How Much Growth is Healthy? When is Maintenance Better?

How Much Growth is Healthy? When is Maintenance Better?

  We’re a society that’s obsessed with change and growth, and in many ways that’s a great thing. When a person challenges himself to learn new skills, acquire new positive behaviors, adjust to transitions, assume new responsibilities, he typically becomes broader, more productive and emotionally mature. While this is true for most people, it’s also true that a person needs to know his own limits. When a person pushes himself beyond his limits, works too many hours, fails to take care of his health, ignores the relationships in his...

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How Taking Your Kids to Restaurants Can Teach Emotional Intelligence

How Taking Your Kids to Restaurants Can Teach Emotional Intelligence

Studies show that having a high Emotional Intelligence Quotient (E.Q.) is valued in today’s workplace and can make or break even the most talented person’s ability to land and keep a job.  Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist,...

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Lessons From Parenting: Rewarding Good Values/Character Spurs Motivation

Lessons From Parenting: Rewarding Good Values/Character Spurs Motivation

If you are one of those people who wants to earn a higher salary (and feels you are deserving of more money) then this is the article for you!  Candidates who feel they are driven more by money than by contributing to the mission of the firm, turn off employers.  Everyone wants to be compensated fairly, but the candidate who will come off more favorably in an interview will focus on how they can contribute and fit into the firm’s culture and will avoid focusing on salary (at least not openly at the onset). The savvy interviewer will put...

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Your Job Description Is Your Baseline: Try Exceeding It!

Your Job Description Is Your Baseline: Try Exceeding It!

Most employees assume that their responsibility with their firm is to meet the criteria outlined in their job description. While it’s true that you will be appraised based on how well you meet this criteria and satisfy your requirements, that’s not going to make you stand out in today’s challenging job market. In years past, if you consistently fulfilled all the tasks associated with your job description, it would be enough to meet your managers’ expectations and could even get you a promotion.  Today this is not the case. According...

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Avoid Moving Home After You Graduate With NO JOB!

Avoid Moving Home After You Graduate With NO JOB!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. — Albert Einstein In order to achieve success when you graduate, you need to start college off on the right foot. For those of you who hope to graduate in four years and have a degree that will matter in today’s economy, it will be well worth your time to consider the following advice: Employment statistics show a difficult but improving job market. Even though the employment picture is improving slightly, many new graduates are...

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Understand Thank You Notes to Prevent a “No Thank You!”

Understand Thank You Notes to Prevent a “No Thank You!”

In today’s competitive job market, it is common sense to take the extra time to write a post interview “thank-you” note.  It not only shows you appreciated your prospective employer’s time, but it gives you another chance to refresh the interviewer’s memory about your application. There are ways to maximize the effectiveness of your note. [...]

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