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    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office

    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office
    When we were younger, making friends was easy. School provides us with an instant pool of people our own age that we interact with on a daily basis, who are in the same boat we are. But once we leave college and enter the real world, finding friends can be a more difficult task, especially if you have to relocate for ...
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    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job

    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of companies looking to hire? and All in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...
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    How to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt

    How to Incorporate Friends into Your Job Hunt
    Mention being out of work to a friend and they’ll be the first to emphasize that you do have a full-time job — looking for a job, that is. And they’re right. Looking for a new job can be just as time consuming as working nine to five. But there is one major difference and that’s making the transition from working ...
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    10 Ways to Tell if Your Job Search is a Joke

    10 Ways to Tell if Your Job Search is a Joke
    In celebration of April Fool’s Day last week, I was asked by a few fellow bloggers to address foolish job search tactics. However, it’s hard to write something funny when what you’re seeing is no joke. We’ve got 15 million job seekers right now. I’d argue more than 70% of them are conducting a weak job search. I guess the good ...
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    9 Ways to Make a Good First Impression

    9 Ways to Make a Good First Impression
    Meeting new people and starting conversations is often challenging. It can be difficult to enter a room and view strangers everywhere you turn. Meeting all these people and engaging in conversation with them can be exhausting and overwhelming. But it does not have to be this way. Skilled conversationalists turn business and social interactions into opportunities for making a good first ...
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    How to Be More Likable: 10 Things to Do Today

    To a large measure, your likability will lead to success or failure. It often trumps skill levels in surveys of HR people who are asked to name the most important characteristic of job candidates and employees. Other than “don’t be an jerk,” what can you do to increase your own likability? Is it really possible to change? Or, do you ...
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    Networking at Work is Important for New Hires

    Networking at Work is Important for New Hires
    After you’ve successfully completed a job search, shouldn’t networking be the last thing on your mind? Not so, say networking experts. In fact, internal networking, right from the beginning, is key to maintaining the upward trajectory of your career. Here’s how to successfully launch your networking campaign at a new job. Why Network from the Start? “When you start in a ...
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    The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

    Ahh, the shaking of hands. It sounds simple enough: Two hands meet and greet and do a little shake. Easy, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ways a handshake can go south. From an overly moist hand to a bone-crushing grip, handshakes come in all shapes and sizes — and only the best will hit the ...
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    Perfect Your Business Handshake

    Perfect Your Business Handshake
    by Beverly West | Monster Contributing Writer Communicating confidence and reliability is essential to the success of any business. And since administrative assistants are often on the front lines of a company's public image, knowing how to make a good first impression is one of the unspoken but fundamental parts of their jobs. Whether you're interacting with a customer, your boss ...
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    Mind Your Manners For a Good First Impression

    Mind Your Manners For a Good First Impression
    Thanks to home-office technology, you can now conduct business in your pajamas. "We don't have to personally interact on a daily basis with our colleagues and clients as we once had to," says Bobbi Marten, an etiquette consultant based in St. Louis, Mo. But just because you can draft a proposal in your bathrobe, give a presentation while eating pizza ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    1. A Closed Body Whether sitting or standing, your body should be loose and open. Do not cross your arms. Do not cross your legs. While you may think it conveys a sense of ease, studies have shown that a people read a closed body differently: they subconsciously think you have something to hide. What's more, you're missing a golden ...
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
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    Do-It-Yourself Career Development

    Do-It-Yourself Career Development
    With corporate downsizing at an all-time high and entrepreneurs and small businesses on the rise, many of us are finding we have to “do-it-yourself” in some areas where we might once have had help. Specifically, we have to actively manage our own careers including keeping an eye on our own training and development. Whether you were one of the “lucky” ones ...
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    You Never Know Whom They Know

    You Never Know Whom They Know
    We don't walk around wearing signs displaying the names of everyone we know. It would probably shock you to learn about some of the influential people your best friend knows but hasn't told you about. You can't assume that your friend, acquaintance or referral partner doesn't have powerful contacts that can help you-or your business-in important ways. Never underestimate the depth ...
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    13 Worst Networking Mistakes

    13 Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. 1. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    Awesome Twitter Tips for Marketers

    Awesome Twitter Tips for Marketers
    Twitter can be a great resource–if you know how to use it. Here are 28 tips for marketers who want to learn how to use Twitter to network and share information: 1. Determine your purpose
 Before spending any amount of time on Twitter, you should decide what you want to get out of it. Do you want to meet people who ...
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    What Experienced Workers Can Gain from Internships

    What Experienced Workers Can Gain from Internships
    By Matt Villano | Monster Contributing Writer  Out of gainful employment, out of job offers and running out of savings, Scott Stevens of Portland, Oregon, has turned to a familiar strategy to gain experience and keep his skills fresh: The internship. In spring 2009, Stevens, 35, took an internship on a sustainable tourism project for Travel Portland, a nonprofit destination ...
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    How to Find a Job Over the Holidays

    How to Find a Job Over the Holidays
    OFFICE PARTIES: Conquering the holiday office party doesn't just mean keeping track of how much you drink. Seasonal social events can be the best opportunity to network within your company, so you may want to consider veering away from the buffet line. "Whether you're the life of the party or full of social anxiety when it comes to holiday events, it's ...
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    Don't Be an Office Holiday Party Don't!

    Don't Be an Office Holiday Party Don't!
    Build your personal brand, while enjoying some holiday fun! If you’re dreading the holiday office party or attending one more open house and small talk doesn’t come naturally to you, consider creating your own “Do’s and Don’ts” cheat sheet, suggests Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Networking Skills--and ...
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    Toxic Networking

    Toxic Networking
    If you've put in a number of years in your professional field, this dreaded scenario might sound familiar: You get a call or an email from a friend of a colleague, asking for a meeting with a murky agenda. Not wanting to offend your colleague, you halfheartedly agree to a brief encounter. The day arrives, and so does the feckless schmoozer. ...
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