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    Want to Start Your Own Business? I Did, Too

    Want to Start Your Own Business? I Did, Too
    My mission to you is to write a column to help you turn your idea into a viable business, be inspired, and think positive. I will write to help you bypass negativity, overcome doubt and discouragement. There is nothing easy about starting or owning a business. I will be honest with you. It takes a lot of belief, determination, time and ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    How to Get What You're Asking For

    How to Get What You're Asking For
    The best things come to those who ask. But exactly how you ask a contact for help affects your likelihood of success. And in fact, I’ve had people ask me things so inappropriately that I don’t respond even if I can in fact help them. Here are some best practices from the smart folks over at Stepcase Lifehack that I generally ...
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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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    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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    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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    Are You Prepared For a Career Change?

    Are You Prepared For a Career Change?
    I remember when a friend of mine had contacted me for assistance with her resume because she desperately wanted to make a career change. She was burned out from her career as a nurse and wanted to move into the non-profit world. Her first thought was that she needed to create a good resume that would allow her to make that ...
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    Finessing the Business Meal: Mind Your Table Manners

    Finessing the Business Meal: Mind Your Table Manners
    In your business life, you will be required to attend business meetings, formal and informal events, even interviews, that involve dining. Knowing what is expected of you as the guest or the hostess is very important, and this knowledge, or lack of, can make or break your business dealings. In this article, I will explain a few basic table manners that ...
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    The Temp Commandments

    The Temp Commandments
    Every business day, almost 3 million Americans, many of them college students and new college graduates, go out on short-term work assignments as temporary employees. Few, however, make it the rewarding experience it can be, for both themselves and their employers. Here are 10 tips to do just that: 1. Thou Shall Accept Various Assignments If you, like many college students ...
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    Why Relationships at Work Matter

    Why Relationships at Work Matter
    It is icing on the cake when we naturally connect with people at work. And if only we could pick our coworkers like we pick our friends. For most of us though, we probably work with a few people we would not have hired ourselves. Nonetheless, how we manage key relationships with even the most difficult people will determine our level ...
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    Would You Leave Your Job For a 10% Raise?

    Would You Leave Your Job For a 10% Raise?
    Have you ever been courted for a similar job you already do? What kind of incentives would it take for you to leave your job for the same position at a competitor's company? What would you consider the mitigating factors? Salary? Your integrity? The Gen@Work panel received this letter recently: Dear Gen@Work, I started a new job three months ago. A ...
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    Failing Forward… Toward Success

    Failing Forward… Toward Success
    I recently heard an interview with leadership expert, best selling author and speaker, John Maxwell, and was intrigued by the discussion on the topic of “Failing Forward”, a book that he had written several years back. So why are some individuals able to fight off handicaps and hardships, only to fail forward, not backwards? Maxwell says “…..I know of only one ...
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    25 Ways You Can Avoid Career Burnout

    h4. Getting Back on Track Feeling burned out? Trapped at the same place doing the same things with the same people? Use some of these strategies to get your career back on track. Next Page >> [page] h4. Differentiate Yourself Don't assume hard work gets recognized. Go beyond your job description. Collaborate with other departments to heighten your visibility. Broaden ...
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    What Experienced Workers Can Gain from Internships

    What Experienced Workers Can Gain from Internships
    By Matt Villano | Monster Contributing Writer  Out of gainful employment, out of job offers and running out of savings, Scott Stevens of Portland, Oregon, has turned to a familiar strategy to gain experience and keep his skills fresh: The internship. In spring 2009, Stevens, 35, took an internship on a sustainable tourism project for Travel Portland, a nonprofit destination ...
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    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired

    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired
    Most start their jobs with the best of intentions, never thinking they could be fired. After all, that's a fate reserved primarily for incompetents and workers caught with their hand in the company till, right? Wrong. You might not realize just how slippery the slope out the door can be. Workplace Mistakes to Avoid To guard your job security, be sure ...
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    Networking 101: Using Organizations

    Networking 101: Using Organizations
    In my last column, I introduced the concept of networking as the habit of developing and maintaining relationships with other people. Networking can enrich one’s personal and/or professional life. My column deals with career management so I’m writing about networking for business purposes. But these ideas apply to building relationships regardless of what they are based on - use them in ...
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    7 Deadly Workplace Sins

    7 Deadly Workplace Sins
    Achieving one’s career goals takes far more than faith; it takes keen insight. Success in the workplace doesn’t happen on a wing and a prayer, but rather by knowing what specific job promotion pitfalls to avoid in working toward that heavenly pot of career gold. The following list of seven deadly workplace sins details key emotional offenses professionals should avoid at ...
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    EU Mulls Gender Quotas for Corporations

    EU Mulls Gender Quotas for Corporations
    European Union justice commissioner Viviane Reding said European corporations might require quotas to increase the number of women in executive posts. "I have not been an advocate of quotas for woman in senior business posts in the past, but given the lack of progress in this area, we might in the future have to consider taking initiatives at the European level," ...
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    10 Job Hunting Tips for the Unfocused

    10 Job Hunting Tips for the Unfocused
    The National Institute for Mental Health (NIHM) reports that more than 9 million US adults have difficulties focusing on the job. It also reports that while more than 4 percent of working adults are diagnosed with ADHD, vast numbers of undiagnosed adults struggle with being successful in the workplace. For all these people, choosing a fitting job, handling a job’s essential ...
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    Are You a Net-Worker or a Net-Beggar?

    Are You a Net-Worker or a Net-Beggar?
    As Executive Managing Director of two Northern California chapters of eWomenNetwork, and sponsor for three other chapters within the organization, I meet these two types of people all the time. And I see a distinct difference in the progress of their careers because of their approaches. Whether online or in-person, there are key characteristics that clearly differentiate net-workers from net-beggars. You’re ...
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