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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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • Does Your Name Affect Your Chances of Landing a Job?

    Does Your Name Affect Your Chances of Landing a Job?

    My son has a name that is very common in some parts of the world but not very common in the United States. When you hear a person's name, do certain thoughts and associations come to mind? I started thinking about how birth names might affect a job seeker's candidacy and wondering if they can actually play a... Continue Reading

  • My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    My First Jobs - A Little Luck and a Lot of Chutzpah

    I've always believed in teaching by example. When I was about to graduate (more years ago than I care to admit), the economy was in a downturn. It was not quite as serious as this one, but still considered a recession. Interest rates were through the roof, inflation was more than 14%, unemployment was around... Continue Reading

  • Advice from the Hiring Seat: Employers with Job Openings Weigh In

    Advice from the Hiring Seat: Employers with Job Openings Weigh In

    By Michelle Goodman The web is teeming with tips from career coaches and pundits on how to land a job in this crummy economic climate. But much of this advice comes from folks who haven't been in the hiring seat for five, 10, even 15 years Instead, we thought it would be helpful to compile the best suggestions... Continue Reading

  • Career Coaches: Are They Worth the Investment?

    Career Coaches: Are They Worth the Investment?

    Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com In the current state of our economy, there are more than 15 million unemployed people. That's 15 million people who are all looking for a little help, whether it's in the job search, writing a resume, interview advice, networking or even help finding a new career path. Many... Continue Reading

  • A Career Coach's Advice for Starting Over in a Tough Economy

    A Career Coach's Advice for Starting Over in a Tough Economy

    As a career coach, I have noticed over the last year that many of my clients found a silver lining in the down economy. They used it as an opportunity to change their career. The slowdown allowed for introspection on their overall happiness level at work and they made useful discoveries. For most people, the... Continue Reading

  • Nine Surefire Ways to Get Fired

    Nine Surefire Ways to Get Fired

    Mistakes help us grow as individuals and make us better people, or so we're told. At work that's definitely true. Call the CEO by the wrong name once and you'll never do it again. For this reason, level-headed bosses aren't looking to fire anyone for the occasional gaffe. Still, even the nicest of bosses will... Continue Reading

  • 7 Worst Career Mistakes You Can Make

    7 Worst Career Mistakes You Can Make

    Leadership Lessons from the Game of Tennis Jeffrey A. Krames, author "The Unforced Error: Why Some Managers Get Promoted while others Get Eliminated" Tennis and business have a lot more common than you may think. In 1982, a tennis professional coined the term "unforced error" to describe what happens when one... Continue Reading

  • Returning to the Work Force After an Absence?

    CareerBuilder.com Starting any new job can be as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. While you're anxious for a fresh start and to meet new people, you're nervous that you won't be able to do the job or you won't fit in with co-workers. Things inevitably work out, but that initial doubt can be daunting. People... Continue Reading

  • Building a Buddy System at Work

    The Creative Group If you're willing to "go white water rafting," "navigate a maze through a cornfield" or "take an improvisational comedy class" with your co-workers, you might be setting yourself up for career success. Taking part in team-building activities -- even those considered optional -- can provide a... Continue Reading

  • Getting a Foot in the Door—What Entry-Level Employers Want Most

    Getting a Foot in the Door—What Entry-Level Employers Want Most

    flickr.comTo fuel their growth in today's competitive market companies are increasingly seeking the fresh perspectives of recent college graduates and other entry-level employees. What are these entry-level employers looking for in candidates? How do you make them look your way? Continue Reading

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