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    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes

    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes
    This article first appeared on MonsterYour cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. ...
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    5 Signs Your Resume is Passe

    5 Signs Your Resume is Passe
    The workplace is not what it was five years ago. Neither is the job hunt. The most successful candidates are those who are ready and willing to adapt to a changing landscape. But it doesn’t matter how ready you are for the modern workplace if your resume is straight out of 1994. And sometimes, it's the most minute details that make ...
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    Tap Your Network to Ace the Interview

    1. Get Started “Before reaching out to your network, define the industry, the company or perhaps individuals you would like information about,” suggests Luna Zuniga, a senior technical recruiter with Bluware, an IT consulting company in Houston. Then think carefully about what you need to know about corporate culture, the job’s expectations, the boss, tidbits about the interviewer, etc. Then, email ...
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    How MTV's "Jersey Shore" Can Land You the Job

    Thought The Jersey Shore was just all tanning, fist pumps and hair gel? Think again! Turns out the kids from Joizy can teach us about more than just Ed Hardy, Italian flag ornamentation and extreme midriffs. Their “techniques” can get your resume noticed, rock an interview and even get you hired! Think we’re kidding? Get in the zone and check ...
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    How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2010

    How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2010
    It is inevitable that come January, most entrepreneurs will begin thinking about what it is they want to accomplish in their business in 2010. They’ll plan their “New Year’s” resolutions and tell themselves they are going to do A, B and C. But savvy Virtual Assistants are thinking about this NOW, so that they can hit the ground running in January ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Do You Have?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    12 Survival Tips for the Hurried Holidays

    Do you feel like December is just a blur of days? Monday runs into Tuesday, Tuesday runs into Wednesday and so forth? Are things lightening up for you at work, or at they actually intensifying? Well, just like we have the 12 Days of Christmas, I have my 12 Survival Tips for the Hurried Holidays! 1. Delegate as much as possible. ...
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    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible

    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible
    By Barbara Reinhold | Monster Contributing Writer Just how important is getting your name in print and your ideas noticed for an executive career? Plenty important, say headhunters, career coaches and management-development professionals. "You have to arrange your own discovery," one executive search professional explains. But short of establishing your own vanity press and putting out books on topics you know ...
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    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs

    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs
    Being laid off is an emotional event that can leave you feeling wronged. Knowing the difference between an illegal layoff and an unfair layoff can help you decide whether to fight or move on. “It’s difficult for employees to see layoffs from an objective perspective,” says Marilyn Conyer, vice president of Accord Human Resources, an Oklahoma City HR consulting firm. “Many ...
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    Accepting a Lower-level Administrative Job

    Accepting a Lower-level Administrative Job
    One of our followers asked me to blog about accepting a lower-level admin job. She wrote, "In this economy, more admins are finding themselves in this situation. Can it impact future hiring possibilities like it can in other professions?" Here is my take on this as an employer. If I were to see a resume for an Executive Assistant or Administrative ...
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    How to Ensure a Successful Relationship with Your Clients

    How to Ensure a Successful Relationship with Your Clients
    Having a good relationship with your clients is critical if you want to have a successful Virtual Assistant business. It all begins with laying a strong foundation. You’ll need to have best practices firmly in place so that when a new client says “Yes I want to work with you” you’ll have everything in place that you need to get off ...
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    Twitter Mistakes to Avoid at Work

    A lot has been written about the revolutionary impact of Twitter: how it's changed the way we communicate, how it's connected us to one another, how it's increased transparency in everything we do, and how it's even helped us find jobs. But as much as people love Twitter, there's growing concern about other impacts the social networking tool is having, ...
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    Your Career and Pizza — Part 2

    Your Career and Pizza — Part 2
    Yesterday, in part 1 of this 2 part blog series, I described the philosophy behind and why we created ProAssisting. You should read part 1 first before you read how pizza fits in with your career below. Go ahead, I’ll wait… — OK, now what in the world does pizza have to do with your career? When I was about 12 ...
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    12 Things to Never Say to Older and Younger Coworkers

    With the downturn in the US economy, workplaces are becoming more and more diverse age-wise. Older workers are working alongside younger workers as people at every stage in their career are getting laid off. [photo:48716] With this generational gap among workers widening, there’s a lot of potential for miscommunication or differing perspectives. Though many people will absolutely deny that they have ...
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    10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary

    10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
    By Dona DeZube | Monster Finance Careers Expert  What you ask for during a salary negotiation doesn’t just influence how much you earn — it also tells your future employer whether you’re good at negotiating, which is a skill you can put to work for the employer once you’re hired. Negotiating salary doesn’t come naturally to many Americans, says Matthew ...
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    Your Career and Pizza (Part 1)

    Your Career and Pizza (Part 1)
    So I know you’re asking, “What the heck does pizza have to do with my career?” It’s a very valid question. First, let me throw something out there right off the bat: I love pizza… always have, always will. I actually think my love of pizza is buried deep down in my genetic code passed down from my father but we’ll ...
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    The Woman's Guide to Finding a Mentor

    The Woman's Guide to Finding a Mentor
    When executive mentor Bobb Biehl asks men if they admire and aspire to be like anyone in their own careers, they usually can name a few people. But the question stumps many women. Often, these women are the first in their families to reach the upper echelons of business and don’t have much of a career support system. Like any pioneers, ...
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    Company Holiday Party Etiquette

    More than 60% of companies will hold holiday parties this year. Here are a few things to remember. 1. First of all, it starts with your dress. Most invitations will state the dress code or expected attire for the occasion. One thing to remember, if you don’t show it at the office, don’t show it at the party. Also be careful ...
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    Win at Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

    Win at Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul
    Ever notice how some mediocre employees rise while more competent ones languish? Often, it's because they know how to play office politics. I know, I know. You'd like to think you can succeed purely on your merits. In some offices you can, but in many others, you must know how to play the game. Here's how to win at office politics ...
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    Don't Put All Your Trust in Luck

    Don't Put All Your Trust in Luck
    Luck seems to have a peculiar attachment to work. I'm sure that most of you have heard the Dave Thomas quote: "It seems the harder I work, the luckier I get." I would tend to agree with that statement, but I think there are a few other conditions that affect your "luck" - things such as instinct, timing, market conditions and ...
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