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A company I was working with posted an administrative job internally. It wasn’t the most exciting position but it had exposure to top level managers. It was a good step up ...
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Resumes.  You have to have one to get a job, since that’s the first thing a company will ask for.  What have you done?  Who did you work for in the ...
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With really good jobs highly competitive, you’d have to be crazy to turn down a job offer.  Or would you?  Sure, you need a paycheck, and jobs don’t come ...
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Finding a great job is one thing, but finding a great job that allows you to travel abroad can be a real dream come true.  Traveling for work means your employer pays for ...
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The holidays are coming!  Now is the time to prepare and make a game plan for attending the holiday office party.  There are a lot of pitfalls to avoid, and most of them ...
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If you are thinking of taking a vacation, you may want to check one of the online rating sites to see what other travelers think of the accommodations, airlines or car rental ...
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A lot of companies are laying off employees, slashing salaries or just not giving annual increases like they did in years past. It's one thing when an employee is the victim of a ...
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At some point, if the preliminary interview goes well, you may get a call to catch a plane for an interview at the Corporate Office in another state or country. Aside from being ...
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Employers are always looking for the perfect interview question to stump a potential employee. There have been lots of articles written on finding the perfect interview ...
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Everyone would like to be happy.  What happy means varies from person to person, but whatever it is, it’s a goal worth setting and achieving.Happiness makes life ...
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Scott Adams, the creator of the wildly, wacky Dilbert cartoon series about the workplace, knows a little bit about failure and success. His cartoons were rejected by some of the ...
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Studies have shown that job satisfaction, the right corporate culture, and being recognized, even for small achievements, can be more personally rewarding than a high salary. So ...
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The holidays are filled with traditions. Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings. Hot cocoa and apple picking at the orchards. Hayrides, harvest moons and Black Friday. ...
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“Everyone loves a winner.”  That’s an old phrase, but true.  How many runners-up are remembered?    Regardless of the nature of the ...
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While anyone can learn how to do just about anything with a little training and practice, some people are naturally better than others. The younger generation grew up with ...
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What can you learn about Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, for building a successful career?  If you want to be an effective leader, stop making people like you.  Some ...
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By the time you graduate from college or earn a technical degree, you should have a good idea of your career goal. Why spend four or six years in college getting a degree or two ...
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If you’re recently out of school and took the first job you could get (to get out of your parents’ house) you’re probably asking yourself if you made the right ...
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Unless you’ve been living in a cave or slept through Management 101 in college, you’ve heard about how important it is to set S-M-A-R-T goals. Specific. Measurable. ...
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I think we've all been trapped at a job that we hated at some point in our careers. These days, it's becoming almost insane to consider leaving a job, even one that you hate so ...
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Lately, I heard people referring to the new group of young, twenty-somethings as the “Boomerang Generation.” The name is, of course, based on the growing trend of ...
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Your Monday blahs are getting worse and worse. You dread going to work. It’s boring. You need more than coffee to keep you energized. You’re downing Red Bulls at 10:30 ...
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When you're attempting to build a career, rather than just find another job, it's important to have a strategic career building strategy. One of the key components of a good ...
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You’re one of the lucky ones. You got the job you wanted. It’s been smooth sailing so far. The boss likes you. You’re simpatico with your coworkers. You’re ...
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 This quote is from a book for men that deals with how to make the best of impressions that was written in 1884. While the wording might be a little old fashioned, the ...
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It's the dog days of summer and between the oppressive heat and overwhelming humidity, even the most heat-loving of people are getting tired of being sweaty, over heated and just ...
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We've all seen movies about flesh eating zombies. Whether you prefer walkers or Nemesis, there's no denying that over the past couple of years the idea of a zombie apocalypse is ...
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The sun is shining and people across the country are planning days at the beach and looking forward to their summer vacation. Both kids and adults can enroll in summer camps and ...
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Over the past five years or so, an increasing number of companies have begun offering work-from-home opportunities or have instituted policies that allow employees to telecommute ...
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“If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is” has to be one of the most useful pieces of advice any online job seeker could hear. Even though we know that ...
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Help Wanted – Must be currently employed. It's the fine print that can kill many job seeker's hopes and it doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Over the past ...
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Balancing the demands of home life and work life is really hard. In fact, it's so hard that simply saying “it's really hard” is probably the mother of all ...
