- Oprah.com | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Apr 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT | CommentsBy Candace Braun Davison
Whether You Value Your Time More Than Anyone Else's
You think you'll show how eager and prepared you are by arriving 15 or more minutes early, but the manager--who's usually notified of your arrival shortly after you check in with the front desk--suddenly feels pressured to meet with you, and the receptionist has to figure out what to do with you in the meantime, explains Jenny Blake, Life After College author and former career development manager at Google. Most hiring managers are overworked, overstressed and overscheduled. By showing up five to 10 minutes before the interview, you're demonstrating not only that you understand that, but also that you're doing your part to be one less thing for him or her to worry about.
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Whether You Know How to Pass the Test
You've scanned the company's mission statement and "About" page on the website, but have you translated those vague messages about the importance of "teamwork" ...Read More »
- Marie Claire | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Apr 16, 2013 6:19 PM EDT | CommentsYou already arrive before she does, stay late, and always volunteer for projects big and small. Now knock her socks off with these winning tips guaranteed to impress even the toughest managers.
1: SAVE HER MONEY. "Bosses are under enormous financial pressure, and if you can relieve some of that with money-saving strategies, you'll show your boss that you care about her welfare and the success of the company." - Jessica Eaves Mathews, founder and CEO of Leverage a Lawyer, a virtual law firm, Albuquerque, NM
2: MAKE HER WEAKNESS YOUR STRENGTH. "Study your boss' skill set and excel in the areas she doesn't. Does she hate public speaking? Offer to run the morning meeting. Is she bad with numbers? Manage her spreadsheets. When you ace a task that's not her strong suit, she'll look to you as someone she needs and you'll create a forum where you can easily shine." - Abby Ziff, digital ad director of WebMD, Washington, D.C.
3: DON'T BE AFRAID TO DISAGREE. "Contrary to popular belie...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Mon, Apr 15, 2013 1:10 PM EDT | Comments
Spring clean resume
So you've cleaned your closet, maybe your inbox, and you're feeling pretty good about your spring cleaning. But before you wash your hands and congratulate yourself-pull out your resume, and take a look at it (whether or not you're looking for a job right now).
You see, your resume is a lot like a closet. At least once a year, it needs a good cleaning-including taking a look at what you've got and determining what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to emphasize. Then, after all the unwanted items are cleaned out, you can add in new information to create a resume that's current, relevant, and appealing. Just like your closet, if you don't clean and update it regularly, it's only going to be worse later.
And just like the rest of your spring cleaning, taking the project step-by-step makes it so much easier. Follow these three simple guidelines, and you'll have a resume that's refreshed and ready to go for spring.
Get Rid of It!
The first step is to remove the ancient h...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Fri, Apr 12, 2013 1:19 PM EDT | Comments
Small details people notice at work
When it's just another day in the office, it's easy to have a "no one's going to notice what I'm wearing, anyway" kind of attitude. And so, every once in a while, you can get away with bright blue nail polish or pants that drag on the ground just a little.
But if you're trying to make a good impression, whether you have an interview, a big presentation, or lunch with the boss, you want to look your absolute best. And besides throwing on a suit and heels, that means paying attention to the little things-the things that someone will notice no matter how "unnoticeable" you think they are.
Read on for the seemingly small style details that can make all the difference in making an amazing first impression.
1. The Length of Your Pants
Yes, I know-it would be much more convenient if you could wear the same pair of dress pants with heels one day and ballet flats the next. Unfortunately, unless you're the proud owner of some Style Snaps, you can't have the best of both worlds. S...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Apr 11, 2013 3:49 PM EDT | Comments
Choosing a career is not just about bringing home enough money to pay the bills; it's about finding a job that will play to your strengths, and, most importantly, it's about finding a career that you love. So, whether you're searching for new opportunities or changing paths, how do you choose a satisfying career? Here are a few pointers on choosing a career you'll love from four successful women.
Find your passion. Retired Four-Star Army General Ann Dunwoody says some people are working in jobs they're not passionate about and feeling stuck. "We have to allow people, kids, adults to experiment, and test, and find something they really enjoy doing," she advises. "I believe you'll know it when you do it."
Love what you do. Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter, says success is being able to do what you love and doing what you need to get the job completed. "To be at work from 10 in the morning until 2 in the morning and not b...Read More »