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July 31, 2014

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Know Your Interview Before Going In

Not all interviews are created equal, Marcelle Yeager writes in US News and World Report, and it’s a good idea to know what to expect before going in. Knowing what’s to come will allow you to mentally prepare.

Working on Vacation? You’re Not Alone

In a wired world that’s always on and always connected, people are taking work with them when they leave the office — or even when they leave the country, this report says.

A study by deal site RetailMeNot found that 59% of working Americans plan to do something job-related while on vacation this summer, from returning phone calls to attending meetings remotely.

Take Time to Make An Introduction

By Sunny K. Lurie

Recently, I was the lucky recipient of a random act of kindness when a car in front of me at a drive-through paid for my coffee.

A light went off: what if more people applied acts of kindness to the workplace — helping job seekers connect with potential employers? Having a personal introduction inside an organization is a huge advantage to career changers.

In fact, referrals are the number one source companies use to find outside hires and over 70% of people find jobs through leads from others, according to LinkedIn.

Access to the right people and companies is vital for a successful career change, especially as the market place becomes more challenging. A few moments of time connecting people to your network is a powerful act of kindness.

Many of us have made introductions in the workplace. But what I’m suggesting is to consider doing it more often and help someone gain employment and improve their life.  Introductions require no money and are simple to do. Here are a few ways to do it: Read More

Take A Page From Recruiters In Your Job Search

When executive recruiters look for talent, they develop a search strategy that includes a job description, target companies and people within those firms whom they might approach. They also check in with people they know and trust to find the best candidates. Job seekers can employ the same techniques, says Doug Ehrenkranz. Read more on Business 2 Community.

Is ‘Having It All’ A Pipedream?

When it comes to measuring work-life balance, maybe it’s time to stop comparing ourselves to others, says Forbes’ Samantha Ettus. “If we can’t point to anyone who ‘has it all,’ why are we all measuring ourselves on this preposterous yardstick?” she asks.

Creating Your Best Tomorrow, Today

By Bruce Rosenstein

One-third of all Americans are dissatisfied with the future facing themselves and their families, according to a recent Gallup survey. And even among those who are satisfied, their optimism about the future is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.

The good news: you can create your own future. Better yet, you can do it simply and systematically as part of your everyday life, inside and outside the workplace.

Peter Drucker, the legendary father of modern management, approached the future with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment. The takeaway for today: make choices and commitments, and take action, with tomorrow in mind.

Don’t leave your future to chance or fate, or to the whims of others. Instead, unlock and live your best future, beginning in the here and now. Start with these five keys, inspired by Drucker and imagined for today’s fast-moving, uneasy times: Read More

Exercise Before Work

A day at the office can drain you, which is why many of us view hitting the gym or jogging after work as some form of torture. I’m too tired. But Hannah Newman says that if you get into an exercise routine before work, and bring a buddy, it can make a before work workout more palatable.