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These days, it's hard for anyone to find a job, but for those who have a criminal record, it's much more difficult. Although many states, like New York, have passed laws that ...
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There is no mystery to reaching goals. You say what you want and then you do the work to get there. If you do the work on a consistent basis, your chances of being successful ...
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This week, I've been thinking about talent and how easily it can be wasted. We tend to put way too much emphasis on talent, rather than hard work, because just having talent isn't ...
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I think that most of us have found ourselves working at a job that isn't right for us. When this happens, it can seem that no matter how hard you try, you just can't succeed. Most ...
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For many of us, the beginning of the week is the time when we are the most motivated and the most productive. Wednesday, however, is when things start going downhill. It's the ...
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Playing video games can be a great way to relax, but did you know that playing MMO games like “World of Warcraft” can actually be good for your career? It might sound ...
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Whether you work in a traditional cubicle or an open concept office, when you spend the majority of your day at your desk facing a computer screen, it's easy to forget that you ...
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It's a common belief that the hardest working, most dedicated employees are the people who are the most devoted to their careers and that they are the happiest about what they do. ...
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When you're looking for a job and not getting results as quickly as you like, it can cause you to doubt yourself and it can almost drive you insane. Finding a job is hard work. ...
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Well, spring is finally here. After a long and snowy winter, I've been so happy and excited to see the robins, a sure sign that warmer weather is on the way, outside hopping ...
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Working on a team project, whether it's for your job, a college course or a volunteer program, can sometimes be a challenge. Any time you combine a group of people with different ...
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Often in our professional lives, it's appropriate to say “Thank you” to those who have gone above and beyond to help us. The problem is that most of us don't say it ...
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There are many “facts” about finding a job that people – typically those lucky people who haven't actually had to find a job in over a decade – repeat to ...
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For most people, there simply aren't enough hours in the day. Especially when you have children and other family obligations, those hours that you used to spend at work are ...
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What are you afraid of? Losing a job? Not getting a new one?  Afraid that your workload will never decrease? Or, you'll be stuck with a boss or a co-worker you cannot spend ...
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Are you angry about your career? If you are, it's okay to feel that way. Today's workplace and job market can give you a lot to be angry about. When you send out resumes and ...
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Whenever I've had the chance to talk with other job seekers, I'm always amazed at how often I hear people say that there simply aren't any jobs available, and no matter how hard ...
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Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is such an amazing time. Everyone is filled with anticipation and optimism, and with that feeling comes the infamous New Year's ...
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It's hard to believe that it's already January 2013. Where did the last year go? For most people, the transition to a new year is the time to look back and reflect on the things ...
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When I talk with people who are out of work, it's heartbreaking to hear how much they are suffering from their lack of income. When you don't have a way to make money, doing all ...
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  I'm not sure if it's just me, but falling back an hour due to the daylight savings time adjustment, combined with the weather getting colder, has made me feel lazy and less ...
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There are few experiences as miserable as being unhappy at work. When you're in this situation, the anxiety, stress and pressure can make you less productive, less motivated and ...
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This past week, we took time out of our day to celebrate National Boss’s Day. Celebrated on October 16th, it was a day to say thank you to your boss and recognize what a ...
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Searching for a new job is never easy. Even if you already have a job, finding the job that's right for you takes a whole lot of time, hard work and perseverance. When you're out ...
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Now that fall is settling in, I've been feeling stuck in a creative rut. I began thinking about it and I realized that while we all accept the idea of spring cleaning in order to ...
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We all know that it's better to have a positive attitude than a negative one, but did you know that September 13th is National Positive Thinking Day? Don't feel bad, I didn't ...
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Do you start your day with a long list of things to get done and go to bed without having accomplished even half of them? Between dealing with the kids and taking care of ...
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If you're like me, your first hour of work is usually not very productive. Typically, I spend it drinking a cup of coffee (or two) and trying to gather my thoughts for the day. ...
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In this difficult job market, you would think that those who have a job would be happy to be employed and working hard to keep their job. The economy has put some employees in ...
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Noticing patterns and predicting how people react can be the difference between a good employee and a great employee. Taking the time to learn what makes other people in the work ...
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Successful job seekers know how to prepare for an interview. They dress to the nines, come prepared with questions about the company, and are eager to exhibit their ...
