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    The Real Deal About Passive Income

    You don’t have to surf the Internet very long before you run into get-rich schemes offering big bucks through passive income. The problem is that the programs make it appear that earning passive income is a set-it and forget it proposition. For little money and even less time you can make a fortune. As a …

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    Getting Coached Is Catching On

    One of the most basic rules in economics deals with supply and demand. Today’s job market certainly has a significant supply: 13.9 million people looking for jobs. But demand has been meager for the past several years; it probably will continue to be for the near future; and—at least at this point—it does not show …

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    How to Answer Questions Better Than Others

    Be as willing to respond to questions as you are willing to ask them. If you hesitate to answer, people think you aren’t cooperative, don’t know the answer, don’t know what you’re doing, or that you lack confidence. You might even be viewed as acting arrogant and superior in your nonresponse.

    Choose your words and …

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    The Growth Game 3%: How Much Self Investment?

    The financial services industry has given many rules of thumb for planning when it comes to budgeting and investment strategies. Save between 10 and 20 percent of your income for retirement depending on your age.  Have six months of living expenses stores away in a liquid account. Keep your monthly debt obligations under 36 percent …

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    Ways to Fill Employment Gaps

    If you have been unemployed for more than a few months, this may raise a red flag with potential employers. If you are laid off or need to quit a job unexpectedly, these create gaps in your work history. You need to learn how to cover these gaps so you don’t lose your reliability and …

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    What’s Irritating About E-mail?

    In recent years I’ve polled hundreds of people about their work in the digital age. Last week I wrote about what’s irritating to people about cellphones. This week, it’s what’s irritating about e-mail?

    When people:

    Give no greeting or sign-off Provide incomplete information Send messages that have typos and poor punctuation and sentence structures Put…
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    How to Pitch Yourself to Employers

    While most job seekers know how to generally market themselves to employers, they don’t always know how to effectively pitch themselves to employers.

    When you submit your cover letter and resume, an employer spends about six seconds scanning it to see if you’re even qualified for the position. In these six seconds, you need to …

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    The Secret of an Excellent Interview

    Be brief. Now that the secret is revealed, I will support my tenet with a few facts. Actually, you can do what I did: I watched some television with a stopwatch to see how long an answer people provide for a question. As samples, I used, among others, Presidents Obama and Clinton because I consider …

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    Minimizing Brand Risk

    There are several sources of risk for your personal brand in the social era. With each new wave of technology and with the frequency of changes to industry verticals, there is always a risk that you fall behind. With so many avenues of communication, you run the risk of personal brand neglect. With a competitive …

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    Video Interviewing for the Unemployed

    Today’s fast-developing video technology does not skip over the unemployed. In fact, it just adds another challenge for them. More and more companies are trying to save on the expenses of recruiting by using video interviews for screening and selection purposes. Clearly, this represents another burden for candidates because it’s one more step to master …

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