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September 5, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • 7 steps to a perfect timed presentation
    If you have to deliver a timed presentation, it's a good idea to start by creating your PowerPoint slides, Dave Johnson writes. Then, you should write the speech and time to see how long it is. Afterward, cut unnecessary details to get it down to the proper length. CBS MoneyWatch (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Could LinkedIn get you in trouble at work?
    A surge in LinkedIn updates can hint to your employer that you're looking for another job, Dawn Rasmussen writes. If you don't want your employer to become suspicious, avoid a "flurry" of recommendations, and use personal e-mail and phone to communicate with potential employers. (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • Report: Labor market never recovered after peaking under Clinton
    Today's troubled labor-market conditions reflect a deteriorating trend that has been under way for more than a decade, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. Even during the pre-recession economic expansion that ended in 2008 and 2009, wages and salaries in the U.S. never reached the peak they hit in 2000, the last year of President Bill Clinton's second term, the report says. (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • Close every interview with these questions
    Avoid asking interviewers when a hiring decision will be made, Arnie Fertig writes. It's better to ask about the employer's expectations for a "stellar performance review" so you can "circle back with a story, past accomplishment, or something else that demonstrates your ability to be that top-performing employee," he writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Balancing Yourself 
  • How to fine-tune focus and avoid technology distractions
    If you need to concentrate, it's important to avoid the distractions caused by modern technology, Michael Hess of Skooba Design writes. "Powering down is extraordinarily difficult, but if you're not an attention-paying pro, you must do it," he writes. You can also enhance your focus by remembering your goals and finding a private space to do your work. CBS MoneyWatch (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
  • The behavioral economics of laughter
    Laughter is a commodity, at least when it comes to dating, writes Robert Provine. Behavioral economists have figured out that men posting lonely-hearts ads are far more likely than women to brag about their sense of humor, while women are much more likely to request a funny mate. "Without such a balance between bids and offers, there would be no market for laughter and humour, and the currency of these behaviours would decline," Provine writes. The Observer (London) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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