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 Today I want to discuss choices; specifically the pain that can happen when any of us make a choice in careers that leaves us unsatisfied.   Now the two choices ...
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Have you ever felt like a complete failure? I have. In fact, over the past two weeks I've had a crash course in failures, both small and large. Although there are plenty of ...
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When I opened up my email this week, I found out that some changes were going to be made at my job.  My first reaction upon reading the email was a bit of panic, followed by ...
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 Do you find yourself struggling to get tasks completed only to be constantly distracted? It doesn’t make you very productive if you keep starting and changing projects ...
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The healthcare industry is booming right now and it’s expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades.  According to government sources, healthcare spending in ...
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So, you've been out of work for a long time and still aren't getting job offers? Are you ready to give up? If so, you aren't alone. There are lots of people in the same situation. ...
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Being stuck in an entry-level job is discouraging, but there are ways to use the tools you use everyday to help you get a promotion and put your career into high gear. Especially ...
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Regardless of how you feel about the Olympics, there is no denying that watching feats of strength and countries coming together brings out the best in people. Even if ...
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  It’s a tough question to answer, particularly in today’s job market.  Many job seekers are simply tempted to answer, “I’ll be glad to finally ...
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It is easy with today’s economy and career environment to feel less than enthusiastic about your job or career path in general. People fall into jobs and after an amount of ...
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Social media is a growing resource for job seekers looking for new opportunities to help you land your ideal job.  As a career coach, one of the best pieces of advice I have ...
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Interviews are stressful enough, don't make them worse by not going in prepared. After all, if you're going to go through the trouble of finding a great job opening, applying for ...
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 Last week, I focused on how to stay positive during unemployment. This week, I’ll focus on some networking ideas that you may not have tried yet. When you feel like ...
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I know we have all had jobs we hated and couldn’t wait to move on from.  But the one job that I couldn’t wait to move on from was being the manager of a ...
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Are you angry? Angry about the economy, your career, job, or boss? Angry that things are not going your way in your career, as planned, or expected? There could be a lot to ...
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 I have really enjoyed reading the different perspectives about unemployment from the Beyond.com writers. I like hearing tips other people have or hearing advice, but as I ...
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You beat the odds in this upside down economy.  You not only held on to your job but got that promotion you wanted. The salary’s good, the perks are nice. The last ...
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  I don’t need to tell you that times are tough and good jobs are scarce. So if you have a job, the goal is to keep it. And if you’re sure you’re going to ...
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In the past, I think it was more likely for people to hide the fact that they were currently unemployed. Many people may feel embarrassed about it; but with the unemployment rate ...
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In the current job market, those of us who are lucky enough to have good jobs have to work harder and longer just to keep them. In fact, job insecurity is a growing problem in our ...
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For most athletes, going to the Olympics is a dream come true. It means that you have achieved something and that you are worthy of competing for your country against the best of ...
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 I love July and Independence Day. It’s great to celebrate the tremendous blessing that it is to live in a free country like America and remember everyone who worked ...
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 One of the most important components of a job search is salary.  Everyone likes the big numbers.  One of my favorite answers to the question, “What are your ...
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 Many employment experts will tell you the worst thing you can do in an interview is show up late or not at all. However it seems there is an acceptable excuse for tardiness ...
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 I’ve seen reports that the job market is picking up and companies are starting to hire again.  That’s great news, especially if your phone has not  ...
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 Last week I wrote about 4 Good Reasons to Turn Down Job. This week I want to discuss the flip side, when we decide to take a job for all the wrong reasons. It may sound ...
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 On numerous occasions, I have been told that my self-confidence helps me in interviews, face-to-face meetings, and at networking events. I have to admit that I have always ...
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In last week’s part one on this topic I looked briefly at what constitutes a career that gives satisfaction to most people, and the importance of and some general ways to ...
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 Who would think that having more than one job offer would be a problem?  Any offer is welcome in this tough job market.  If you’re sending out lots of ...
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My father was a great man and a hard worker. He wasn’t rich, but the riches he shared about the working world and finding work have served me well in my career. Some ...
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 When you’ve been unemployed or underemployed for an extended duration it’s easy to jump on any opportunity that arises without question. It may seem like a ...
