Archive for Jun, 2015

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By Katie Douthwaite Wolf

“Just take a chance on me.”

It was a common line in my cover letters a few years ago, when I was desperate to make the switch out of management and into marketing—without a related degree or experience. Even so, I was so sure that if the employer just gave me a chance, he or she wouldn’t regret it.

But when an employer has a pool of fully qualified candidates, why would he or she take a chance on someone who’s on the edge of meeting the job requirements?

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by Aja Frost

You know you’re supposed to customize your resume for each and every job application. But sometimes, it’s not so clear how you can give the employers what they’re looking for—at least, not without being in-your-face obvious.

For example, suppose the job description asks for someone who’s “highly motivated” and a “self-starter.” How do you say, “Hey, that’s me!” without saying, “I’m highly motivated and a self-starter?”

Here’s the short answer: You use your applicable skills and relevant experience to prove it.

For the full explanation of how to actually do this, read on.

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By Steven McConnell

Most personal branding advice you see on the Internet tells you to “create valuable content”, “share other people’s content on social media” and so on. This advice is not entirely wrong, however it overvalues the role of technology in the process of creating a personal brand.

It leads us to believe that personal branding is more a process of posting interesting links on Twitter and owning a good-looking website than discovering who you truly are and making meaningful connections with other people.

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By Melanie Pinola 

So many careers, so little time to explore them all. If you’re having a tough time figuring out your career path (or what you really want to do with your life), this three-step tracks exercise can help you narrow down your potential career, using job listings.

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By Bruce Harpham

Career advancement is harder than it used to be. During the decades after World War 2, steady economic growth meant many opportunities. Today, many are torn between the aftermath of the 2007-2009 recession and the incredible possibilities described by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler in their ground breaking book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think. Economic problems and distress are both present in our world. You get to choose what you want to focus on.

Let’s look at nine ways you can pick up the pace in your career advancement.

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By Amorie Lim

We all wanted to be the successful people we see in magazines, in newspapers, and on the internet. What qualities do these successful people possess that bring them to their success? All successful people have a set of characteristics and threads that enable them to succeed.

Here are 30 signs that show you are going to be highly successful:

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by Murray Newlands

Many successful people have developed methods that allow them to get as much as 90% of their work done before they take their lunch break. That doesn’t mean they are up before dawn or that they lock themselves in an office every morning to get things accomplished. They have simply found ways to streamline their tasks and get more done in a shorter period.

1. Do All Your Writing in the Morning

There are studies that say writing helps focus your brain and increase your productivity. That’s why many time-management experts suggest writing things down in order to remember them. If writing reports, memos, or contracts is part of your daily routine, consider doing all your writing in the morning. Your quality of writing will improve, and you’ll find that the rest of your day flows much better as well.

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By Bernard Marr

Whether you’re job hunting, seeking a promotion, or just want to be taken seriously at work, how you present yourself is an oft-overlooked, but integral part of the process — and you can boost your chances at impressing with one very simple rule:

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By Dave Kerpen

Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders in my last book, Likeable Business, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things – things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:

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By Vernon Gunnarson

Harvard Business School has a bit of a history of churning out world business leaders. Despite this, plenty of people still wonder, “What exactly do you learn in business school?” and “Is it worth it?” With their track record of success, the answer to the latter question is probably yes. HBS is clearly doing something right.

To get a glimpse of what that might be, here are three significant career lessons HBS grads learned from their business school experience. Consider this an MBA crash course that’s about to save you nearly $140,000 in tuition and fees.

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