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    Are You Passionate About Your Job?

    Are You Passionate About Your Job?
    A common question asked is, “I really want to feel that way, but I’m just not passionate about anything. How do I find passion?” A friend of mine asked me that question a few weeks ago. He has a high paying job and appears to lead a full and fulfilling life, complete with volunteering and interesting hobbies. But he felt that ...
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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 Employers Can Recruit (and Retain) Working Mothers

    How Employers Can Recruit (and Retain) Working Mothers
    As a career coach and organizational-development consultant working with many new parents, I hear the stories everyday from passionate, driven professionals: from a woman who can’t take a day off to be with her kids without the blackberry constantly buzzing; or from working mothers who hide on the floor of their offices, backs against the door, when it is time to ...
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    Ask the Gen Y Expert: Making the MBA Decision

    Ask the Gen Y Expert: Making the MBA Decision
    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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    How to Ask for a Reference Letter Part II

    How to Ask for a Reference Letter Part II
    Last week, I wrote a post on How to Ask for a Reference Letter which gave three steps for asking for (and getting!) a great letter of recommendation.   The second, and arguably most important step, is to provide a template for your reviewer of what you’d like included in the letter. Recently, an elementary school teacher told me that her former ...
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    How to Overcome the Fear of Success

    How to Overcome the Fear of Success
    I've got a problem. At least, I used to. Success freaked me out. I thought I wanted to be successful, but I really didn't. Oh, I'd think a lot about wanting to make more out of my life, to do something that filled me with passion and excitement, but I never bit the bullet and did it. You know why? I ...
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    Keep Your Spark Alive at Work

    Keep Your Spark Alive at Work
    No matter how passionate you are about your job, there’s no doubt that you wake up some nights and wonder how you’re going to get up and do it again tomorrow. If you’re out of breath, it’s no wonder. Ever since the economy slowed, we’ve all been going full speed ahead. But, a successful life is a marathon, not a 100-yard ...
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    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself

    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself
    Do you need more exposure for your business? Do you want ways to connect quickly with many people? Then social networking is for you! Many entrepreneurs, like myself, are on social network sites like Excelle.com. The opportunity to expose our business is there, but do we understand how to use it to grow? Web 2.0 has greatly changed the face of ...
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    Top Tips to Overcome Career Stagnation

    Top Tips to Overcome Career Stagnation
    For years, Kathy had been the glue at her company. Clients raved about her responsiveness and flexibility. Her superiors marveled about how she anticipated issues before they exploded. Colleagues recognized her as the one you turned to for advice, the can-do team member who got things done. But something was wrong, and she knew it. She just didn't want to admit ...
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    Job Searching: What I've Learned Lately

    Job Searching: What I've Learned Lately
    First thing I’ve learned? It sucks. I always dreamt of what I’d do on days off and how wonderful it would be—I’d go to a coffee shop, for a walk around the city, shopping, and maybe to a museum. Little did I know that when I actually had all the time off in the world I’d want nothing more than to ...
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    Embracing Change to Have the Career You Want

    Embracing Change to Have the Career You Want
    Changing careers, going back to work, and going back to school is a wonderful life-place to be in. Yet it can be so scary leaving what we know and are familiar with. This place is often called your “comfort zone.” Strange, isn’t it, to use the term “comfort zone” when being there can cause us to experience so much discomfort doing ...
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    The Road to Success Can Be Easier

    The Road to Success Can Be Easier
    Success can be easy. But when it comes to actually taking action to materialize success, we get bogged down by “why I shouldn’t or can’t” beliefs. Negativity invades your mind, scaring you with foreboding outcomes if you dare to “rock the boat” by stepping into new uncharted territory, personally or professionally. Remember: You are the keeper of your success. Everyone has ...
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    What's Wrong With Personal References?

    What's Wrong With Personal References?
    How could your sixth-grade teacher, next-door neighbor, or golfing buddy comment on your management style, responsibilities or the quality of your performance on the job? The answer: They can't. Often, job seekers think a "personal" reference is someone they've worked with who also happens to be a personal friend. In my book, that's a business or professional reference because of the ...
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    5 Ways to Manage a Career Setback

    5 Ways to Manage a Career Setback
    Having setbacks in our career is part of life. We have all been there at one time or another. Perhaps you didn’t get the promotion that you were working towards. Or you received a performance review that was not as perfect as in the past. Or maybe your job changed as a result of a re-organization and has become less interesting. ...
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    Grow Your Business: Friends & Strategic Partners

    Grow Your Business: Friends & Strategic Partners
    Your marketing strategy will be more powerful when you build a network of trusted friends. This is a very different category than personal friends. Many women who get involved with a direct marketing line - as well as many marketing pros - will tell you that the fastest way to grow your business is to make a list of all your ...
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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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    Moving Beyond Career Missteps

    Moving Beyond Career Missteps
    I clearly remember the level of frustration and despair from a client a few years ago when she could not forgive herself or move past old career decisions that haunted her later. Whether its accepting a lower-paying position, making a sudden career change or transitioning to a new industry, we can all look back with some regret over past career choices. ...
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    Bending the Rules: Good for Your Career?

    Bending the Rules: Good for Your Career?
    by Nicole Crimaldi A few weeks ago, I started receiving a stream of Facebook messages and wall posts congratulating me on my quote in Redbook magazine. “Huh?! What quote?!” Turns out it was true. I laughed out loud when I finally read it myself! It was in a section of July 2009’s Redbook about breaking the rules. Ironically, my quote said: ...
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    How to Network--Even if You're an Introvert

    How to Network--Even if You're an Introvert
    Let me start by saying that I'm not an extrovert. Every personality assessment I've ever taken spits out results that say I'm "in my head" or a "thinker." In other words, an introvert. And I've built my career on networking. It's opened doors for me, given me critical advice and, when I became an entrepreneur, developed millions of dollars in business ...
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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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