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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant for Observatory Network

We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an administrative assistant at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) a large observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, this position will perform fairly complex administrative duties for the Science Teams, while also providing back-up administrative support for the receptionist and other administrative assistants as needed.

Will answer phone calls, proofread and format documents, track Science Department budget information and update and maintain the team calendars. In...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Your Job and the Never-Ending Winter

While February 2 is still more than a week away, many workers feel like they wake up each morning to Groundhog Day – new snow and more bitter cold. For most, the novelty of extreme weather is long-gone, and the reality is that the day-to-day problems Mother Nature is causing are bothersome. (Good luck finding ice melt on store shelves in the Chicago area anymore.)

At the start, many employers were understanding about workers being late to the office or parents needing to stay home because schools were closed. Patience, however, is growing thin in some workplaces. Employees sensing this frustration may feel conflicted about physical safety vs. job safety. While there are no clear-cut answers, here are some things to think about when trying to decide how to handle a weather event...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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How to Job Search in 2014

If you are one of the many workers thinking about changing jobs this year but haven’t actually been on the market in quite a long time, realize that a modern search may be very different from what you remember. To get up-to-speed, Accountemps (a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals) offers this advice on what is hot and what is not:

In:  An executive summary on your résumé that emphasizes your most relevant skills.

Out:  Objective statements on résumés. These self...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Career Success: Use Your Critical Thinking Skills

There are a wide range of skills that can be necessary or beneficial to professional success and advancement. One that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves—yet is very important to employers—is critical thinking.

While critical thinking can often be interpreted in different ways, the basic concept means to evaluate how things are done and think about the pros of cons of doing something various ways, so that you can find the best solution and most efficient process for doing something. In other words, it’s analyzing problems and processes to come up with a solution.

As many bosses and HR reps often complain, this skill seems to be lacking in many employees these days. Employers love workers who use critical thinking, because it shows they are taking initiative and...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Culture:  Is It OK to Hug?

If you missed it (and trust me, many of us did), yesterday was National Hugging Day. The celebration was established in 1986 to encourage family and friends “to hug often and freely.” Research shows that positive touch, such as hugging, can improve physical and emotional health. But while an embrace from your spouse before heading to work may start your day off right, does hugging have a place at the office?

As might be expected, opinions vary on this matter. For some individuals, hugging is a natural act of friendship and support on par with a handshake. Others find hugging among colleagues to be uncomfortable or too personal. Likewise, hugs may be commonplace in some workplaces but stand out like a sore thumb in...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Getting the Office Ready for the Super Bowl

Many people are looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday on February 2 as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos. Even if you’re not a football fan, tuning in for the commercials and half-time show or to see what the temperature is at game time (the event is happening outdoors in New Jersey) can help you be part of the endless office conversations that are bound to happen the next day.

From an employer’s perspective, the Big Game can be a blessing and a curse. Super Bowl chat and pools can help add some excitement to the winter blahs that often permeate workplaces at this time of year. Too much focus, however, may be disruptive and hamper productivity.

The key for excited workers is to maintain a balance that boosts morale but doesn’t interfere with business....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: Glip Collaboration Tool

One of the newest cloud collaboration programs to join the scene is Glip, and we think it’s one you might want to check out.

Glip is based on the foundation of conversation, with the belief that the back-and-forth chat and brainstorming is among the most critical parts of a project. To reinforce that priority, the discussion stream is located front and center in the Glip interface.

First, though, let’s review some of the other tools and features. There’s a calendar where you can scheduled events, meetings, deadlines and other important occasions. When you enter an event that involves other people, the item is also added to their calendars. In addition, you can list your tasks and project timelines here, too. You can also create notes and upload and share files, as well....

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