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Take Advantage of Holiday Time To Step Up Your Job Hunting Efforts

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am very fed up with my current employment situation and I'm ready to make a move. The problem is that everyone I talk to suggests that with the holidays coming up I'd be better off if I waited until the new year to begin my job search. Are they right? Is there anything I can do in the meantime that would prepare me for launching my job hunt? Answer Contrary to popular belief, I...

5 Ways to Get Fired on Facebook

By Julie Walraven

Never before in the history of the world can we communicate more quickly to more people. Social media is a great tool, but it is also a great way to create chaos and potentially cause yourself harm. While Twitter can be equally dangerous, Facebook is a tool but if you don’t pay attention to what you are posting you will get yourself in trouble. What Facebook posts could get you fired? Comp...

Your Career Passion - Risky Business?

By Patricia Edwards

In the beginning, you might experience a gnawing, a feeling of frustration, exhaustion or disappointment. It grows in intensity until one day you realize all the energy you put into your work is not enough. It may have been at one time. Yes; at first, it’s thrilling to get a steady paycheck and buy nice things. I can also feel rewarding to see your name on the business card, moving up the or...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Professional Development Can Keep You Ahead of the Curve

By Mary Gormandy White

Individuals who are dedicated to enjoying maximum career success and job satisfaction understand the importance of participating in professional development and continuing education activities on an ongoing basis. Whether you want to change professions, move into management, or become an outstanding employee in your current position, constantly striving to improve your skills and knowledge ...

Social Graces, Business Places

By Susan Morem

Some companies would never consider hiring someone for an important position without first taking them out for dinner. Why? Because the way a person handles him or herself in a more relaxed atmosphere can be very telling. If you are interviewing for a job, entertaining prospective clients or going out with coworkers, beware: The way you handle yourself is just as important in the office as it is a...

Do you think I have a chance of being successful?

By Julie Jansen

Dear Julie, I'm 34 years old and in a dead end job. I really want to start an events planning business but am scared. Do you think I have a chance of being successful? Katrina Jones, Bismarck, ND Dear Katrina, You haven't shared much information about yourself other than your age and geographic location. Here's what I do know. Self-employment is the fastest growing type of employment in the ...