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WORKING: Career Derailers

Joshua Stewart - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 2:23am

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to think about those New Year’s resolutions. (OK, I admit, I haven’t figured any out yet, either.) Maybe there’s something in your working life that could use some attention....

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WORKING: Where's Your Career Going?

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 9:19am

It seems like a pretty easy question: What do you really like to do? But in the context of your job (and more broadly, your career), lots of us find it difficult to answer. Our career expert Brandon Smith says that’s...

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WORKING: The Performance Review

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 8:55am

With the new year comes the annual gauntlet of performance reviews for many companies and employees. Many managers see them as one more task on a likely overloaded to-do list, and many employees dread going through the...

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WORKING: Just One More Thing...

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 9:50am

A job interview is as much about you your potential new employer selling you on their organization as it is about you selling yourself to them. Our work and career guru Brandon Smith says there’s some essential...

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WORKING: Use It Or Lose It

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 10:26am

If you’re like lots of workers, you lost some vacation time at the end of the year. A Harris Interactive survey at the end of last year found many people forfeited some of their accumulated vacation time simply because...

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WORKING: When 'Nice' People Lose

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:00am

The old saying goes that nice guys finish last, whether it’s romance, business, whatever. It seems a bit counterintuitive, but a string of studies and surveys in the last six months or so have demonstrated that when it...

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WORKING: Explaining A Layoff

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 8:16am

Scenario: you’re fresh out of college and you get your first “real” job. But after a few months, you’re laid off. Now it’s time to start interviewing and finding another job. How do you handle this on your resume and in...

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WORKING: Handling Criticism

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 9:20am

We usually call it “constructive,” but criticism at work often doesn’t feel all that helpful. Maybe it’s because we were blindsided by the feedback or because it felt unjustified and the conversation turned into an...

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WORKING: Moving Sideways, Moving Up

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 10:07am

Any number of reasons might prompt a job-seeker to consider a lateral career move: family obligations, lifestyle changes, simply a desire for new scenery and challenges. Taking a job at the same level as your current...

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WORKING: Before You Click 'Send'

Joshua Stewart - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 9:03am

Sometimes sending a quick an email makes sense: you need to acknowledge receipt of something or try to work out logistics for a meeting. And it’s so easy to type a couple of lines and move on. But there are times when...

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