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Video: Communicating Better in Business

As the late Stephen Covey said in his famous (and fabulous) book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.” Taking 1 minute and 34 seconds to get some ideas about how to communicate better at work could save you hours of time trying to get on the same page as a co-worker, or clearing up a miscommunication with a customer…let alone making sure you can clarify exactly what the boss expects of you! Check it out:    





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Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate.   I can’t tell you how many times both friends and employers or work colleagues have said to me, “It was so unexpected (or unnecessary, or both) but so nice (thoughtful, above & beyond) to receive your thank you note!” It’s a Read More





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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to the Job Fair You Go . . .

A number of years ago I used to give free resume critiques at in person Women for Hire Job Fairs (seems they’ve shifted their focus to work at home opportunities – very cool!) They may not be as popular as they once were, but, they CAN be useful to attend, especially for getting in the door at a specific company that hosts one, or, for a targeted industry fair. Here’s 7 tips that will keep you from doing something dopey, being bashful, or getting grumpy at the job fair … Hi ho!  It’s happily off to work you go ….     7 Quick Read More





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Are Objectives objectionable? and other great resume debates

  THE GREAT DEBATES: Answers to long standing and much discussed questions about resumes over three weeks of posts. 1. One page only, or is two-pager okay? (first week) 2. Chronological vs. Functional formats (last week) 3. Do I need an Objective Statement, or not? (THIS WEEK!)   This you know the answer?   Let me preface this by saying that resumes writers and employers alike have varying opinions and preferences on all three of these questions.  There aren’t really any completely right or wrong answers, just different perspectives.  Here are mine:   1. Do I Need an Objective Statement? Read More





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5 Easy – but Important – LinkedIn Profile Tips

  1. Don’t duplicate your resume. They should complement each other. The LinkedIn profile reinforces your brand,showcases unique attributes, and conveys personality. The resume presents accomplishments and relevant contributions to a targeted audience. 2. You NEED a good headshot photo, whether it’s  done by a professional photographer or not, you need to look professional in it. 3. Security and Privacy: if you are currently employed, be aware of your security settings to avoid alerting their employer and others.  Go to:  Settings/Privacy Controls/Click on “Turn on/off activity broadcasts..  Un-check the box that says “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow Read More