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Archive for December, 2011

December 29th, 2011 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Networking

Essentials For SuccessMuch has been said, written, thought and taught about what differentiates highly successful winners from less successful strivers.

Of course, we all know someone who proves that it’s all blind luck: the moron who bought a piece of land on which oil was later discovered, the computer nerd whose simple program was purchased for too much money by a Fortune 500 organization, the simpleton who parlayed a charming manner into a major sales career, and so on.

But while these cases do occur, waiting for luck to make you successful is like waiting for a strike of lightning to start your campfire. You could starve a long time before you start cooking.

That’s why most of us don’t rely on luck. Instead, we try to make our way in the world using time-tested principles, elbow grease, and a large helping of persistence.

If you’re one of us not satisfied to wait for luck to bring your ship in, use this checklist to make  sure you are cultivating some of the most important traits for people who want to succeed on their own merits:

You Feel Better Leading, Not Following

In the classic Hollywood western “The Magnificent Seven,” there’s a scene in which the bandito chieftain talks with the good guys and, referring to the poor villagers he has been robbing regularly, declaims: “If God did not want them shorn, he would not have made them sheep!” Aside from a great line, this is also a simple but truthful observation about people in the world who exert little influence over events, ignore the big picture, fail to assert their preferences or opinions, and are content to survive rather than prevail over events.
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December 25th, 2011 by Danielle Kogan   Posted in On the Radar

Happy Holidays from Resumark.com!
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December 23rd, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, On the Radar

Should You Ask for an End of the Year Bonus?Whether or not to ask for a year-end bonus is one of those questions that’s probably always going to plague us. On the one hand, that extra money would be really nice, and we feel like we’ve done a pretty good job over the past year - why shouldn’t we get a bonus? On the other hand, isn’t asking a bit presumptuous, especially in this financial climate? Could asking actually make the boss annoyed and hurt our chances at getting the next big project or promotion?

All of these things are valid questions, and you really need to think it through before marching in there to ask your employers to shell out extra money for you. Here is a list of things to think about ahead of time.

Are yearly bonus checks common? If the answer is yes, you need to get to know the typical schedule for when they come out and plan your request in advance to make your case. If the answer is no, you asking for a bonus might be a big deal, and will likely blindside your boss. In a case like this, you probably want to be laying the groundwork for having this discussion in advance by offering up persuasive evidence for why bonuses are a good idea at a company. Don’t know what the bonus situation is at your company? Well, you should definitely find out, however…
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December 21st, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Career Advice, On the Radar

5 Office New Year’s ResolutionsAh, New Year’s resolutions. Every year we promise ourselves we’re going to eat better, exercise more, stop getting mad on the highway - basically, that we are going to work hard to change ourselves. And it never works. By the third week in January, we’re driving home from the corner convenience store that we would have walked to a week ago, eating a candy bar while we yell at the driver who just cut us off and is now going 15 miles per hour. And why? Because we haven’t done anything to change the things that were stressing us out and making us crazy to begin with.

So this year, in the interest of trying something new, don’t try to change your personal habits. Instead, focus on making one of the biggest stressors in all of our lives run a little more smoothly: the workplace.

Set aside time each day to organize (and clean). A lot of people make a promise to themselves that they are going to keep their desk or workspace clean. Where they fail is in actually giving themselves time to do it. Just like doing laundry or other chores at home, you need a schedule. Put a “meeting” on your calendar at the same time every day (or once a week) and stick to it like you would any other meeting.
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December 20th, 2011 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace, On the Radar

Your Guide to Gift-Giving at the OfficeIt can be a tough thing to navigate the murky waters of giving holiday gifts to coworkers - or even worse, your boss! Is it okay to have some cost more than others? If you bring a gift for one person, do you need to bring something for everyone? If your company has a gift exchange, what kinds of gifts are appropriate?

If you want to avoid making a major faux pas at your workplace, read on!

Know the rules. It may seem to simplify things if your company has a gift exchange or policy, but you still have to know the rules. Is there a dollar limit? Follow it. Are certain kinds of gifts actually forbidden? Avoid them. What’s the date? You’d better not miss it if you sign up. Also, think about the kinds of gifts that have been exchanged in the past (or if you’re new, ask a work friend) and try to get something along those lines.

Don’t gift the boss. While there are exceptions to this rule, gifting in general should work the way trickle down economics is supposed to: the people at the top buy gifts for the people at their level or below them, not the other way around. Getting a gift for your boss can make it seem like you are trying to curry favor with them or have a more personal relationship than is appropriate.
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