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    They Got Laid Off, You Didn't: How to Act

    They Got Laid Off, You Didn't: How to Act
    When friends are out of work, they're still friends and should be treated that way. Tomorrow it could be you. Layoffs are never easy, and they're never fun—whether you're the person who's out of a job or the colleague left behind. One banker I know is racked with guilt because he has been told that 20 people from his group will ...
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    How to Get a New Job

    How to Get a New Job
    No one said that finding a new job was easy. But if your work has become as exciting as a cheese sandwich and you have to drag yourself out of bed each morning, it’s time for a new challenge. We asked three experts how to find a new job that will stop work being a chore. *1. What do you want?* ...
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    Ten Ways to Keep Busy Between Jobs

    Ten Ways to Keep Busy Between Jobs
    With resume gaps now the norm, workers should pay attention to how they use spent time between jobs. The reason is simple: Employers want to know how job candidates spent their time when they were out of work. Learning? Traveling? Moping? Unless you project the image of a can-do job seeker, you're likely to have a tough time bouncing back from ...
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    6 Steps to Handling Money Questions

    6 Steps to Handling Money Questions
    Everyone wants as much money as an employer is willing to shell out. Yet when it comes to job interviewing, salary questions make most people squirm. One reason is that such questions pressure you to tip your hand during the negotiating game. Winning the salary you want requires some evasive action on your part. Choose your words carefully, and don't be ...
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    Negotiate a Raise In a Shaky Economy

    Negotiate a Raise In a Shaky Economy
    The economy may be sluggish, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking a raise, salary negotiation experts say. “Even in a down economy, getting the salary you want is still a function of relative power,” says Maryanne Wegerbauer, author of Next-Day Salary Negotiation: Prepare Tonight to Get Your Best Pay Tomorrow. “But it becomes more critical for people to document what ...
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    Virtual Assistant Does Not Equal Isolation

    Virtual Assistant Does Not Equal Isolation
    Virtual PAs have many advantages, professionally and personally but, to get the recognition they deserve, they must tackle head-on the problem of “invisibility”, according to one leading training provider. By picking more strategic tasks and routinely checking in with colleagues by phone or through a dedicated chatroom, PAs can work away from the office successfully without sacrificing their long-term career prospects. ...
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    Pleasures and Perils of PTO

    Pleasures and Perils of PTO
    Weary of the costly games some workers play with elaborate systems of vacation, personal and sick days, many large employers have shuffled the deck and called a new game: Paid time off (PTO). PTO plans, by which employees accrue days off in a single account and spend them more or less as they wish, are a mixed bag from the worker's ...
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    Unemployment Insurance and You

    Unemployment Insurance and You
    If you've just been laid off, your first questions probably involve unemployment insurance. How does it work? How much will you collect? Where do you sign up? The answers depend on where you live. Some unemployment insurance policies are set at the federal level, but states set most of the rules and run most of the programs, explains Rich Hobbie, executive ...
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    What If Your Interview is Tomorrow?

    What If Your Interview is Tomorrow?
    Even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little preparation. The following four tasks will take you about four hours (plus five minutes) to complete, and you'll walk into the interview confident you'll be successful. h4. Conduct Basic Interview Research Find out as much as you can about the interview. ...
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    Workplace Humor Guide

    Workplace Humor Guide
    Work can be fun - really! To prove it, we’ve come up with this guide to humor at work, with everything from the business case for fun to best workplace pranks. Check out the silliness and add some humor to your workday! h4. *Workplace Humor Done Right* “The boss couldn’t find something she needed, so she hollered, ‘That does it! I ...
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    Why Fun at Work Matters

    Why Fun at Work Matters
    Excerpt from "The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up" If people are having fun, they’re going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis and take better care of the organization. Here’s one example. An excited Kirt Womack of the Thiokol factory in Utah sprinted into his manager’s office on the first day of spring and ...
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    Workplace Humor Done Right

    Workplace Humor Done Right
    Joan Steffen worked in a high-pressure sales office. On one particularly stressful day, Steffen decided to lighten the mood. “The boss couldn't find something she needed, so she hollered, ‘That does it! I WANT EVERY THING IN THIS OFFICE CORRECTLY LABELED BY TOMORROW MORNING!’” Steffen explains. “So I labeled all her file folders correctly - and stuck small labels to everything ...
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    Best Practical Jokes Around the Office

    Best Practical Jokes Around the Office
    Chances are, at some point you've probably been the butt of a workplace practical joke, an instigator of one or at least a willing accomplice. What is it about workplaces that make them the perfect setting for these antics? Is it employees' desire to add something bright to institutional walls? The maze of cubicles that makes them go crazy and look ...
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    From Fired to Hired - 7 Communication Strategies for Your Job Hunt

    From Fired to Hired - 7 Communication Strategies for Your Job Hunt
    Have you been fired? If so, you know all the negative feelings that assault you immediately. You feel: *Confused-"I thought they liked my work." *Cheated-"They should have fired George instead. His work was sloppy." *Resentful-"I'll tell everybody off if I ever get the chance." *Sad-"I feel like I'm attending my own funeral." *Frightened-"Guess I'll never get a good job again." *Bitter-"I'll ...
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    The Accidental Career

    The Accidental Career
    The newest message in my in-box is a lot like the one I read 10 minutes ago—and plenty of others I have read recently. "Dear Liz," it begins, "I'm 48 years old and working as a director of [X] in a midsize company. I don't love the work, but I fell into my function through a series of events in my ...
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    Support Teams: All Admins, All the Time

    Support Teams: All Admins, All the Time
    As an administrative specialist on IBM's Principal Response Team (PRT) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clara Sapienza doesn't work in front of the offices of any of the four principals she supports. She doesn't even work in the same city. All of her correspondence with her bosses - only two of whom she has met in person - is made via telephone, ...
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    Understanding Introverts in the Workplace

    Understanding Introverts in the Workplace
    I normally stay out of the Monster articles I write. But this time I can't, because this one's personal. When my editor asked me to write a piece to help people understand introverts in the workplace, I knew I'd have a lot to say, especially when she told me to discuss misperceptions people tend to have about introverts and the often ...
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    Work Blogger, Beware

    Work Blogger, Beware
    There are many reasons you might blog about your job. You may want to brag about your accomplishments, vent about your cheese-moving coworkers or sociopathic boss, reveal whom you caught with whom on the floor of the server closet or simply recount the day's events as a way of decompressing. Whatever your reasons, if you blog, you take on all the ...
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    How to Give and Receive Criticism

    How to Give and Receive Criticism
    We live in an age where the line between criticism and nastiness has blurred. I'm not sure how this happened or when it began, but there are signs of it everywhere, especially on the Internet and in the media. The Internet offers anonymity, distance, and the ability to say pretty much whatever we want about people. Nastiness masked as criticism is ...
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    Workplace Gaffe? Make 'Em Laugh!

    Workplace Gaffe? Make 'Em Laugh!
    In my first admin job, I committed a gaffe I was certain would end my career. While sorting mail, I accidentally trashed the VP's paycheck. I figured I was doomed but wrote a last-ditch satirical news release about how to get the boss's attention, featuring my faux pas, and routed it to my coworkers. One shared it with the VP himself, ...
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