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    Top 5 Skills of the Post-Recession Leader

    Top 5 Skills of the Post-Recession Leader
    Could this be the decade of the CPA? Last year, the The Economist magazine proclaimed 2010 as the Year of the CFO. Now, Chief Learning Officer says the best CEO will be part CFO and part COO, which means the core financial and analytical skills of the CPA are more important than ever! A recent article in Chief Learning Officer titled, ...
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    Take a Break From Your Job Search

    6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Looking for Work They say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself, but that’s only partially true. Full-time jobs come with things like regular paychecks, benefits and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Compare that to the frustrating, tedious and mostly unrewarding task of finding a job, and it’s no wonder ...
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    Demystifying the Rules of Networking

    Demystifying the Rules of Networking
    If you've ever read a book on job-hunting, you've probably encountered a statistic that says 80-85% of job offers come through networking. Personal contact, it seems, is essential to getting a new position. But despite the numbers, many job-seekers remain in resume-overdrive, or try to click their way to a new career. "Our culture tends to act as though we all ...
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    Dude, Seriously, Facebook Could Cost You a Job

    Dude, Seriously, Facebook Could Cost You a Job
    It could become the next great piece of parental advice, following "don't run with scissors" and "eat your vegetables." Watch what you post online because it could cost you a job. Dismiss if you like, but there's evidence to suggest that this is not just good advice but critical advice. A recent survey of companies by CareerBuilder.com found that 45 percent ...
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    Top 20 Strangest Work Complaints

    Top 20 Strangest Work Complaints
    CHICAGO, Aug. 12 - In the midst of a stressful employment environment, hiring managers took some time to bring a little levity to the workplace. More than 2,600 hiring managers participated in a nationwide survey from CareerBuilder, citing examples of the oddest complaints they received from employees. Highlights include: -- Employee is too sun-tanned. -- Employee has big hair. -- Employee ...
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    15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

    Need-Based Contact Imagine you have a friend or relative that you only hear from when he needs money. Do you take their calls? Do you look forward to hearing from him? Very quickly, you have no desire to do anything to help him. The same goes for networking. If you only get in touch with a contact when you need ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! Excelle has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
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    10 Cover Letter Don'ts

    10 Cover Letter Don'ts
    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being ...
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    Job Seekers, Recruiters Frustrated By Lack of Openings, Qualified Applicants

    Job Seekers, Recruiters Frustrated By Lack of Openings, Qualified Applicants
    It's no secret that in today's down jobs market, job seekers are firing off resumes into every digital hole they can find - and employers are feeling the pain. Take Liane Janovsky, a Fort Worth employment lawyer who had an opening for a paralegal this spring and posted it for free on Craigslist to save money. "I got a hundred applications ...
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    No Company Info? Write a Great Cover Letter Anyway

    No Company Info? Write a Great Cover Letter Anyway
    I get notes in my inbox every day, but this one stood out — so I decided to give it a little extra attention! If you've got a question you'd like to ask me, feel free to send it to info@adminsecret.com. Due to volume I can't always get to every question, but I'll do my best to send you a quick ...
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
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    5 Tips for Making Office Friendships Work

    5 Tips for Making Office Friendships Work
    If you've worked with the same company for several years, you've probably built many friendships. Some of your coworkers might be close friends, while others are individuals with whom you might share a weekend story on Monday morning. A friendship at work can become a powerful networking tool or a toxic relationship. What works best when you are in a leadership ...
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    14 Behaviors That Foster Trust

    14 Behaviors That Foster Trust
    Trust is an interesting concept. By the time you get to work in the morning, you may have chosen to trust or not trust a dozen people. When you turn on the weather channel, you are choosing to trust the meteorologist. When you leave your jewelry on your dressing table, you do so because you trust the cleaning person who will ...
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    The Secret Power of the Informational Interview

    The Secret Power of the Informational Interview
    Informational interviewing is a largely overlooked process, because it is misunderstood. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you. But before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework. Follow these 10 ...
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    Give Examples During Job Interviews

    Give Examples During Job Interviews
    Whether hiring for internships or full-time accounting positions, most recruiters have heard statements like these from college students over and over again: * "I have strong communication skills." * "I'm self-motivated." * "I'm good at managing my time." * "I have excellent leadership qualities." * "I work well with others." When you make claims like these in your interviews -- perhaps ...
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    5 Ways to Use Networking in an Interview

    5 Ways to Use Networking in an Interview
    Much has been said about using your network to research companies and find out about available positions. But what about employing your connections to ace the interview? Most people don't see the connection. Networking, so the conventional wisdom goes, can help you get an interview, but its benefit stops there. This narrow view of networking could be holding you back. Your ...
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    New Year, New Job Search Strategy

    New Year, New Job Search Strategy
    It's almost a new year and, for those who are unemployed, it may be a time for new job-hunting strategies. I've consulted with South Florida's job market experts to avoid the mistakes of yester-year and get off to a running start in 2010. Get back to basics If you haven't been getting interviews, it may be time to again review your ...
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    Do-It-Yourself Career Development

    Do-It-Yourself Career Development
    With corporate downsizing at an all-time high and entrepreneurs and small businesses on the rise, many of us are finding we have to “do-it-yourself” in some areas where we might once have had help. Specifically, we have to actively manage our own careers including keeping an eye on our own training and development. Whether you were one of the “lucky” ones ...
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    Mentoring 101

    Mentoring 101
    The capacity to mentor your employees is a critical workplace skill. But how do you get started? While there's no definitive approach to mentoring, these strategies will help you grow into a role you may have had little or no training for. h4. Tune in to Individual Needs The key to becoming a successful mentor is to approach each protege as ...
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