• I lost my job. Now what?

    By Emma Johnson

    Getting laid off can be paralyzing, especially when you have to start hunting for jobs, a task that can seem insurmountable. But when hope was dim for three women who fought to regain employment, they remained optimistic and applied their career skills to successfully land in new fields. Read on to see their advice about making new career moves.

    Sarah Streeter

    37, Portland, OR

    Life after the layoff: Went from full-time bank vice president to part-time website researcher/writer.

    Best advice:
    • Don't feel you have to settle. As a corporate executive, Sarah was used to a certain level of responsibility. She sought options that let her tap her high-level skills. "Part-time doesn't have to mean entry-level," she says.
    • Put in the same effort. "Look for a part-time job the same way you would a full-time one," says Sarah. She researched the company, wrote a well-targeted cover letter, and thought about how to sell herself if she snagged an interview-and

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  • Although the job market is still sluggish, there are plenty of new and exciting careers for individuals looking to switch jobs or put their skills toward something new. Check out 25 exciting jobs that are in high demand right now.

    Gaming Manager

    Gaming managers are responsible for all games played on casino floors. Often equipped with Bachelor's degrees in business administration, hospitality services, or math, gaming managers are responsible for kicking out cheaters and rewarding frequent guests and high-rollers. Apply to be a gaming manager at your nearest casino and put your management skills to work in an exciting environment.


    With an increasing need for sustainable environmental practices, hydrologists are in high demand in both the government and private sectors. Hydrologists study the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of water and most hydrologists come from a science background. With the ability to work both indoors and outdoors,

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  • It's Wednesday afternoon and you're sitting at your desk at work -- your jaw is clenched, your neck muscles are tight, and it feels like something you ate for lunch is not agreeing with you. You have a meeting with your boss in 15 minutes, and you have no idea what it is about. You can't concentrate on anything. When your brain goes into stress mode at work, your ability to think and solve problems diminishes. As your options become less clear, you shift from just being stressed to panicking.

    To avoid that sort of scenario, here are seven things you can do at your desk to manage stress at work:

    • Focus on an image of something that gives you the experience of awe: Imagine a sunset, picture the face of someone you love, recall watching your child walk for the first time. Hold this image for as long as you wish.
    • Close your eyes or gaze at your hands on your lap and inhale while you count silently to four. Take a little pause and then exhale, counting down from four. Do this at
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  • By Patricia Sellers, Fortune

    As the most powerful woman in children's television, Anne Sweeney meets a lot of girls who wish they were Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus or tomorrow's superstar.

    But Sweeney insists that she sees plenty of accomplished women in business who do that very same thing.

    "I see a lot of women of every age trying to be something else," says Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney ABC Television Group. "I see them trying to imitate behaviors that they think belong to successful people."

    Trying to be the smartest person in the room, or vying to be first with the answer, can easily lead to defeat, Sweeney warns. Particularly for women since studies show that there is, at every level of the business world, a narrower band of acceptable behavior for women than for men. Women, quite simply, are judged more harshly.

    Sweeney, who began her career at Nickelodeon (VIAB) and launched the FX channel for Fox (NWS) before arriving at Disney

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  • By Petra Guglielmetti

    8 Rules of Email Etiquette8 Rules of Email EtiquetteCommitting a major email faux pas is a lot easier than you think. One minute you're forwarding a seemingly-innocent email to friends and family, only to find out that you've unwittingly offended half of your contact list the next. Many of us think of cyberspace as a casual arena where anything can be said and done for laughs. However, as email becomes an increasingly popular form of communication, it's important to choose your words wisely-and to be conscious about who you send them to. So before you dash off a hasty message, make sure you avoid these eight all-too-common email blunders.

    1. Don't Abuse the Reply All
    "Reply all is like salt-it should be used only when needed, and with caution," says etiquette expert Jodi Smith. Only use reply all when everyone on the list of addresses requires your response. Most of the time, it is sufficient to only reply to the person who sent you the email. Of course, every email program displays things

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  • Unemployed? 8 Ways To Stay SaneUnemployed? 8 Ways To Stay SaneThe unemployment rate was 9.2 percent last month: that's the highest it's been this year to date, according to the Department of Labor. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, job recovery for women has been moving along more slowly than it has for men over the last two years.

