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    Grab and Grow – A Plan for Career Success

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    Grab and Grow!

    I have a client who just started a new business analyst position for a Fortune 500 company. I am using the system defined in the book The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter to assist him in getting up to speed.

    He was explaining some …

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    Discovering Your Personal Brand Vocabulary

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    Do you have a personal brand vocabulary?

    What words do you use to describe yourself? These should be words that describe yourself personally and professionally.

    I am currently working with two clients who are struggling with finding their personal brand vocabulary. Here are a couple of methods to discover your personal brand vocabulary.

    How do…
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    Do You Have a Plan B for Your Career?

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    Do You Have a Plan B for Your Career?

    You have probably been told that you should have a Plan B. What if something does not work out?

    How about having a Plan B for your career?

    I entered the job market in the 1970s when I expected to work for one employer for most …

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    Does Your Personality Mesh with Your Career?

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    Personality Mesh with Your Career?

    Your personality is a key factor in finding happiness in your career. Unfortunately, when we make our initial career choices, we may ignore certain key traits or just focus on where we can make the most money.

    Kinetic Programmer

    I learned to program computers in high school in the early …

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    Probing for Pain Points in an Interview

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    Probing for Pain Points?

    Probing for pain points should be one of your first steps in an interview. Every business has problems. Your first job is to ask probing questions to uncover those pain points.

    Initial Phone Screen

    Most of the time in the interview process, there will be an initial phone screen with either …

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    What is Your Current Salary?

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    What is your current salary?

    I’m sure you have been asked early in the interview process, “What is your current salary?”

    If it was up to me, I would have everyone respond indigently—None of your %^%#(& business!

    However, that does not work in our current work environment.

    So, how should you answer the question, “What …

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    Battling Age Discrimination – Young and Old

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    Age discrimination is a reality in the current job market. It affects two vastly different groups:

    Young – The young men and women graduating from college over the last five years have had it tough. In fact, this generation has the highest unemployment in the last fifty years. Age discrimination is rampant because this generation…
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    The Purple Cow Job Description – Should I Apply?

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    Purple Cow Job Description?

    I guarantee you have read a purple cow job description. It’s one of those that, when you finished reading it, you said to yourself:

    I am not qualified for this job but… is anyone?

    They are looking for the purple cow. The ideal candidate does not exist!

    I am going out on …

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    Understanding the Hiring Manager Prior to the Interview

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    Who is the hiring manager? Who are they really?

    You are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager. Who is this person? What do you have in common?

    The more you know about the hiring manager before the interview, the more you can do to work on building a relationship during the interview.

    Remember …

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    Workplace Communications – Generational Differences

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    Workplace communications has changed dramatically in my lifetime.

    When I started working as a programmer in Chicago in the mid 1970s, I had a phone on my desk. If I wanted to talk to my boss, I would call him and his secretary would often answer his phone. If he was not there, she would …

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