A Free-Agent Outlook Can Hurt Your Career

In his book “Free Agent Nation” (Warner Books, 2001), Daniel H. Pink focused on the more than 30 million Americans who, for a variety of reasons, have abandoned traditional employment and the idea of a job that lasts a lifetime. The free-agency movement promotes the notion that — because the loyalty contract between employers and

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Successful Execs Create Their Own Opportunities

Job satisfaction has been on the decline since 1995 and has hit an all-time low, according to a survey by the Conference Board. The increased pace of business, greater demands for results and less time for recreation are among the factors bothering employees, the Conference Board found. “As technology transforms the workplace — accelerating the

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The Language of Success, For Boom Times or Bust

Some people believe that the New York Stock Exchange’s Richard Grasso and the New York Times’s Howell Raines were forced out because they didn’t bother to update how they conduct themselves in these troubled times. Could it be that professional arrogance, denial and self-aggrandizement are bad for business? If you read the business news, you

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Why Boards Often Fail To Curb Executive Pay

Last fall, Richard Grasso, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, was forced to resign following disclosure that he had accepted a $187.5 million compensation package. The chairman didn’t set his own salary, however. The board of directors set it. What was their rationale for approving a package of that magnitude? Was he being

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Their Names Liveth Forever, Just Not on Latest Firms

What’s in a name? Plenty. Just ask people who have to compete against their own names. These entrepreneurs can face uncertain, confused customers, as well as harsh competition from businesses they no longer own that still bear their monikers. Consider what happened to executive recruiter Russell S. Reynolds Jr. at a recent cocktail party in

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How To Get Your Foot In The Door At Any Company

Hustling is the new networking. To gain needed edge in today’s job market, it’s no longer enough to sit behind a screen making passive connections on LinkedIn. You’ve got to get creative, trying new ways to contact – and connect with – decision makers and potential employers. Wondering how to get your foot in the

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5 ways taking a pay cut can make you richer

  Money shouldn’t be the only motivator when deciding on a career, and taking a job solely because the pay is appealing can increase the likelihood that the job will not work for you in the long run. Moreover, a potential employer will most likely sense it if you’re not passionate about your role. “During

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Starting Your First Job? 5 Tips for Success

Congrats, Grad! You finished finals, made it through the graduation ceremony (hopefully without falling on your face while receiving your diploma), and you’re ready to start your first job. Now what? The advice from Career Services tends to stop once you accept an offer, and many new grads find themselves lost in their first position.

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Need Passion? How to Get Engaged at Work

  If you’ve been finding it difficult to get engaged at work lately, studies show you’re not alone. Regardless of your profession, being engaged in your job is critical – not only to realize your own personal success, but also for personal fulfillment. Here are tips on how to get engaged at work (without a ring!)

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5 Career Planning Tips for College Students

Graduating from college and entering the workforce is a daunting prospect.  You’re spent years trying to figure out what you actually want to do and making sure your major aligns with your dream job. The workforce for millennials is full of competition. You’re up against peers who graduate with you as well as those already

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Can Learning New Job Skills Boost Your Career?

How many times have you applied to a job thinking, “I’d be the perfect fit for this company?” Then you spend hours crafting an awesome cover letter and resume, only to never hear back or get a simple boiler plate response stating, “sorry but we are moving forward with other candidates.” It sucks! Trust me,

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