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    Link Up With Excelle

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    Spread Your Wings Online

    Spread Your Wings Online
    If you own a retail store and you're not selling online, you're already behind in the game. But it's not enough just to have an online store--you have to find ways to draw customers to it. That's where Madison, Wisconsin-based Flying Cart comes in. "We don't want to be just another online store creator," founder Rishi Shah says. "We definitely want ...
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    Make the Right Moves at Corporate Meetings

    Make the Right Moves at Corporate Meetings
    The Project Vice-President has called a meeting in response to a client’s phone call. Sherry’s boss tells her that as one of the team leaders on the project, she needs to attend. Sherry isn’t sure what questions will come up during the meeting but she’s reviewed the schedule and has a good overall knowledge of the problems. She’s confident that she ...
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    They’re Actually Hiring! 10 Entry Level Careers

    They’re Actually Hiring! 10 Entry Level Careers
    Tired of hearing all the great things about job stability in certain industries and not knowing where to start? Thinking of beginning a second career? Everyone has to start somewhere, but it can be confusing to know which positions are best when it comes to breaking into a new occupation. If you are in school, you’ll want a job that can ...
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    High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

    High-Paying Jobs for English Majors
    Where are the good jobs for people who don't have specialized degrees in fields such as medicine, engineering and law and don't know how to do advanced coding in five different computer languages? In other words, what kinds of good-paying jobs are out there that can be performed by the generalist -- someone with a typical liberal arts degree in English, ...
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    Breaking Into a Conversation Gracefully

    Breaking Into a Conversation Gracefully
    Last week, I wrote a post about exiting a conversation gracefully that generated some buzz. Beyond commenting on the strategies and tips to help you get out of those awkward moments, many of you rightfully pointed out that breaking into conversations was just as perplexing, especially at networking events, conferences and other forced-conversation forums. There are two strategies, however, that I ...
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    Communicate Across Generations Effectively

    [photo:103110] In every talk I give at a corporation or conference on intergenerational communication, someone raises their hand and says that people of different generations don’t vary in their styles and that it’s all in my head. If you’re tempted to think that, here are some examples of the types of remarks I’m always hearing: Born before 1945, they’re the loyalists, ...
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    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff

    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff
    I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective. Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story. It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it ...
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    5 Job Seeker Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

    5 Job Seeker Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
    When it comes to your career, taking a long view is often wiser than working for short-term rewards, according to Ken Sundheim, a career coach and the founder and president of KAS Placement, a New York-based sales and marketing staffing agency. We asked Sundheim for more of tips on how to manage your career--here's what he had to say: The $5,000 ...
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    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means

    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means
    Don't be demoralized when an employer turns you down. The reasons behind a rejection usually have more to do with the company than with you. You've probably read plenty of job-hunting articles. And they're all the same. A so-called expert will advise you to develop a plan, broaden your skills, and network. On résumés, they will counsel you to customize, use ...
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    Etiquette 101: Planning and Hosting a Business Meal

    Etiquette 101: Planning and Hosting a Business Meal
    You will find yourself attending many business dining events during your career and you may find that you are (or will become) the host of your own business meetings, as well. The key to a successful and smooth get-together over a meal lies in your pre-planning. The Initial Planning Generally, lunch and breakfast are the more common meals around which business ...
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    Friend or Foe: Rate Your Boss

    Friend or Foe: Rate Your Boss
    Since I graduated from college and joined the workforce, I’ve had about dozen bosses, give or take. And trust me, some of these bosses I would’ve preferred to give away than take! This doesn’t even include the bosses I had while working at various retail establishments while still in school. While I’ve also had some excellent bosses, unfortunately I’ve had more ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
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    Networking When You Don’t Know a Soul

    Networking When You Don’t Know a Soul
    We've all heard that people get jobs based on who they know, but what if you aren't lucky enough to be acquainted with someone in the field you're pursuing? Your first step is to tell everyone you come across – including family, friends, neighbors, the people in the doctor’s office, fellow churchgoers, etc. – about what you’d like to do. Ask ...
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    Get Happy: What Really Matters at Work

    Get Happy: What Really Matters at Work
    What do you want to be when you grow up? I used to ask this question tongue in cheek whenever I had a career discussion with one of my corporate employees. It always got a chuckle and relieved some of the pressure from a topic that could be stressful. We would go on to discuss the person’s logical career path and ...
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    Ask the Gen Y Expert: How Can I Get Recognized for My Hard Work?

    Ask the Gen Y Expert:        How Can I Get Recognized for My Hard Work?
    Being new to the workforce isn't easy. Let Excelle help you! We're delighted to introduce a new weekly column by venerated Generation Y career expert, Lindsey Pollak. 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 to ...
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    Downsizing: When It Happens to You

    Downsizing: When It Happens to You
    Americans are bracing for massive job losses in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even before the recent worries on Wall Street, anxiety about employment was high; earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Dept. released a report stating that there had been a net loss of 63,000 jobs, which was the biggest monthly decline in five ...
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    Why Is Your Passion so Difficult to Find?

    Why Is Your Passion so Difficult to Find?
    How many of us have been told, “Follow your passion,” “Find your passion,” or “Pursue your passion?” What is it about passion? What is it, and why is it so difficult to find? In this instance, I am talking about passion as a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. Managing your career guided by your passion, personal preferences, ...
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    5 Foods to Eat Before Your Interview

    [photo:94331] You are what you eat, so when it comes time for your interview, what can you eat that will make you alert, calm, focused, and quick thinking? We’ve spoken to experts and done our share of research to compile a list of foods that are essential to interview success. Remember — be sure to eat your meal at least ...
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    Essential Wisdom for Career Changers

    Essential Wisdom for Career Changers
    As a topic of discussion, career change is white-hot. I get more requests for advice on this than anything else. It seems that in the twenty-first century, women aren’t content just to earn a paycheck anymore. They want personal AND professional fulfillment, and they want it now. So what’s the secret to finding meaningful work? I recently set out to find ...
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