

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    Why Loving Your Work Matters

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    If you have ever found yourself looking at your career and wishing you were on a path you felt more passionate and energized about, you may also be familiar with the little voice that says, “Work is a four-letter word. It’s not meant to be enjoyed. Suck it up, buttercup.” Inherent in that voice is ...

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    The Best Way to Take Control of Your Job Hunt

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    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little more control over your job search? It’s frustrating applying over and over again for jobs and never hearing back.

    When you apply online, the odds are against you unless your qualifications exactly match what the employer wants. (In other words, unless you are ...

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    Rather Than Avoiding Your Boss, Chat Him Up

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    You see him out of the corner of your eye; your boss is 30 feet ahead of you in the hallway. You screech on your heels and make an immediate U-turn. This restroom trip can wait. After all, the last thing you want is to get caught up in awkward small talk with your superior.

    If you find yourself ...

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    How to Deal With Annoying Co-Workers

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    Unless you’re extremely lucky or tolerant, you’ll have your share of annoying co-workers over the years. Here are the six most common types and how to deal with them:

    1. The interrupter. Whenever you’re talking with a coworker, this person finds a way to butt in. She answers your questions to other ...

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    How to Stand Out at Your New Job

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    Your job-search efforts have finally paid off! You’ve landed a new job, and you couldn’t be happier. But you realize the work doesn’t end there. Now you need to plan for your first few months at your new position. You want to show your new employer that you have a clear direction and take your job ...

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    How Learning Names Can Boost Your Career

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    When you’re in the midst of a job hunt, you never really know what will make the difference between being hired and coming in second place. When there are many qualified candidates, employers often rely on subtle, nuanced reasons to choose one candidate over another. Maybe one applicant seemed to ...

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