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    Power Struggle: Why Women Compete

    Power Struggle: Why Women Compete
    Recently, columnist Meghan McCain wrote an essay on how the Republican Party was failing to attract young people. How did conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham respond? By sarcastically deriding her as “plus-sized.” Ouch. And these are two women who are supposed to be on the same side! We’re taught that women should stand together in solidarity, so it was more ...
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    How to Ace the Phone Interview

    How to Ace the Phone Interview
    Most people regard a phone interview as a mere formality on their way to a face-to-face interview. Although the phone interview is usually just a preliminary step to the formal interview, it is just as important. If you don't impress your future employer with your phone interview, you'll never make it to the formal interview. Are you nervous talking on the ...
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    What You Need to Know Before You Quit

    What You Need to Know Before You Quit
    Have you ever said the words "I quit" and wished you could take them back? Before blurting them out again, carefully think through your job situation and how these words might affect your future. Consider these factors and suggestions. Financial Risks and Timing Quitting at the wrong time can directly affect your wallet. For instance, if you resign from your position ...
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    Top 5 Recession-Proof Industries

    Recession-Proof Industries The rate of job openings and new hires has steadily decreased since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unemployment rates are holding fast at 10 percent, which also doesn't bode well. According to the December employment report, 6.1 million people face long-term unemployment. Even though experts are hollering about the impending end ...
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    Working with Generation Y

    Working with Generation Y
    With a fresh batch of Gen Y graduates entering the workforce, there are now four distinct generations vying for fewer and fewer spots. Veterans and Baby Boomers who’ve spent their lives paying their dues are pitted against youngsters desperate to prove their worth in a steadily shrinking economy. Put generational differences in values, views, and communication into the mix and things ...
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    Convince Your Boss to Let You Work From Home

    Convince Your Boss to Let You Work From Home
    Telecommuting has reached such a critical mass that everyone knows at least someone who’s doing it. Downsizing and soaring gas prices have pushed nearly a quarter of Americans into some form of flexible arrangement, according to a Citrix Online survey. We all know the perks, but wanting to have more time with your family and avoiding traffic aren’t reason enough to ...
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    How to Make Your Boss Look Good

    How to Make Your Boss Look Good
    When you’ve got a good working relationship with your boss, she can be your greatest asset. Not only can she help you succeed in your current job and prepare you for more responsibility, she can also make your work satisfying and fun. But of course this just doesn’t happen. It’s up to you to get the ball rolling in the right ...
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    8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

    Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study results, luck ...
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    Getting Through a Group Interview

    Getting Through a Group Interview
    Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in most respects, than ...
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    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

    Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience
    Resilience. Stick-to-itiveness. Takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’. Just a few thoughts that stay top of mind as I ride the ups and downs of the quest for a new job. Admittedly, it takes a pretty tough coating on your ego to handle the repeated rejections. Not all rejections are an outright, “No, we are not offering you the position.” Rather, ...
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    6 Sales Principles to Guide Your Job Interview

    1. The Principle of Reciprocation People tend to say yes if they feel they owe you something. Example: Charities double their response when they include a dozen personalized address labels inside their direct-mail packages. On the Interview: Always enter the interview with the attitude that you're there to help rather than be helped. When sincerely felt and expressed, this automatically creates ...
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    7 Tips for a Better Phone Interview

    7 Tips for a Better Phone Interview
    Interview questions are tough—the phone interview makes them tougher. In some cases, telephone interviews are a way for employers to pre-screen possible job candidates before they’re granted an in-person interview. In other cases, employers will conduct the full interview over the phone. Whether you’re required to go through a pre-screening or have already been given the interview, you must be more ...
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    Resume Tips for a Career Change

    Resume Tips for a Career Change
    Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times…these are not the best of times. Advice about résumé writing abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: no one way is the right way for everyone. For the job seeker, it is best to read as ...
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    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?

    Are You Getting Interviews, But Not the Job?
    How to Diagnose Where You Might Be Going Wrong Your resume has earned you interviews with several employers over the past year. That's impressive, especially in this economy. But none of those interviews has yielded a job offer. You've done the standard interview preparation. You've shown up on time and dressed in appropriate interview attire. But somewhere between the paper credentials ...
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    How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot
    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well…you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so for your ...
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    How to Decline a Promotion Without Hurting Your Career

    [photo:59381] In this economy you might not get a raise, but promotions seem to be plentiful. This phenomenon is partly due to the many layoffs we’ve seen. Managers are short handed and want employees to do more so they offer them a promotion so they’ll do the job of two people but feel better about it. I call this a fake ...
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    Personal Traits Harmful to Your Career

    Personal Traits Harmful to Your Career
    Here’s something interesting: the way you respond to specific situations tends to be the way you respond across the board. This is nothing mysterious; it simply reveals some of our character traits underlying our behavior. The goal here is to be aware of your behavior patterns during your career transition. For example: if some of your friends you frequently hang out ...
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    Worst Advice Given to Me During My Job Search

    Worst Advice Given to Me During My Job Search
    So while I am conquering my anxieties with positive action steps in my job hunt, I've received some rather amusing bits of advice. I've managed to always graciously smile and say thank you outwardly, while inwardly wondering what is occurring in people's minds as they share these bits of advice. #1: Take the Summer Off So my top piece of bad ...
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    How to Get Your Administrative Title Changed

    How to Get Your Administrative Title Changed
    Through our “Contact Us” form on our web site, Laurie writes: "In your webinars, you mentioned you were able to persuade your executive to change your title. I am Assistant to the President of my company. My present title is Administrative Assistant, but my workload and responsibilities indicate it should be Executive Assistant. Can you share your ideas of how to ...
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    Why You Shouldn't Dumb Down Your Resume

    Why You Shouldn't Dumb Down Your Resume
    If you’re an experienced worker, you might be considering dumbing down your resume to land an interview for a position for which you might seem overqualified. This strategy could include downplaying or omitting work experience, resume skills, degrees and other credentials. But is reworking your resume in this manner a wise thing to do? Employment experts weigh in with their advice. ...
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