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How to Work the Room Like a Pro

Photo Credit BasicGov In my last post, I revealed my deep-seated fear of networking in person. I’m also afraid of sharks and Alex Trebek, but I’ve bodysurfed in the ocean and taken the qualifying test for Jeopardy, so overcoming networking jitters is definitely doable. If you’re like me, and you don’t like meeting new people…

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Career Advice: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Photo Credit Bureau of Land Management Oregon  Eleanor Roosevelt advised all of us to do one thing every day that scares us. As a naturally risk-averse person, daily thrill seeking isn’t necessarily in my cards, but the theory does have some merit for planning a solid career. Whether you’re searching for a new job or…

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Passions or Paycheck?

Photo Credit 401(K)2013 Of all the career advice I’ve encountered over the years, “do what you love and the money will follow” makes me sigh the most. I agree that you should let your interests guide you toward professions and jobs, but I will never promise anyone that the money will follow. Depending on your…

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Building Bridges: How to Be a Better Networker

Photo Credit Rodney Campbell Lots of people tell me they don’t like networking. They say it feels fake and disingenuous. If it does, you’re doing it wrong. Networking is nothing more or less than building relationships. A good networker is a bridge builder, someone who makes connections for others without expecting anything in return. This…

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5 Simple Resume Mistakes

Photo Credit Julie_G In our digital world, we devote countless hours to submitting applications online. But most resumes contain simple mistakes that remove them from ever being considered, especially if the employer is using an Applicant Tracking System. Here are 5 simple mistakes you can easily correct: • File Format – Many employers use an applicant…

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Thank You

Last week I shared a post on LinkedIn by Josh Bersin about giving thanks to coworkers, colleagues, customers and volunteers. Aside from providing empirical evidence that recognizing others’ contributions is a good practice, Bersin got me thinking about how I could properly thank the people and businesses who have played a role in helping me…

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Writing Counts in Resumes

Photo Credit Stockmonkeys.com When it comes to resumes, I have one simple rule: if you can’t prove it, you can’t say it. That means statements like exceptional customer service, outstanding project management skills, and superior communication and leadership are O-U-T. Why? Because unless you won the Exceptional Customer Service Award, it’s just your opinion of…

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