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    Perceptions Are Key to Your Career

    Perceptions Are Key to Your Career
    Perceptions are how we view everything. It is the way we see, believe and feel the world around us. You know what you know because you experienced it in one form or another. Some of the ways we develop perceptions come from our environment, experiences and relationships. The media offers a myriad of beliefs and images to convince us their way ...
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    Be Assertive in the Workplace

    Be Assertive in the Workplace
    Know your worth in the marketplace, and if you don’t feel you are getting what you deserve at work, do not be afraid to ask for a raise or other form of compensatory reward. A few months ago, I attended a luncheon for women in business sponsored by PINK magazine. Between the panel discussions, they asked the audience of roughly 750 ...
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    Funniest Ways to Quit

    We’ve all been there — you’re sitting at your desk or laying in bed actively imagining the infinite ways you could tell your lunatic boss “I quit!” Throwing him your resignation, haphazardly stuffing a box full of your most precious desk knick-knacks, and high-fiving coworkers as you bound out of the office, never to return again. Dream all you want, ...
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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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    Lying on Your Resume: What Are the Consequences?

    Lying on Your Resume: What Are the Consequences?
    When a woman we'll call Mary was offered a high-level student-services position at a prestigious college, she was thrilled to accept. But two years later, Mary was fired despite strong performance reviews and a reputation as a rising star at the college. The reason? She lied on her resume - and got caught. An HR initiative requiring employees to furnish college ...
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    Unlearn Girly Behaviors & Become a Power Communicator

    Unlearn Girly Behaviors & Become a Power Communicator
    There is no more important skill in attaining success—personal and professional—than your ability to communicate effectively. Yet women often sabotage themselves through their communication skills. Differences in how men and women communicate are rooted in social conditioning. Only by understanding the impact of this social conditioning and how it translates into the workplace can we begin to unlearn “girlish” behaviors and ...
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    How to Reconnect Professionally -- Painlessly!

    How to Reconnect Professionally -- Painlessly!
    I received a LinkedIn message the other day from a former employee who has been laid off. I had sent him a connect request a couple of months ago and asked how things were going. He accepted the invitation but didn’t take the opportunity to re-connect and open a dialogue. In this new message he apologized and said that he wished ...
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    Disorganized? It'll Cost You

    Disorganized? It'll Cost You
    What does disorganization cost you and/or your company? The Wall Street Journal published a study indicating that the average employee wastes nearly six weeks a year looking for information and things in their office. Multiply six weeks by the salary and then the number of employees and that is a lot of money! The cost of being disorganized is not only ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    After the Interview: 4 Ways to Follow Up

    After the Interview: 4 Ways to Follow Up
    You had your interview, and you the way it ended left you hopeful. Now comes what is often the most agonizing part of the job hunt: waiting for the hiring manager to call. But you still have some control over the process. Experts offer the following advice on maximizing your chances for success. Send thank-you notes. Don't stress too much over ...
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    Are You an Entrepreneur at Heart? Go Out on Your Own with Your Current Employer's Help

    Are you dreaming of starting a business while you're logging time at a corporate job? You don't have to count the days until you can leave -- make the most of your position. You can leverage your corporate experience to sharpen the skills you'll need to launch your own business. For Twyler Jenkins, the 32-year-old founder of Chicago-based Creative Event Solutions, ...
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    The Truth About Why You Are Unhappily Stuck in Your Career

    The Truth About Why You Are Unhappily Stuck in Your Career
    I know how frustrating it is to be in a job you don't like but yet not sure what you would like to be doing. It's not fun being stuck, feeling almost trapped in a career, whether it be because of money, lack of information, fear, or anything else. Believe me, I get it. I've been there. It took me many ...
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    The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    Feeling Stuck? Consider Working Abroad

    Feeling Stuck? Consider Working Abroad
    We’ve all heard the unemployment numbers, and we know that the job market in the States is a trial by fire for even the most accomplished professionals. And, according to President Obama, things are likely to get worse before they begin to get better. International unemployment rates are also expected to rise as part of a struggling global economy, but American ...
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    Ask the Career Expert: "Tell Me About Yourself?"

    Ask the Career Expert: "Tell Me About Yourself?"
    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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    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision

    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision
    Have the last few years been cruel or kind to you, professionally speaking? Even if your career didn't take a hit, the recent economic tumult may have you quaking in your boots over the future. "Your career is long," says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman. "Some people work for 40, 50 or 60 years. Don't get stuck in the here and now ...
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    Success Secret: Make Business Relationships Personal

    The most common mistake people make when building relationships for success is treating business contacts differently than personal friends. Just think for a moment about the people you work with on a professional level who are also close, personal friends. Aren't they always more forgiving when you slip up and more helpful when you're in need? Of course! I guarantee your ...
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    The 25 Species of Coworkers

    They might be lurking in the cubicle next to you or lounging in a cushy corner office. They could be e-nagging you daily or haunting your dreams at night. That’s right, the people you work with have the power to influence, annoy, inspire, and scare the living daylights out of you (work nightmares, anyone?). Since you’re stuck with them 40 hours ...
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    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

    Key Ways to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt
    Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working ...
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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, ...
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