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    Ask the Career Expert: Taking Unearned Credit

    Ask the Career Expert: Taking Unearned Credit
    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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    9 Career Stoppers for Women

    9 Career Stoppers for Women
    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? Take Care of Others and ...
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    5 Ways to End Up in a Job You Despise

    5 Ways to End Up in a Job You Despise
    I spend a lot of time sharing information on how to love your career. I talk about making thoughtful decisions, establishing a path and actively managing your goals. But, equally important, is avoiding those roads that will lead to inevitable career unhappiness. Sometimes, they’re hard to spot. But I’ve found five that are clear, unmistakable danger zones. Take a look below ...
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    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview
    Every job interview is different--but there are some general principles that can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you're talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind. 1. Be the Solution Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve--for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service lines. ...
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    10 Questions to Never Ask at an Interview

    10 Questions to Never Ask at an Interview
    Whenever I meet people who routinely interview job candidates, I always ask them to tell me the worst question they were ever asked by an applicant. I’m constantly startled by what some applicants apparently believe is in their interests to ask. Here are 10 of the worst, most self-limiting questions that applicants have actually asked and the (usually unexpressed) comments of ...
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    Is It Ever OK to Cry at Work?

    Is It Ever OK to Cry at Work?
    By now, most people have seen at least one clip of Speaker of the House to-be John Boehner shedding tears in front of the camera — on the House Floor, with Leslie Stahl on “60 minutes,” talking about our failing public education system, you name it. And perhaps you’re thinking to yourself that the rules of the game have changed: perhaps ...
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    8 Steps to Moving Up at Your Current Company

    8 Steps to Moving Up at Your Current Company
    When most people think of a getting a new job, the first thought is to look outside of their current employer. If you are in a small company with lots of “lifers” where many of the roles are set, an external move may be your only option. But if you work for a mid to large-sized company that actively recruits to ...
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    The New Generation of Learning and Why to Take It Online

    The New Generation of Learning and Why to Take It Online
    For a long time “training” was in the province of a Human Resources department or considered an extra cost element of customer service. Today, however, knowing how to use a product or service has become critical not only for internal members of an organization, but a much wider audience, particularly online. The advent of social media in particular has created a ...
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    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search

    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search
    Persuasion is a subtle art--brute force doesn't often work well. And this is especially true for a job seeker, who is using interviewing skills and a resume to try to persuade hiring managers and recruiters to hand over something that a lot of people are competing for (that great new job). Here are some persuasion tricks and techniques you can use ...
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    4 Steps to Becoming a Self Starter

    4 Steps to Becoming a Self Starter
    In a perfect world, we’d all wake up early, go on a run, eat a healthy breakfast, and then head into work to tackle our next big project. As self-starters, we’d be brimming with energy and enthusiasm and wouldn’t even consider procrastinating before a deadline. In the real world, however, we don’t always live up to our highest ambitions. But just ...
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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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    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: (Have an interview coming up? First read important ...
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    How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview

    How Body Language Can Make (or Break) a Job Interview
    Savvy job seekers know how important choosing the right words is when we communicate with prospective employers --but what about nonverbal communication? "You could be saying how great you are," says image consultant and "Hello Job! How to Psych Up, Suit Up, & Show Up" author Alison Craig, "but your body could be giving your true feelings away." Mark Bowden, the ...
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    8 Ways to Customize Your Resume

    8 Ways to Customize Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    How to Tackle Your To Do List

    How to Tackle Your To Do List
    You've got a long list of tasks that you want to get done today, or this week. Some are big, some are small. Some are important, some are trivial. Some are urgent, some aren't. Where do you begin? Different experts will tell you different things. The truth is, though, that there's no "perfect" way to manage your to-do list. Ultimately, you're ...
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    How to Leverage Unique Networks for Women

    How to Leverage Unique Networks for Women
    Between two jobs, a 3-year-old son, a marriage, a house in mid-renovation and elder-care responsibilities, Susan Diachisin doesn't have the time to fill out a name tag, let alone attend events or make networking rounds at work. Lucky for her -- and her career -- she isn't afraid to network outside traditional arenas. Today, women are busier than ever. The silver ...
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    10 Career Resolutions for 2011

    10 Career Resolutions for 2011
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. ...
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    5 Networking Tips for Shy People

    5 Networking Tips for Shy People
    Network, network, network: It's the most common advice job seekers hear. And it's good advice — in a recent HotJobs poll, 58 percent of respondents said that networking had helped them land their most recent job. But for people who aren't naturally outgoing, the very idea of networking can cause a lot of anxiety. Many of us dread "schmoozing" with large ...
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    3 Myths About Job Interviews

    3 Myths About Job Interviews
    Think you know all there is to know about interviewing for a job? According to career coach David Couper, there are many surprising "myths" surrounding job interviews. In his book "Outsiders on the Inside," Couper lists several myths that, if you believe them, may prevent you from landing your dream job. So here's the truth about three myths--as well as several ...
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    Ask the Career Expert: Returning to Former Company

    Ask the Career Expert: Returning to Former Company
    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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