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  Soft skills help you get the job
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
Landing a job requires a lot more than just the right degree, experience or series of technical skills. “Soft” skills, otherwise known as emotional intelligence, may make a difference between an employee who can do the job and one who does it well. Soft skills include: leadership, written and verbal communication, problem solving, motivation, interpersonal skills and creativity. They aren’t usually skills we learn in school (a...
 
  Tell Me A Little Bit About Yourself
by Bob Roth - Dec, 2012
Every candidate for employment will recognize the phrase, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” Those words are used by recruiters, interviewers and others who would like to quickly learn more about you. It is the opportunity for you to use a well-practiced introduction, often called a “pitch.” Every college student should have one. Your in-person introduction should be five to seven specifically crafted sentences that...
 
  The 5 Disciplines of Genius-Makers
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2012
Some bosses make us better and smarter by eliciting and revitalizing our intelligence. Others seem to stifle intelligence and capability, always wanting to be seen as the smartest person in the room. They suck the energy out of the team, whose members end up looking or feeling dumb. IQs seem to drop, and meeting times double. Multipliers follow five principles to bring out the best in people. Each allows workers to stretc...
 
  Selling Your Idea Internally
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
Life in a large organization isn’t always easy for people who want to solve problems. Usually, the issue isn’t coming up with a solution. Rather, it’s convincing other people that the solution is viable and should be implemented. And whether you’re sitting on a blockbuster idea yet or not, now is the time to consider your strategy. Build Your Reputation in Advance In order to diminish the perceived risk of an unusual or...
 
  6 Work Habits to Break in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
With 2013 fast approaching, we all have resolutions in the back of our minds. As you’re contemplating yours, here are some bad work habits to consider breaking. You’ll improve your productivity AND your reputation! Being 10 minutes late for everything You may run late in all aspects of your life, or maybe you just do it at work because you’ve over-scheduled your time. Either way, stop being the person who’s always h...
 
  A Good Attitude Is Critical For Older Job Candidates
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Nov, 2012
Still looking for a job? Do you think it's because of your age? Maybe the number of years you have been on the planet is fine, and what you're lacking is a good perspective. The best thing about getting older is the knowledge and experience you have. You're at a point in your career where you know yourself well and can make good decisions. But perhaps the steps you've used in the past to find a new job aren't working. In yo...
 
  Any Road Will (Not) Do: 6 Tips for Successful Career Management
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
One variation of the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” Or, as another puts it, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to wind up somewhere else.” When applied to establishing a successful career, not knowing where you’re headed or how you’re going to get there spells trouble with a capital T. Sometimes people luck-out and easily get what seems like a good job early in life...
 
  Find the Courage to Leap To a Great New Career
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Nov, 2012
It takes courage to pursue a career you're passionate about when you're already immersed in one you dislike. When I started my first marketing job in Manhattan in the early 1980s, I loved the pace, big-city excitement and the high salary I was earning. I excelled at my job. Wall Street was booming. As my career progressed, I ran sales and marketing programs for large and small companies. But gradually I began to feel as th...
 
  How To Become Memorable
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Nov, 2012
What do you want to be remembered for? Think about a few top executives whom you admire. Ask yourself what makes them memorable. It’s likely you can think of specific qualities, expertise or accomplishments for each. Now, think about your own career. What are you admired for? As an executive, you have already accomplished a great deal in your career. But not every executive is influential within their own industry or hi...
 
  Pitfalls of Career Typecasting
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
Avoid Career Typecasting You may have heard the term typecasting in relation to actors, who sometimes get pigeon-holed for a certain type of role and find it difficult, if not impossible, to land other types of roles. For example, someone who has always done comedy might face rejection from film companies that are casting for a drama or action-adventure movie. What does this have to do with careers? It's not uncommon fo...
 
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