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As you assemble a list of references to submit to prospective employers, you carefully choose every name. You make sure these are people who can be trusted, people who will speak well of you, and people who have the native intelligence, critical thinking skills, and social savvy that can turn your flaws into assets and… Read more »

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Your interview is scheduled later this week, and you’re doing your best to prepare for the surprises and curveball questions that may be heading your way. Of course your session will probably open with some small talk and a polite discussion of the kind of job you’re looking for and why you applied for this… Read more »

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Once you’ve encouraged smart and talented employees to apply for work with your company, your job isn’t over; you still need to get them to accept your offer. And once they accept your offer, don’t put your feet up just yet; you still need to work hard all day, every day, to create meaningful incentives… Read more »

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Five minutes after an interview ends, most candidates start to feel the first twitches of impatience and urgency. At this point, employers have almost all of the information they need in order to make a decision, and that decision—positive or negative– can help the candidate move forward and start planning her next moves. So the… Read more »

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You’ve found a post for a job you’d like to pursue…and this time, you’re serious. You know this position is meant for you, and you can feel your heart speed up a bit as you read through each detail of the job description. You have at least half of the qualifications you need (if not… Read more »

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Baby boomers born in the years right after the Second World War are now reaching the age of retirement, which means they’re leaving the workplace in waves and trading in meetings and client lunches for the spa and the beach. And as these older workers walk out the door, they’ll be taking high levels of… Read more »

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Are your employees starting to feel the pressure of long hours, challenging working conditions, and tight deadlines? Even one of these three conditions can present a serious problem for managers, and any two in combination can bring on a perfect storm of stress and eventual turnover. If you don’t want your most talented assets to… Read more »

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Resume gaps are a simple, universal reality in the modern working world, and nearly 70 percent of job seekers have some form of sudden job loss or temporary departure from the work force somewhere in their histories. But at the same time, even though most of us have at least one or two gaps in… Read more »

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There are few tasks more awkward than sitting down with an adult, professional person and finding a way to tell him that he isn’t meeting expectations at his job. But this is a standard responsibility at the management level, and when it has to be done, managers face two options: Sugarcoat the message, spare the… Read more »

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What makes a company a great place to work? What kind of culture makes candidates line up to get in the door, and what makes a company’s seal of approval so desirable that candidates treat a job offer like a proud life accomplishment? Every manager would love to elevate her company’s reputation to this level—After… Read more »