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Traditionally, job applications have included resumes and cover letters. The resume is still expected when you apply for a job, but more recruiters are now questioning the need for a cover letter. In fact, a majority of recruiters responding to a recent survey said they did not believe a cover letter is an absolute necessity…. Read more »

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Your letter turning down a job offer will vary depending on your reasons for declining. In all cases, however, you want the letter to be polite and professional. You don’t want to needlessly damage your reputation or burn your bridges with the company. You never know, at some point in the future, you may want… Read more »

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People get a lot of email at work. When you send an email, it becomes one of many that clutter up a person’s inbox. But, naturally, you want your email to be seen and read, preferably in a timely manner. What can you do to make sure your email receives the attention it deserves? Setting… Read more »

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It is a conundrum that has baffled the best business minds since time immemorial, a dilemma of profound importance to business productivity – what is better to use, a to-do list, a calendar, or both? Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Is one better than the other? Would using them together give you the… Read more »

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In an effort to attract job candidates, companies include videos about themselves on their websites, giving information about the company, how it operates, what its mission and goals are, and similar news. Many of the videos are top-shelf. They are professionally made at great expense. Companies are assuming that job candidates will be examining these… Read more »

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More companies are now offering flexible working conditions and schedules for their employees in an effort to attract and retain top talent. Surveys have shown that such flexibility is especially important to younger workers. Giving employees control over their own work conditions does a lot to enhance employee engagement. It has many other benefits as… Read more »

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Good time management is crucial for productivity. It involves planning, organizing, and working efficiently. It begins with goal setting and prioritizing your tasks. Here are a few more tips on how to make the most of your time. 1. Scheduling If some task or activity is important, it should be on your schedule, with a… Read more »

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As everyone knows, a resume is a place to showcase your knowledge and skills. But simply listing or describing your skills is not very persuasive. That is why career counselors recommend using examples of times you used your skills, or using facts and figures to support your claims. For the so-called technical or hard skills,… Read more »

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Giving presentations is an important part of any job. You want your presentations to be effective, to capture the interest of your audience and give them information they can use or make arguments that will persuade. Here are a few ways to do just that. 1. Think about your audience Every good presentation begins with… Read more »

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To progress in your career, you need to excel at your job, to do more than expected, to look beyond just your responsibilities, and to increase your exposure. These are all important, long-term efforts that are essential for career growth. But there are other things you can do as well to help move ahead in… Read more »