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Almost everyone would rather be doing something other than working, but we know we must. But the work you do – do you love it? Do you at least enjoy it enough to not despise ...
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You went out last night and stayed up too late. Now, it's time for work and you barely have the energy to get out of bed. Sound familiar? Hopefully, not too familiar, but let's be ...
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Are you content with your current position in your career? Do you have goals for advancement and a definite plan to push towards and achieve that goal in a set time-frame? Many ...
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 In this day and age, the push for a college education is talked about before even completing middle school.  But how about those people who can’t afford to go to ...
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 Isolation, disengagement and too much idle time are the enemies of self-esteem and a positive attitude.   Add prolonged unemployment and you have a perfect storm ...
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Are you frustrated in your career? Not where you thought you would be or want to be currently? Frustration is normal in today's economy. Who can blame anyone for being upset? ...
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 Stop!  Don’t apply for one more job until you complete this exercise.  If you’ve been looking for a job awhile, you know how frustrating and ...
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 Almost everyone has a bucket list of things they want to do before they die. Even if they haven’t written it down it’s etched in the back of their brain ...
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At first glance, self-motivation seems simple. Just buckle down and get the things you need to do done. Cultivate iron willpower and use it unfailingly. And, if you still end up ...
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A common question asked by many young men and women seeking a career in the military as officers is, “What should I major in?” I heard this many times when I served ...
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about career advice that is out-of-date and not all that helpful, but I started thinking about how those little gems, the ones that never go away, had ...
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Donald Trump has often been heard giving this advice to his young minions seeking financial success,  “Do what you love, find your passion and success will ...
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Having someone who is older, wiser or just more successful than you spend some time helping you achieve your goals is a great way to get to the next level in your career. It's ...
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If you have experienced a career disaster, it has most likely led to one of several possible outcomes: getting laid off, fired or early resignation. There are of course many ...
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Not getting what you want in your career these days?Are the resumes you've been sending not getting a response? Are your phone calls or e-mail not getting replies? Are your ...
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During the stressful process of looking for a job, it helps to try to bring as much positive energy into it as possible. Although the practice of fung shui (the art of arranging ...
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I remember little of my college graduation. I remember it feeling long and that I was pleased I could sit next to a good friend. I think my mom remembers that I didn’t seem ...
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 It is important to be practical in a career choice.  It’s even good to realize limitations and strive to set up a plan to overcome them.  You can even set up ...
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  Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, helped the 38-year-old actress and mother of two sculpt a bikini body America’s Next Top Model would love. ...
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  It's the age-old question: Stay put at your existing job or leave to advance your career?   If your current job has clear guideposts for advancement  and ...
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  You're making your way to the top of the administrative ladder. And you realize that with every rung, you leave behind more business associates. Suddenly, there are fewer ...
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In drizzling rain, we waited in line to pick up our tickets to Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour! Even though we traveled to Radio City Music Hall on a Saturday to get tickets for ...
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Is there something you've done in your career that you feel bad about? Did you make decisions or recommendations that resulted in the loss of your job or someone else's? Did you ...
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What would you do if you were approached by a secret online group of workplace activists who said vulture capitalists had rigged the job market against you?  And, how would ...
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 Unemployment is afflicting people across the country. It’s easy to get depressed or disheartened striving to re-enter the workforce especially after a long-term ...
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 When I left off on my last blog I had put on a suit and was going down to apply for a job that was more in line with what I wanted even though I had been hired that day by ...
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 Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated and keep focused on your goals. Sometimes, when I am feeling discouraged or ready to throw in the towel, I try to take a moment and ...
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One of the things that holds many of us back, in our careers and our lives, is fear. For one, fear is so hard to define. Sometimes it's just a quiet voice that tells us that we ...
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There are so many books about the habits of successful people or ways to influence people. If you went to any book store and browsed around the self help section, you might think ...
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When you're preparing for an interview, it's easy to focus on all the things you want to say and how you want to say them. Practicing your answers as you go is a great way to ...
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 This is a continuation of my blog on climbing the gently sloping career ladder.   I retired at 50, and it is my hope that my story will help you in your job ...
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 An article in Forbes.com on April 4, 2012 announced that Yahoo will lay off 2,000 of its 14,000 workers.  One out of seven Yahoo employees will get a pink slip, while ...
