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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    Have What It Takes to be a Personal Chef?

    Have What It Takes to be a Personal Chef?
    Last time, I attempted to shed light on the mysterious nature of that elusive breed of kitchen ninja known as the Personal Chef. This time around, I’d like to delve more deeply into the components that make up said creature, because I’m sure it’s something of a mystery as well. The primary ingredient, I believe, is a particular sort of motivation. ...
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    Why You Should Learn Spanish

    Why You Should Learn Spanish
    You're an international food marketer. You call a colleague, supervisor or supplier in Latin America or Spain. The only foreign word you know is hola, but when the receptionist answers the phone speaking machine gun-rapid Spanish, you don't panic. You ask to be transferred to Mr. So-and-So. "Just a minute, sir. I'll put you through," the receptionist responds in perfect English. ...
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    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do

    Top 10 Things Career Changers Should Never Do
    Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your relatives contribute the old "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their ...
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    Preparing for a Tough Job Interview

    Preparing for a Tough Job Interview
    I recently gave a communications lecture to a group of big city police officers. Most of the men and women were lieutenants preparing for the most important job interview of their careers—promotion to captain. The selection process is intense. These officers only get the opportunity to apply once every four years, and only a few will make it. Some are nearing ...
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    4 Ways to Find a Job in This Economy

    4 Ways to Find a Job in This Economy
    Whether you are currently working and are looking to make a change, or you’ve lost your job and are eager to get back into the workforce, this is a challenging economic climate. You can find a job, but you need to do things that your peers are not. Let me share with you four things that will help you stand out: ...
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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your ...
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    I Have a Business Idea. What Now?

    I Have a Business Idea. What Now?
    Prospective clients often ask this question: "I have an idea and I want to start a business, but where do I go from here?" Depending on their background, their proposed industry and what they have accomplished at the time the question is asked, my answer varies. However, one component of my answer never changes: I always advise clients to do some ...
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    The Ultimate Guide to Successful Job Hunting

    The Ultimate Guide to Successful Job Hunting
    Conducting a job search these days can be bewildering and frustrating. The competition seems fierce, the economy is slowing, resumes submitted online seem to fall into a silent black hole, and as a woman of a certain age, even if you get the interview, you often hear that you’re over-qualified. What is a midlife woman to do? Never fear, help is ...
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    Is Restaurant Management Your Next Step?

    Is Restaurant Management Your Next Step?
    Whenever Jerry Westrom interviews a potential management candidate, he talks about all the negatives surrounding the position before going into greater detail about the positives. "I need to know their heart is in it, that they are truly committed," says Westrom, who owns an Ember's Restaurant in Cambridge, Minnesota. "If they seem skeptical about anything, I don't know if they will ...
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    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur

    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur
    Many writers have penned essays on the characteristics, behaviors, values and attitudes that spell success for the entrepreneurial leader. My top 10 list goes further, blending the theoretical, practical and the common sense based on 25 years I've spent in the field assessing, coaching and consulting leaders. 1. The successful leader has a vision: Think things through and know where you ...
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    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready

    How to Make Your Resume Recession-Ready
    While you shouldn’t let the hysteria about today's economy derail your job hunt, you will have to get smarter in your job search strategy. How? By revising your tactics to include a more solution-selling approach to make your value clear to potential employers. You must always answer the question, "What's in it for them?" not, "What's in it for me?" Stay ...
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    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace

    7 Ways to Handle Your Dysfunctional Workplace
    Workplace dysfunction may be funny when you’re watching “The Office,” but it’s serious business when you’re trying to cope with it every day. The good news is that it doesn’t have to bring you down. Nobody says dealing with dysfunction is easy, but if you follow this advice, chances are you can at least stay above the fray: #1: Step Away ...
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    How to Change Careers Without Going Broke

    How to Change Careers Without Going Broke
    Is money keeping you from changing careers? If you’re like most would-be career changers, various money fears are keeping you stuck in your current position. The thing about money is that it holds so many layers of meaning for so many of you. People let money hold power over them. It keeps people from making decisions—big and small—because of preconceived faulty ...
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    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired

    Top 10 Ways to Get Fired
    Most start their jobs with the best of intentions, never thinking they could be fired. After all, that's a fate reserved primarily for incompetents and workers caught with their hand in the company till, right? Wrong. You might not realize just how slippery the slope out the door can be. Workplace Mistakes to Avoid To guard your job security, be sure ...
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    What's Wrong With Personal References?

    What's Wrong With Personal References?
    How could your sixth-grade teacher, next-door neighbor, or golfing buddy comment on your management style, responsibilities or the quality of your performance on the job? The answer: They can't. Often, job seekers think a "personal" reference is someone they've worked with who also happens to be a personal friend. In my book, that's a business or professional reference because of the ...
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    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview

    6 Reasons to Run From a Job Interview
    Job seekers have issues to keep them up at night. They worry that the beautifully crafted cover letters they're sending off won't be read and that plum jobs will go to less deserving candidates. They worry that their résumés don't showcase their shining accomplishments well enough to command the six-figure offers they're hoping for. If they're job hunting while working, they ...
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    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes

    Make-or-Break Interview Mistakes
    Some people go into human resources thinking that it's like social work. Here's a news flash for anyone who thinks in those terms: If you're the kind of person who wants to adopt every stray kitten and advise every needy person you meet, you may want to find a different profession. The plain truth is that HR people have limits on ...
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    6 Steps to a Raise

    6 Steps to a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. *1. Define ...
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    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace

    How to Stay Positive in a Negative Workplace
    “How do I keep the contagious effect of negativity from rubbing off on me?” is the question that I’m asked most frequently by my seminar participants. My reply: The Three P’s. These were inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Seligman who has extensively studied what makes some people positive despite the most dire circumstances. Likewise, what makes some people consistently ...
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