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5 Five-Minute Motivators

  Looking for a few ways to refresh your mind and emotions while you're at work or involved in a project that requires a great deal of concentration?  Taking a break — even just a five minute one — can give us a different perspective and a fresh outlook which can spur our creativity and creative problem-solving abilities.  So, the …

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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 3: Content

The past two weeks we've discussed quick ideas on style and tone in cover letter writing.  This week it's all about the content — what to include and not to include in  your application letters.  Since it's hard to keep motivated while writing your tenth application letter of the day, the hope is that this article — and the series …

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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 2: Tone

Earlier we discussed style in cover letter writing.  This go round, we are going to focus on tone which is created by our word choices.  And for cover letters everything should have an active tone.  Check your apathy and passivity at the door, because to get a job we have to present an empowered, proactive stance to our audience — …

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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 …