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The Seven Worst Communication Habits

The quality of your communication is always important, and increased skillfulness offers many benefits. Yet in more difficult times, such as when the economy is in recession, the quality of your communication becomes even more important. Sometimes the cost of poor communication is immediate, and sometimes it […]

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Learning to Co-Exist With Co-Workers

Eight hours a day. Five days a week. Fifty weeks a year. You spend almost as much time with your co-workers as you do with your family. The moral of the story? Good relationships with co-workers are the single most important factor for job satisfaction. Without them, […]

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Tips For Smoother Conversations

Recently, I heard someone say, “Communication is easy.” I disagree. Talking is easy; communication, which means an exchange or communion with another, requires greater care and skill. An exchange that is a communion demands that we listen and speak skillfully, not just talk mindlessly. And interacting with […]

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Facebook Professionally

By now, you probably understand the potential dangers of social media. Indiscriminate use can seriously damage your professional reputation. So when people in your office (especially your boss) want to be your Facebook friend, how do you use Facebook so that you can still show your face […]

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Ten Tips to Strengthen Your People Skills

If you’ve thought that people skills could not be much of an issue in determining your own success on the job, think again. You could be skating on thin ice when it comes to relating to people and yet be unaware that danger exists. The ten tips […]

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To Resolve or Not to Resolve

I’m not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. Frustrated by bad habits like smoking, overeating, being disorganized, or not exercising, many of us vow to change and make a New Year’s resolution. “This year, I’ll walk on my treadmill three times a week,” we pledge, and […]

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Dynamic Cover Letter = Job-Search Success

There is a formula that can be followed as a guide to writing your cover letters. However, it is critical that each cover letter be unique and specific to you and to the employer—not one that any applicant could have written to any employer. Keep your cover […]

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Ten Ways to Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile

Any advantage that you can get to help get your resume to the top of the pile is worth looking at. I have some employment agency contacts that I asked about what people can do to put them to the front of the line when the jobs […]

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Off-the-Wall Job Interview Questions

Within the last ten to fifteen years, some strange and different interview questions have come into use among job interviewers around the United States. Some of these questions sound like “pop psychology” quizzes from magazines, some sound like a psychiatric examination, some appear to be like logic […]

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How to Overcome Being “Overqualified”

Nothing is more frustrating than applying for a job you want and being told you’re “overqualified.” Arrggh!! You figure that, “Hey, if I’m willing to take this work—work that my skills and experience clearly show I am more than capable of doing—then employers should be thrilled to […]

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