    In addition to the financial stress that can come with losing your job, being unemployed can have a host of effects on your mental state.

    The good news is that there are steps you can take to combat the unemployment blues, especially during the summer:


    Stress can lead to sleep deprivation, bad eating habits and even forgoing annual health check-ups. Exercise is a great way to stay focused on taking care of yourself, and summer is the perfect time to try a new workout. If you're getting rid of your gym membership to save money, go for a run in the park, take a bike ride, swim laps if you live near water, or walk part of your commute, if possible.


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  • Photo: Alessandra PetlinPhoto: Alessandra PetlinBy Arianna Davis

    Fifteen years ago, pastor Susan Sparks didn't even go to church. She was an attorney for Citibank, drafting contracts and defending litigation claims. After hours, she exercised her natural talent for making people laugh, performing stand-up in small comedy clubs around Manhattan. But when she went to bed at night, Sparks felt an absence of purpose: "My parents taught me to leave things better than I found them," she remembers. "I used to lie there and think, What did I leave better today?" So she quit her job, packed a bag, and set off to find her true calling.

    RELATED: Who Are You Meant to Be?

    "I was raised in a very conservative-and alienating-Baptist tradition down South, and that was all I knew," Sparks says. "I wanted to sink into new religions." So she spent time with a Hindu family in India, meditated with Buddhist monks in Nepal, and visited an imam in Cairo. But her turning point came at Mother Teresa's orphanage in Calcutta, where she met a 5-year-old deaf

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  • By Sarah Jio

    Got deadlines, a fire-breathing boss and coworkers from, well, you know where? You're not alone! According to a recent survey conducted by TNS, a research and analysis company, for The Conference Board, more than half of Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs in a major way. But, in this economy, a job (even a bad one) is something you want to hang on to. So we asked experts for tips on how to increase your workplace happiness. While you can't control your boss's mood or your coworker's choice of music, you can control your happiness. Here's how. Photo credit: iStockphoto

    1. Say "yes" to your boss, but "I'll get back to you" to others.
    Are you a "yes, ma'am" kind of woman? That's good in many ways, like when your boss asks you to lead a new project that could get you promoted. But when a coworker, client or anyone else asks you to do something for them that you're unsure about (like coming in on Saturday when you had plans with your family), don't commit right

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  • yes cubeyes cubeI often meet entrepreneurs who are undercharging and undervaluing themselves. And to make it worse, in a lot of cases, they just aren't following up with leads to begin with.

    When I ask them why, they give me a myriad of very real reasons why they just can't seem to follow-up with their leads. Here's a couple of the most common reasons:

    1. I need to have a perfect website before I can reach out or follow up with others.

    2. I need to have the perfect script or conversation worked out so I know exactly what to do.

    3. I need to have all of my offerings, programs and prices in perfect order before I can follow up.

    4. I need to do things in a certain order and follow-up comes after organizing the office and creating client folders and…

    5. I'm too new, inexperienced, under-qualified and they are just going to say no anyways.

    6. I'm just plain afraid of rejection.

    If you find yourself saying any of these reasons to yourself or out-loud, then this is an

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  • Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockThe University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie School of Management is offering a full scholarship worth $37,240 to the MBA program applicant with the best answer to their essay question. The catch: The answer must be in the form of a tweet, 140 characters or less.

    Think of it as a chance for a prospective MBA student to hone his or her elevator pitch, says Jodi Schafer, Tippie's director of admissions and financial aid. "That's sort of the power statement you need to sell yourself quickly and concisely, the way you have to sell yourself quickly and concisely in business," she told Yahoo! Shine.

    The question is pretty straight forward: "What makes you an exceptional Tippie Full-Time MBA candidate and future MBA hire? Creativity Encouraged!" But crafting a 140-character answer is harder than it looks. (In fact, this paragraph itself is twice as long as the answer can be.)

    So how are you supposed to sell yourself succinctly without selling yourself short? Schafer offered a tip: Just like on

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