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If you are new to a career, or switching careers, writing a career goal and objections section in your resume may be desired. If you are already experienced in your field, ...
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Being unemployed is rarely what one might call “having a good time,” though on the other hand some people feel like it is the “end of the world.” Dealing ...
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 I started my career in fast food.  It was just to make money in college.  Not cutting it at college in my youth, though I seemed to always know where the beer was ...
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  So you want to work in water quality management. You’ll be happy to know that the career outlook for hydrologists and water resources specialists is excellent. ...
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         What good does certification do for your job advancement?  What benefits, if any, does it reap?  With the job market shrinking and the ...
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 A couple of days ago, I was in my car and turned on my favorite talk radio station, only to hear Dave Ramsey, the Total Money Makeover guy, screaming at the top of his ...
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Recent reports show that the unemployment rate in the country has actually improved a small amount as of January, at least in forty-five states that is. New York saw an increase ...
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Do you have career dreams or wishes that you want to come true, but when you tell people your thoughts they have no idea what you are saying? Or, they understand your words, but ...
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In my posting of part one, I looked briefly at some of the potential symptoms and causes that could be behind a drop in motivation at work, and in this part I would like to look ...
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 You may think this is a strange title for a blog about a job search.  Kind of rubbing it in when the phone isn’t ringing or there are no job offers to ...
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There is almost nothing as frustrating as going to work day after day to a job that you have very little motivation to accomplish. So many people take a job just for the sake of ...
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 I worked with an executive-level client about six months ago who, out of necessity, took a lower-paying, hourly job to pay the bills.  For the last 10 years he ...
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When you're looking for a new job or trying to get a promotion at work, it's important to be a good employee. The problem is that it can be really hard to know exactly what it ...
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  Everything has a value.  Value is whatever you think something or someone is worth.  If you know what your true value is in the workplace, then you can ...
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Some people talk about "belief" as this thing that only works for people who are successful. Ask these successful people what drives their success, and they'll often ...
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Over the past couple of decades, the job market has changed tremendously. Even if you look at the last five years, you'll see that there are jobs today that we never would have ...
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Many people I speak with tell me they want to make a difference. They want to contribute at work, do more, and make an impact in their career. But when asked if they are making ...
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Every January, many people reevaluate short term and long term goals and inevitably lose motivation for certain aspects of goals before the winter is over. Since changing ...
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What makes people successful.We all know people who seem to have a "golden touch". It's as though whatever they decided to do becomes a success. The question is, why is ...
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People come to me all the time because they are unhappy in their careers and are not sure what to do about it. They tell me the reasons they don't have what they want; the ...
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Making resolutions that last.At the beginning of the year, most of us try to make resolutions that will improve our lives and help us reach our long term goals. Whether your goal ...
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I know what it feels like to be trapped in a career. You dread going to work, but believe you have no options. You dream of greater things, but don't know or don't believe you can ...
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Have you ever wondered why it always seems that other people are better at reaching goals? Is it because they have more talent and better skills than you? Surprisingly, the ...
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Cover of Dwight D. EisenhowerHelping you get motivated in your sales career.When you are working in sales, one of the hardest things is staying motivated and helping to lead your ...
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 With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, I realized that we all have been touched by an Apple product in some way. Whether it be our Ipod ...
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As the season changes and the weather turns cool and rainy it’s easy to feel like you’re slipping into a job seeking slump. It may sound too simple but you can help ...
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Well in many parts of the country the days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting lower and the desire to get out of bed and do something productive is becoming more and ...
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Choosing the career one wants to pursue is a decision that some make much earlier than others. Of course there is really no specific time at which you must make the decision to ...
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It happens time and again. Someone loses their job but it's not the specific job they are upset about losing, it is the fact that they are now jobless. Many people hold jobs that ...
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Often I will tell the CEOs and individuals that I coach, “If you can put on paper what you want to accomplish each day, it is half done.” In other words, by making ...
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Many people believe that outside perceptions shape their career, and if others had a better view of them, they would be further along in their career. The truth is that your ...
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I recently posted a question in various Linked In groups and posed the question "What are your Career goals for 2011?" Among the many things I heard about, a common theme among ...
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Most people look for approval from the outside. They want to feel good about their choices and career path. They want validation that they are doing the right things at the right ...
