Sell Yourself During a Job Interview!

As a child, I was told it was inappropriate to brag. Singing one’s own praises was considered impolite.  In fact, most of us have heard the expression, “No one likes a braggart.” I agree that boasting about oneself is not looked upon favorably and arrogance is certainly not an admirable character trait.  However, there are

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EQ VS IQ

IQ has measurable yardsticks.  Grades in school, certifications, and professional licenses attest to what you know about given subjects.  You are more likely to trust a CPA with your financial information for income tax preparation.  Engineers must have a degree and, with passage of time, a professional designation.  Likewise a myriad of other professions provide benchmarks for inclusion.  But there

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Employment References Matter!

It is estimated that people will change jobs and/or careers every 3 to 5 years If She Can Beat Me Rockin’, She Can Have My Chair!: Lessons about Life, Love and Taking Care of Business for Young Women Today .  So, if you work 25+ years, your resume could reflect 8 or more company names.  Each time

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Choose your Words Carefully!

When you are looking for your next career position, remember the four important words above.  What you say will be remembered for a long, long time. If you were laid off from a previous position and it was not for performance, then be very careful how you answer the question “Were you ever fired?” or “Why

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Is a Two Week Notice Really Necessary?

In a former position as HR Director we had a monthly luncheon to celebrate successes, recognize employee birthdates occurring that month and recognize employees celebrating company start date anniversaries that month. It was uncanny how many employees celebrated birthdays and start dates in the same month. Do you think these were coincidences? Years ago I

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Understanding Your Pension Plan

With thirty (30) years in the Human Resources and Benefits field, I can report that very few employees pay any serious attention to their company pension plan until they reach age fifty or greater. In essence, they do not have a “plan” for their retirement. This brief primer is intended to assist in at least

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