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    Demystifying the Rules of Networking

    Demystifying the Rules of Networking
    If you've ever read a book on job-hunting, you've probably encountered a statistic that says 80-85% of job offers come through networking. Personal contact, it seems, is essential to getting a new position. But despite the numbers, many job-seekers remain in resume-overdrive, or try to click their way to a new career. "Our culture tends to act as though we all ...
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    5 Worst Job Advice Tips

    5 Worst Job Advice Tips
    So while I am conquering my anxieties with positive action steps in my job hunt, I've received some rather amusing bits of advice. I've managed to always graciously smile and say thank you outwardly, while inwardly wondering what is occurring in people's minds as they share these bits of advice. 1st PIECE OF BAD ADVICE
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    The Networking Expert's Checklist

    The Networking Expert's Checklist
    Networking, networking, networking. We’ve all heard about it and we’re sure you’re all doing it — but are you doing it right? Trying to develop job leads and new business contacts the wrong way can be just as damaging as not trying at all, if not worse. You want to (net)work smart, not hard, so make sure you’re making all the ...
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    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?

    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?
    We all do it from time to time. Whether it's complaining about the latest comp-time policy change with your coworker in the file room or dishing about the latest spat between the CFO and the clerk in purchasing, gossiping on the job is almost an inevitable part of corporate culture. But is gossiping a positive way to build relationships, trade information ...
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    You Never Know Whom They Know

    You Never Know Whom They Know
    We don't walk around wearing signs displaying the names of everyone we know. It would probably shock you to learn about some of the influential people your best friend knows but hasn't told you about. You can't assume that your friend, acquaintance or referral partner doesn't have powerful contacts that can help you-or your business-in important ways. Never underestimate the depth ...
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    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies

    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies
    For the unemployed, the holiday season can be especially stressful. Strained finances can make gift-giving something to dread. Potential employers are going AWOL in mid December, putting the brakes on even the most diligent job search. Even so, soon the holidays will be over and it's time to get your search back on track, even though it may take a week ...
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    13 Worst Networking Mistakes

    13 Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. 1. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Career Advice: Should I Confront the Gender Gap?

    Career Advice: Should I Confront the Gender Gap?
    Q: "I’m about to complete an internal audit internship for a rather large company. The company just offered me a full-time job with a salary of $45,000. Although the job is entry-level, I’ve gotten nothing but excellent reviews from a senior who is notorious for being bad with her reviews. I also have a stellar academic record, which includes a 4.0 ...
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    The 25 Species of Coworkers

    They might be lurking in the cubicle next to you or lounging in a cushy corner office. They could be e-nagging you daily or haunting your dreams at night. That’s right, the people you work with have the power to influence, annoy, inspire, and scare the living daylights out of you (work nightmares, anyone?). Since you’re stuck with them 40 hours ...
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    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur

    Many writers have penned essays on the characteristics, behaviors, values and attitudes that spell success for the entrepreneurial leader. My top 10 list goes further, blending the theoretical, practical and the common sense based on 25 years I've spent in the field assessing, coaching and consulting leaders. 1. The successful leader has a vision: Think things through and know where you ...
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    Be Paid What You're Really Worth

    Be Paid What You're Really Worth
    I asked more than 150 high-earning women, "Are you doing this for the money?" The overwhelming response was a definite no. What drove them were passion, recognition, challenge and independence. At the same time, they wanted to be well-compensated, because they felt they were worth it. But that's not the case with most of us. We instinctively devalue ourselves. Those little ...
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    15 Companies Hiring Despite the Recession

    Are you looking for a job, but think you can't find one because there just aren't any opportunities out there? Think again. There are a few companies that are still growing and thriving despite, or maybe because of, the economic downturn. Excelle did the research for you and compiled a list of 15 workplaces that aren't laying people off, and that ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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