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Who’s Facebooking You?

The social networking site Facebook is now the most used people search engine on the Web according to data reported by Inside Facebook, an independent blog dedicated to Facebook news. And, according to Wikipedia, the site is now the 7th most visited site in the U.S. and has 30 million registered users. What does all […]

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Wanted: Fuel Counselor

A co-worker of mine only buys $15 of gas at a time. She’s been doing this since gas was 98 cents, and $15 used to go a lot further. It used to fill up the entire tank. She still pays the same amount when she fills up because it is psychologically easier on her. This […]

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That’s a Good Question

I’ve been on my fair share of job interviews. Now that I’m a manager, I appreciate the importance of a good first interview. Committing to a long-term relationship with a relative stranger can be intimidating for the interviewer and the applicant alike. Yesterday, I counseled a colleague who is re-entering the job market after a […]

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Plan to Change the Plan – Career Surprises Reward the Flexible

Some people have a clear plan, a timeline with goals and strategies, to get where they want in their careers. They’ve laid out how they’re going to get there in a year, or 5 years or ten years and are moving forward in that direction. These are the type of people that more spur-of-the-moment people, […]

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Where Are All the Magic Lamps?

I want to own a new H3, but I drive a five-year-old Chrysler. My wife wants me to cook lobster tonight, but I’m picking up pizza. My youngest daughter wants to go to the beach, but tomorrow she will see the sea lion show at the zoo. More often than not, your ideal situation does […]

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Does Your Job Have Staying Power?

Bug breeder. Road kill collector. Catfish noodler. Alpaca shearer. Those are a few of the positions Mike Rowe lists on his résumé. Rowe is host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, a show that exposes people to all kinds of jobs that they don’t necessarily see in the classified ads each week. If you asked […]

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Who’s the Kid in My Boss’s Office?

If you look around your department, you are likely to see someone who is quite a bit older than you – or quite a bit younger. With so many Baby Boomers prolonging retirement and with nearly 80 million Generation Y workers beginning to enter the workforce, it is becoming more common for older and younger […]

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American Idle

Teenagers aren’t working hard for the money this summer. Only 49% of teens age 16 to 19 were working in June – the lowest in the 70 years the U.S. Labor Department has kept records. That was down from 52% in June 2006 and below the 60% in the labor force in June 2000. That’s […]

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What’s In Your Wallet?

Are you getting paid what you’re worth? I’ll guess, probably not. I don’t know of anyone who thinks they make enough money. Well, I have some good news for you, courtesy of an online survey conducted by USA Today and CareerBuilder.com. More than half of the hiring managers they surveyed said they raised their employees’ […]

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My Temporary Summer

During my four years in undergrad, I held a variety of positions – custom framer, office manager, ditch digger, substitute teacher, waiter and dishwasher. After graduating from college, I had a full-time job and graduate school waiting for me in the fall, but I needed something to occupy my summer. My parents suggested I apply […]

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