• The Key To Success: Leap Over The Gap

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    Reprinted courtesy of TheCareerNews.com
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN — What is The Gap? The Gap is the distance between our goal and our accomplishment. It could also be the difference between who we are and who we think we should be. The Gap is insidious. It can steal our joy, our enthusiasm, our sense of accomplishment, our satisfaction in our career and our life. Are you like the Olympic athletes who feel they’ve failed because they’re only number two in the world; they only got the silver medal, and nothing can console them?

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  • When Professional Development & Middle-Adulthood Collide: Re-launching your Career

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    Most people launch their careers in their twenties and thirties with the focus of career development mainly on early adulthood. And what is the ambition at this age? For many, it’s getting to “the top” as soon as possible. Some people achieve this goal in their early forties with twenty to thirty career years still ahead of them. Others perhaps do not use goals in their careers; their careers just evolve!

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  • Profits are better than wages

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    Reprinted courtesy of TheCareerNews.com
    WEST PALM BEACH, FL — “I teach kids to buy two bicycles; one to ride and one to rent,” says business philosopher Jim Rohn. Entrepreneurialism is a natural human phenomenon and today, with job security as secure as airline flight schedules, the only security is the security you create for yourself.
    One of the best ways to start your own business is to do it while working for someone else. Start it part-time. Who said it’s best to put all your eggs in one basket? Whatever happened to diversification and multiple streams of income? Everyone should have a business, even a part time business, for three main reasons: 1) To build a safety net, 2) to pursue your passions, and 2) to use as a tax write off.

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  • Dream Job: Indie Label Owner

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    Sounding out
    Are you one of those people who like to feed jukeboxes five bucks at a time, hoping to manipulate the aural environment of your favorite bar for the next, oh, several hours? A frustrated deejay, perhaps? Maybe you have what it takes to be an indie label owner.
    M.K. O’Connell launched his label, Anisette Records, in September 1997 and is celebrating its fourth release, a still-untitled oeuvre by a Los Angeles guitar-pop quintet, the Lassie Foundation. A financial analyst by trade, O’Connell stressed that this type of recording entrepreneurship is, at least initially, strictly a labor of love.

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  • The Art of Writing “Resume Objectives”

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    Before going into the issue of how to write resume objectives, you should know that, if possible, you should always include an objective section in your resume, except for particular circumstances.
    A major mistake that job seekers do when they write their “objective” is to put the focus at the wrong place. The objective part of your resume, as well as the rest of your resume, should target the employer’s needs, not reflect what you want in the job.

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  • A New Way To Learn: Online

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    Many of the most universities in the country are realizing that no everyone can attend regular classes to obtain a college education. As a result almost all of them offer distance learning programs that allow students from anywhere in the country to get a university education and even get an online degree.
    There are many barriers to overcome in order to get a college education. They range from cost to motivation to accessibility. Many young people and their families simply cannot afford to pay the tens of thousands of dollars that is necessary in a regular degree program. Others live in remote areas of the country that make it impossible to attend college without major support and subsidies.

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  • How to Succeed in Meetings Without Really Trying

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    Do you hate meetings? Most people do. In any country, China included, and at any time.
    Even though they can be an enormous waste of time, meetings still happen in every business, every day. Consider these ten ways to make meetings shorter and better ie. more productive (warning: some are a little mean):

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  • Job Seekers: Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

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    Reprinted courtesy of TheCareerNews.com
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Most job hunting and career articles focus on the things you can do to increase your chances of finding and landing the ideal job. But let’s face it: there are many things you can’t control. Indeed, the most significant success factors are entirely outside of your control! These include factors such as timing and whether or not you meet the specific criteria for any given job opportunity.
    Perhaps you’re the perfect candidate … except you don’t have C++ experience. Perhaps you’re the perfect candidate… for a position that was filled last month. Perhaps you just don’t fit the company culture. The possible reasons are endless, but the important thing is that many are outside your control.

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  • Let‚Äôs Talk About Happiness

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    Last year, Tal Ben-Shahar’s class on happiness was the most popular course at Harvard University, surpassing Introduction to Economics. This is not surprising. Underlying everything that we do is that search for happiness. But what is happiness? Tal Ben-Shahar defines happiness as follows: “It’s a combination of meaning and pleasure. A happy life is one that has meaningful, purposeful, significant, important experiences. And it’s a life that one experiences pleasure in. It’s enjoying the journey and the destination.” (Emphasis added.) I think that’s the key: Happiness is both about the present and the future. It’s a continuum.
    To read the rest of the interview with Tal Ben-Shahar, please go to Happy at Job? It’s How You Look at It (Los Angeles Times).
    Article courtesy of WorkBloom, an employment blog incorporating a comprehensive career resources section, including the largest database of professionally written resume and cover letter samples on the Web.

  • Job Search, Career Management and Learning

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    I am a learning fanatic. Whether that learning takes place on my own or in a structured setting online or offline, I revel in learning about new job-search and career-management techniques and technology, as well as myriad other topics such as personal branding, career research, business development, entrepreneurship, leadership skills, innovation, and yes – even distance learning.
    Does an attitude that embraces continual learning help to optimize your place in a highly competitive business or job market? I believe so. In my case, it ensures that I can deliver the best career-management services possible (my mission) because I have absorbed (like a sponge!) cutting-edge knowledge. So, too, job-seekers and employed professionals at all levels can secure “career insurance” for a lifetime by staying up-to-date in their career fields or by gaining new knowledge in targeted new career areas.

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