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- Social Media Etiquette in the Workplace [LinkedIn]
- How to Handle a Micromanaging Boss [Lifehacker]
- Why Good Personal Finances are Critical to Your Career [Forbes]
- Tips for Writing a Nonprofit Resume [Career Realism]
- How to Manage Stress at the Office [Lifehack]
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Among the new films at theaters this past weekend was 42. It tells the story of two men, player Jackie Robinson and general manager Branch Rickey, who changed the world by changing the game of baseball. On April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he took to the field for Rickey’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Following his motto, “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life,” he endured ridicule, harassment, and even death threats to play the game he loved. In the process, Robinson helped bring the issue of racism to national attention.
From sports fields to corporate...Read More »
When interviewing for a job, candidates frequently concentrate on how they should respond to various questions. What you don’t say, however, can be equally important in landing the position. Career columnist and consultant Andrea Kay, author of the new book This is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want, recommends that applicants avoid talking about these four things in an interview:
1. Don’t talk about things you can’t back up.
Before you state your claim to a quality that sets you apart, think it through. Saying you’re a great team player or terrific problem fixer doesn’t make it so -- even if it’s true. You need to articulate...Read More »
Productivity is all about what you accomplish—meaning, tasks you complete. You don’t get any point for starting things and then dropping them later. Spending time and energy on tasks that go nowhere is a huge productivity-killer. Not only does it waste your valuable time, but it also hurts your morale and motivation because you never get the satisfaction of reaching the finish line. Not to mention, it will also hurt your professional image if you get a reputation as someone who can’t follow through on what they start.
So how you make sure you stick with something once you start? This article has a few tips.
First, be selective with what you take on....Read More »
- Your Career Success Hinges on One Word [LinkedIn]
- How Age and Experience Can Help You Land a Job [Glass Door]
- Avoid Networking Desperation When Unemployed [Lifehacker]
- What to Do When You’ve Become the Office Mean Girl [Psychology Today]
- How to Stay Calm During a Job Interview [Forbes]
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Animals operate best when they live in habitats for which they are suited. You wouldn’t expect a polar bear to fare well in the deserts of Arizona or a rattlesnake to try to adjust to the North Pole. Similarly, a worker thrives when put in a workplace that matches her personality, ability, and needs.
Some mismatched employees overlook the problem. They may reason that having a job at all is sufficient in this economy, or they may hope their feeling of being out-of-place will disappear over time. Living with the status quo is oftentimes easier than breaking it.
If, however, you have a nagging feeling that you really aren’t working in the right place, it might be time to explore other options. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, founder and CEO of the time-coaching and training...Read More »
In an effort to get employees more involved in managing their health, CVS has adopted a new policy that requires employees who use the company’s health insurance to report their weight, body fat, and glucose levels to the insurer. Those workers who choose not to will see their monthly premium increase $50 ($600 per year). CVS will pay for the screenings, and employees have until May 1 to comply.
The action has supporters on both sides of the issue. Some people argue that asking for such information is an invasion of privacy and could lead to employers trying to get rid of workers at high risk for serious health problems. Others...Read More »
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 executive assistant at Harvard.
Located at Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this position provides high level administrative support and logistical management for Dean of Arts and Humanities, including organizing complex meetings and appointments.
Will also research and assemble briefing information for meetings, prepare summaries and perform administrative support activities related to academic and strategic planning. This person will also answer phones and greet visitors; record meeting minutes and initiate follow-through on action items. Additional duties involve...Read More »
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- Do You Still Check Your Voicemail? [CBS News]
- Essential Tips to Finish What You Start [Lifehack]
- How to Manage Conflict at Work [Psychology Today]
- Ways to Prepare for Your Next Performance Review [US News]
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Excel proficiency no longer means just the ability to enter data into a spreadsheet and produce a nicely formatted report. Today’s administrative professional needs a full arsenal of Excel skills in order to compete effectively in this talent-rich candidate pool. Here are the two most important:
“But I’m not good at math!” I frequently hear this in classes and networking sessions. While there are a handful of people who have clinically diagnosable conditions that make math a struggle, most of us are math capable. To learn formulas, first stop telling yourself that you’re not good at math. When you say it, you give yourself permission to not try to learn. Next, check out templates available on office....Read More »