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September 11, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • How to catch back-to-school fever at your job
    The lazy days of summer are over; it's now time to soak in the excitement of back-to-school commercials and the return of yellow school buses, Jessica Lawlor writes. Think of what you want to accomplish before the end of the year and take advantage of back-to-school sales to restock your office supplies. "If you haven’t been focused on your goals this summer, look at September as a clean, blank slate," she writes. Brazen Careerist (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't obsess over "eureka moments"
    Everyone longs for a "eureka moment" in which they come up with a killer idea or industry-changing product, writes Chris Grivas. The reality of innovation is much more mundane, Grivas argues. "[O]ften the key to innovation lies not in the big idea, but in discovering a new way to look at the problem," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Making the Connection 
  • How to be interesting at a networking event
    After initial introductions to someone at a networking event, mention something that makes you a specialist in your field or share information on a creative project, Susan Ricker writes. "Demonstrate your ability to act on your own and make hard decisions by discussing a side project, such as launching a website, writing a book or leading a team," she writes. AOL Jobs/CareerBuilder (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • Analysis: Older workers joining the job hunt as young workers give up
    Since the start of the recession, labor force participation for people 65 years old and older has hit a 30-year high, while young people have been dropping out of the labor force faster than any other demographic, statistics show. However, older people trying to find jobs are more likely to be unemployed for extended periods of time, possibly because of a perceived lack of technological skills, Suzy Khimm writes. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • 7 meaningless details that job seekers stress about
    Stop worrying about things that employers don't care about like your field of study in college, the hiring manager you address your cover letter to and the stylishness of your résumé, Alison Green writes. "What employers want from your résumé design is a document that's clean and uncluttered, easy to scan, not overly fancy, and puts the information we want in the places we expect to find it. Whatever design you choose that achieves those goals is fine with us," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Balancing Yourself 
The Water Cooler 
  • Rise of the cyborg cockroaches
    Researchers have found a way to implant a microcontroller into the sensory organs of Madagascar hissing cockroaches, allowing them to prod and steer the critters along a track by remote control. The cyborg insects could one day be used to search disaster areas for survivors, scuttling into areas too cramped or unsafe for human rescuers, this article notes. Engadget (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."
--William James,
American psychologist and philosopher

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