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- 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 »
Rainy April mornings lend themselves to hitting the snooze button once or twice, leaving workers pressed for time when they finally do get up. Avoid a frantic start to the day by trying one or more of these tips for coaxing yourself out of bed:
Put the alarm in an inconvenient place.
Force yourself to abandon the cozy covers by placing the clock across the room or on a high bookshelf.
Make your bed immediately.
Moving around gets the blood flowing, and you’ll remove the visual temptation to curl back up.
Have a robe and slippers ready.
Getting rid of the disparity between the warmth of the covers and the coldness of the room can make the thought of leaving the bed a bit more pleasant.
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Why do guests keep returning to Disney theme parks and resorts? Survey data reveals that “friendliness” is the top factor customers value in their experience. While you may initially think that maintaining a cheery demeanor is easier at a vacation spot than in your cubicle, the issues faced are often the same. (Try answering questions such as “What time is the 3:00 parade?” and “Where is my car parked?” multiple times and see how sunny you feel.)
In the book Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees, author Doug Lipp explores the connection between workers and fans. Here are a few ideas any business can use:
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In today’s business environment, networking plays a big role in career success. Your professional network and business contacts can be a valuable source of information, advice and even job leads. The tricky part, of course, is making the contacts in the first place.
There are a variety of ways to make business contacts. Mixers and networking events are one of the most common ways, of course. But what happens when you’ve identified someone you want to connect with, but you won’t have an opportunity to bump into them in person?
In that case, you will have to reach out to them and make the first contact. The best method for this is email, as a phone call out of the blue from someone they don’t know will usually catch a person off guard and may make them uncomfortable...Read More »
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- When Your Bad Boss and HR are Friends [CBS News]
- How to Choose the Right Career [Psychology Today]
- The Ultimate Guide to Informational Interviews [Glass Door]
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