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July 28, 2010
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Getting Ahead 
  • The early bird gets the raise, too
    "Morning" people have a measurable advantage over their night owl counterparts, research suggests. "Throughout the world, people who sleep late are too often assumed to be lazy," says Christoph Randler, a professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (7/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is a jerk-free workplace even possible?
    It's often hard to find a workplace without jerks, but you can minimize your chances of landing in one by paying attention in the interview and looking for red flags such as offensive language or discriminatory statements, Eve Tahmincioglu writes. Those could be indications that bad behavior is tolerated, she writes. Career Diva blog (7/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Use networking strategies that fit your personality style
    Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, you can make networking less painful -- and more fun -- if you focus on venues in which you are more comfortable, Miriam Salpeter writes. For example, introverts may find social networking more their cup of tea, while extroverts may discover they thrive at in-person events, she writes. KeppieCareers.com (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Landscape 
  • Obama renews pledge to hire 100,000 with disabilities
    Federal agencies have been ordered by President Barack Obama to hire 100,000 more workers with disabilities in the next five years. The goal was first set in 2000, but Obama says there will be a renewed push. "I expect regular reports, and we're going to post our progress online so that you can hold us accountable, too," Obama says. FederalTimes.com (7/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Your Next Challenge 
  • Never be desperate -- or dumb -- enough to work for free
    If a recruiter or company asks you to work for free as part of the interview process -- such as coming up with an idea to solve a real-world problem -- don't do it, Laurie Ruettimann writes. If you decide to make a presentation, then retain the rights. "I'm a cynical HR professional and I know one thing: if you're dumb enough to give me a free work product in a desperate attempt to get a job, you are too dumb to work for my company," she writes. Punk Rock HR (7/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartPulse 
  • What is the biggest challenge you face in live networking?
    Uncomfortable pitching myself  38.89%
    Shyness/awkwardness  36.11%
    Reluctance to ask for help  11.11%
    Lack of access to key attendees  11.11%
    Other  2.78%
  • Chase away your networking jitters: Last week we asked you about your biggest face-to-face networking challenge. Interestingly, very few say you are reluctant to ask for help or lack access to the right people. Instead, many reported feeling uncomfortable with pitching yourself. One of the best ways to network is to ask for advice. Instead of feeling the pressure to "sell" yourself, focus on asking others for their opinions and insight. In the course of that conversation, you can reveal your background and what you are trying to do. And this isn't just a gimmick, as you'll gain valuable information by getting the other party to talk. --Yasha and Mark Stelzner, JobAngels
  • Where are you in your career relative to your dream job?
I don't believe in dream jobs; I pursue my dreams outside of work
I don't know what my dream job is
I know what my dream job is; I don't know how to get there
I know my dream job, and I'm working on getting there
I'm in my dream job

The Water Cooler 
  • A hotel fit for royalty
    If you're looking for a cozy palace hideaway, consider the Royal Mansour hotel in Morocco, recently completed by 1,200 artisans working under the direction of the King of Morocco. The hotel -- featuring the finest in silks, satins, stone and marble -- offers a one-bedroom rate of about $2,000 a night. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartQuote 
Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
--Lena Horne,
American singer, actress and civil rights activist

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