"I love your new leopard-print gauchos, boss." "I can't make it to work today - plumbing emergency." "I was a member of the Crips." We've all told the odd tall tale, but how much fibbing is normal? and what happens when it backfires? Take the quiz and see if you're part of the lying game.
1. The last time I called in sick was:
a. My first year out of college, when I came down with acute pancreatitis.
b. When I had flu-like fatigue and vomiting - after the office Christmas party.
c. When I was on vacation with my boyfriend in San Juan. (Didn't want to waste a personal day.)
2. On LinkedIn and Facebook, I list my job title:
a. Exactly as it appears on my business card.
b. As it appears on my business card, minus extraneous terms like "assistant" or "junior."
c. As it appears on my business card, plus descriptors like "director" or "head of development for."
3. The biggest omission on my résumé is:
a. My middle initial.
b. That nightmare gig six years ago that I was technically "let go"
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"I love your new leopard-print gauchos, boss." "I can't make it to work today - plumbing emergency." "I was a member of the Crips." We've all told the odd tall tale, but how much fibbing is normal? and what happens when it backfires? Take the quiz and see if you're part of the lying game.Read More »from Are You a Big Fat Liar? Take The Quiz
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1. Be nice, seriously
The quickest path to a colleagues' heart is through his pride. Compliment a junior associate on the thoroughness with which she finished her last report. Remark on your cubicle-mate's spiffy new tie. Most
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Unless you live in one of the country's major cities, odds are you're making roughly $32,000 a year, the average American's income, according to the Census Bureau. Only 5% or so of the nation pulls in over $100,000 a year. Clearly earning a six-figure salary is tough. We asked Sanjay Sathe, chief executive of RiseSmart, the Texas-based executive job placement firm, how to make the leap to a six-figure salary. Here are his suggestions.Read More »from How to score a job that pays over $100K
1. Be Assertive - Ask for the job
It's a sad fact that many women have been socialized against being assertive, particularly when dealing with authority figures. If you have a difficult time asking for what you want, you must overcome this tendency. Do you want the job? Then ask for it directly. You are expected to demonstrate strong negotiation skills-that comes part and parcel with being a seasoned professional. Find out what they're willing to offer before you tell them how much you wish to be paid. And don't feel compelled to accept on the spot; you
You'll likely spend more time scavenging your desk for paperwork than on vacation this year. In fact, the average executive pilfers six weeks a year searching for important documents buried in clutter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Simple tidying could avoid that kind of egregious waste of time and productivity. One useful tip: color-code hanging files to distinguish between different types of files-such as project or client folders--just by glancing it them, advises Donna Smallin, author of The One Minute Organizer Plain and Simple. Quit frittering away your valuable time with Smallin's top five tips for de-cluttering your desk.Read More »from 5 easy steps to de-clutter your desk
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When it comes to networking, working a room can be daunting, especially for those uncomfortable with the social pressures of schmoozing. But there's no underestimating the value of connections gleaned from a good contact. New websites like LinkedIn.com are principled on the potential upside of your contacts (and, by extension, their contacts). Further your career by prepping for networking events, advises Rebecca Matchett, cofounder and CEO of Rebecca and Drew clothing, who has teamed up with Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides professional attire to underprivileged women. Here's what she tells her "clients" about networking.Read More »from 5 tips for successful networking
1. Ask Questions
The best way to engage a stranger is by asking a lot of questions about what he or she does. Go ahead, be nosy! Find out what they do, whether they like it, what they are particularly proud of. It's a great way to ingratiate yourself while also gleaning relevant information about the industry. Be as sincere as possible, though. Your goal
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STEP AWAY FROM THE CHARDONNAY! While you're at it, put down that Cosmo too. We know it's been a long day and you need to unwind but that's not excuse to drink like your mother. You're a woman - not a lady - so we've come up with some spirited alternatives to get you through happy hour, cocktail parties, summer bbqs and more...Read More »from A Girl's Guide to Beverages: How To Navigate The Bar Like a Pro
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If you're out on the town...
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Shake well with ice:
1 oz gin
1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Avoid all of those Worst Case Vacation Scenarios this summer. Instead - look into getting away to a place that will help you get ahead. Any vacation that de-stresses and refreshes will improve your outlook and performance at work. But there are some getaways that could have a more direct impact on your career. Just be sure to save up those vacation days - check out the world wide tally of mandatory vacation days - the US is at the bottom! Read it and weep - or move to Finland.Read More »from 5 vacations that could boost your career
Here, some getaways designed to help you get ahead, according to Pam Grout, author of The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life. At the very least, they'll put your current gig into perspective. Do yourself a favor: leave the BlackBerry in your hotel room.
1. For the Self-Doubting Manager
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Stop overpacking! Pilar Chira Steinborn, senior stylist for VH1, offers tips on how to stick to basics-and still look smashing.Read More »from How To Pack for a Weekend Trip
Bigger Isn't Better: If you start with a giant, empty suitcase, you will fill it up! Pick a small overnight bag and trim your "essentials" down until you can fit everything in it.
Consider Your Itinerary: Think about what you plan to do on the trip, and pack only for those activities you're sure will happen. If you're honest with yourself about, say, not working out while you're away, you'll save a ton of space on sneakers and exercise wear.
Keep It Simple: Stick to one or two color schemes so that everything you pack can be mixed and matched. Think blacks, whites, and neutrals, with bright colors for layering pieces.
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Map It Out: Lay each outfit on your bed so you can see how
Shoe designer Rafe Totengco of Rafe New York helps you bag the Band-Aids and wear those new sandals pain-free.
Wear new shoes around the house for a few days before giving them their formal debut. This will give you a chance to make adjustments, like loosening the straps or adding an insert.
If your feet are really dry, leather will rub your skin the wrong way.
A little moisturizer on dry spots will help ease the abrasion. But excess moisture can also cause blisters!
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