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    Top 12 Development Goals for Leaders

    Top 12 Development Goals for Leaders
    I help a lot of leaders create individual development plans using some variation of this process. This time of year (January) is always especially busy. Although every leader I work with is unique, it seems like the development goals end up being somewhat common from year to year. To help you get a head start on your 2010 leadership development plan, ...
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    8 Ways Ad Agencies Keep Employees Happy

    There is an unwritten contract between every employer and every employee. It goes like this: "You take care of me, and I will take care of you." For the worker, it means that he or she will work hard, meet or exceed expectations and get along well with supervisors, subordinates and others. For employers, it means providing an atmosphere that ...
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    The World's 20 Worst Places to Work

    The World's 20 Worst Places to Work
    Hardship Posts These days few workers feel confident enough to make demands of their employers. With the global economy enduring the worst downturn in decades, lots of workers in the U.S. and other countries are happy to have a job, any job. There are places, though, where it's so tough to live that employees can still get companies to pay them ...
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    15 Companies Hiring Despite the Recession

    Are you looking for a job, but think you can't find one because there just aren't any opportunities out there? Think again. There are a few companies that are still growing and thriving despite, or maybe because of, the economic downturn. Excelle did the research for you and compiled a list of 15 workplaces that aren't laying people off, and that ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

    Don't just sit there, basking in your continued employment... Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you're one of the lucky ones. Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable -- yet. But instead of sitting ...
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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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    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman

    Getting into Leadership Roles as a Woman
    There's a lot of talk about the pipeline -- that magical conveyer belt that calls a select few up toward the top of organizations. The pipeline is critically important for women, who in most organizations are notably absent from it. This underrepresentation of eligible females is often cited as the excuse for everything from pay inequity and the shortage of women ...
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    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees

    Frequently Asked Questions of Laid-Off Employees
    As the recession results in business closures, bankruptcies and thousands of layoffs, a growing number of jobless Maine residents are left with questions about their rights and their former employers' responsibilities. Maine's February unemployment rate reached 8 percent as the state lost another 2,600 jobs. For the year ending in February, the state lost 15,500 jobs across all economic sectors. Back ...
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    Want to Get Promoted? Here's How

    Want to Get Promoted? Here's How
    Do you have the drive to succeed? Want to move up in your organization, but not sure how to get promoted? Getting a promotion can be a tricky business. You can work hard and do everything your boss asks, but if you’re not in the right place at the right time you might get passed over. Office politics can be difficult ...
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    Work From Home, Don't Get Fired! 14 Tips

    Work From Home, Don't Get Fired! 14 Tips
    Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips: 1. Understand your employer’s expectations. Will your job requirements and duties be the same at home as in an office environment? How much support will you receive as a home office worker. Some companies have very ...
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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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    Global Public Relations Careers

    Global Public Relations Careers
    Getting the Message Across Borders Public relations is becoming a truly international industry. But before going straight for a PR career overseas, do some research. The industry's growth abroad is slower than you might think, and there may be unforeseen challenges involved in creating a global campaign. You'll also want to consider looking at both PR firms abroad and domestic companies ...
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    6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

    When it comes to your career, do you lie to yourself? The answer is most likely ‘yes.’ In an article I read by Sam Sommers, a professor of psychology at Tufts University, he explains how and why we like to kid ourselves. He explains: “People do this all the time. We bend the facts to fit our self-image, perpetuating a ...
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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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    Blaze a Creative Path to Advertising Management

    Blaze a Creative Path to Advertising Management
    Many graphic designers and ad copywriters have great expectations for their creative careers: To produce award-winning creative for their in-house advertising department or for their agency's most prestigious clients. But other creatives have another ambition: To rise into advertising management. They may be driven by intellectual curiosity, a desire to lead, or just the potential to earn a higher salary. Whatever ...
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    Sleep Your Way to the Top, Ace Your Ad Interview!

    Sleep Your Way to the Top, Ace Your Ad Interview!
    The Situation: You just nabbed a huge interview with an ad house you thought you’d never be able to set foot in, let alone work for. You’re nervous. You’re excited. You know the company’s goals and objectives inside and out and you’ve assembled and reassembled your book about a zillion different times and ways. Now what? Experts are quick to recommend ...
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    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
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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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    Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge

    Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge
    John Rossheim, Monster When it comes to connecting with the right job opportunity, timing isn't everything, but it's certainly something. Tuning into industries' and employers' annual recruitment cycles just might give you a decisive edge. That's the consensus of recruiters and employers with fingers on the pulse of seasonal variations in hiring. Here's a quarter-by-quarter summary of how these hiring dynamics ...