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    Give Up The Bloody Fight of Doing it Yourself

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    Imagine you were setting out to network with people today. Let’s do the math. If you allot 30 minutes to connect with someone (imagine ordering a coffee or making it through a parking lot, building and a receptionist – none of these activities all in all can be done in less than 30 minutes each). …

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    How to Upgrade Your Resume, Part 3

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    Part 1 in this series discussed the importance of your resume passing the “15-Second Skim Test” and I shared suggestions to avoid being instantly rejected by recruiters and other humans. In Part 2, we began the process of walking through the typical professional or executive resume from top to bottom and discussed the header and (optional) objective sections.

    In this, Part 3, …

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    Fed Chair Yellen’s Job Market Remarks: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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    In remarks made recently to a Central Banking Conference meeting in Jackson Hole, WY, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen attributed at least some of the persistent unemployment/underemployment woes in today’s job market to the fact that the market continues to be “hampered” (emphasis mine) by the lingering effects of the Great Recession.

    A few of …

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    It’s Counterintuitive for Job Seekers

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    It would be interesting to review a few perceptions that job seekers have on issues stemming from feelings rather than from thinking. Such perceptions are based more on gut feelings rather than logic. Examples follow.

    The interview is about me.

    People feel good when asked to come in and interview, because they think the interview …

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    Multiple Choice Leads to Improved Solutions

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    Do you remember your old school days, where the standard test featured was that of asking you to choose between True or False answers? Those types of tests can easily drive the creative person crazy as the grey line and new possibilities were always seen. The entrepreneurial sort would ask of each question, “What if?”  But …

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    How to be a Great Manager

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    Great managers are inspirational leaders who have a clear vision of the future and achieved significant success in their fields. A great manager also needs to inspire others for greatness and knows how to motivate them to be better at what they are doing. All of the employees want to work with a great manager …

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    5 Damaging Career Moves to Avoid

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    Careers aren’t made overnight, but a few mistakes can easily derail your career pretty quickly. Whether you’re complacent in your current position, or you’re swept up in office politics, there are many snafus seasoned professionals can run into.

    “People make a lot of mistakes in their careers, some are small and can be recovered from …

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    Personal Branding Weekly – Bloodied, Beaten by Your Own Hand

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    Dave blew it this week.

    His email response was filled with CAPS, accusations, references to “pent up feelings” – all the things you may want to say but didn’t (which would be the smarter move) -  have now placed in an email where it can live for eternity (and be shared, reviewed and re-read).

    I’ve …

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    Wow Prospects and Influencers: 3 Social Media Daily Tasks

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    Social media allows professionals to construct strong business relationships leveraging insights and data previously unavailable pre new millennium. So why are so many professionals wasting time, not getting results?  They typically have a weak personal brand and network, and don’t invest time building relationships.

    Create a Strong Network

    Prior to joining any social network for …

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    Reliability Trumps Skill and Talent for Workplace Success

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    It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how much skill and talent you have if co-workers and business leaders cannot count on you to follow through.

    Reliability trumps skill and talent every time (this is contingent on the individual having the appropriate skills and talent necessary to fulfill the job requirements).

    A lack of …

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