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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Help! I Can’t Stay Awake during Meetings

Ever find yourself in a meeting thinking more about how to stay awake than the issues being presented? Nodding off around others is both embarrassing and unprofessional, so it pays to do what you can to prevent it from happening. Try these stay-alert strategies:

Bring a drink

Whether you down coffee to get a caffeine boost or sip water to stay hydrated, both the action of drinking and the beverage itself can promote alertness.

Pop a long-lasting mint

Your senses will appreciate the flavor and the mouth motion, and colleagues will think you’re diligent about having fresh breath.

Dress in layers

Feeling too cozy-warm can make your body crave sleep. Removing a sweater or jacket to make yourself...

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Tips for Spotting a Liar

Ever get the feeling a co-worker might not be telling the truth (like when she’s running out the door claiming to have a doctor’s appointment after being asked to stick around to finish a project)? While some people are better at lying than others, experts say these actions may provide a clue:

Stalling for time

Before responding, the person may cough, repeat the question, or take a sip of water in order to give herself a few needed seconds to compose an answer. Truths tend to be blurted out much faster.

Starting with a statement about integrity

Phrases such as “Frankly speaking” or “To be honest with you” may be used to try to establish one’s character in the hope that the lie that follows will be more believable.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant in Boston

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 for the Public Interest Network, a network that includes some of the top public interest organizations in the country. This position’s primary role is to assist with long-term planning and manage daily operations of the organization, and working with a number of Boston-area organizations in the Public Interest Network.

This person will provide support by ensuring the Public Interest Network staff members have the resources they need to complete their goals; coordinate projects & schedules; create and maintain systems for tracking goals and maintaining files and...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Capitalizing on Strengths

Many workers are keenly aware of their weaknesses, those things that they know should be improved upon in order to achieve greater success. And while it does make sense to address areas that may be standing in the way of career satisfaction and progress, a new study shows that paying attention to one’s strengths is equally (if not more) important.

Gallup Daily tracking interviews show that the more hours per day Americans get to use their strengths to do what they do best, the less likely they are to report experiencing worry, stress, anger, sadness, or physical pain. For instance, 52 percent of Americans who use their strengths for zero to three hours a day report being stressed...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Relationships: Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

Virtually all workplaces have one or two people who aren’t, shall we say, the easiest with whom to get along. Getting into arguments doesn’t improve the working relationship, and rerouting your path to avoid them gets old fast. Might there be better solutions?

Yes, according to Judith Orloff, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Here, the author of The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life offers tips on dealing with three common types of difficult people.

The Gossip

Busybodies love to draw others into their toxic conversations. Start by letting go of your need to please everyone or control what they say. Then be...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Career Success: Ditch Blame to Get Ahead

If you haven’t moved up professionally as much or as quickly as you would have liked, ask yourself why. Most likely you can quickly rattle off a bunch of things that are to blame: unfair bosses, mean employers, family obligations and maybe even just bad luck.

We’ve all had to face challenges and overcome obstacles to start and maintain a career. And yes, many of our reasons (or some would say excuses) for not moving ahead as fast as we would like may in fact be legitimate. There may have been serious issues that stood in our way of taking advantage of some good opportunities.

But—as with most things in life—dwelling on the past doesn’t do us any good and doesn’t help us to build a better future. And allowing yourself to just shift the blame everywhere else lets you avoid...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Do You Have a Career or a Job?

The terms “job” and “career” are similar in that both involve receiving a paycheck for performing work. The difference between the two tends to be the level of commitment and passion for being in that position or industry. Calling something a “career” can be a sign of dedication; the employee has an overall life plan and sees what she does as central to her being. Thinking of something as a “job,” on the other hand, can signify a good-enough arrangement that pays the rent or perhaps fills the day until something better comes along.

Monster Worldwide Inc. and the global market research company GfK recently did a survey in which they asked, “Do you view the work you...

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