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- Free Yourself from Your Desk [Inc.com]
- How to Deal with a Bad Boss [HBR.org]
- Career Success: Paying It Forward [Social Hire]
- Ways to Get Constructive Employer Feedback [Jobacle]
- Can Women Have It All? Remarkable Women Weigh In [Forbes.com]
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While everyone knows that volunteer work can be an enriching experience, it also may help your career. “Service opportunities are an excellent way to develop new skills, add to your résumé, and connect with community leaders and other volunteers who can help you secure full-time employment,” says Andrea St. James, career counselor at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Before signing up, she suggests doing research to learn about the organization, its programs, and what it is trying to accomplish. This insight will help you to stay engaged and driven.
As you participate, look for ways to build skills that might be valuable to your next job. “For example, volunteering for a nonprofit can mean helping with...Read More »
Mark your calendar (or, better yet, clear your calendar) for the second annual SOS to Stress Day this Saturday, June 30. We all know that stress impacts our bodies, relationships, productivity, and well-being, but oftentimes we don’t take time to evaluate the factors that are causing the problem and what we can do to deal with them. This occasion offers a good opportunity for a tune-up.
According to stress and wellness expert Beverly Beuermann-King of WorkSmartLiveSmart.com, participants should work on finding the right strategies in the three main areas of coping with stress – situation, ourselves, and support (SOS). Stressors as well as coping mechanisms...Read More »
Ann Curry announced this morning that she was leaving the TODAY show as its morning co-host, in a move that may have shocked some viewers and disappointed Curry’s fans. While it is unlikely that any of us will ever need to worry about leaving a position in such a public and high-profile way, there are some lessons we can all learn from Curry’s departure.
Stay classy. While Curry was reportedly angry about the decision to give her the boot, she resisted the urge to air her frustrations—though it must have been tempting, given that she had a live national television audience (and presumably the network had not instituted any sort...Read More »
How do you determine career success? Do you have a benchmark that you use to measure your own success, or a goal that you are striving for?
Some people measure success purely as a matter of financial terms. And while it is nice to want to earn a good salary, of course, there are many other (and some people might say more important) ways to measure success—things like personal satisfaction, facing and overcoming challenges, mastering new skills, etc. Many people also consider themselves successful when they have reached a position where they are able to mentor others or assist younger workers with their own career journey.
There are some dangers with evaluating career success based on income. For one, many people find that money alone doesn’t make them as happy as they...Read More »
- Will That Layoff Cost You Your Next Job? [Jobacle]
- Turn a Temp Job into Full-Time Work [Glass Door]
- How to Get the Salary Offer You Want [CBS News]
- Ways You Must Invest in Your Career [US News]
- Best Career Tips from Nora Ephron [Forbes.com]
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Sure, the senders may mean well, but an inbox filled with good-luck chain letters, pictures of cute puppies, jokes, or inspirational quotes can make it difficult to find the messages that deal with important matters. Is there a polite way to tell co-workers to please stop sending them?
Yes, according to certified workplace productivity coach Marsha Egan of InboxDetox.com (a division of The Egan Group, Inc.) – but don’t ask via email. “It should be done face to face. That way, you can avoid misunderstandings and get your point across in a friendly way.”
If your company has a policy against personal emails, you can reference that. If not, Egan suggests giving authentic reasons why you’d prefer not to receive them, such...Read More »
Even if a job listing does not specifically request a bilingual candidate, highlighting your language skill can help you get noticed. As companies become increasingly involved in the global marketplace, the ability to communicate in a second language can be an asset.
Instead of burying this ability among the hordes of information on your resume, consider discussing it in your cover letter, especially if you feel it might have relevance. Find out if the company has branch offices in other countries. Being able to speak French with someone in the Canadian division or to give travel pointers to an executive heading to China will increase your worth.
Spanish is the most studied foreign language in U.S. colleges, which makes sense given the nation’s demographics. From...Read More »
It is tough enough to balance a busy schedule of work and family obligations under normal circumstances. But it can be much more of a challenge when you work for someone who seems to spend every waking moment at the office—and possibly thinks you should, too.
If your boss is a workaholic, it can make you feel like a slacker even if you are already going above and beyond your job description. Working for someone who camps out in the office all night may make you feel guilty if you leave the office at 5 (or even later).
So how can you handle this? The first thing you must do is remember that your boss’ obsession with work isn’t your problem. This shouldn’t affect how you feel about your job performance. If you are doing your very best at work and giving 100% or more, you...Read More »
Trying to be more productive, but can’t seem to figure out where all the hours in your day go? If you frequently panic at the end of the day because you have barely crossed anything off your to-do list, you may need help analyzing how you use your time at work. That is where RescueTime can help. This online tool helps track exactly how you are spending your time on the computer. This can help you spot time-wasters and spot trends in how you are using (or not using) your time.
The program sits in the background and measures which applications, programs and websites you use throughout the day. It then provides detailed analytics showing you everything about your computer usage. One interesting aspect: it allows you to see clearly what days or times are your most productive, which...Read More »