• Five Job Interview Mistakes that You Should Avoid Making

    There is only one thing between you and the ULTIMATE job…the dreaded job interview! Wouldn't it be great to know the common mistakes most of us make before the interview, so you could actually avoid them?

    To find out what we're doing wrong, we caught up with Dana Fiser, the Global CEO of Jenny Craig who has been with the company for 20 years and conducted literally hundreds of job interviews at every level of the organization.

    You may be surprised at just how many of these mistakes you're making without even knowing it…

    Mistake #1: Not knowing the company
    Dana believes that one of the biggest let downs is when people arrive at the interview having not fully researched the company they are hoping to work for. These days most companies have a website where you can find out a huge amount about the organization's "DNA"- it's main purpose, products and plans. Failing to do your research leaves the impression that you just don't care enough about the company to do the

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  • How to Pick the Right Boss

    So you've finally got an interview with your potential new boss. Chances are, all your energy is focused on trying to get the job… and the paycheck! But as you walk into the interview, consider asking yourself, "Is this the right boss for me?"

    It may sound like an indulgence to even ask such a question in these unstable economic times, but Nicole Williams, career expert and author of Girl On Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, says that actively picking the right boss for you is more closely tied to career success and income than you may realize.

    I stopped by her beautiful Manhattan apartment (this gal is clearly doing something right!) to get her tips for picking the right boss for you and your future…and most importantly, how to spot the boss from hell!

    YOUR BOSS DICTATES YOUR CAREER FUTURE


    Like you, I initially thought that the real prize was doing what you love and having a paycheck to show for it. But after speaking with Nicole, I realized that Read More »from How to Pick the Right Boss
  • How to Find the Perfect Mentor


    We hear the word "mentor" thrown around in business all the time. But when it comes to actually finding a mentor to help us on our path to success, most of us are clueless about where to begin.

    Why is it important to have a mentor? How do we know if they will give good advice, or are even interested in giving it? We sat down with Margaret Keene, the Executive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, who generously shared her tips for finding the right mentor for you.

    "I very much am the product of learning and the wisdom of those around me"- Margaret Keene.

    Why do I even need a mentor?

    Margaret believes that life is too short to figure everything out for yourself. Instead of going it alone, she recommends finding an individual who has come before and achieved what you desire, be it creatively, financially or on a personal level. Learning from them saves you a lot of time and frustration.

    How do I pick the right mentor for me?

    Margaret admits that

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  • 5 Tips on What Makes a Successful Startup

    So you have a great idea for a business and dream of making millions in just a couple of years? Well, thanks to the internet anything is possible! Two women who are living proof of this are Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus, co-founders of exclusive interiors sale site, One Kings Lane. In just three years this dynamic duo have gone from a having a great idea for a business to building a company with an estimated revenue of $200 million. This week on Secrets To Your Success we get their expert tips on how to make your startup company a success. STEP 1: FIND YOUR WHITE SPACE

    Question to ask yourself: What area is lacking?
    Former merchandising executive Susan Feldman noticed that while there were fabulous home furnishing stores selling unique and desirable pieces in Los Angeles, she found the online shopping experience to be incredibly frustrating. Susan identified what she calls "the white space" or the opportunity to present fabulous home products online. From that idea One

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  • 5 Ways to Beat Burnout at Work

    Some projects can really take it out of you. You've been working for 10+ hours a day, brainstorming new ideas as you brush your teeth in the morning, and thinking about the best way to pitch as you climb into bed at night. Your focus, creativity, and problem-solving abilities have been put to the test-for hours, days, and weeks on end. And now, it's time for a vacation.

    Well, that is, if you define vacation as a Sunday afternoon to yourself to do laundry and grocery shop, before it's back to the office Monday morning.

    Unfortunately, you don't always get a break when you need it most. So, how do you stay sane at work when you're coming off of a big project or a particularly stressful season? Battle your burnout on those rough days (or weeks) with these five simple ideas.

    1. Take a Lunch Break (Or Better Yet, a Walk)

    When you're exhausted, it can be tempting to just stay at your desk through lunch or spend that extra 10 minutes you have browsing Facebook. But save being glued to Read More »from 5 Ways to Beat Burnout at Work
  • 3 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Career

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy J.I. Baker

    Pitfall #1: You Aren't Channeling Your Inner Italian

    Think like Robert Duvall in The Godfather, and be a consigliere to someone. If you don't have the boss's ear, get the ear of the person who has the boss's ear. If you can't get that person's ear, get that person's best friend's ear.

