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    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary

    Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating a Great Salary
    Here's a secret: Employers rarely make their best offer first, and job candidates who negotiate generally earn much more than those who don't. And a well-thought-out negotiation makes you look like a stronger candidate -- and employee. "We found that those people who attempted to negotiate their salary in a constructive way are perceived as more favorable than those who didn't ...
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    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible

    5 Ways to Get a Promotion By Being Visible
    By Barbara Reinhold | Monster Contributing Writer Just how important is getting your name in print and your ideas noticed for an executive career? Plenty important, say headhunters, career coaches and management-development professionals. "You have to arrange your own discovery," one executive search professional explains. But short of establishing your own vanity press and putting out books on topics you know ...
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    Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off

    Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off
    You've just received the awful news: Effective today, your services are no longer needed. You know you're not alone, but somehow that doesn't make you feel any better. Your mind tells you to put together your resume right away, but your body won't move. Here are some tips to help get your mind and body working together. Grieving Time Before you ...
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    Get Noticed at Promotion Time

    Get Noticed at Promotion Time
    Since you started at your company one year ago, several positions have opened up you could have easily slipped into. Instead, other internal candidates got the nod. The last person who was hired in your company (just two months ago) was even promoted. What can you do to get noticed and prevent another opportunity from passing you by? Study these solutions ...
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    Do-It-Yourself Career Development

    Do-It-Yourself Career Development
    With corporate downsizing at an all-time high and entrepreneurs and small businesses on the rise, many of us are finding we have to “do-it-yourself” in some areas where we might once have had help. Specifically, we have to actively manage our own careers including keeping an eye on our own training and development. Whether you were one of the “lucky” ones ...
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    How Honest to Be at a Job Review

    How Honest to Be at a Job Review
    Dear Liz, It's getting to be performance review time, and I'm wondering just how honest I can be with my boss. There are a lot of really good things about my job and my situation, but there are also things I'm not too happy about, such as having to pick up the slack for other people who don't really pull their ...
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    15 Most Ridiculous Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Negotiate a Raise In a Shaky Economy

    Negotiate a Raise In a Shaky Economy
    The economy may be sluggish, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking a raise, salary negotiation experts say. “Even in a down economy, getting the salary you want is still a function of relative power,” says Maryanne Wegerbauer, author of Next-Day Salary Negotiation: Prepare Tonight to Get Your Best Pay Tomorrow. “But it becomes more critical for people to document what ...
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    Career Profile: Sales & Marketing Manager

    Job Description Sales managers direct the firm’s sales program. They assign sales territories, set goals, and establish training programs for the sales representatives. Sales managers advise reps on ways to improve their performance. In large, multi-product firms, they oversee regional and local sales managers and their staffs. They analyze sales statistics gathered by their staffs to determine sales potential and inventory ...
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    Construction Managers Job Profile

    Construction Managers Job Profile
    Significant Points * Construction managers must be available—often 24 hours a day—to deal with delays, bad weather, or emergencies at the jobsite. * Employers prefer jobseekers who combine construction industry work experience with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering. * Although certification is not required, there is a growing movement toward certification of construction managers. * ...
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    Computer and Information Systems Managers Job Profiles

    Computer and Information Systems Managers Job Profiles
    Significant Points * Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016. * Many managers possess advanced technical knowledge gained from working in a computer occupation. * Job opportunities will be best for applicants with a strong understanding of business and good communication skills. Nature of the Work ...
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    Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers Job Profiles

    Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers Job Profiles
    Significant Points * Keen competition is expected for these highly coveted jobs. * College graduates with related experience, a high level of creativity, strong communication skills, and computer skills should have the best job opportunities. * High earnings, substantial travel, and long hours, including evenings and weekends, are common. * Because of the importance and high visibility of their jobs, these ...
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    Administrative Services Managers

    Administrative Services Managers
    Significant Points * Applicants will face keen competition for the limited number of top-level management jobs, but competition should be less severe for lower-level management jobs; demand should be strong for facility managers. * Administrative services managers work throughout private industry and government and have a wide range of responsibilities, experience, earnings, and education. * Like other managers, administrative services managers ...
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    6 Principles to Guide Your Job Search

    1. The Principle of Reciprocation People tend to say yes if they feel they owe you something. Example: Charities double their response when they include a dozen personalized address labels inside their direct-mail packages. On the Interview: Always enter the interview with the attitude that you're there to help rather than be helped. When sincerely felt and expressed, this automatically creates ...
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    Most New MBAs Find Jobs Shortly After Earning Degrees

    Most New MBAs Find Jobs Shortly After Earning Degrees
    Even as job-seekers at all levels continue to struggle with a tight labor market, the majority of people who earned an MBA or other graduate management degree in 2009 were employed within a few months of finishing school, according to a new report from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Three-quarters of business school graduates who earned MBAs from full-time programs ...
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    10 Subtle Ways to Sabotage Your Interview

    We all know that showing up late to an interview or dressing inappropriately can ruin your chances for a job. But what about the more subtle ways that could make you unexpectedly sabotage your job interview? Don’t let it happen to you! Keep in mind these 10 common subconscious mistakes that you probably don’t even know you’re making. NEXT | ...
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    The Grass is Greener

    The Grass is Greener
    The world of business might be talking about the 'green shoots of recovery', but for actual employees it is more a case of the 'grass is greener', with high levels of job dissatisfaction and a desire to move elsewhere when the economy recovers. A desertion time bomb is the headline finding of research conducted exclusively for HR magazine by recruitment consultancy ...
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    Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb

    Constipated Clauses Reporting on the feats and foibles of the Red Sox, a writer for South Coast Today notes: "It goes without saying that these exploits take a tremendous amount of skill." If it "goes without saying" then don't say it. If it doesn't, in fact, go without saying, then don't say it does. "Obviously, the sky is blue." Putting ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Do You Have What It Takes to Work for a Small Business?

    Do You Have What It Takes to Work for a Small Business?
    The Big Picture: Before Wal-Mart, Apple, and Disney were corporate empires, they started out as small businesses driven by passionate people who each had a vision. Small businesses are part of America’s roots. They foster entrepreneurial spirit and pave the way for innovation and creative thinking. The Numbers: Small businesses are technically defined as an independently owned firm with 1-100 employees. ...