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    How I Broke Leadership Boundaries in a Man's Field

    How I Broke Leadership Boundaries in a Man's Field
    I vividly remember my first leadership assignment. I was an expert in a particular software product. Based on that expertise, I was brought into a new organization as the senior person. I was responsible for providing guidance to a group of programmers who were all male. There were even fewer women in technology then as there are now, and I was ...
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    9 Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers

    9 Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers
    Very few people doubt the corporate deck is stacked against women to some degree. Still, you can sabotage your own career through errors made in the name of doing well or doing more. Here are nine career stoppers that can prevent you from advancing in your career. Do any of them figure into your modus operandi? 1. Flirting with Men to ...
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    5 Things You Need to Give Up to Get a Job

    It’s time for the reality check. America is in a recession, and jobs are fewer while competition is greater. It takes even more hustle, dedication, and tenacity to land a job today than it did for your parents. Having a degree isn’t always enough and, sorry to break it to you, but you aren’t likely to get your dream job ...
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    How to Ask for a Reference Letter

    How to Ask for a Reference Letter
    In the 2009 film Up in the Air, Natalie Keener decides she can no longer stomach being part of a corporate firing squad and quits her firm. Her mentor, played by George Clooney, behaves as the magnanimous gent we all know him to be: he writes a glowing reference letter on her behalf, addressed simply “to whom it may concern.” In ...
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    How to Get on Your New Boss' Good Side

    How to Get on Your New Boss' Good Side
    In business today, there can be any number of reasons why a boss might lose power. She could be toppled in a coup and forced to leave. She could be squeezed out as the result of a merger or acquisition. Or managers even higher up the food chain might be disgruntled that your boss isn’t making her numbers. While you may ...
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    He Earns, She Earns

    He Earns, She Earns
    What did Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have in common with one-third of American couples? No, not a marriage that ended in divorce. At a cool $1 million for each episode of “Friends,” she was earning more than he was. Executive coach Debra Condren of Human Investment Consulting and author of Getting Hers surveyed 500 high-achieving women and found that approximately ...
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    Three Ways to Stop Procrastinating at Work

    Three Ways to Stop Procrastinating at Work
    Do you put off long- or short-term tasks at work? Does the last-minute dash to finish a report cause unwanted stress? Are you avoiding chores in your personal life that may be affecting your career? Whether it be laundry, grocery shopping, or even taxes, is procrastination getting in the way of what you need to get done? Relax, you’re only human! ...
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    Why First Impressions Count

    Why First Impressions Count
    If you want to dress to impress and make a good first impression this article will help. It is a very old cliché but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But you do get a chance to revitalize your image and confound people’s expectations of you, which you will do if you change your personal image. ...
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    How To Find a Job Without Getting Fired

    How To Find a Job Without Getting Fired
    So you’ve decided you can’t spend another year working for your under-appreciative boss with little room for growth. It’s a good job, but you’ve been here three years without a promotion. It’s time to go, right? Gone are the days when employees spend their entire careers climbing the ladder at a single company. In fact, job hopping can actually help you ...
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    Overcome Stereotypes

    Overcome Stereotypes
    Gender-based stereotypes are still prevalent in the workplace. Male managers often pal around with male subordinates, discussing fantasy football and weekend golf outings, but keep discussions with women strictly work-related. At the same time, female managers tend to open up more with other women in the organization, believing men "just don't understand." But as a manager, have you tried to incorporate ...
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    Heading Back to School? Tips for Juggling Work, School and a Personal Life

    If you've decided to pursue a higher degree after working for a few years, you may need a little help getting organized. Try these survival tips for juggling work, school and your personal life. h2. Choose Your Program Carefully Many schools tailor programs to working healthcare professionals by offering evening and weekend classes. Some schools provide distance learning opportunities, which allow ...
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    Speak Up and Take Risks for Career Success

    Speak Up and Take Risks for Career Success
    I had the amazing opportunity a couple months ago to see Gloria Steinem speak. She, as most of you probably know, is a very well-known feminist. I asked her how we can continue to change the corporate culture to make it more inviting and more equal for women. Her answer was very interesting. She said, "Eliminate caution." Eliminate caution. And she ...
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    How to Find a Low-Stress Job

    How to Find a Low-Stress Job
    Chronic job stress, which the World Health Organization has called a "worldwide epidemic," is not the occasional aggravation of a dysfunctional copier or an annoying coworker. It's the energy-draining, psyche-straining, day-to-day mental grind that results in accidents, insomnia, irritability, fatigue and an overall lower quality of life. But work doesn't have to stress you out. There are dozens of low-stress jobs ...
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    What to Expect from Your Campus Career Center

    It doesn't take much digging to find negative comments about college career centers, such as "the career center sucks at my school" or "my career center is worthless," on the Career Planning for College Students message board. These sentiments often reflect a fundamental disconnect between students' expectations and their career-center staff's many limitations. Just what can you reasonably expect from your ...
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    Who's to Blame for My Failures?

    Who's to Blame for My Failures?
    When I got out of college I was faced with a harsh reality: It wasn’t easy to get a job for a major newspaper in New York. I was rejected by some, never replied to by others. And soon I realized my dream of becoming a big city reporter would take longer than I, well, dreamed. Surely someone was to blame ...
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    Writing Mistakes Even Smart People Make

    Constipated Clauses Reporting on the feats and foibles of the Red Sox, a writer for South Coast Today notes: "It goes without saying that these exploits take a tremendous amount of skill." If it "goes without saying" then don't say it. If it doesn't, in fact, go without saying, then don't say it does. "Obviously, the sky is blue." Putting ...
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    10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    Turn Your Internship into a Job

    Turn Your Internship into a Job
    As the end of July approaches, you’re probably half way through your summer internship. Whether or not you got a coveted gig at City Hall, it’s time to take stock of your progress and learning and think about what you’ve gotten out of the experience to date and how to make the internship meet your expectations if its not doing so ...
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    Ask the Career Expert: "Should I Start a Blog?"

    Ask the Career Expert: "Should I Start a Blog?"
    Being new to the workforce isn't easy. Let Excelle help you! We're delighted to introduce a new weekly column by venerated career expert, J.T. O'Donnell, founder of Careerealism.com. She'll be taking member questions each week, on topics ranging from finding your first job, to getting a promotion and managing office politics. Submit your question here. This week, a community member wants ...
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    Try This 4-Year College Career Prep Checklist

    What makes you tick? What major will fit you best? How will you find a good career? And how can you keep from going crazy trying to sort through this swirl of career-related questions? Many college students feel confused and overwhelmed by all of the career decisions they must make. Fortunately, there's a strategy you can use to make the whole ...
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