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    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?

    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?
    A reader writes: I am trying to decide if it is too risky to leave my current position for a better one that is a contract position. I'm currently underemployed. I'm making $30,000/yr less than I did before I was laid off, but at least I'm working in my field. I don't enjoy my job, my department is quite dysfunctional, and ...
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    Time For a Promotion

    Time For a Promotion
    A Monster member writes: If one more person assumes I'm in charge, I'll scream. My boss spends a lot of time at our manufacturing plants, so he's not very visible around the corporate office. Whenever he's gone, people assume I'm in charge, even though we have an HR manager in our office. I wouldn't mind this so much, but my title ...
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    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty

    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty
    This weekend I conducted an intensive job search mentor program with a forty-something year-old woman from NJ. Like many women her age, she is returning to the workforce after raising young children. She's been looking for work now (off and on) for about six months and has become frustrated with her inability to get the results she had hoped for. Many ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 1: Terminations
    I received the following note recently: I fell into a human resources position several years ago by accident. I found that I love all aspects of HR, except terminating employees. I’d like to pursue a career in HR, however, I also love sales, being on the road, and need flexibility. Can you recommend the right career path and programs focusing on ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 2: Career Paths
    On Monday, I mentioned I received a letter from a reader. You can read the full letter here. One of the things the reader asked about was career paths in human resources. Specifically, they said: I’d like to pursue a career in HR, however, I also love sales, being on the road, and need flexibility. Can you recommend the right career ...
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    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications

    A Career Development Trifecta – Part 3: Certifications
    This week, I’ve been responding to comments/questions from a reader’s letter. During this last installment, I want to discuss the topic of certifications. In the original letter, the reader asked about programs focusing on the PHR/SPHR – which is a certification for human resources professionals. But before I answer that part of the question, I’d like to talk about certifications in ...
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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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    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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    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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    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job

    How to Disagree with Your Boss Without Losing Your Job
    You're at your weekly staff meeting, and you've just presented your brilliant idea on how to boost productivity and save money. But then your boss shoots down your idea with a vague reason or two. You know you're right and your boss is wrong. So should you remain quiet or stand up for your idea? Joseph Grenny, a coauthor of "Crucial ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    5 Ways to Make Employers Come to You

    5 Ways to Make Employers Come to You
    Utilizing job listings, networking with people in your industry (and in other industries), and applying to companies you want to work at--these are all great ways to go after a job. But how can you make employers and recruiters come after you? We asked Career Rocketeer's Chris Perry, a career-search and personal-branding expert, for five self-promotion tips. Here's what he advises ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 ...