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    Gen Y: How to Get a Job Now

    Gen Y: How to Get a Job Now
    They've been called Millennials, Echo Boomers, and the Trophy Generation—people born after 1980 who entered the workforce with a profound sense of confidence and, some critics charge, entitlement. Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a veteran recruiter who has worked for Citigroup and consulted for companies such as Walt-Disney, co-founded a coaching firm for Gen Y workers in 2007. She spoke with Staff Editor Aili ...
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    Ten Excuses for Missing Work

    We've all been there. It's a beautiful day, and you can't bear the thought of going into work. So you call in with some excuse about feeling ill, but you know in your bones that your boss doesn't buy it. The feeling ill excuse is a short-term solution that won't win you any fans at the office - someone else ...
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    Calling it Quits: When Is Enough, Enough?

    Calling it Quits: When Is Enough, Enough?
    We've all had one of those days — when we hit the snooze button a few extra times, when our stomach muscles clench as the office comes into view and when everything our bosses and co-workers do seems part of a conspiracy to push us over the edge. Most admins have fantasized about quitting at one time or another. But how ...
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    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession

    How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession
    The current economic climate doesn’t exactly lend itself to asking for a raise. With all the talk of bailouts, budget cuts and layoffs (not to mention undue bonuses), many an employee is wary of asking for more money. But what if you deserve a raise? According to some experts, you are in luck. Now could actually be the best time to ...
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    The 5% Trick: Finding Purpose and Passion in Life

    The 5% Trick: Finding Purpose and Passion in Life
    Have you ever sat down and thought, *“What is my purpose in life? What is my passion? Where do I go from here?”* These are some of the most common questions we have all struggled with. And I am not in a position to answer it – all I can offer in this article is an opinion, slightly different from the ...
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    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?

    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?
    We all do it from time to time. Whether it's complaining about the latest comp-time policy change with your coworker in the file room or dishing about the latest spat between the CFO and the clerk in purchasing, gossiping on the job is almost an inevitable part of corporate culture. But is gossiping a positive way to build relationships, trade information ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    Dear John, Thanks for the Layoff

    Dear John, Thanks for the Layoff
    Seattle-based Jessica Ward writes an open letter to her former boss about the good things that have happened since she got laid off. Dear John, While this could easily be a private letter between you and me, current economics are hinting to me that perhaps my condition is wider-spread than just my house. As a result, I've elected to make this ...
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    Virtual Assisting Q & A Session

    Virtual Assisting Q & A Session
    My name is Sydni Craig-Hart and I am one of the contributing authors at AdminSecret and moderator of the "Executive Assistant to Virtual Assistant!" group. This group is designed for Virtual Assistants or for those interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. It is a place to ask and answer questions, network, share ideas and generally discuss how to become a highly ...
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    6 Job-Hunting Tips from the Sales Pros

    Working in sales is tough. You need a gift for the gab, a thick skin, and an undying persistence, even in the face of constant rejection. But those who can do it well see the ample fruits of their labor. It's this promise that pushes them to work harder, to stay positive and to master their craft, even when the ...
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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why Do You Want to Work in This Industry? Bad answer: “I love to shop. Even as a kid, I spent hours flipping through catalogues.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with that particular industry, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: “I've always loved shopping, but my ...
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    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer

    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer
    We all know that before bringing you on board, a potential employer will do some vetting. They'll scour the internet searching for digital dirt, or any discrepancies from your resume. They'll try to get a glimpse into your personality. They want to know as much as they can about you. After all, they’re about to let you – an unknown quantity ...
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    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer

    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer
    While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we've prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you're not ...
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    Plans. Always. Change.

    Plans. Always. Change.
    Plans always change… you can count on it & you should plan for it. What was that quote?… oh, yeah: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” - Robert Burns from “To A Mouse” & used in the title of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” And as an assistant, or future assistant, you would be wise ...
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    How Admins Can Survive Layoff Overload

    How Admins Can Survive Layoff Overload
    It’s no secret admins often bear the brunt of layoffs. With fewer support staffers in the building, admins often have to do their regular jobs plus responsibilities formerly handled by recently departed colleagues. That makes a stressful work environment even more challenging. But with a deliberate plan, you can thrive - here’s how. *Focus on the Positive* “Stay focused, and stay ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Your Career

    Top 25 Cities for Your Career
    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from ...
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    The 10 Best Jobs for the Worst Times

    by Hannah Waters, Geezeo.com Job security is definitely up in the air right now for everyone. If you are out of a job, however, try considering some of these jobs that seem to thrive even during tough times. Although everyone and every industry is hit hard with job losses and cutbacks, these types of jobs seem to hover just a little ...
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    The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist

    The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist
    As a job applicant over 40 who is making his/her way through the world of work in an uncertain time, are you portraying yourself as the truly confident, capable person you are? Whether you’re trying to land a job, advance your career or hold onto the position you have right now, you need to be sure you’re presenting the best you ...
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    When to Target a Lower Position

    When to Target a Lower Position
    Does it ever make sense to take a step down the career ladder? If you can get past that nagging, inborn sense that "going lower" can only be a sign of downward career mobility, the answer is yes. Taking a lesser position can help move your career forward if the job fits into a larger long-term plan. Read on to find ...
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    Stimulus Jobs for New Grads

    Stimulus Jobs for New Grads
    Charlotte Haigh, who is graduating from Tufts University with a degree in political science in May 2009, says she’s very aware of the economic stimulus package but doesn’t know what jobs will be available or even how to find them. For college seniors and recent graduates with technical and liberal arts degrees, the stimulus plan will provide tremendous entry-level job opportunities. ...
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