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Keep a list

5 years ago in Career development

One of the best ways to be proactive about your career is to keep a running list of your achievements on the job.

This list comes in handy when you are updating your resume and can't remember what to include in your latest job description. It also helps enormously at performance review time when your boss asks you to fill out a self-evaluation explaining what it is you do and what your goals should be for the next year. This should not be a time-consuming or labor-intensive project. Just set aside five minutes each week to update your list, and feel free to tack on achievements whenever you think of them. Keep it somewhere where you won't lose it, such as a notebook you always keep on hand or, better yet, an online document.…

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Résumé Don's

5 years ago in Career development

Today we're going to focus on résumé don'ts, or the top seven ways your résumé might be standing in the way of you getting the job you want.

They're easy to fix, so if you're on the job hunt, take out your résumé and follow along.…

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Tips for Turning Temp Work into Full-Time Employment

5 years ago in Career development

Temping -- working temporary jobs -- can be a great way to earn a few bucks between full-time jobs and other commitments.

I'm partial to temp agencies because I worked temp jobs every summer while I was in college, before ultimately starting a full-time job at a temporary employment agency after graduation. I was able to earn more money during those summers than most other short-term jobs were offering, and I collected important "office experience"; for my resume. While not all temp jobs turn into permanent employment, they do offer learning, growth, and networking experiences that aid in finding full-time work. …

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Friday morning roundup: Bad news bears

5 years ago in General news

The media's glass seems to be half empty this morning, maybe it's the utterly miserable rain and wind we have here.

A slew of articles from CNN today focus on the downsides of the economy. …

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"It Was Raining, So I Quit" - A True Story

5 years ago in Career development

I have heard this phrase more times than I can count: "It was raining, so I quit"

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The Right Way to Ask for Help

5 years ago in Personal development

Everyone needs help sometimes.

Whether you're in a new job or honing a new skill, the worst thing you can do is refuse to ask for help when you don't know what you're doing. That said, there is a right and a wrong way to ask. The mark of a truly awful employee is when he simply says, "I don't know how to do this. I need help," about every task his boss assigns. Do this and you will both aggravate your boss and continue to be bad at your job. If you want to earn your boss's respect and learn how to do your job well, here is the right way to ask for help.…

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Six Tips for Making a Good First Impression

5 years ago in Career development

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

And a lot of people aren't sure how to do it well. In an ideal world, people would get to know one another before making a judgment call, but in reality, no one has time to get to know every person well. When it comes to job interviews and meeting new people in social situations, being able to make a snap judgment saves time -- and that makes making a good first impression an important skill to learn. If you go on a lot of job interviews but never get the job, have trouble making friends, or feel anxious when you meet strangers, chances are you could benefit from working on your first impression. Try these tips and improve what people think of you when you first meet.…

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Learning is a great thing. Free learning is even better!

5 years ago in Personal development

Microsoft has released a useful series of free Excel tutorial videos covering how to perform data analysis using pivot tables, lists and other data functions.

While they're aimed at Excel 2010, the core principles equally apply to version 2007 and lower. A great resource for those looking to hone their Excel-Fu.…

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8 Interview Questions To Avoid Like The Plague

5 years ago in Career development

For those currently interviewing for jobs, or even for those who interview candidates regularly, add this useful Inc article to your "Good to know" list.

Inc highlights eight questions which, at face value, may seem innocent enough for an interviewer to ask as part of a conversation during an interview, but which can be either plain illegal to ask, or could lead to potential discrimination.…

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NYSID Jobs Well Done

5 years ago in General news

NYSID and GoodTemps strive to enhance the lives of people with impairing medical conditions and disabilities, turning benefit recipients into paid and tax contributing members of their communities through the power of work.

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What Not to Say... In an Interview

5 years ago in Career development

Mainstreet.com has a useful article giving a few tips on topics to avoid bringing up during your interview.

Number one on their list is railing about previous employers; even if you leave an employer on less than amicable terms, turning the other cheek and focusing on the positives is the way to go. Criticizing can give the interviewer the impression that you'll be feeling the same way about them a year down the line.…

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4 Ways to Be More Productive

5 years ago in Career development

All of us have thought, "I don't have enough time," or, "If only there were more hours in the day," at one time or another.

Unnecessary tasks waste our time everyday, and we usually waste even more time trying to make lists and organize everything we have to do. It's frustrating and exhausting. Here a few tips for simplifying your "to do" list and getting things done.…

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Alphabetical Filing

5 years ago in Career development

You can learn practically anything for free on the internet.

I received an email today asking about resources for learning and practicing alphabetical filing skills -- knowing which files go in which order so that you can store them and find them again easily. It was a great question that I think a lot of people can benefit from asking. Alphabetical filing is one of those skills that most people think they've mastered, or they are afraid to ask for help because they assume everyone else already knows how, but in reality, fewer people than you realize really know how to file. Fortunately, there are set rules you can learn that will tell you what to do in any given situation. With a little practice, you'll master all the finer points of alphabetical filing.…

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Indeed Military: Job Search Resources For Veterans & Employers

5 years ago in Career development

On Veterans Day, Indeed.com launched a new portal, Indeed Military

The aim of Indeed Military is to help veterans find jobs that match their military background and experience. In partnership with Joining Forces, the service is free to job seekers and easy to use; simply enter your military occupation code and your location, and Indeed will return matching job opportunities from employers. Indeed Military is currently free to employers, and allows them to search by occupation and location to identify veteran job seekers in their area.…

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Goodwill On The Radio

6 years ago in General news

Goodwill Industries will be featured in a number of radio spots over the next two weeks to raise awareness of our collective mission and to promote the Goodwill Suits Vets drive.

If you're a radio listener, keep your ears peeled on the following stations:…

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5 New Year's Resolutions For Job Hunters

6 years ago in Career development

If you've been reading my posts for the last few weeks -- or applying for jobs -- you already know that full-time hiring grinds to a halt during the holiday season.

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New Law Brings Tax Credits To Employers Who Hire Veterans

6 years ago in Employment news

In November, the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act was passed into law (VOW).

This law allows for increases in training, education, job placement and transition assistance to veterans, as well as assistance for veterans with disabilities.…

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Goodwill Suits Vets - Free Professional Outfit For Veterans

6 years ago in General news

Armed Service veterans returning from active duty are faced with many challenges; adjusting to civilian life, integrating back into society, coping with trauma or a disability, or even just finding work.

In some areas of the country, veteran unemployment is over 30% and typically trends much higher than the local average.…

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Energize Your New Year's Job Hunt!

6 years ago in Career development

The new year is almost (almost!) upon us, which means a new year of resolutions which may or may not be kept.

Ensure your career resolutions for the new year are kept by following these helpful tips:…

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Networking In The New Year

6 years ago in Career development

This holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Years, we're taking a look at one thing you can do each week to lead you to a new career move in the new year. Last week we discussed quick and easy resume fixes. This week we'll tackle networking.

Networking is the most important and efficient step you can take towards finding your next job, and it isn't as hard or scary as people like to make it sound. Here is your step-by-step guide to networking in the new year.…

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