The Most Annoying, Overused Words in the Workplace

“Could you interface with that team on its ad campaign that’s gone viral, and then circle back with me? If we can leverage similar assets, we’ll have a game changer.” Ever heard talk like that in your workplace? If it sounds familiar, it could be the buzzwords. “Leverage,” “interface,” and “circle back” are among the

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4 Bullying Bosses to Avoid

Does your boss sneer, scream, or intimidate? If so, you could be working for a career-damaging bully. “When the bullying comes from the boss, the aggression has its strongest negative effects,” says Sandy Hershcovis, a researcher at the University of Manitoba who reviewed 110 studies on workplace aggression.

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How to Succeed on the Job

Congratulations, you have landed the job of your dreams!  After all the hand-wringing, worrying, and pacing by the phone, you got the job.  That’s great! However, you suddenly realize that you will really need to impress the boss on the job. 

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Is It Time to Bail From The ‘Parachute’ Book?

Since “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles was published 31 years ago, it’s become known to many as the job-hunters’ bible. The book, published by Ten Speed Press, has topped business bestseller lists and a new, revised edition is reissued annually. But does this book really deserve its iconic status? With unemployment

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Tips on Salvaging A Shaky Interview

Job hunters who feel they made mistakes in interviews often fail to use one of the most effective tools at their disposal: a follow-up phone call. You may think that trying to bolster a shaky performance will only make matters worse, but you may be surprised at the results you get. Here’s what happened to

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The Expansionist Theory For Job-Search Success

There’s certainly no shortage of job-search advice. But you’ve got to separate the wheat from the chaff. The chaff, in my view, is the harmfully restrictive advice that imposes arbitrary limits on job searches. Disciples of networking have effected the most damage on executives already stifled by servitude to corporate America. They’ve persuaded millions of

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A Job Hunter Survives Layoffs on Both Coasts

Job-hunting requires investigating every opportunity, giving Oscar-winning performances and not taking rejection personally. I was laid off twice in 11 months and looking for work, first in Los Angeles and then in New York, was harder than my toughest job. For the record, that was working on the canning line in a salmon cannery for

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