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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

    You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. The Bottom Line: You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
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    The Future of Government

    The Future of Government
    Our current system of government rests on faulty assumptions about how people think and vote. To deal with the world's most challenging problems—present and future—it needs fundamental change. [gate] This guest post is part of GOOD's series with the Institute for the Future. Last week Mathias introduced you to the need for futures thinking in our society. And it requires no ...
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    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?

    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?
    Employees have been criticizing their bosses since the beginning of time. Until the birth of social media, these conversations generally played out in lunchrooms or restrooms, around the water cooler, over a few cocktails at the local pub after working hours, and in the smoker’s circle outside the office building. [gate] Regardless if the criticisms were true or not, the context ...
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    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview

    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview
    The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any other time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and ...
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    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off

    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off
    Do you want an employer with an established reputation? Are good benefits and an even better retirement plan important to you? Do you want to make a difference? Consider a career with Uncle Sam. [gate] The federal government is on a hiring spree and will be for the foreseeable future. "There's a huge need to get high-quality, top talent working for ...
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    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters
    As the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. If you're doing a job search or resume submission via email, the first impression any employer will have is from your cover letter. [gate] Some tips for creating successful email cover letters are the same as for paper cover letters: Be professional, with correct spelling and ...
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    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job

    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job
    If you’re a highly qualified professional who has been unemployed for a while, you may eventually have to find a “Plan B” job to pay your bills until the job market improves and you can return to your preferred type of work. There’s no shame in that, but landing a temporary survival job can be harder than you think -- there ...
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    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter

    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter
    Are you wondering how to deal with a sticky work history issue? Whether you were laid off from your last position, took time off to raise children or are looking to change careers, the cover letter is the perfect place to address potential red flags. One caveat: Keep the explanation brief. Writing a cover letter is an exercise in selling yourself, ...
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    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters
    Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds--or even thousands--of applications for each open job. Typically, they can spend only a few seconds scanning a candidate's cover letter before moving on to somebody else's. So if you're looking for a job, your cover letter has to capture a reader's attention right away. Career coach Evelyn Salvador, the author of the recently released ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview

    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview
    You hear it all the time from career experts: "Research the company before you go into a job interview." But what does that mean, exactly? Here are some tips on using the Internet and tapping your network to gain information and insight that'll improve your answers--and help you ask the right questions. [gate] The company's mission Your prospective employer's Web site ...
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    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview
    Every job interview is different--but there are some general principles that can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you're talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind. 1. Be the Solution Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve--for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service lines. ...
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    High Turnover: When Everyone is Jumping Ship

    Last week in Washington at the Center for Government Leadership, the Partnership for Public Service trained nearly 190 federal leaders from more than two dozen agencies on business acumen. Two questions this week come from federal managers. Please continue sharing your ideas and questions by emailing me at fedcoach@ourpublicservice.org. How can I engage an unmotivated employee? --Federal manager (GS-14), Small Business ...
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    Senator Kaufman: 'Your word is your bond'

    Sen. Ted Kaufman is the junior senator from Delaware appointed in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of senator now Vice President Joseph Biden. Kaufman was Biden's chief of staff for 19 years and was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. One of Kaufman's senate endeavors has been his Great Federal Employees Initiative, an ongoing series of floor speeches ...
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    The Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?

    The Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?
    If I refer to the Jersey Shore, does your first thought go to a vacation spot or to someone named "Snooki?" Your answer may say a lot about your generation. Traditionalists or Baby Boomers are thinking of summertime memories, while Millennials are thinking about Snooki and her friends on the MTV reality show. Right? Maybe. The truth is your answer probably ...
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    Administration Announces Hiring Overhaul

    The Obama administration unveiled a major overhaul of the federal hiring process on Tuesday, the Office of Personnel Management announced. The hiring reform memorandum will ask agencies to do away with hand-graded knowledge, skills and abilities essays by Nov. 1, at least in the early stages of the hiring process, Jeri Buchholz, associate director for human resources operations and policy at ...
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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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