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One of the most important ingredients to a successful career is to have a plan to continue your professional development. While many companies will have some form of in-house ...
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Everyone is afraid of something. And, fear is normal. Without fear we would do all sorts of crazy things like walk off a cliff or into oncoming traffic. Fear can also hold you ...
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Ranstad recently completed a nation-wide survey of employees measuring a number of aspects having to do with salary, benefit, work conditions and expectations they have for this ...
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Are you working on your career goals regularly or just thinking about them? Are you moving forward a little bit every day or waiting for the right time to begin? Goals don't ...
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Lewis Timberlakes tells the story of a young man who walked across the auditorium floor to receive his high school diploma at Binger High School in Binger, Oklahoma. As the ...
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A few years ago, a man came to me who ran a very successful small business. He was able to talk to individual customers easily, but when it came to speaking in front of groups, ...
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After all the hard work and effort, you finely landed the job. The anxiety about what’s going to happen next is gone and you’re relieved that you can stop updating your resume. ...
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In economic uncertainty, there are plenty of people, businesses and experts who will play the devil’s advocate about heading into the job market. However, like starting an ...
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Have you gotten to the point where you are ready to quit trying to find the career of yourdreams? This is not uncommon if you find yourself struggling to stay positive about ...
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Brian Tracy, success speaker, mentions, in one of his programs, an interview with one of America’s wealthiest men. The great oil man and billionaire, Bunker Hunt, was once ...
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The New Year is almost here, and it is time for the annual making of resolutions. For most people, the close of the year is a great time to plan what achievements are the most ...
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In my last article I discussed how you already use a form of visualization whenever you worry about something. I also mentioned that the first step to using visualization to get ...
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One of the most powerful tools you can use to create your next job is visualization. This art of creating your future by seeing it in your mind before it has happened has been ...
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“I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the ...
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A number of years ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon my wife and I attended a Detroit Tiger baseball game. We were seated in the left field stands watching the game, when a little ...
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Following your own path and chasing your dreams can be scary, risky and the most fulfilling thing that you will ever do. The problem is, the people who care about you and whose ...
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We were so geared up for the new millenium and in what will seem like a blink of an eye, we will be are already looking at the end of 2010. As usual, proactive professionals will ...
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Something I learned about many years ago from a motivational speaker by the name of Michael Wickett was a treasure map book. A treasure map book is a tool you can use to help you ...
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One of my favorite sayings is "when you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail". This simple piece of advice rings true in all of our personal and professional ...
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We are an instant gratification society. We are accustomed to Instant access to food, drink, and our favorite TV programs. Instant access to books, newspapers, and information. ...
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There was once a time when I thought “Office Politics” was tantamount to a dirty word. It was something low, underhanded and potentially unethical. If this sounds familiar, I’m ...
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Are you one of the millions of unemployed looking for a job? Are you sending your resume out for everything and not getting any responses? Do you feel like you are chasing your ...
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When you begin to think about your next construction job, think outside the box. Where do you want to be five or ten years from now? How much do you want to be earning? ...
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The economic crisis has been difficult for everybody. Many people are out of work. People who have kept their jobs are grateful, but they must complete more work with fewer ...
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Look around you. Some people that you work with today may be your boss tomorrow. Isn’t it funny how some professionals can easily climb the corporate ladder while others never ...
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Given the current unemployment rate, if you asked a job seeker what motivates them most when searching for a new job, one would think the answer would be “the fact that I need a ...
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Finding work in today's economy takes motivation, determination, and networking like never before. With so many people collecting unemployment and frustrations running high, it is ...
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Are you looking for the next great position, but can’t seem to find a job that matches your qualifications – or what you’re looking for in a position? This can be a tough position ...
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How did I get here? How did this happen to me? These are crucial questions I get from clients on a regular basis. In addition, why did my career seem so certain one day, yet ...
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As a career coach, people are always talking to me about their careers. We discuss their dreams, wishes, and future plans. But when I ask some of these people how they will ...
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It’s that time of year when we start looking towards the New Year and wondering what it has in store for us. When it comes to our career, the New Year is the time when we often ...
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Another year has gone by. For some of you, it was filled with challenges. For others, the year brought some surprises. Wherever you are today, you are here because you said by ...
