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How Women Can Succeed In Finance Boys' Club

How Women Can Succeed In Finance Boys' Club

Create a colony for your female peers

I will never forget my first day on the trading floor 14 years ago. Read More »

Making Hard Career Choices

Making Hard Career Choices

How to write your own life story

A philosopher's view on how hard career choices are a Godsend instead of a curse and help us define the life we really want. Read More »

60-Second Coach: Why a Career Tweak May Be All The Change You Need

60-Second Coach: Why a Career Tweak May Be All The Change You Need

'Desperately seeking job ... but have no experience'

Making a career change or tweak. Of special interest to educators and HR people but broadly applicable, including to self-employment. Read More »

Reddit: The Worst and Weirdest Reasons Not To Hire Someone

Reddit: The Worst and Weirdest Reasons Not To Hire Someone

On your resume, do not list "owning a gun" under "hobbies"

On Reddit, a user asked hiring managers to share their stories of the worst or weirdest reason they chose not to hire someone. Here are their answers. Read More »

5 Things I Learned As An Actor And Still Use Every Day

5 Things I Learned As An Actor And Still Use Every Day

Bringing my best self to every encounter

Having nothing to fall back on pushed me to succeed as an actor and gave me a skill set I now fall back on every day Read More »

Practical Ideas For Job Seekers Who Think They've Tried Everything

Practical Ideas For Job Seekers Who Think They've Tried Everything

Help and hope for the long-term unemployed

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Read More »

Girl Asked To Leave KFC Restaurant Because Scars Were Scaring Customers

Girl Asked To Leave KFC Restaurant Because Scars Were Scaring Customers

Cruelty camouflaged as customer service; KFC investigating

The grandmother of 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher, who is recovering from a pitbull attack, says she was asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Mississippi. Read More »

How My Father Helped Build America

How My Father Helped Build America

His daredevil days behind him, my dad became a union man

James Petersen was a union man. The only time I ever saw him wear a suit to work was for Teamsters negotiations. Read More »

What My Dad Taught Me About Work

What My Dad Taught Me About Work

You do it and they pay you. That's what matters.

When you work, there is an awful lot of nonsense and politics and a million other things. Show up, shut up, and do the work. Read More »

On Writing, Tongue Sandwiches: What I Learned From My Dad

On Writing, Tongue Sandwiches: What I Learned From My Dad

My dad did a lot of things. One was write a memoir.

My dad's memoir, which explored his small-town childhood in the early '60s, inspired me to pursue writing. Read More »

To Thy Own Self Be True: What I Learned About Work From My Dad

To Thy Own Self Be True: What I Learned About Work From My Dad

'Nothing happens until someone sells something'

Sam Kilberg was a child of the Great Depression and constantly preached the importance of hard work as a requirement for success. Read More »

How to Find Your Beeline to Job Success

How to Find Your Beeline to Job Success

An insider's take on the world of spelling bees

There's a lot to learn about work from a spelling bee. Read More »

Lessons I Learned from My Dad

Lessons I Learned from My Dad

Holocaust survivor Boris Nemko personified 'up-by-your-bootstraps'

Lessons I learned from my father on work and life. Read More »

The 'Strangest' Customer Service Questions May Surprise You

The 'Strangest' Customer Service Questions May Surprise You

Key to success is shaking off negative and moving with positive

Strangest customer service questions may not be what you expect Read More »

How A Sales Guy Sold Himself Into A Job After Two Layoffs

How A Sales Guy Sold Himself Into A Job After Two Layoffs

Sales is not secure, but that is what makes it so interesting

A sales veteran shows how he positioned himself into a new job after a recent layoff. Selling yourself is no easy task even for a salesman! Read More »

How The Navy Turned My Life Around With 3 Basic Lessons

How The Navy Turned My Life Around With 3 Basic Lessons

'You can either take what they give you or take over!'

How three years of active duty in the U.S. Navy launched Adam Dince from a dead-end retail job to a thriving career. Read More »

5 'Lemonade Lessons' From 10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Vivienne Harr

5 'Lemonade Lessons' From 10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Vivienne Harr

Think like a kid and start with your heart

A 10-year-olds cause to stop child slavery has turned into a real company called Make A Stand. Read More »

A Conversation with Robert Reich: First Job, Personality Drug, Job Training

A Conversation with Robert Reich: First Job, Personality Drug, Job Training

What it was like to work for Robert Kennedy

Career lessons from Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor. Read More »

It's a Living. Part I: David's Saga. Episode 17: 3rd Time's The ...

It's a Living. Part I: David's Saga. Episode 17: 3rd Time's The ...

This is the final episode of David's Saga

David and Susan have a life-and-death experience. Read More »

YOU Are Your Own Best Recruiter

YOU Are Your Own Best Recruiter

How I moved to another state and got my job at Deluxe

How an earned media specialist made the move from a NYC advertising agency to a small business check specialist in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Read More »

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