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Makers vs. Takers: the wrong way to frame a debate
The discussion of entitlements and makers vs takers is very much in the air today. Even some gen y’s are expressing the view that their generation has an entitlement mentality. I agree that this attitude exists in gen y but also in every other generation…just looks different. In fact I believe that the word “entitlement” […]
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Gen y & the 2012 Election: Permanently in the Progressive Camp or Just Passing Through
Those voters 30 years old and under (aka gen y, born 1981-1995 approximately) broke for Obama by a wide margin. When combined with higher than expected turnouts and huge margins from African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and women (especially single women), this bloc of voters becomes a formidable force in any election. This has led […]
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Career tip #13 The boss may not know the answer already
When you receive an assignmentfrom your boss, accept the responsibility that you are being asked to come up with an answer or answers that the boss doesn’t already have. I oncegave an assignment to a high potential gen y who was working for mein his first year after graduation. He listened and asked what answer […]
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Career tip #12 Treat your boss as an expert
All of us like to be seen as an expert in something. So treat your boss as an expert from whom you can learn. If you show this level of respect, you’ll see the difference it can make in your relationship with your boss. Does it mean that you must like or agree with everything […]
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Career tip #11 Play today’s game…not yesterday’s or tomorrow’s
This statement may seem cliched…but so what? There is a lot of truth in the statement. If you made mistakes yesterday, learn from them and try to do better today. Resist the temptation to revel in the sometimes “delicious” feelings of being done wrong by someone or dreaming about future revenge. All we have is […]
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Career tip #10 The boss doesn’t know the answer already
When you receive an assignment, accept the responsibility that you are being asked to come up with an answer the boss doesn’thave. Once the project is done, it is fine to ask the boss if your conclusions are what he/she expected, and if they differ, you can ask why.
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Career tip #9 Use Social Media tools and the Internet for a Salary Reality Check
It is important to develop a realistic view about starting salaries as you begin interviewing for your first job out of school or later as you may change jobs. Unlike the past there is plenty of data to be mined but you need to exert healthy skepticism as you gather and review these data. This […]
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Career tip # 8 The recruiter is not your friend
Treat any recruiter as an expert, even if the recruiting interviewer is nearly your age. Why? that young recruiter is an expert in the organization you are interviewing with; this isno longer a peer to peer discussion. This is all business. Since the recruiter is not a newly found friend, avoid the informality thatprobably characterizes […]
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Career tip #7 Make sure that how you dress doesn’t become the focus of attention
Remember as you prepare to go to an interview: you are not going to a party and you are not attending a funeral. If you can , scout out what employees wear to the office of the company you are interviewing with. As a rule, while business casual will do, business attire is never out […]
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Career tip #6 Every job interview could be the one that will open doors for you.
There are no exhibition or pre-season games in a job search. It’s the regular season every day.
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