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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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    5 Ways to Become a High-Achiever

    5 Ways to Become a High-Achiever
    When working on a new project, many of us reach a breaking point and give up when things start getting difficult. Recognizing what makes you throw in the towel, and understanding your threshold is critical to exceeding your goals and pumping up your passion. Social scientist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi studies the behavior of highly successful people. He found that when high-achievers are ...
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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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    Ten Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss

    Ten Warning Signs of a Toxic Boss
    We've all heard stories about the nightmare of working for a toxic boss. Some of us have even had the unique displeasure of doing so ourselves. Red flags to such behavior often appear as early as the interview process. We've compiled 10 warning signs of a toxic boss. Watch for them in the interview and you might be able to avoid ...
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    Are You in a Rut?

    Are You in a Rut?
    You've always considered yourself a top-notch professional, but lately, it seems you're losing your touch. You don't feel like you fit in anymore. It's as if you walked into the office one morning and everything was different. These changes are probably much more subtle than you think, but you finally woke up to the fact that something's wrong. Is it ...
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    Mentoring 101

    Mentoring 101
    The capacity to mentor your employees is a critical workplace skill. But how do you get started? While there's no definitive approach to mentoring, these strategies will help you grow into a role you may have had little or no training for. h4. Tune in to Individual Needs The key to becoming a successful mentor is to approach each protege as ...
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    Talking Politics at Work

    Talking Politics at Work
    In an election year, fodder for political debate is always abundant. As a result, discussions about the US presence in Iraq, the offshoring of US jobs, taxes, healthcare and other contentious issues can get heated. If you're a political junkie or a fan of healthy debate, it can be tough to contain yourself in times like these. What better way to ...
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    Lessons Learned from Celebrity Career Women

    Lessons Learned from Celebrity Career Women
    What You Can Learn from Madonna, Martha and Oprah You can't surf the TV channels or go through the supermarket checkout aisle without hearing all about Gwyneth's new baby stroller or the dirt on Britney's latest shopping spree. But between tips on how to imitate celebrity looks, are there career lessons to be learned from rich and famous women? Joanne Meehl, ...
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    The 10 Worst Fashion Mistakes: Men

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. —Mark Twain We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn’t matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on their performance. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. How you choose to dress each morning reflects how ...
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    The 10 Worst Fashion Mistakes: Women

    We hate to admit it, because we personally feel that clothes shouldn't matter. In a perfect world, a person would be judged at their workplace based solely on the caliber of their work. Unfortunately, that's not how the world works. How you choose to dress each morning *reflects how you feel about your job* – that you take your position seriously, ...
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    Dress Appropriately for Interviews

    Dress Appropriately for Interviews
    What do I wear to the interview? It's a question millions of people agonize over on some level while looking for a job. The bad news is that there are few cut-and-dried answers. As the saying goes, there's no accounting for taste, and each interviewer has his unique sense of what's appropriate interview attire. The good news? Deciding what to wear ...
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    The Ins and Outs of Business Casual

    The Ins and Outs of Business Casual
    Business casual: What does it really mean? On a bright spring day several years ago, when the sky was bright blue, the tulips were in full bloom, and I was considering playing hooky as I walked into work, one of my accounting clerks sped by me in a flesh. Or was that flash? I still don't know. All I remember is ...
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    Ten Interview Fashion Blunders

    Ten Interview Fashion Blunders
    Any article about what to wear to an interview might well begin with a qualifying statement covering the extremes in various states (New York and California, for example) and industries (technology, manufacturing), which are possible exceptions to the normal rules of fashion. But it might surprise you to learn that those extremes have, over the last couple of years, begun to ...
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    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company

    Why and How to Start a Women's Network at Your Company
    A recent report from sociologists at Harvard, University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley showed that diversity training and networking alone are failing to help companies recruit or retain women and other minority groups. What works? Coalitions that actively engage women in the company’s present and future. At your company, you can start a women’s initiative: An organization that asks ...
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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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    Unique Networks for Women: How to Leverage What You've Got

    Unique Networks for Women: How to Leverage What You've Got
    Between two jobs, a 3-year-old son, a marriage, a house in mid-renovation and elder-care responsibilities, Susan Diachisin doesn't have the time to fill out a name tag, let alone attend events or make networking rounds at work. Lucky for her - and her career - she isn't afraid to network outside traditional arenas. Today, women are busier than ever. The silver ...
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    13 Networking Mistakes

    1. Waiting Networking is not an altruistic endeavor. You may want a job, but a contact wants something in return. If you start networking when you start looking for a new job, you're probably too late. Potential contacts will think, "Why should I help you? You're just looking for a job. What's in it for me?" Effective networking means creating contacts ...
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    Networking for the Shy

    Networking for the Shy
    For many, the mention of the word "networking" conjures up unsettling images of hundreds of men and women exchanging business cards, making small talk and angling for a chance to ask that all-important question: "So, who do you know in my field?" Even the most extroverted people may not get excited about this process, but it's especially painful for shy individuals, ...
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    Small Talk = Success: 10 Tips

    [photo:37] Stanford University School of Business conducted a study that monitored a group of MBAs 10 years after graduation. What did they learn? That their ability to converse had a huge impact on their success and grade point averages had no bearing whatsoever. These are not traditional public speaking skills, but the way you interact with people less formally. The ability ...
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    How to Motivate Employees on a Budget

    How to Motivate Employees on a Budget
    With recession looming—or underway, depending on who you ask—corporate budget managers are battening down the hatches when it comes to expenses. One of the areas where spending is stingiest is employee raises; last year's average increase of 3.5% may look like a bonanza from the perspective of 2008, when many companies are likely to be giving raises of 2% or less. ...