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5 Steps To Switching Careers

By: Laura Whitelaw

March 7, 2009

If you're thinking about switching careers and are not sure how to go about it, here are some suggestions on how to make the transition.1. Research Your Career Interests2. Complete a Career Assessment3. Determine Your Transferable Skills4. Upgrade Your Training and Education5. Craft a New ResumeYou will want to evaluate the career that you are interested in by doing some research...

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Should You Make Waves at Work?

By: Miriam Salpeter

March 6, 2009

Everywhere you look, someone is losing their job. Advice comes from all directions: What to do keep your job. How to find a new job. Should you try to fit in? Should you demonstrate that you stand out? Some believe that they'd better conform to the norm if they want to stay afloat.Not true! says Robin Fisher Roffer, author of The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You're the Only One Like You. She asserts "Being different gets you noticed, which is the first step to gaining influence.""In a time when many companies are having to make the hard choice between who can stay and who should go, make sure that your name is on the top of the list of employees they can't afford to lose," she advises...

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Forget Unemployment Numbers

By: Lance Haun

March 5, 2009

Soon the government will release federal unemployment numbers. From all indications, they won't be good. Here in Oregon we're at nearly 10% unemployment, and other areas are even worse. There is a lot of gloom and doom going around and it isn't pretty. We've all become numb to news stories about layoffs, sinking stocks and unemployment numbers.I am telling you though: the only people who should care about unemployment numbers are the people who work for the unemployment office. And I would be worried about those folks as they try to process more applications with less resources (many states are using inexplicable hiring freezes across all state agencies). Why would I suggest this?

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Branding in a Time of Reinvention

By: Barbara Safani

March 4, 2009

I recently spoke to job seekers about career branding, which essentially means creating a clear and compelling message of value that you can present to employers in multiple ways. In these challenging times, when the economy dictates that many people reinvent themselves, the concept of career branding is more important than ever. People often get stuck in a strategy that relies on explaining what they have done in the past, rather than focusing on how past successes can contribute to future success in a new role and company. It's important to step away from identifying yourself too closely with your past job title, and instead move towards a platform that links your competencies with the problems employers are facing today...

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Face Time With a Busy Boss

By: Anita Bruzzese

March 3, 2009

While many people think that never seeing the boss might be a good thing, those who have a manager that rivals the Stealth Bomber know differently.Those who don't get regular face time with the boss are often the most vulnerable, especially in these tough times. The last thing you want to happen is for you -- and your past accomplishments and daily contributions -- to be forgotten by your boss. If you're not on a manager's radar screen, you risk being closed out of top projects, being passed over for promotions or great opportunities -- or even being laid off.But how to get the attention of managers who may have the attention span of a 5-year-old as they race off to another meeting or seem like a phone is permanently attached to their ear?

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Is Fear Driving Your Career?

By: Liz Lynch

February 28, 2009

When times are tough, self-preservation instincts can kick in and we may act in ways to hold onto what we have rather than take any kind of risk to move forward. Yet sometimes staying in place can be the riskiest (non-)move of all.What you may not realize is that while you're working to maintain your position, you can also be engaging in the single most important activity that can lower your overall career risk and increase your career options: NETWORKING.How? By investing time in building and maintaining strong relationships, you'll find that your network can alert you to job opportunities they might hear about through the grapevine...

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