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    Study: Women Create ‘Their Own Glass Ceiling’

    Study: Women Create ‘Their Own Glass Ceiling’
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new study shows female managers are more than three times as likely as their male counterparts to underrate their bosses' opinions of their job performance. The discrepancy increases with women older than 50, the study states. "Women have imposed their own glass ceiling, and the question is why," said Scott Taylor, an assistant professor at the University ...
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    How to Establish Yourself in a Male-Dominated Field

    How to Establish Yourself in a Male-Dominated Field
    Women are starting businesses at a rate three times that of men, but there are still inroads to be made in typically male-dominated fields such as publishing, biotechnology and gaming, to name a few. h4. *Biotechnology* Mireille Gingras is founder, CEO and president of HUYA Bioscience International, a company that focuses on drug development. She offers the following five tips for ...
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    Nice Girls Don't Finish Last

    Nice Girls Don't Finish Last
    It's still unclear how much a company profits from doing good, but a new study of international executives shows it certainly doesn't hurt business. It is one of the biggest questions in corporate governance: Is there really any financial payoff for promoting enlightened social, environmental, and ethical practices? Or are companies that get the most attention for doing good merely those ...
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    Sabotage at Work: How to Fight Back

    Sabotage at Work: How to Fight Back
    When I started at one of my old jobs, I was introduced around. A coworker in a remote location gave me what cops call a hinky feeling, but I figured we’d get to know one another and everything would be fine. I should have gone with my first instinct. This person literally had it out for me from day one. And ...
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    Ending an Interview Early?

    Ending an Interview Early?
    A reader writes: In a recent interview, I learned some things about the job that hadn't been in the job description, and those things were deal-breakers for me. (I had not known about these things until the interview, so I wasn't just wasting everyone's time just getting some interview practice.) There had already been other things that made the position less ...
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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Office

    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Office
    Workplace dysfunction may be funny when you’re watching “The Office,” but it’s serious business when you’re trying to cope with it every day. The good news is that it doesn’t have to bring you down. Nobody says dealing with dysfunction is easy, but if you follow this advice, chances are you can at least stay above the fray: #1: Step Away ...
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    10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work

    10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work
    If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don't immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work: 1. Keep Personal Problems Personal: When you're preoccupied with ...
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    The World's 20 Worst Places to Work

    Hardship Posts These days few workers feel confident enough to make demands of their employers. With the global economy enduring the worst downturn in decades, lots of workers in the U.S. and other countries are happy to have a job, any job. There are places, though, where it's so tough to live that employees can still get companies to pay them ...
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    Long-Distance Job Searching

    Long-Distance Job Searching
    A reader writes: I am looking for a position in another city. I am applying for positions that I am well qualified for and would easily be asked for an interview if I was local. However it seems I keep getting turned away because I am out of state. I have stated in my cover letter that of course I will ...
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    Handling a Surprise Phone Interview

    Handling a Surprise Phone Interview
    A reader writes: Is it customary to surprise applicants with a phone interview? I'm applying for an internal promotion with my current employer. I had an appointment to call my potential boss to ask questions about the position (this is standard practice at my company). HR told me I would have a phone interview Tuesday. When I called the boss today ...
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    Explain a Layoff in Your Interview

    Explain a Layoff in Your Interview
    Laid off, fired, let go… whatever you call it, it stinks. However there are a few things you can do prior to getting an interview and say when you’re in the interview hot seat—you will get back into the interview hot seat—that will reflect in a very positive light to your future employer. Let’s start first with what you can say ...
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    From Executive Assistant to CEO

    From Executive Assistant to CEO
    The New York Times has a great article about Ursula Burns, the new CEO for Xerox. She has held many different positions throughout her 30 years working for the company but what is particularly interesting to us here at ProAssisting is how Ursula was mentored in the executive assistant position by her two different bosses. During downtime, they would talk with ...
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    6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

    6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid
    Wondering which questions you'll be asked during your job interview? You should expect the usual ones, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What's your greatest weakness?" But then there are more colorful questions, such as "What animal best describes you?" and "If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to ...
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    Quitting? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
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    Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover

    Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover
    If you've got a job, you probably want to hold on to it until you find another one, even if it's less than ideal. But remember, in most states, employment is at-will, meaning you can be fired for almost any reason (so long as it is not discriminatory) -- including looking for a new position. So how can a job seeker ...
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There’s only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
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    My Favorite Interview Question

    My Favorite Interview Question
    Years ago I found an interview question that I really liked. One that told me a lot about candidates. I forget how I discovered it, but once I did I’ve been using it ever since. The question is: Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like. I think one of the reasons it’s a great question ...
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    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Career?

    Is Your Relationship Hurting Your Career?
    No one ever said managing a career was easy. Throw a relationship into the mix and you’ve got career suicide, right? Wrong. While we’d all love to forgo a day of work in exchange for a fun-filled day with our significant other, having a strong relationship doesn’t mean your occupational goals have to suffer. It’s quite the opposite! Extensive research on ...
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    How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”

    How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” — we all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous interview question in our interview? Here’s why – because most job seekers believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. ...
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