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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 1: Style

In the job hunting experience, the cover letter can be the most deadening part of the whole process.  The sitting down, facing a computer and trying to think of wonderful things to say about yourself — things which jive with the ad that you are answering — can be daunting.  Even if you work from a template, the entire thing …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 3)

Fifth:  Use Us and We… Yes, it's an interview and you hardly know these people.  But at the same time, what is the harm in saying "And how would we handle that situation?"  Instead of "And how do you handle that situation?"  People like collaborators and collaborators use inclusive language.  So strive to reduce any "us and them" mentality.  If …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 2)

Third: Be Prepared… So you've practiced and polished your interview skills, worked on your demeanor and developed your ease of being.  What next?  Be prepared! First create some interview uniforms — this way you don't even have to think about what to wear.  Wear these clothes around the house — like breaking in a new pair of shoes — so …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 1)

  Getting the resume together is only part of the job hunt story.  While that CV will get your foot in the door, what happens after you get the rest of your body into the lobby?  Being a polished interviewee doesn't make up for not having the right skill set for the job.  But being able to shine in the …

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The Art of Balance

Summer is in full swing and with sunny days calling to us, as well as vacations, picnics, outdoor activities and social events — many of us are finding it hard to stay focused on achieving our goals.  So this month, the tip is about balance.  Finding time for the fun, while also keeping our eye on the bigger picture of …

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Entrepreneurial Stress

Stress is an issue for us all.  These resources, focus on how entrepreneurs can reduce their stress while still pushing forward on their business goals.   Three articles on entrepreneurial stress… Entrepreneur Magazine 2007 Entrepreneur Magazine 2008 Self-Employment Suite 101 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs Thoughts on Zen in the workplace. And since the boss affects the employees — an interesting …

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Online Business Tutorials & Classes

Small business owners have several free resources for furthering  their leadership, management and financial acumen.  Just a sampling are: The Free Clearinghouse for Small Business Resources. The IRS offers an online, small business tax workshop. The London School of Business is offering a free business education through FaceBook! A free online course on developing your own business. An interesting article …

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Writing Business Plans

If you're looking for information on developing a business or marketing plan for your enterprise, here are a few links that can be of some help. Inc. Magazine also has online resources for business plan writing; http://www.inc.com/articles/2000/04/18470.html http://www.inc.com/writing-a-business-plan   A site called Small Business Resources offers up some plan writing advice.   And the Small Business Administration -offers several resources: …