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LinkedIn: How It’s Changing Business (and How to Make It Work For You)

Filed under: Best Advice, Networking, Professional Development, Publishing, Your Career

Shortly after Sallie Krawcheck got pushed out of Bank of America, the high-profile banker found herself in need of a professional makeover. As she tried to figure out what to do next, she wrote a few newspaper opinion pieces to build her reputation. She didn’t get much response. When she published something, she’d hear from a friend or two, but that was about it. Then, last fall, LinkedIn recruited her to be a member of its Influencer program, which publishes blog posts and promotes them to the social network’s members. In an early piece she offered advice on being fired. “No one cares about it nearly as much as you do,” she wrote.

LinkedIn readers loved it. The piece has garnered 212,000 page views to date, and several other publications have excerpted it. More than 1,300 people have commented on it, and for the most part their comments are civil, because they have logged on to LinkedIn with their real, professional identities. 

Click to read the full article at Fortune Magazine >>

5 Ways to Look Relaxed During a Job Interview

Filed under: Best Advice, Interviews, Your Career
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Few people actually like job interviewing. It’s nerve-wracking trying to show your “best” self to a perfect stranger. You’re trying to prove you’re the man or woman for the job and that you can handle stressful situations like this one. That’s not easy, but there are some ways to pull yourself together and feel more confident.

 Even if you’re getting butterflies during your next interview, here are five ways to at least look less nervous.

Prepare solid talking points. It’s always best to over-prepare for possible questions by not only researching the company and the person interviewing you, but also by preparing answers and practicing those responses. “Review the skills and experiences requested in the job announcement and have two to three examples of how you have demonstrated each one,” said Distinguished Toastmaster and career consultant Jennifer Blanck. “This will strengthen your answers and allow you to show how your experience is relevant to the job or organization for which you’re interviewing.”

Read the full article at CBS moneywatch >>

How to Be Superb at What You Do

Filed under: Best Advice, Success, Your Career

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Competence. These three syllables mean everything in business, art, and industry alike, embodying as they do an individual’s overall capability as a practitioner of their chosen field.

Like the older terms “able seaman” or “journeyman,” competence signifies an individual’s capacity to handle all aspects of a particular job, and even in our over-hyped world remains something to be proud of.

Yet competence is a moving target, since it doesn’t always translate from one task to another — and in the modern business era, the tasks that define your competence will inevitably change over time. When some new job requirement pops up, you may discover you can’t even manage the minimal standards right out of the gate.

Read the full article at TLNT >>

Never Give Up? That Could Be a Mistake

Filed under: Best Advice, Persistence, Your Career
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Persistence is often the key to success–unless you’re chasing the wrong idea. A recent study examines how blind persistence can cloud your judgment. 

What’s the single most important characteristic to an entrepreneur? Thomas Edison, as die-hard a businessman as any, said that genius was one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.  You could probably extend that statement to starting a business.

Persistence is a key to success. Give up at the first (or second or third… or hundredth) try and you’ll never get anywhere. But a recent study from Oregon State University suggests that the drive for persistence can cloud the judgment of entrepreneurs and short-circuit another important facility: pragmatism.

Read the full article at Inc.com >>

 

Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress

Filed under: Best Advice, Stress, Your Career

By Heidi Grant Halvorson | Posted January 16, 2013

Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, and people are counting on you. You are under a lot of pressure—so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it. This is life in the modern workplace. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do.

In the spirit of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.

Read the full article at LifeHacker.com >>

7 Tips From Entrepreneurs On How To Have A Fearless Career

Filed under: Best Advice, Your Career
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Written by Colleen Oakley, LearnVest | May 18, 2013

Everyone has a fear: heights, spiders, the ground opening up and swallowing you whole. (OK, maybe that’s just me.)

But fears at work can be particularly debilitating. What if I fail? What if I’m not good enough? What if the ground opens up and swallows my cubicle whole?

Letting fear get the best of you at your job can keep you from getting the recognition that you deserve—whether it hinders you from nabbing a promotion or stops you from applying for more challenging positions.

So what’s a timid (yet ambitious) person to do? We talked to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and other go-getter titans at the top to hear about the take charge moves that got them ahead in their careers.

Read the full article at Business Insider>>

How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Filed under: Best Advice, Resume Tips, Your Career

By Careers Plus Resumes

Myths vs. Fact: There are many myths floating around on the internet and throughout the job marketplace regarding the correct length of a resume and how far back a resume should go.

These are all good questions and subjects to cover since there are many different approaches you must take depending on your particular background and target industry.

The truth is, there are no standard rules that should be applied to the length of a resume. However, keeping the content concise and straight to the point may be a key element in the effectiveness of the document, depending on your line of work.

Read the full article at CareerRealism.com >>

8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do

Filed under: Best Advice, Success, Your Career

Author: Jeff Haden | Posted: November 7, 2012

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I’m fortunate to know a number of remarkably successful people. I’ve described how these people share a set of specific perspectives and beliefs.

They also share a number of habits:

1. They don’t create back-up plans.

Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy out when times get tough.

You’ll work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment–without a safety net–will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible.

If somehow the worst does happen (and the “worst” is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will.

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