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    Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (Second Example)

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (Second Example) 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: I have been most impressed by your work with community service organizations in Philadelphia. Indeed, the ...
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    Sample Thank-You Letter for an Informational Interview

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Thank-You Letter for an Informational Interview 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: Our meeting yesterday was truly informative and extremely useful in helping me clarify various concerns regarding careers ...
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    The Work-Love Triangle

    The Work-Love Triangle
    Katina Paron recalls the affair responsible for creating tension in her relationship with longtime boyfriend Will Turnage. Instead of coming in late, flushed and reeking of cologne after a long dinner with "friends," Paron was hardly ever coming home at all. And when she found time to be with Turnage, she had another relationship on her mind: The one with her ...
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    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers

    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers
    Many professional women intend to ramp their careers back up after taking a planned break from the workforce to raise their children. If you're one of these "sequencing" moms, how can you ease your transition back to the world of meetings and memos after you've spent the last year -- or the last 10 -- reading more Dr. Seuss than Wall ...
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    Hispanics/Latinos in Legal Careers

    Hispanics/Latinos in Legal Careers
    Not every lawyer's career is the same. Many freshly minted attorneys use their degrees as a gateway to different kinds of legal careers. Three typical paths, as illustrated here by a trio of Hispanic/Latino lawyers, are the pursuit of a partnership in an established law firm, nonprofit work or setting up an entrepreneurial practice. Each has found a niche by focusing ...
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    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good

    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good
    Boost Your Career While Giving Back to the GLBT Community  I was 28 years old and making decent money in a bookkeeping job with lots of possibilities for promotion. Yet what I really wanted was to become a writer. No matter how much I tried to break out of the path I had carved for myself, every interviewer took one ...
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    Rural Healthcare Jobs in the American Indian Community

    Rural Healthcare Jobs in the American Indian Community
    For more than a century, American Indians have been significantly more vulnerable to illness and disease than other Americans. A dearth of nurses and doctors on or near far-flung, sparsely populated reservations makes it difficult for American Indians to take care of their most basic health needs. And the caregivers they do find may lack understanding of tribal cultures and traditional ...
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    Formality Has a Place in the Diverse Workplace

    Formality Has a Place in the Diverse Workplace
    Traditional forms of etiquette seem antique in our increasingly casual workplaces. It's as if casual behavior arrived at work on the coattails -- or I should say, khaki cuffs -- of casual dress codes and has never left. Most of us are happy about that, but there are times when formality communicates a form of respect that is vital to successful ...
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    Positive Bias Is Dangerous, Too

    Positive Bias Is Dangerous, Too
    Bias is alive and well in the American workplace. Although blatant examples of discrimination, racism and sexism are thankfully rare, subtle assumptions still exist about individuals based on the group to which they belong. These assumptions cause that quiet voice inside us to say, "I know you; I know all about you; I've met someone like you before," when we meet ...
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    Understand Different Religions at Work

    Understand Different Religions at Work
    In many workplaces, it's impolite to talk about religion. But in a nation that becomes more diverse every day, even the smallest company probably includes people of various religions, and when you work closely with others, it's natural to be curious about different practices. Here are some basic facts: Culturally Significant Dress Muslim women dress modestly in public. The Koran prescribes ...
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    Motivating Employees from Other Cultures

    Motivating Employees from Other Cultures
    Differences in cultural values require extra skill when attempting to motivate changes in behavior. Managers need to accurately interpret the situation and design a strategy that fits an individual's values and needs. This process is fairly straightforward when working with people of similar backgrounds, but is much more difficult when attempting to understand and motivate employees whose values and backgrounds may ...
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    Top Resources for Business Writing

    Top Resources for Business Writing
    For many of us, business writing can be a stumbling block on the road to professional success. Fortunately, you can keep a number of excellent references handy to help you become the office Hemingway. Here are a few suggestions. The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune 500 by ...
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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. ...
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    Four Tips for Volunteering at Your Local School

    One thing almost every school has in common these days is figuring out how to provide a quality education despite budget cuts. The days of GOOD currently produces a website, videos, live events, and a print magazine. Launched in September 2006, the company has garnered praise for its unique editorial perspective and fresh visual aesthetic and is quickly positioning itself ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 ...