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Posted August 30, 2007 by

College Students Studying a Lot

Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin recently released a study conducted in July 2007 that illustrates that today’s college students study hard and multitask just as hard.
Nearly two-thirds reported studying diligently and 59 percent said they used online study tools such as online quizzing, course outlines, video tutorials, tutoring and study groups. “We’re finding that students are increasingly using online study tools in tandem with their textbooks,” Katie Rose, head of research and marketing for Houghton Mifflin College Division, said in a statement.
Good news? Perhaps for some students. While most students seem to use their computer primarily as an education tool, 44 percent said that the same computer was also their distraction of choice. Not so good.

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Posted August 28, 2007 by

Networking: The Science of Schmooze

It’s half an hour before an executive schmooze-fest at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Ken Morse is giving last-minute networking tips to a crowd of MBA students and invited guests. As managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, Morse teaches aspiring business leaders the nuts and bolts of growing and sustaining a business. His lecture on networking is one of the highlights of the semester.
Networking – or making professional contacts through friends, family, and other associates – is the most popular way to find a new job, according to a recent Salary.com poll. It is also an indispensable tool for promoting and growing a business. You don’t need an MBA to understand how to network, but it doesn’t hurt to listen in on what the MBAs are learning.

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

Don’t Be an Annoying Job Seeker

The follow-up ‚Äì it’s one of the most touchy and subjective areas of your job hunt. Everyone has a different opinion on the best way for a job seeker to show enthusiasm about a job without being overbearing ‚Äì just as every person has a different threshold for annoying behavior. I happen to have a very low tolerance for dealing with annoying or overbearing people, so keep that in mind when reading this brief timeline for following up before and after an interview:

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

Lessons from Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is without a doubt the most successful pop star of the last few years. She’s sold over 15 million albums worldwide and won a slew of awards including several Grammys.
Her success to date has been a fairy story, but recently things have been going wrong for Kelly. A highly publicized fight with her record label and tepid reviews for her soon-to-be-released album were the start. More recently she fired her manager and canceled all of her summer tour dates due to poor ticket sales.
The story of how Kelly got from there to here is a manual of career ‘dont’s.’

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

How Knowing Your Strengths Can Help You Be Happier at Work

How well do you know your strengths?
How are you using them to become happier in your career?
Kathryn Britton has written a fascinating post on the Positive Psychology Daily blog, about how to use your knowledge of your strengths to make changes in your job that are going to feel good.
She cites Marcus Buckingham’s new book, Go, Put Your Strengths to Work and his summer teleclass series as inspirations.

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Posted August 20, 2007 by

A New Twist on Resume Distribution

I get asked to endorse products and books and services all the time. I almost never agree, but recently I came across a service that I DO really like.
One of the hardest things for job seekers is to get their resume into the hands of hiring managers and recruiters. There are many companies out there who promise to zap your resume to thousands of decision-makers – they make it seem so easy. The problem with most of these services is that they are sending your resume to people who didn’t ask for it in the first place, and who don’t have time to look at it. In addition, it’s usually a one-time deal and you have no opportunity to follow up with hiring managers.
That’s why I like Resume Spider so much.

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Posted August 18, 2007 by

Salary Talk: Should I get a raise for working in a new region?

Q. I work for a food and beverage management company that has had a few closures over that past year in my region due to cutbacks by our clients. To stay employed with my company, I agreed to consult in a different region (with a much higher salary scale for the same position) until new business opens back up in my home region. This agreement was on a month-to-month basis. Three months have gone by now and there is a possibility of new business back home. This new business will not open for six months though, so they have asked me to stay here until then. How do I negotiate for a salary increase that reflects this region while I am consulting here?

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Posted August 14, 2007 by

Lawyer Career Education and Advancement

Job description
Lawyers act as both advisors and advocates to their clients. They represent either the defense or prosecution side in criminal and civil trials. They are responsible for presenting evidence and arguments that best support their client. Lawyers advise their clients regarding a multitude of issues in both business and personal matters. Lawyers will usually specialize in a certain area of law, such as healthcare, probate, international, and environmental law, among others.

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Posted August 09, 2007 by

Clothes that Say “Pay Me More”

In most jobs, it’s unlikely your employer will ever send you home to change if you break one of the written or unwritten rules of the corporate dress code. But every day, you get a chance to make a statement about your value to the company through your choice of clothes. Moreover, salary negotiations can happen at any time. So don’t get caught off guard in your old lucky sweatshirt from your college exams on the day the company decides to offer spot bonuses. Here’s a list of ways to say “pay me more” – or at least avoid saying “pay me less” – with your wardrobe.
Would you ask for a raise wearing…

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Posted August 06, 2007 by

Salary Talk: How do I negotiate for a cost-of-living adjustment?

Q. My facility just was closed. Approximately 80 hourly employees were eliminated, as well as 90 percent of the salaried workforce. I am one of the lucky 10 percent who are being offered postions at a different location. I currently live in a state that has a low cost of living and will most likely be asked to move to a state that has a much higher cost of living. Would it be out of place to ask for that increase in my salary?

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