Rebounding from Big Career Failures

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In work, as in life, there inevitably will be failure along with success. Some failures are more spectacular than others, ones we think we may never recover from. Losing a job could fall into this category. Perhaps you lost a job because of a major mistake. It may seem as if you’ll never recover from… Read more »

Taking a Job for Which You’re Overqualified

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You are out of work and actively looking for a job. You have had an offer, but it’s something you are not thrilled about. You are way overqualified for it, and it doesn’t pay nearly as much as you had been making. What should you do? Some would counsel passing on the offer. It is… Read more »

How to Handle Resignations

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As with any business, occasionally you will have employees resign for any one of a number of reasons. When this happens it raises issues with how to handle the resignation, such as how to announce it, and when. If the employee has not submitted the resignation in writing, you need first of all to get… Read more »

Prepping for the Most Important Part of the Job Search: The Interview

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When hiring for a job, it is the interview that is the most important element in the process for companies. But all too often job candidates do little, if any, preparation for the interview which, given its significance, is a serious mistake. Personnel is the biggest expense for employers, so in hiring a new person,… Read more »

Job Search Tips for Recent College Grads

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If you are a recent college graduate, you no doubt know that now is an exceptionally tough time to enter the job market. The unemployment rate is remaining stubbornly high at more than nine percent. That means there are a lot of unemployed people looking for work. So, even experienced workers are taking entry-level positions,… Read more »

The Art of Dressing for a Job Interview

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When it comes to job interviews, there are plenty of things to think about, from the introduction, to your answers, to your enthusiasm. But in running through your job interview checklist, don’t forget about how you dress. It is one of the first impressions you will make walking through the door. If you are not… Read more »

Don’t Burn Your Bridges: The Art of Declining a Job Offer

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Sounds like the kind of “problem”  we all wish we have in this economy – feeling that we should decline a job offer. Yet declining a job offer the wrong way can have an adverse impact on your career. Here’s how to decline an offer the right way. Thank the hiring manager for the offer…. Read more »

The Strategic Use of Contingent Labor

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In the past, contingent workers were looked at as last-minute, stop-gap measures, something to plug a hole to keep things running. But that is not the case any longer. Companies are using contingent workers in increasing numbers for all kinds of jobs, integrating them into their business operations like never before. As this process has… Read more »

Looking Forward or Looking Back: Which Motivates Best?

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Do you start projects with great gusto, work consistently for a few hours or days and then peter out as the project continues, losing interest and steam? Many people are just like you, paying attention to the beginning of a task but ignoring its ending. We lose focus. We procrastinate, missing deadlines. So how can… Read more »

Knowing When to Pull the Plug

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In business and elsewhere, we sometimes get into a situation where we find that the methods or strategy we are using aren’t working. When this happens, it is often difficult to admit failure and try something different. This has been evident with the military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, where inappropriate strategy led to cries… Read more »