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    When a boss who'd deeply trusted me became suddenly enamored of a new employee, thereby shutting me out, I didn't let my ego get in the way. Instead, I took the new favorite child to lunch and asked if I could help her with a project she was working on. As a result, we became friends, and my boss started hearing about all my "brilliant" ideas through the current darling. All this returned me to the boss's favor--and eventually led (along with other things, of course) to a promotion.

    RELATED: Why Avoiding Rejection Is a Major Mistake

    Pitfall #2: You Haven't Cracked Your Boss's Code
    I once had a boss who never

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  • Many of you may know Barbara Corcoran as the New York real estate mogul who founded The Corcoran Group, a bestselling author and the canny investor on the hit TV show Shark Tank. What you may NOT know about this dynamic woman is that she turned herself from a straight D student into an A-class success story by navigating her own fair share of sharks… one of them being Mr. Donald Trump himself!

    This week on Secrets to Your Success, I head to the Big Apple to get Barbara's tips on how to build your own multi-million dollar company in the sometimes cruel seas of business, without ending up as bait.

    SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
    On Shark Tank, Corcoran's role may be to pick which company to invest in, but her real expertise is knowing which PEOPLE to invest in. Before she hires anyone or invests a dollar in a company she asks herself the following questions:

    CAN THEY LOOK YOU IN THE EYE?
    If they can't, Barbara says they either lack confidence in themselves

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  • 3 Simple Ways to Mentally Prepare for the Work Day

    Tsh OxenreiderTsh OxenreiderBlogging has been a huge blessing in my life, but it hasn't been easy. There are many, many little, ten-peso things I've learned in the four-plus years I've blogged for income, and I'd love to share as many as I can. I'm grateful for the many blessings in my life that have come from this crazy job I accidentally created for myself, and I stand on the shoulders of many who've graciously shared their tips and encouragement. So how could I not do the same?

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    Several years ago, I read a punch-you-in-the-gut post from Seth Godin. In a nutshell, he said there's a difference between producers and consumers, and that to be a producer, you need to first set aside your consumer self. If you want to produce something original, you can't rely on others for help.

    In other words, you need to pour yourself out before you fill up with other people's ideas. What does this look like, practically-speaking? Here are the 3 ways I do it:

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  • 6 Ways Keeping a Journal Can Help Your Career

    Keeping a journal is a great idea-and not just for aspiring novelists and 15-year-old girls. And I'm not referring to the public online journals that many of us (myself included) keep-though there's value in those, too. I'm talking about a private, intimate journal; a daily record of your experiences and observations, particularly at work.

    This type of journal is an unexpectedly great way to help you work through issues, analyze where you're at in your job, and grow in your career. In fact, consider it the easiest (and cheapest) form of professional development you can find!

    So, go pick out a new notebook or journal, and get started writing-for these six reasons and more.

    1. Log Good Ideas

    Brilliance doesn't always strike when it's most convenient. In fact, your next great workplace idea might occur before bed, as you're cooking dinner, or-as mine often do-when you're in the shower (like I said, not convenient). But don't let those ideas fall by the wayside simply because you Read More »from 6 Ways Keeping a Journal Can Help Your Career
  • Iron Chef Cat Cora Dishes on How to Work Under Pressure

    How Iron Chef Cat Cora went from cozy restaurant in small town Mississippi to the top of the international stage of competitive cooking is as inspiring and unexpected as some of her famous dishes.

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    Born with a Wooden Spoon in Her Mouth
    As a little girl, Cat dreamed of having a restaurant of her own, and felt like the restaurant business was in her DNA since both her grandfather and godfather were restaurateurs. She remembers spending her childhood in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother and developing a passion for cooking from an early age.

    Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire
    But her soufflé-like rise from aspiring cook to accomplished chef, restaurateur, and co-host of Around the World In 80 Plates was challenging and forced her to develop her own recipe for dealing with high-pressure situations.

    We headed to her home in Santa Barbara where she dished it up…

    Cat's Recipe for Success in Stressful Situations

    Ingredient No.1: Take a Deep Breath & Walk in

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