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A few years ago, cultural observers and workplace experts were asking a common question: Will the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, the internet and personal texting distract employees and pull them away from their assigned tasks? The solution to this potential problem seemed simple enough (for employees with the necessary willpower and employers with the… read the rest »

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If you ask any employer in the process of staffing a critical position, they’ll give you a list of the traits that interest them the most. They’ll list technical skills, like SQL certification or Italian fluency, and they’ll list core personality traits, like leadership, listening skills or extroversion. The skills and personal qualifications they list… read the rest »

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The day you were fired may have felt like the worst day of your life. At the time, you weren’t sure how this event would impact the future of your career, and while you worked to protect that future, you also had to deal with the challenges of the moment, including embarrassment, damaged relationships or… read the rest »

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Recruiters spend their days helping job seekers find positions and hiring managers staff company roles. But as it happens, the job seekers they support DON’T spend every day doing this. Job seekers come and go from the marketplace once every few years, ideally, and some enter and leave only a handful of times during their… read the rest »

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During your job interview, you’ll probably be asked to describe your greatest strengths as a candidate; this question is broad, meaningful and extremely useful to most companies who take their candidate search seriously. A discussion about your greatest strengths typically brings along a discussion about your potential shortcomings: What is your greatest weakness? While many… read the rest »

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As your launch into your IT job search, there are a few things you can control and a few hard qualifications that may already be tucked under your belt. If you have a degree in computer science, great! You’ll certainly add that detail to your resume and discuss your education with potential interviewers. If you… read the rest »

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You know you need to polish your leadership skills so you can gain respect in the workplace and start reaching for the next rung of the ladder. And if you’re already a mid-career pro with plenty of well-earned respect, a boost to your leadership skills can help you get things done and widen your sphere… read the rest »

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Are you about to take your first step into a career in sales? Maybe you’re an established mid-career professional in the midst of a job change. Or maybe you’ve been in the field for some time, you’ve gone as far as your current job can take you, and you’re ready to polish your interview skills… read the rest »

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If you’re like most of us, when it comes to your career, you probably don’t live with both feet planted firmly in the present. You step into your office or workplace every day and do your job with passion and commitment, but you probably don’t expect to be in this very place, completing these tasks,… read the rest »

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Sometimes moving your career forward and landing an offer means focusing on the people around you, not just on the job. And sometimes impressing an employer has nothing to do with your skill sets or industry knowledge and everything to do with your ability to read a scene, connect with others and form honest relationships…. read the rest »