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I’m at the beach. It’s raining. Not sprinkling. Showering. Misting. Or any of the displays that suggest wait-a-minute and the sun’s bound to come out.  This is a rain that’s going to stay for a while. I better get used to it. It came advertised. I saw it on the weather channel, read it in […]

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You’re in the job market and you’ve got lots of company. Some of you burned out in your last job and you chose to leave because you couldn’t continue in a position or at a place that buried the best in you and brought out the worst. You need a job. You may be lay- […]

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A number of job seekers have called wanting to know the basics of interview- etiquette, for the interviewer as well as the applicant. They asked, they said, because they felt that they weren’t treated fairly by the process. Here are several different examples they provided. See what you think: “I was kept waiting for more […]

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Balance. Who cares and what does it have to do with your job search? Several clients have called, wanting to figure it out. The call for balance used to be the province of women in the workplace.  “I’m expected to do it all,” some whispered. “I expect to do it all,” others proclaimed. And it […]

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Last week I described a job candidate I’ll call Sam, who was flabbergasted to find he’d been eliminated from competition because the interviewer viewed his behavior as unacceptable. This is Sam’s version of what happened: Sam had a busy morning and as a result, was late getting to his interview. When he arrived, the receptionist […]

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Everyone has an attitude. How you project that attitude has enormous influence on how you are perceived. Those perceptions and interpretations by prospective employers make the difference between a winning interview, and one that doesn’t quite get it. Attitudes are influenced by events and your reactions to them. You may be a great communicator, a […]

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All of us, at one time or another, have ‘lost it,’ expressing more emotion than we intended. Later, after replaying the exchange in our heads or getting feedback from an onlooker, we wondered, “Did I overreact?” If you have ever asked that question (or failed to when you should have), there’s a good chance your […]

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Are you into lists? How about Ten Gonna Getcha’s for Managers: You’re always the boss. You’re an “in charge kind of person”.  Everyone comes to you with work site problems because you can fix anything. You wear your tool belt at work, home, and in public gatherings. No matter who has the problem, you have […]

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The best of intentions can result in unintended consequences. For example: Mister Fixer: You may be their manager but they think of you as the company handyman. You encourage them to come to you with their problems because you can fix anything. You wear your tool belt to work, at home, and in public gatherings. […]

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In 20 years of my consulting organizations about generational workplace behavior, no topic has been a greater source of angst than the cultural change on organizational meetings influenced by those in the Millennial generation. It brings to mind a colleague named Mark who wants to run productive sales meetings while keeping his young and energetic participants fully engaged. Mark […]

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