Larger Companies Hiring More

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If you are looking for work right now, you may want to take a look at larger companies. Recent poll results show that larger companies – those with 500 employees or more — are more likely to be hiring than smaller companies. But the survey showed that almost 75 percent of companies are doing some… Read more »

Planning for a Layoff

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Although getting laid off can be a traumatic experience, experts say you shouldn’t panic. You need to be calm and levelheaded to plan a course of action for while you are unemployed and to plan a strategy for finding another job. There are several things you can do to help yourself get through this tough… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Realistic Optimism

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A lot of self-help books and motivational speakers have a simple message when it comes to optimism – if you believe in yourself, then you will achieve success.  But there is one problem with this little mantra, according to psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson – it’s not true. The focus on achieving success almost effortlessly, if… Read more »

The Importance of Setting Small Goals When Working Toward Large Goals

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When you are facing a really big, complex challenge, it may look impossible to achieve. But before becoming too discouraged, the best course to take may be to break the project down into a series of small tasks, to make it more manageable. Each task then has a specific, achievable goal. By doing this, you… Read more »

Ethical Business Practices: Is Your Company One of the “Good Guys”?

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Enron. Worldcom. The Wall Street meltdown. These are all some of the more noteworthy examples of corporate skullduggery, a lack of regard of and concern for ethical behavior. But some business experts see these examples as the exception more than the rule.  There are thousands of companies with millions of employees who do the right… Read more »