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September 7, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • Putting off decisions can stagnate careers
    When the right career path isn't clear-cut, sometimes it's best to just pick a direction and plough forward, Paul Hellman writes. "[S]ometimes, good or bad doesn't matter; what matters is action. Action gets you moving. Then, based on what happens, and what you learn, you course-correct," he writes. CNBC (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Watch out for these common productivity pitfalls
    It's easy to feel productive despite not doing anything toward that goal, Rebecca Thorman writes. Obsessively replying to all e-mails, replacing action with research, adding vanity tasks in to-do lists and listing many tasks to be done for the day can feel productive but actually "takes the focus off more important activities." Thorman also advises to end the week strong, to limit online browsing and to focus on getting tasks done. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Could your low Klout score cost you a job?
    Employers are within their rights to let a low Klout score influence their opinion of employees or prospective hires, Kerry Gorgone writes. The only area where employers might run into trouble is discriminating against workers whose Klout expertise relates to protected topics such as sexuality or race. "Klout discrimination happens, but there's no law against it," Gorgone writes. MarketingProfs (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • 20 cities with the happiest young workers
    A Careerbliss list of the 20 cities with the happiest young professionals ranks Los Angeles No. 1, and includes Atlanta and Boston. To compile the list, Careerbliss asked 38,000 young workers to rate their happiness based on factors such as work-life balance and the strength of their professional relationships. Forbes (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • MBA in hand, it's time to negotiate with employers
    The first step newly minted MBAs should take when thinking about negotiating their salary is to find out whether such negotiations are common at the company they're applying. "Some of the companies that typically hire MBAs refuse to negotiate and asking to do so would be both fruitless and embarrassing," Francesca Di Meglio writes. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Balancing Yourself 
  • Should personal problems be revealed at work?
    It's best to stick to the facts of a personal situation that might affect your work such as a pregnancy or divorce and leave out details, experts say. Always tell the boss first and seek help through a company employee assistance program if the stress is causing problems, they advise. Reuters (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
SmartQuote 
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him."
--Booker T. Washington,
American educator, author and political leader

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