Learning From Failure

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Sooner or later it’s something we all must deal with – failure.  How we respond to it and how we learn from it can make a significant difference on the path our career takes. How should we approach failure?  How should we think about it?  Here are a few thoughts on thinking about something we’d… Read more »

How Much Can Employers Dictate Workers’ Appearance?

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While wisdom teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, practicality in the workplace says otherwise. Employers are at odds over the issue of appearance on the job. Today there seems to be an ever broadening palette of choices when it comes to things such as clothing, hairstyle, weight, and yes, body piercing…. Read more »

Reaching Your Goals Step by Step

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Having trouble reaching your goals?  Here are few suggestions for getting where you want to go from Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist. First, be as precise as possible.  When you set a goal to find a new job that you enjoy, for example, you need to specify the exact type of job you want,… Read more »

Today’s Vision of Retirement

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The figures are eye opening. One study shows that close to two-thirds of current workers plan to remain on the job at least one year beyond their expected retirement date. This is an increase of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. And there is more. More than 25 percent of workers today believe they… Read more »

Keys to Reducing Your Time to Hire

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Looking for a new hire in a timely fashion can be a trying experience.  Done properly, filling a vacancy with qualified workers takes a bit of skill to maneuver through the murky waters to which most human resources managers are subjected. Before placing an ad for a vacancy, HR departments should look at their hiring… Read more »

Your First “Real” Job Search and Your Internet Presence

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As employers increasingly use social media as part of their job screening process, job seekers are responding by changing their social networking sites to present a more professional image.  A survey of recent college graduates looking for entry-level positions found that more than one-third of  had changed or planned to change the information on their… Read more »

The Affect of Disrespectful Management on Employee Productivity

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Recent  research by business experts has revealed that relationships between employees and employers has been steadily deteriorating. The study included  almost 200 employees in different areas and looked at the effects that abusive bosses have on their workers.  The researchers compared responses among two groups – those who reported abuse from their bosses on a… Read more »

Wince-Free Networking

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Networking has gotten a bad reputation in some circles because too many people think networking is about only getting a job. Which makes one feel a bit squeamish about the whole thing: “If I’m out of work, I feel like I’m more ‘begging’ than ‘networking.’ But networking, when done well, really is about establishing relationships…. Read more »

Managers Failing to Follow Up on Employee Performance Reviews

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A survey conducted earlier this year found that employees feel they don’t receive enough communication on an ongoing basis regarding their job performance. A small pool of people– about 100 workers — were surveyed and only about 45 percent of them felt that their managers consistently told them how well — or not — they… Read more »

The Right Way to Handle Mistakes on the Job

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It happens to the best of us – making a mistake on the job.  No one is infallible, so at some point, it will happen.  But the question is, after the mistake is made, how do you handle it? The way you handle it will tell others a lot about your character and professionalism.  In… Read more »