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    Career Transformation in 5 Steps

    Career Transformation in 5 Steps
    So last night I was finishing up my taxes for 2009 (I know, I know, procrastination) and I was looking back at my income for the year. I came to the conclusion that it is going to be hard to beat the up and down of 2009 (to which my wife happily applauded). I know that Jason Seiden would say that ...
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    Backing Out on a Raise

    Backing Out on a Raise
    A reader writes: I started a job at $10 an hour. I took the job because I needed income, and wasn't planning to stay for very long. I liked it, because it was a 10 minute drive to work, and steady pay. I was offered another job that would be $14 an hour, but it was a 30 minute drive. I ...
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    When Your Boss Won't Train You

    When Your Boss Won't Train You
    A reader writes: I recently stumbled across your blog and love it! I have read through many of your posts looking for advice on terrible, micromanaging bosses who communicate poorly, yell and belittle frequently, and seem to play favorites in the office. I've been here less than a year and have never received any formal training. I was told that I ...
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    Company Stringing Me Along?

    Company Stringing Me Along?
    A reader writes: I interviewed with a company earlier this month and for the first time in the year+ I have been unemployed, I knew I completely killed it. I was myself, I clicked with the people, and the technical portions of the interview could not have gone any better. The next day, my feelings were confirmed when the head of ...
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    Work-share program that cuts hours vs. jobs could grow

    Work-share program that cuts hours vs. jobs could grow
    A program that encourages companies to avoid layoffs by reducing workers' hours could be expanded to nearly half the states this year. Legislation this year in at least seven states would create work-share programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, growing the initiative for the first time in decades. Seventeen states already have programs in which ...
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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume
    A reader writes: I was just terminated from my job. I was five days before being off probation and two days away from my first big job event (I plan and run conferences). Without any prior notice, meeting, or confrontation, I was ushered into my department head’s office and told that in order to make a strong team, she needed to ...
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    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer

    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer
    A reader writes: In August 2008, I relocated for work and a boyfriend (we don't live together through) and ended up with a job in an industry in which I've been doing the same type of work for 10 years. The company and environment ended up being horrible and thus my job search began. I was so burnt out, in fact, ...
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    Should You Tell on a Coworker Who Lied About Qualifications?

    Should You Tell on a Coworker Who Lied About Qualifications?
    A reader writes: I am meant to sign my contract for a new job on this coming Wednesday. When the manager sent the email to me today, it was also sent to a number of people, as we will all be signing our contracts for positions of coordinators for an educational institution. I know someone on the list (say X) who ...
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    Top Cities For Job Growth By 2030

    Following the money has a whole new meaning. Today’s dismal economic climate is forcing the freshly fired to pack up and move cross country in search of work. But don’t go blindly into the night. Thanks to Mint.com's newest job projection map, you’ll now exactly where to head to get a jump on the competition. So which cities expect to get ...
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    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff

    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff
    I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective. Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story. It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it ...
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    Perfect Your Business Handshake

    Perfect Your Business Handshake
    Communicating confidence and reliability is essential to the success of any business. And since administrative assistants are often on the front lines of a company's public image, knowing how to make a good first impression is one of the unspoken but fundamental parts of their jobs. Whether you're interacting with a customer, your boss or a colleague in another company, a ...
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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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    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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    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 ...