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    A Caffeinated Job Search

    A Caffeinated Job Search
    Members of the growing ranks of people looking for jobs are using Starbucks Coffee locations as unofficial work force centers, a trend the Seattle-based chain has apparently embraced. In some cities, Starbucks locations have held "career nights": mixers that bring together professionals and employers. In Southwest County, frequent Starbucks visitors have reported seeing more people than usual of late using the ...
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    Job Profile: Medical Assistant

    Job Profile: Medical Assistant
    +Job Description+ Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. They should not be confused with Physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician. People with the job title Medical Assistant typically fall into one of the following PayScale standard occupations. ...
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    Job Profile: HR Generalist

    Job Profile: HR Generalist
    +Job Description+ Are you the kind of person who likes to do a little of this and some of that? Then the role of HR generalist might be right for you. HR generalists wear many different hats. One minute you may be negotiating your company’s employee benefits package, and the next, you’re interviewing a candidate for a director-level position. To help ...
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    Childcare Costs and Your Job Search

    Childcare Costs and Your Job Search
    Q. I am a recent college graduate, and I am in search of a decent-paying job. I have a 1-year-old son requiring childcare, so I cannot accept a position making $15 an hour. I have searched online for many hours, and I seem to get stuck with scams. Any advice? A. I am going to make two important assumptions: You are ...
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    Monster iPhone App: Find Jobs with Your iPhone

    Monster iPhone App: Find Jobs with Your iPhone
    Thanks to Monster's new app for the iPhone and iPod touch, your job search can be right in the palm of your hands at all times. Monster designed the app to be the perfect complement to its website experience, giving you access to the Monster account you've already created online--including your resumes, your favorite job searches, your apply history, and so ...
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    Medical-Billing Opportunities? Not What the Doctor Ordered

    Medical-Billing Opportunities? Not What the Doctor Ordered
    The ad looked like the perfect set-up for a Cloverdale, Indiana, man: He could earn good money working at home while caring for his three children and sick wife. He called a toll-free number and heard that for $377, he would get everything he needed to launch a lucrative medical-billing business from home, including software and the names of doctors who ...
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    Job Profile: Graphic Designer

    Job Profile: Graphic Designer
    +Job Description + Graphic designers (or graphic artists) plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They find the most effective way to get messages across in print, electronic, and film media using methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and design of magazines, newspapers, and other ...
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    6 Steps to Getting a Raise

    6 Steps to Getting a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. *1. Define ...
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    Get Comfortable Wearing the Manager's Hat

    Your job description doesn't include the word manager, but sometimes you're forced to wear a manager's hat. You may find yourself hiring temps to help complete a project, or your department may grow and move you up the totem pole. Unfortunately for administrative professionals, many organizations don't train staff in management skills, yet companies pile on supervisory expectations. Part of the ...
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    How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business

     How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business
    Lyn Toomey, a veteran virtual assistant and founder of Virtual Market Support, leverages her 27-year career in marketing, operations and virtual assistance to support small and midsize businesses. In the past few years, the Virtual Assistant (VA) industry has increasingly been in the headlines: Good Morning America's Tory Johnson wrote on the flexibility of being a self-employed VA last September. The ...
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    How Honest to Be at a Job Review

    How Honest to Be at a Job Review
    Dear Liz, It's getting to be performance review time, and I'm wondering just how honest I can be with my boss. There are a lot of really good things about my job and my situation, but there are also things I'm not too happy about, such as having to pick up the slack for other people who don't really pull their ...
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    Tips and Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a VA Business

    Tips and Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a VA Business
    When Wicked Wordcraft president Angela Allen-Parker started her online business in 1999, she admits her parents feared she'd made a horrible mistake. Allen-Parker is a virtual assistant, and her decision to become one was more than a career change-it was a lifestyle change. A single mother of three, Allen-Parker left her marketing post at a cancer research organization to start her ...
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    Networking Secret: Never Eat Alone

    Networking Secret: Never Eat Alone
    Friendship grows from the quality of time two people spend together, not the quantity. There is a common misconception that to build a bond, two people need to meet often and for long stretches. This is not the case. Outside your family and work, you probably can count the people you see frequently in the course of a month on two ...
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    Relationship Marketing — Focus On What Matters

    Relationship Marketing —  Focus On What Matters
    Today I got a sad email. You might be able to relate to this. A dear friend of mine, I’ll call him “Bob,” was lamenting the troubles he was encountering lately. His website wasn’t functioning as it should, his family members were having medical problems and he had just lost a large piece of business. The entire email went on about ...
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    A Personal Account of Hiring a Personal Assistant

    A Personal Account of Hiring a Personal Assistant
    Fifteen years ago, I did something that has improved my quality of life more than anything—I hired a personal assistant. She does my routine tasks as well or better than I could have done them. (The vast majority of respondents to my personal assistant ads are female so I use the feminine article here—no sexism intended.) That wrings 16 hours out ...
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    Use Your Current Job to Move Up

    Use Your Current Job to Move Up
    Wondering how to turn your vanilla job into a glamorous career? Thinking you’re on a road to nowhere? Open your eyes -- you can leverage your current position into your next opportunity. Follow this advice. You Can Leverage Any Job One of the best ways to leverage any job is to make connections. Not only will networking be helpful in your ...
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    How Do I Get into Management?

    How Do I Get into Management?
    MEMBER MARILYN ASKS: I am a hard worker with my eye on the grand prize: A promotion into management within the next year. I graduated from college two years ago with a great GPA and two good internships under my belt, and I was hired right away into a midsize consumer products firm. When I was first hired, my new employer ...
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    The Midyear Review Takes On More Weight

    The Midyear Review Takes On More Weight
    Like most rites of summer, the midyear review has historically been an informal affair: a quick chat about what needs to be done to get that raise in December, a perfunctory performance check-in required by the higher-ups in human resources. But as the economic crisis rewrites the rules of management, the midyear assessment is taking on dramatically more weight. Goals set ...
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    Are You Underpaid?

    Are You Underpaid?
    Are you making as much money as you should be? If you've been pondering this question, you're not alone. A 2006 survey by staffing services company Randstad USA and Harris Interactive found that 39 percent of employees surveyed believe their salary is lower than market rates, up from 28 percent surveyed in 2005. Meanwhile, 50 percent of employers think the salaries ...
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    10 Must-Follow Interview Rules

    In the current job market, you'd better have your act together, or you won't stand a chance against the competition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview. [page] *Look Sharp* Before the interview, select your outfit. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best duds and check them over for spots and ...
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