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December 26, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 3 questions to help plan your career
    Keep your career on track by asking yourself whether you want to be a manager someday, whether you're in the field that most interests you and whether there are any degrees or certifications that you need, Dan Lovejoy writes. "You might be surprised to find that your manager is interested in helping you," he notes. Blogging4Jobs (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • How to ramp up your LinkedIn presence next year
    Make a New Year's resolution to stop missing networking opportunities on LinkedIn, this article says. Promise yourself that you will spruce up your summary, participate in LinkedIn groups, post your accomplishments and pursue potential connections. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • A geographical look at retirement-plan ownership
    Americans contribute an average of $1,325 to their retirement accounts per year, with workers in California, the Midwest and the East Coast being most likely to have 401(k) accounts, according to an analysis by Esri. This article features two maps from Esri that break down by location the likelihood that people have retirement accounts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • 5 signs your job is in danger
    If you suddenly have less work, your manager seems to be avoiding you and no one says anything when you mess up, you might be about to lose your job, Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter writes. "Perhaps you've noticed that no one even raises an eyebrow when you forgot to do a task that would normally have you boiling in oil. No, your company has not lowered its standards. They probably just don't see any reason to beat a dead horse," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Associate - Performance Improvement/HR Strategy & OptimizationHuron Consulting GroupChicago, IL
Entry Level Systems Engineer JobSAICColumbia, MD
Associate Brand Manager - FoodserviceKraft FoodsChicago, IL
Associate Content Producer (Contract) (13382) Electronic ArtsLos Angeles, CA
Account ExecutiveZiff DavisGreater New York City Area, NY
Customer service Representative/BookkeeperDuval Art CoutureNationwide, United States
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Balancing Yourself 
  • Flu season arrives early in U.S., health officials say
    Flu activity increased last week, with 12 states reporting high flu activity, the CDC reports. New York City and five states reported moderate flu activity, while 33 states reported low activity. The U.S. flu season is off to an early start, but it is too soon to tell how severe the season will be, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a statement. HealthDay News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
  • Fact-checking the Nativity story
    The birth of Christ probably didn't go down quite the way many Nativity plays suggest, experts say. Jesus was most likely born sometime around 4 B.C., and almost certainly not Dec. 25, scholars say. What's more, he probably wasn't born in a stable, but rather in the spare room of a peasant dwelling. The Week (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."
--Jacques Cousteau,
French naval officer and explorer

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