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4 Qualities You Really Need in a Work Friend

21. August 2015

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You know what makes a good personal friend. But what makes a good work friend? After all, you’re not trusting them with the darkest secrets of your soul, or needing their help to get through a bad breakup.   Think about it, though. Maybe the qualities of a true friend are basically the same no […]

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5 Tips for Using Facebook to Get Hired

10. August 2015

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Sure, Facebook is where you share what happened on last night’s night on the town and photos of your new kitten. But Facebook can also be a great tool for finding job opportunities and landing an offer.   Control who sees what.   Up to 80% of recruiters now check applicants’ Facebook pages before making a […]

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5 Tricks to Overcoming Your Fear of Networking

7. May 2015

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If the thought of attending a professional networking event strikes terror into your heart, you’re not alone. Even the most socially confident people tremble at the prospect of a room full of strangers who could either help or hinder their career progress, depending on how they present themselves. What’s more, your fear is likely to […]

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What to Do When You’re Out of Ideas for Small Talk

30. April 2015

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There you are at a professional networking event, chatting with new contacts and (hopefully) making a fantastic impression. Suddenly, silence falls. And you can’t think of a thing to say. Awkward!   It’s bad enough if this happens when you’re among friends, but it’s a thousand times worse when you’re with people who could have […]

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3 Better Ways to Interrupt Someone

18. February 2015

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Busy co-workers and supervisors are … well … busy. They may be putting out a “Don’t bother me now” vibe that has stopped you from asking for the help or information you need. Or maybe you’re afraid you’ll come off as not knowing your job if you request their guidance. Rest assured, they would rather […]

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Professional Networking 101

12. February 2015

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You’ve probably read, in this blog and elsewhere, that your network of contacts is an excellent source of news about job opportunities — usually better ones than what shows up on the job boards. But how do you build that network?   Here are some pointers to get your name and face into the minds […]

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Your Next Job Might Be Right Under Your Nose

29. January 2015

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When there’s no room for advancement within your department, do you automatically assume you’ll have to look outside the company to take the next step toward your career goals? If you do, you may be missing some great opportunities.   Look around the other departments for vacant positions that would complement or expand your skill […]

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5 Ways to Get Your Resume the Attention It Deserves

5. January 2015

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Did you know that most recruiters and hiring managers spend 7 seconds or less looking at a resume before deciding whether to put it in the “yes” or “no” pile? So it’s imperative that you make those few seconds count, and craft a resume that stands out from the crowd of dozens, or even hundreds, […]

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How (and Why) to Research a Potential Employer

29. December 2014

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Why should you bother to learn about a company you’ve sent an application to? After all, they’re the ones that should be researching you, right? Wrong.   Nothing makes a better impression on an interviewer than being familiar with his or her company. In fact, you are quite likely to hear the question, “What you […]

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What Your Interview Attire Says About Your Work Ethic

22. December 2014

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There’s a certain type of job hunter who says, “I’m the most brilliant programmer of the century, so it doesn’t matter how I look or act, any company would be lucky to have me.” Don’t let this be you. Like it or not, the possible future employers who interviewing you will be judging your appearance […]

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