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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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    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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    Channel Your Cover Letter Feedback

    Prioritize the Feedback Most professional resume-writing firms also offer cover letter services, so if you're not having much success improving your letter on your own, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional. "I have seen many job searches stalled, because the individual had a terrific resume written by a professional but did not want to pay for a cover ...
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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 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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    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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    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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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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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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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. 1. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing ...
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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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    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers

    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers
    Invited to an interview, you step into the room and unload that heavy photo album you’ve been clinging to onto the conference table. In addition to a resume and brag book, you have pictures on your iPhone of your dogs and the neighbor’s cat stalking the birds enjoying your new bird feeder. The interview progresses by you opening and flipping through ...
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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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    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume
    You may have altruistic reasons for volunteering, but giving your time has career-enhancing power, too. "Volunteer work, whether in addition to a current job or an activity in between jobs, shows an employer that you are willing to try new experiences, be involved in your community and generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiative and make things happen," says Kara Montermoso, ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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