• Source: Guide to Leaving a Job With Your Grace Intact

    It's hard to say goodbye in your personal life, and sometimes, even harder in business. If you are one of the lucky employees who finds a better position or simply decides to move on from your current job, take heed. It's tempting to sign up for a new adventure without closing up your current one, but following standard etiquette can go a long way. Here are some suggestions for leaving your current workplace with class, grace, and your dignity intact.

    1. Give at Least Two Weeks Notice - You should resign from your current position as soon as you accept another job. Employers typically expect two weeks notice, but try not to screw the company over. If your position will be hard to fill, give your employer ample time to find a suitable replacement. You can tell HR and your manager and request they keep the news private until you're closer to your departure date.
    2. Don't Drop the Ball - Sure, you are moving on to bigger and
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  • By Sarah B. Weir

    Certified Image Consultant and Chair of the Association of Image Consultants International, Kelly Machbitz worries about what messages some women today are sending with their office attire. "I've noticed that Casual Fridays have morphed into 'Happy Hour' Fridays -- you can tell who's got a date that night by what they wear to the office that day."

    (Photo: Getty Images)(Photo: Getty Images)

    She points out that you only have 30-40 seconds to make a first impression on your boss or co-worker so what you wear is going to instantly signal how smart and competent you are, for better or worse. Kelly feels the more skin you show, the less power you project: "If you are sitting next to a male colleague in a three-piece suit and you are wearing a strappy dress, who do you think is going to command the respect?"

    Kelly recommends that women have three separate wardrobes: one for the office, one for the weekend, and another for special occasions. While this might seem a little old school, she explains

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  • by Daisy Chan

    You've got your money-making idea-now you just need a road map for success. From how to draft a business plan to landing interested investors, learn the basics of beginning your entrepreneurial journey.

    Step 1: Put together a detailed business plan.

    The more thorough it is, the smoother your launch will be. One key component you'll want to analyze as closely as possible is your company's projected financials. You need to consider two types of costs: fixed (rent, utilities, administrative costs, insurance, etc.) and variable (product inventory, shipping, packaging, etc.). Write them all down to see what kind of money you'll need.

    Starting a consulting company could cost as little as a few hundred dollars for a simple website and some business cards. A basic online business selling products can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000, plus any employee salaries, says Marilyn Landis, president and CEO of Basic Business Concepts, a Pittsburgh firm that

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  • By Barbara Corcoran, REDBOOKAsking Boss For RaiseAsking Boss For Raise

    Q: "I've spent a decade as a stay at home mom but am now going through a divorce and need to reenter the workforce. How can I explain this gap on my résumé to a prospective employer?"

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    A: Moms reentering the workforce are becoming more recognized as the hidden pool of talent they are, so don't feel that you need to apologize for the gap.

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    Begin with a bang-up cover letter. Use the decision maker's name in the salutation and emphasize what you can do for the company. Put at least as much effort into your cover letter as you do into your résumé. When I'm hiring, I form my initial opinion before I'm even done reading the cover letter, and most other bosses do too. Discuss how the skills you learned as a full-time administrator of your household - such as scheduling, managing a budget, and volunteering in the community - will translate into viable

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  • In a bad economy, people tend to fix their cars rather than buy new ones. And while industry experts say that nearly 80 percent of the people who bring their cars in for repair are women, women are far more likely than men to believe their mechanic is taking them for a ride. That's why Demeny Pollitt wanted to open her own garage and probably one reason why she is not short on customers.

    "I wanted to provide a place where people didn't feel like they were getting ripped off, where people felt like they could trust what the technicians were saying to them, what the technicians were doing," says Pollitt, owner of Girlington Garage in South Burlington, Vermont. "I think the environment at Girlington Garage is hugely different from most other repair shops you walk in to. And that was really important to me when starting this business."