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Are you in a career that you dislike but you feel there is nothing you can do about it? Many of us stay in our careers (and jobs) longer than we want because we are unsure ...
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While you might have been to job fairs when you were just starting out, you've probably tended to ignore them as your career has improved. But now, a job fair may have just popped ...
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With the national unemployment rate at a 26-year high and more than 6.9 million jobs lost in the first eight months of 2009, it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. ...
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It's hard to get excited about our careers sometimes. Especially when bad news surrounds us. Between high unemployment, low morale, and reduced compensation, who can blame you for ...
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5 More Job Search Tips that Work to Help You Land a Job You'll Love - Part 2 In the last article - 5 Job Tips - How to Find a GREAT New Job you dug deep into the real you and ...
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Laying the groundwork Job hunting can be tough. Whether you just started looking for a job or you've been searching for jobs for months No matter where you are in your job ...
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Kids believe in the best. Adults expect the worst so they won't be disappointed. As a mother of a toddler son, I watch a lot of kid's shows. What strikes me about these shows ...
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1. Ask for more projects. I know this may sound like a crazy idea, and you might already be overloaded, but I knew a colleague in IT that had asked for additional projects and she ...
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With unemployment now exceeding 10 percent in many states, the thought of working abroad is appealing to a greater number of jobseekers. Expanding a job search beyond the United ...
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Lost jobs. Lost homes. Lost hope. It's in the headlines, it's on the news, and it's in our day-to-day conversations with people we care about: family, friends, co-workers, ...
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Although each woman may phrase her reasons for wanting to return to work slightly differently, we've identified seven major motivators for relaunching, with many women ...
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Aren’t we all envious of those people who are not only able to figure what their dream career is, but have the guts to actually pursue it? If all people were able to do the same, ...
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In searching for a life partner, one will pay close attention to see if the other person’s personality is compatible with him/her. For example, if you are someone with a short ...
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Finding work that you love, that also meets your financial needs, doesn't happen by accident. It requires a well-thought plan of action and an intense level of commitment. So ...
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With the New Year upon us, people across the country are making resolutions and setting goals for 2009. In a recent poll of more than 2,200 business professionals across the ...
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College can be an exciting time. You have the opportunity to mature as a person, develop great friendships, and start determining what you want to accomplish in your life. As ...
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Achieving impressive, but consistent, career growth is every professional's dream. Yet, many believe that aiming for professional success is a difficult undertaking that often ...
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Your career has its ups and downs. We all have or have had career slumps and they do pass. If you are feeling "slumpish" these days, know that you will look back one day and ...
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We know that goal setting is very important for setting up our direction and finally shaping our life. It is however not known to many people that the goals need to be set in the ...
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Do you have a job that’s just like everyone else’s? Are you looking for a nine-to-five…but wish you weren’t? Do you wish there was another option, one ...
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The New Year is upon us, and for many people it brings fresh ambition to achieve new personal and professional goals. However, for some, the task of making changes in the New Year ...
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Job search success doesn't just happen. You need to make it happen! But what a wonderful future awaits you when you do. A new job ... greater work satisfaction ... a bigger ...
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A Golf Ball in High Weeds I’m sure you’ve felt it at some point in your life that disoriented feeling. You thought you knew exactly where you were and where you were headed. ...
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Now may be the time to develop a second income and avoid some of the financial insecurities that come with a credit crunch, falling home prices, and a volatile stock market. We ...
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The word for confidence in Gaelic is muinín (pronounced muneen), and it is also the word for trust. The English dictionary definition of confidence is "firm trust," "a feeling of ...
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If you were to walk down the street and ask every person you met, “Do you want to love your job and your life?” the obvious answer would be a resounding, “Yes!” The follow up ...
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Are you working on your career goals or just going through the motions? Are you “in” one day and “out” the next? Are you waiting for your goals to inspire and motivate you, and ...
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What does goal setting refer to in a career context? In a career context, goal setting can refer to several different things depending on your overall goals (obviously!) and ...
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As I conduct my Time Management Seminars all over, my audiences consistently tell me they want more out of life. Almost everyone I speak with has a yearning for improving several ...
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One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence.Once you have determined exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you must take massive action on a ...
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If you still picture a steady progression up the ladder when you think of your career goals, it is time to shift your thinking. For most people, climbing the career ladder is ...

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