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Finding Personal Meaning In Your Career

When we talk about personal meaning in terms of our career, people often think it’s about turning your passion or favorite hobby into a job. However, personal meaning can mean different things to different people. Your personal meaning doesn’t necessarily have to come from a job that you love every minute of. Instead, think of it as something you get as a reward for a job well done.

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Will Inquiries Lower Your Credit Score?

What are inquiries? When you apply for credit the creditor or lender checks your credit report to verify that you qualify for the credit or loan you are applying for. The "inquiry" is then reported to the credit bureaus and shows up on your credit report.

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Emotional Ties to Jobs and Bosses

In a recent issue of the Harvard Business Review, an article addressed the subject of Emotional Transference in boss-employee relationships. While that article addressed it primarily from the manager's perspective, I'd like to take a look at this important issue from the employee and job seeker's perspective.

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Career Advancement with Social Networking Technology

We hear it over and over again. It's not about what you know, but who you know. If you're like most people, you probably have at least 200 people in your rolodex. Having contacts is one thing. Making the most of those relationships is another challenge altogether.

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Employers Requesting Background Checks

This week's job searching tip addresses a question from one of our readers about about background checks. While many employers will hire people without them, some companies require background checks on some or all of their potential hires.

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Delivering Service to Keep your Job From Being Outsourced

One of the top concerns people in the job market have today has to do with outsourcing and globalization. Sometimes we look around and it seems like every company is looking to cut costs by moving jobs overseas. We would like to address this issue through a series of articles on the subject.

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Volunteering as a tool for Career Advancement

Many people will tell you that networking is a good way to find a new job. However, networking often seems like a vague term. In this job searching tip, we will discuss a specific way you can put networking to use to advance in your career. The approach discussed involves volunteering with specific organizations that can help you in the business world. Volunteering probably won't produce instant results. But it is a good long-term strategy to maximize your options.

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Being the Candidate Recruiters Want to Talk To

Finding people through job sites can seem like a daunting task for many recruiters. If you reply to a recruiter's job listing on one of the popular job sites like Monster, HotJobs or CareerBuilder, chances are you'll be one of 200 or more people responding. Most recruiters will only look through the first 20 or so resumes. As we've mentioned in previous articles, one way to distinguish yourself when replying to a job ad is to use a unique and catchy subject for the email message.

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Achieving Recognition at Work

QUESTION FROM A SUBSCRIBER: There is an employee where I work who whines when she 2 things going on simultaneously. Although her hours are 8:30 -5:00, she shows up anywhere from 9:30 to nearly 2:00, and spends hours on personal phone calls and playing around. Meanwhile, I consistently come in to work at 8:00 and don't leave until 5:00 or even later, often eating lunch at my desk to get even more work done. But somehow she ended up getting a bonus this year when I did not. I don't get it!

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Making Sure You Have Good Employment References

Most people don't give much thought about references until after a potential employer asks for them. After all, searching for a job is very time consuming and doesn't give you much of a chance to think about anything except getting interviews. But reference checks are a very important part of the job search process: both for job seekers and for employers. For employers, references are a chance to add depth to the information they have learned about you from the interview and from your resume.

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Making New Career Habits and Resolutions Stick

Whether it's for New Years' or any other time of year, it takes discipline to change your behavior. Many people realize that new habits like attending more networking events or taking on special projects at work could help them get ahead in their careers. Yet the number of people who follow through with making real changes to their habits is much lower. In this job searching tip, we'll discuss steps you can take to make sure you achieve your goals.

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Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset in your Career

People who come to the United States from other countries see America as the Land of Opportunity. This isn't just a cliche -- if you talk to recent immigrants, they'll tell you this is how they really feel. This country wasn't founded by professional warriors, as were many other nations. It was founded by entrepreneurs. George Washington was a businessman who wanted fairer taxes and property rights. So this country has been structured from the beginning to be friendly to business people. Our taxes are relatively low for a Western country, and our laws give people the freedom to set up any business they can think of here. While taking the risk of investing money and opening up a new business isn't for everyone, this country still has more opportunities to make a living doing a wider variety of things than any other place in the world.

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Resisting the Urge to Oversell in Interviews

An interview is a selling situation. In most cases, you are trying to sell the interviewer on hiring you for the job. In our efforts to present ourselves in the best possible light, it's easy to forget that it is actually possible to "oversell" oneself. Most sales experts will tell you that listening to the customer is more important than talking. Interviews are no exception. It's unfortunate, but selling an interviewer on one of your capabilities could actually hurt you if it's a skill that's not central to the job.

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Becoming a Star Performer in your Career

So what's the difference between a star performer who can name his/her salary and get whatever job he wants, and someone who can't? Very successful people tend to put a lot of effort into improving themselves. Coach Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina talks about how when he first noticed Michael Jordan, he didn't see NBA material. Jordan didn't even make his high school's varsity basketball team. However, the UNC basketball clinic accepted Michael for a summer training program because he was quick on his feet and showed potential. Coach Smith talks about how his staff was amazed at the amount of effort Michael put into practicing and learning the skills that ultimately made him a great basketball player.

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Dealing with Jobs Left Early

Recruiters and employers generally like to see candidates who have a steady work history. That being said, nobody's perfect and many people have had to leave a job early for one reason or another. This week's job searching tip deals with methods you can use to get over an employer's concern about leaving a job early.

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