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    7 Secrets to Boosting Your Concentration Skills

    7 Secrets to Boosting Your Concentration Skills
    Most of us struggle to stay focused. We live in a world of constant distractions – where emails ping up on our cell phones, where entertainment is always just a click away. The problem is, a lack of concentration can destroy your ability to work effectively. If you're not concentrating: • You'll make silly mistakes. How many times have you sent ...
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    Free Webinar: 3 Steps to a Flawless Informational Interview

    Free Webinar: 3 Steps to a Flawless Informational Interview
    Informational interviews are considered one of the best ways to network and find hidden job opportunities. At the same time, a bad informational interview can hurt your professional reputation. Join Career HMO Founder, J.T. O'Donnell on Wednesday, February 16th from 1-2 pm EST for an info-packed session on the right way to prepare, execute and follow-up after an informational interview. Can't ...
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    Workplace Checklist: How Toxic is Yours?

    Workplace Checklist: How Toxic is Yours?
    Nobody loves going to work all the time--but there's a difference between routine workplace hassles and a working environment that stresses you out to the point of illness, according to Linnda Durre, the author of "Surviving the Toxic Workplace." Durre suggests that hostile working environments typically have one or more types of dysfunction--how many symptoms does yours have? Unfairness You do ...
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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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    What If Women Pioneered the Workplace?

    What If Women Pioneered the Workplace?
    Had the professional world been pioneered by women rather than men, what would it look like? It’s no coincidence that both the hierarchical structure and social culture in the work and especially corporate environment are structured in a way that seems to benefit men, or at least coincide with their natural tendencies and responsibilities. For women, at times everything seems to ...
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    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover

    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader

    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams--by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully competent, there ...
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    How to Overcome Being Overqualified

    How to Overcome Being Overqualified
    You were laid off from your executive job by a company that's now six feet under. You've sent out 800 resumes, done one interview, received zero offers. You find yourself looking lower and lower on the totem pole and occasionally eyeing openings for line managers at the competitor that killed your former employer. If you must apply for a position for ...
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    What Employers Want from Job References

    What Employers Want from Job References
    A great resume and solid interview skills may place job seekers in the running for a position, but a new survey conducted by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service, finds that the results of a reference check can really be what makes—or breaks—a job search. Hiring managers interviewed for the survey said they remove about 21 percent of candidates from consideration after ...
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    Ten Tips for Adults Heading Back to School

    Ten Tips for Adults Heading Back to School
    As a person who returned to school at age thirty-five, with three teenagers, worked a full-time job, and earned a physics degree, I understand what it’s like for the older student who chooses to go back to school. I learned many things along the way. My best advice is to ask questions, read the catalog, research grants and scholarships available to ...
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    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"
    The job market is finally showing signs of life--and that means more workers will likely have the opportunity to change jobs in the coming months. It's clear that many will welcome this: A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory services company, found that 25 percent of workers whom employers had labeled as having high potential were ...
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    Free Webinar: 5 Things You Should Know About Your References

    Free Webinar: 5 Things You Should Know About Your References
    What if you found out your references were hurting your professional reputation? Can you afford to have a bad reference ruin your chances of getting a job or a promotion? Join Career HMO Founder, J.T. O'Donnell on Wednesday, March 2nd from 1-2 pm EST for a serious session on the need to have your references positive and proactive. She’ll highlight 5 ...
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    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?

    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?
    Since the recession began in December 2007, more than half of all American workers have become unemployed, taken a pay cut, suffered a reduction in hours, or had to take a temporary job because they couldn't find a full-time position, according to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. You probably don't need a study to tell you the ...
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    How to Effectively Use Numbers on Your Resume

    How to Effectively Use Numbers on Your Resume
    If you were an employer looking at a resume, which of the following entries would impress you more? • Wrote news releases. • Wrote 25 news releases in a three-week period under daily deadlines. Clearly, the second statement carries more weight. Why? Because it uses numbers to quantify the writer's accomplishment, giving it a context that helps the interviewer understand the ...
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    5 Lessons Failure Taught Me About Success

    5 Lessons Failure Taught Me About Success
    Failure has become a faithful friend throughout the years. Early on in my life I thought failure was my mortal enemy. But life’s experience has taught me that Professor Failure is on the academic staff of my personal University Of Success that I attend. He is a vital necessity for my training, in order to become someone who will reach his ...
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    3 Ways to Handle a Hostile Interviewer

    3 Ways to Handle a Hostile Interviewer
    We’ve all been in interviews when it seems like all the interviewer wants to do is trip you up. It’s like everything you say is somehow misinterpreted to mean something completely different. How can you diffuse such an uncomfortable situation? First, understand that the interviewer’s hostility is probably not about you. Most likely, the interviewer started his day off by arguing ...
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    You Just Got Fired. Now What?

    You Just Got Fired. Now What?
    "The experience of being fired from a job is high on the list of stressful life events that can happen to anyone over the course of their employment," says Dr. Melodie Schaefer, executive director of The Chicago School, Southern California Counseling Centers. So how do you manage the stress of being fired and get on the road to your next job? ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Coming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter

    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter
    Are you wondering how to deal with a sticky work history issue? Whether you were laid off from your last position, took time off to raise children or are looking to change careers, the cover letter is the perfect place to address potential red flags. One caveat: Keep the explanation brief. Writing a cover letter is an exercise in selling yourself, ...
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    After the Recruiter Says No

    After the Recruiter Says No
    You had high hopes for this job: The job requirements matched your skill set perfectly. You aced your interviews. And you imagined hearing those sweet words so many of us long to hear: "You're hired." Instead, you got another rejection letter. According to recent U.S. Labor Department data, 5.5 unemployed Americans, on average, are vying for each job opening—so most interviews ...
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