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5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

5 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier At Work

American workers are increasingly miserable on the job. No wonder: Those who survived mass layoffs during the recent recession often were rewarded with more work for the same or less pay. A survey released last fall found that nearly a third (32 percent) of U.S. workers considered quitting their jobs, up 9... Read More »

Multi-tasking is the Name of the Game

Multi-tasking is the Name of the Game

If you think you are doing more and more at work these days, you are not alone. The good news may be that you still have a job. The bad news is you are probably doing more work, and more types of work, to keep that job. A recent study by Right Management, a division of Manpower Inc, shows that 80 percent of... Read More »

Why You Need to Network Even When You Have a Job

Why You Need to Network Even When You Have a Job

I know many job seekers look forward to the day when they can accept a job offer, settle into a nice work routine with their new employer, and never have to network again. Meeting new people can be awkward, especially if you feel you're in a disadvantaged position and need their help. I get that. But that's... Read More »

How Quick is Your Draw, Partner?

How Quick is Your Draw, Partner?

Do you have one of those friends who always responds REALLY quickly to your e-mails? Like if he or she lived in the Wild Wild West they would have the quickest draw and win the shootout every time? Well, luckily most of us don't have to worry about how fast we can pull a gun out of a holster, but how efficiently... Read More »

Find your happiness, then find your job

Find your happiness, then find your job

It took me less than four months of working for a major TV/Radio network in Manhattan to realize that I was headed on the wrong career path, but boy did I wish I had figured it out before taking the job. My regret? I never took the time to really sit down and weigh all of the positives and negatives of the... Read More »

The First 100 Days in a New Job

The First 100 Days in a New Job

Ex-Citigroup executive Steven Freiberg was recently tapped to become the new CEO of E-Trade, a company that experienced severe losses due to risky mortgage investments during the credit crisis and recession. His performance is sure to be followed closely by people close to the industry and the media during his... Read More »

Success Stories: From the Office to the Classroom

Success Stories: From the Office to the Classroom

Jason Ortiz was a success in corporate marketing for a decade, but his dream of being a teacher never waned. Patricia Anderson Connors worked in dead-end jobs for many years, yet she always wanted to teach. Both Jason and Patricia were motivated for different reasons to change careers in their 30s, but in order... Read More »

On the Job, Nice Guys May Finish Last

On the Job, Nice Guys May Finish Last

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. Courteous. Trusting. Good-natured. Cooperative. Tolerant. These are the traits your mother told you -- repeatedly -- to embrace. "They'll make people like you." "You'll always have friends." "You'll go far." Mom was wrong, at least as far as business success is concerned. My... Read More »

Spring Cleaning for Your Career

Spring Cleaning for Your Career

Happy spring! As we shed our winter coats, hats, and scarves, now's a good time to also shed some of our old habits that may be impeding our careers from moving forward. Have you been managing your career the same way for years or not managing it at all? Here are some "spring cleaning" tips help you move out of... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 4

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 4

In this series of articles, I have been discussing managers' thoughts on the qualities that make for a "dream employee." So far we've looked at dedication, attitude and intelligence, communication skills and authenticity and the need to be well-rounded and add value. In this final post in the series, I'll talk... Read More »

You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

You had to say Thank You? What a nightmare!

Have you ever watched the final scene of "My Cousin Vinny" starring Joe Peci and Marisa Tomei? Peci (playing Vinny, an inexperienced attorney) conveys his disappointment that other people had to help him win his murder trial. In response, Tomei's character sarcastically says to Vinny: "You know, this could be a... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 3

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 3

In this series, I've been discussing managers' thoughts on qualities that comprise a "dream employee." In Parts 1 and 2, I talked about dedication, attitude, intelligence, good communication and the importance of being the real deal. In this post, I want to talk about the importance of being well-rounded and... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's  Dream Employee?  Part 2

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 2

In this series of articles, I have been discussing managers' opinions on qualities they value in a "Dream Employee." In Part 1, I shared three aspects: Servitude, Attitude, and Intelligence. In this post, I'll highlight two more essential qualities to master for career growth: Good Communication and Being the... Read More »

Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

Don't wait to be told, take the initiative

Whether it's day one, or day 101, always show initiative at work. Allow me to relate a personal story: While in college, I worked as a desk associate for one of the major TV/radio networks in New York City. I assisted the producers with phone calls to reporters and possible interview leads, gathered facts for... Read More »

Boss's Fave: Personal Qualities That Will Get You a Raise

Boss's Fave: Personal Qualities That Will Get You a Raise

By Sara Eckel You work hard-meeting deadlines, delivering results, showing up on time. And yet, each year when raise time comes around you get the same old measly 1 or 2 percent, if that. Meanwhile, certain co-workers stroll out of their review meetings with big, Cheshire Cat grins. Why do some people get a fat,... Read More »

Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on Your Career?

Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on Your Career?

Has it been a while since you held a full-time job because you took time off to raise kids? Or maybe you feel you've been on the wrong career path for some time but quitting right now seems too risky. Or perhaps you don't want to leave your job, but your prospects for advancement are limited and you just feel... Read More »

You Took a Demotion; Now What?

You Took a Demotion; Now What?

Five years ago, Bill M's star seemed to be shining brightly as he accepted his second promotion in three years at a major financial services firm. Then, amid budget-tightening last fall, the company gave him an unappealing choice: a lower level position or a severance package. With two kids, a stay-at-home wife... Read More »

Four Skills We Wish We Had Learned in School

Four Skills We Wish We Had Learned in School

Not everybody approaches education with the same goal. High school and higher education serve different purposes for each student. For some pupils, school is a direct path to a job. For others, it is a chance to learn for the sake of personal growth. Visit any classroom and you'll encounter students with a... Read More »

What Can Sarah Palin Teach Us About Managing Our Careers?

What Can Sarah Palin Teach Us About Managing Our Careers?

One of the best ways to sabotage your career is to show up for an important meeting unprepared. That's exactly what Sarah Palin did when she gave the keynote presentation at the Tea Party Convention and prior to speaking, wrote notes on her hand with some of her key talking points-points that she should have... Read More »

This Ain't Your 1990s Resume: What to Do If You're Laid Off

This Ain't Your 1990s Resume: What to Do If You're Laid Off

You're among the 15.3 million unemployed in the United States right now. And it stinks. You've sent out 150 résumés, you're trying to stay positive, but your layoff situation is not getting better. Here's a question: how have you addressed your layoff on your resume? We looked to Sarina LaMarche,... Read More »

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