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    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

    The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multi-talented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    5 Surefire Resume Writing Tips

    Is the thought of writing a resume as pleasant as having your wisdom teeth surgically extracted? I ask because I was discussing resume writing strategies with a client today and she mentioned she was thrilled I was going to write her resume. This was because she was no longer actively involved in (as she put it) the “whole torturous process.” ...
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    Hooray, an Interview! Oh no, an Interview!

    After such a labor-intensive job search, you now have earned the ‘nerve-wracking’ interview. You have also begun to obsess about the plentiful competition. It seems as if everyone you know needs a job. So, how can you relax when you must master the interview? (Don’t worry. I’ll tell you how you can ‘untwist your knickers.’) You must differentiate yourself by ...
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    4 Steps to Taking Your Networking to the Next Level

    While being on the job search is a daunting task for most, and it is important to enjoy the process. After all, having a positive attitude can make a world of difference! Instead of spending all your time and energy on mainstream job boards, get off your bottom and meet new people! While I don’t recommend giving up on job ...
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    Changing Careers? Zig-zag Your Way Into New Territory!

    Career changers and renaissance folks alike always ask me: “How do I change paths without having to begin at the bottom all over again?” Annoyingly, as with most things careers related; it depends. Clearly, if you want to become a doctor, you’ll have to go to med school and start from scratch. A lawyer: back to law school, my friend. ...
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    Job Profile: Social Worker

    Job Profile: Social Worker
    Job Description Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as ...
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    Social Worker Ultimate Salary Guide

    Social Worker Ultimate Salary Guide
    Facts and Figures Median annual earnings of child, family, and school social workers were $37,480 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,590 and $49,060. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,480, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,530. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of child, family, and school social workers ...
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    5 Tech Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Communications

    5 Tech Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Communications
    There's a disconnect in the nonprofit world. I read countless articles about technology and its powerful applications for the nonprofit sector, but seldom is there coverage of the critical interface between technology and communications strategies. That's a serious gap. What's happened, in my opinion, is that many of us shy away from technology. By leaving tech decisions to the IT department ...
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    How to: Green Your Workplace Without Driving Your Coworkers Nuts

    The typical office is a battleground of personal tastes and habits. So what, then, is the environmentally-conscious worker to do? How could you possible work to “green” your workspace without becoming the the office nuisance? We talked to Roberto Rhett, the director of Green Spaces NY, an eco-friendly co-working office share, about how to lower the impact of your workplace ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs

    Five Laws That Protect You During Layoffs
    Being laid off is an emotional event that can leave you feeling wronged. Knowing the difference between an illegal layoff and an unfair layoff can help you decide whether to fight or move on. “It’s difficult for employees to see layoffs from an objective perspective,” says Marilyn Conyer, vice president of Accord Human Resources, an Oklahoma City HR consulting firm. “Many ...
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    Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting

    Ladies, It's Not Bragging. It's Self-Promoting
    I have partnered with many successful professional women in developing their executive resumes and career marketing materials and have always noticed a consistent trend. When it comes to really promoting themselves, highlighting their achievements or simply tooting their horns, I hear " I am not comfortable bragging about myself" • Are you guilty of working really hard, plugging away in your ...
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    Work for Free While Unemployed: How and Why

    Work for Free While Unemployed: How and Why
    While I was going through the 17th revision of my resume for my job search, I was pondering how I might be able to keep my fingers on the pulse of marketing work while exploring some new industries. Then, when talking to a local running buddy at the weekly running club gathering spot (you never know who knows who), he suggested ...
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    Stalk Your Way to a New Job

    Stalk Your Way to a New Job
    The internet has made stalkers out of all of us. You know exactly what I'm talking about. But instead of stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, consider using your newfound detective skills for more productive (i.e. less emotionally jarring) purposes, like snagging the job of your dreams. Interested in an organization and need to find a person to contact? Google away. Trying ...
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    12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes

    12 Must-Avoid Job Interview Mistakes
    Recruiters see all kinds of interview mistakes, some bordering on the shocking, such as bringing family members along, badmouthing former employers, dumping their personal belongings on hiring managers' desks. The more common mistakes may be subtler, but they can torpedo a job interview almost as quickly. From the obvious to the subtle, here are some good pointers to give you a ...
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    Resume Critique Checklist

    Resume Critique Checklist
    Resumes normally get less than a 15-second glance at the first screening. If someone has asked you to review his resume and you want to help him ensure it gets read - or want to know if your own is up to par - be sure you can answer yes to the following questions: h2. First Impression Does the resume look ...
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    10 Worst Cover Letter Mistakes

    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Overusing "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being ...
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    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away

    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away
    When you're unemployed, unhappily employed or eager to change careers, jumping at the first offer you get - even if it isn't quite what you want - can be tempting. So should you? While an offer can give you a sense of security, that feeling can quickly vanish if the position just isn't right for you and you find yourself looking ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer

    5 Ways to Vet Your Next Employer
    We all know that before bringing you on board, a potential employer will do some vetting. They'll scour the internet searching for digital dirt, or any discrepancies from your resume. They'll try to get a glimpse into your personality. They want to know as much as they can about you. After all, they’re about to let you — an unknown quantity ...
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