    The key to keeping on top of expensive car repairs, she says, is actually pretty simple: Don't ignore your car. Here are the three biggest mistakes

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  • What not to share with HR (Thinkstock)What not to share with HR (Thinkstock)By Amy Levin-Epstein for CBS MoneyWatch.com

    Your human resources team can help you be a better manager, get promoted, and even deal with a lawsuit. But there are a few things that you should never share with HR.

    The key is to be mindful: "You need to be sure you are communicating what you want your management to know," says Clinical Professor of Management John Millikin, Ph.D. of the W.P. Carey School of Business.

    If you're concerned but still think HR should know something, ask for discretion: "It is up to you to communicate what you want to be kept confidential. Like any relationship, you should build trust slowly," suggests Millikin.

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  • Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    It's the middle of football season, and the head trainer for the New York Jets is pacing around his office. He's tried every drill he can think of, but his players just can't seem to focus. The phone rings. It's a woman--a hypnotherapist, she says. She thinks she can help the players get their heads back in the game. The trainer is familiar with strangers telling him how to improve his team--this is New York, after all--and he tactfully puts her off. That trainer had no idea what he was up against.

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    A couple of months later, Donna Dannenfelser, Ed.D., a Long Island housewife-turned-therapist, is counseling pro football players in her home while her kids watch TV. The team starts turning things around. Fast forward a decade, and Dr. Donna, as the players call her, is advising high-profile patients and working as a supervising producer on a show based on her career (Necessary Roughness, Wednesdays on USA).

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  • By Barbara Cocoran, REDBOOK

    Q:
    "My boss just left and her replacement is terrible-she gives me impossible deadlines, flips out a lot, and, all in all, doesn't make work very much fun. Is there anything I can do to let her know this isn't the way things have been done in the past?"

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    A: I've worked for good bosses and bad bosses, and I've learned that the person you work for has more to do with your happiness than the work you actually do. Try this to improve your satisfaction on the job:

    1. Forget about how things used to be done. The past is past, and your new boss decides how things are run.

    Related: The 18 Most Annoying Male Habits, Explained!


    2. Give your boss a chance. Everyone's nervous when they start a new job, and it takes a few months to settle into a new position. Let her get her feet on the ground now, and she may welcome your suggestions later.

    3. Focus on doing a great job. Keep a list of what you're doing right. It'll help you stay

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  • By: Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

    I was meeting my friend Linda at our favorite Brooklyn cafe to discuss a project. "Six, sharp. I'll see you then," I promised. And by 6:15 p.m., there sat Linda, with a cool margarita in front of her and steam coming out of her ears. I breezed in at 6:30, full of apologies and excuses. But it was no use: I was late -- again -- and she was furious. She tartly informed me that if I kept her waiting once more, I'd be kicked off the project.

    Everyone's got bad habits such as lateness or procrastination. But if you consistently act in ways that cause you to lose face, lose friends, or fail when a goal is within reach, your harmless personality quirks may have morphed into serious self-sabotage. "A bad habit becomes destructive when your behavior causes more than momentary regret and leaves you feeling disappointed in yourself," says Pauline Wallin, PhD, author of Taming Your Inner Brat.

    Why do we derail our own happiness? Experts attribute it to a variety

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  • Microsoft CEO, Steve BallmerMicrosoft CEO, Steve BallmerThe average person may never have to appease shareholders, appear before a congressional panel or pull the trigger on massive layoffs. But how CEOs handle success, adversity and all manner of corporate curveballs does offer some insight for the working men and women who may never be household names.

    Here are 5 chief executives and the lessons their leadership can offer the average business owner, employee or entrepreneur.

    1. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

    Be irrepressible. "No. 1, great ideas matter. No. 2, find passion. And No. 3, be tenacious, be irrepressible. Microsoft was founded on a single good idea that Bill Gates and Paul Allen had that nobody else had had."

    2. Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford

    Thrive in the face of adversity; fortune favors the bold. To say that the last few years were not kind to the auto industry is a massive understatement. The iconic Ford brand, like its competitors, was in dire straits. Today, bold moves and shrewd negotiations have made the

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