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    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever

    The 10 Worst Job Tips Ever
    Nearly every day, someone sends me a bit of astounding job-search advice from a blog or a newsletter. Some of this advice seems to come directly from the planet X-19, and some of it seems to have been made up on the spot. Here are 10 of my favorite pieces of atrocious job-search advice, for you to read and ignore at ...
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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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    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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    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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    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job

    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job
    We know it's possible, even if we haven't read The Four-Hour Work Week yet. We know people in our neighborhoods or we've seen people on TV who have dream jobs, so we know they exist. It's the post-millennium workplace fantasy: To do work we love and are passionate about, be paid well for doing it, and to work among smart and ...
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    Top 5 Cities to Build Wealth

    Top 5 Cities to Build Wealth
    Is your paycheck not stretching far enough? Are you considering moving to a new town? Are you just looking to change jobs? If so, it may be time to look at one of the cities at the top of Salary.com’s 2008 Salary Value Index. The compensation experts at Salary.com uncovered the top US cities for building personal net worth by taking ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Employment Gaps and Job-Hopping How to Handle a Spotty Work History

    In today's economy, you need to carefully present your experience to avoid being seen as unstable. Start by evaluating your situation and determining how bad it really is. If you are panicking about two months of unemployment back in 1984, your job search will probably not be affected. However, if you are dealing with recent periods of unemployment extending for months ...
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    12 Networking Tips for Culinary Conventions

    Culinary conventions can be a great way to meet other culinary professionals, keep up with what's hot in the culinary industry, and experience a new city. They can also be a great opportunity to show off your food and wine if you get a booth. Recently, Chef's Blade went to SFChefs.Food.Wine and even as networking veterans, we learned a lot. ...
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    5 Steps to Become a Chef

    5 Steps to Become a Chef
    You live for food: Eating it, preparing it, re-inventing it, presenting it, sharing it. No wonder you're thinking about turning your passion for the culinary arts into a career. But where do you start? Follow the best step-by-step guide out there that takes you from conception to reality. STEP 1: Research the Field STEP 2: Decide If Becoming a Chef Is ...
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    Chef's Blade's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume

    Chef's Blade's Guide to 'Massaging' Your Resume
    Have you been unemployed awhile? No experience? In today’s economy, you need to carefully present yourself to potential employers to avoid being seen as unstable. Competition will be tough so you will need to start strategizing about how to promote yourself. Whatever your story is...you have strengths to capitalize on. Here is a guide to crafting your resume to sell yourself ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience

    Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience
    It's a catch-22: You want a job to gain experience, but you can't find a job because previous experience is required. Don't be discouraged. You can still put your best foot forward and have a shot at the job. Follow these steps to create a winning resume: h4. Select the Right Format The two most effective resume formats for entry-level workers ...
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    Resume Dilemma: No Defined Objective

    Resume Dilemma: No Defined Objective
    You need a job but aren't sure of your career direction right now, or maybe this tough job market has left you willing to consider just about any position. Remember that while it's great to have an open mind regarding your objective, an unclear objective can pose a problem when developing your resume. The most effective resumes are targeted to a ...
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    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise

    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise
    It may be almost time to hang up the Christmas stockings – but not the job search. Resist that temptation. Smart job seekers will jump in first thing Monday with a clear plan of action for the next six weeks, experts say. Following that strategy paid off for Katherine Smith – twice. She landed a job on Dec. 18, 2006. After ...
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    How to Get a New Job

    How to Get a New Job
    No one said that finding a new job was easy. But if your work has become as exciting as a cheese sandwich and you have to drag yourself out of bed each morning, it’s time for a new challenge. We asked three experts how to find a new job that will stop work being a chore. *1. What do you want?* ...
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    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means

    Job-Hunting Truths: What 'No' Really Means
    Don't be demoralized when an employer turns you down. The reasons behind a rejection usually have more to do with the company than with you. You've probably read plenty of job-hunting articles. And they're all the same. A so-called expert will advise you to develop a plan, broaden your skills, and network. On résumés, they will counsel you to customize, use ...
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    6 Essential Work Strategies for Night Owls & Early Birds

    6 Essential Work Strategies for Night Owls & Early Birds
    For night owls and early birds, the traditional 9-to-5 workday can be agonizing. The exhausted night owl drags herself bleary-eyed into the office every morning, while the chipper early bird finds her energy waning well before quitting time. But there are ways to cope. Experts offer these workplace survival strategies for those with body clocks out of sync with their employers' ...
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    Downsizing: When It Happens to You

    Downsizing: When It Happens to You
    Americans are bracing for massive job losses in the wake of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even before the recent worries on Wall Street, anxiety about employment was high; earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Dept. released a report stating that there had been a net loss of 63,000 jobs, which was the biggest monthly decline in five ...
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    How Culinary Internships Can Get You a Job

    Have you considered the importance of a culinary internship? Partway through my time at St. Olaf College, I realized I was spending more time working at restaurants as a cook than studying for class and I knew that the culinary world is where I wanted to be. I did want formal culinary training, though, so a week after dropping out ...
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    An Introduction to Food Styling

    An Introduction to Food Styling
    I have been in the Food Styling business since 1995 after graduating from Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco; 6 months earlier, I had decided to change careers, leaving corporate America to pursue my passion for food. When I started cooking school I had never heard of food styling as a career, but the first time someone told me about ...
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