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'I Quit'

Whether you are minutes away from quitting your job or you are just fantasizing about “sticking it to the man,” quitting is on our minds more often than we admit. And just like a break-up, there is a time and place for...

May 7, 2012
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WORKING: Searching While Expecting

Occasionally, our career expert Brandon Smith will answer a question from a listener or blog reader. Here’s one he received recently: “I am six months pregnant and I was wondering how to approach my situation in the job...

May 2, 2012
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WORKING: Generational Conflict

When you work with people, it’s natural that some conflict will arise from time to time. Sometimes, though, we have trouble dealing with a colleague because we’re different ages and have different perspectives on the...

April 25, 2012
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WORKING: After The Interview

Here’s the job-search checklist: Network with friends, acquaintances and social-media connections to find interesting new opportunities. Craft your resume to highlight the story you want to tell about your career (and...

April 20, 2012

Prescription - How To Deliver A 'Dysfunction-Free' Performance Review

More often than not, workplace dysfunction is a sneaky and unpredictable thing. Your boss flips out without warning simply because your report is an hour late. Your co-worker smiles at you in the break room only to be...

April 13, 2012
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WORKING: Finding Work While Working

The truth is, it’s easier to find work when you already have it. Seems counterproductive, especially for the long-term unemployed, but recruiters agree that’s the way it works. Balancing the job search with your daily...

April 11, 2012

When Performance Reviews Become Personal

It has been my experience that when performance reviews turn dysfunctional, 50% of the time the issue lies with the content itself (its inaccurate, vague, political, etc…). However, for the other 50% of the time it has...

April 11, 2012
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WORKING: Finding A Mentor

People often through around the phrase “he’s my mentor.” What does that really mean, though? Developing a useful mentoring relationship is more than just learning new skills and approaches from an older co-worker or...

March 28, 2012

When Performance Reviews Become Unpleasant Surprises

When it comes to performance reviews, perhaps nothing can be more frustrating than to be “surprised” during the conversation. However, before we go much further down the path, it is only fair that I share my personal...

March 28, 2012
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WORKING: No Resume Needed

A big part of a job search is polishing and fine-tuning your resume so it best reflects who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re headed. For some companies (mostly tech or marketing firms, but a few others), that...

March 21, 2012

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