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 »

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 »

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 »

Work, Money and Success

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The pursuit of wealth is something we are all actively engaged in – after all, it’s part of what we define as the American Dream.  Yet, all too often we see news stories about people whose lust for wealth leads them to do stupid, unethical and even criminal things. Some of the more well-known stories… Read more »

Wisdom and Leadership

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In the uncertain and fast-changing world in which we live, business executives are especially challenged.  They need to keep up with new technology, demographic changes, and rapidly changing economic conditions. Another area presenting a big challenge to leaders is in that of values and ethics.  With short-term thinking dominating the business climate, looking at the… Read more »

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 »

Amount of Vacation Taken Depends on Employee Level

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Just where an employee stands in a company’s pecking order could well determine when and how that worker spends his or her vacation time. Throw technological advances in communications into the mix and many of today’s vacationing executives can be instantly contacted regardless of where they are. Studies show that there is a definite difference… 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 »

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 »