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September 6, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • How to transition into a freelancing career
    Amanda Chatel shares the story of how she changed careers from being an office manager to a freelance writer. Networking with those in the industry, getting suggestions from others on how they launched similar careers and transitioning part-time into writing helped her eventually land consistent gigs, she writes. TheDailyMuse.com (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Be strategic when choosing mentors
    Mentors can be key in helping your career or getting a new job, but don't limit yourself to one person's advice, experts say. Look for those who have different specialties, then reach out via e-mail or ask to meet for coffee, they suggest. Reuters (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • 401(k) employer contributions ticking up, data show
    Nearly three-quarters of employers say they offer matching contributions to employees' 401(k) plans, compared to 67% in 2009, according to Charles Schwab data. "Our expectation would be that we'll continue to see this tick up over the next couple of years, assuming nothing unforeseen happens in the economy," says Dave Gray, vice president for client experience. CNBC (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Next Challenge 
  • What hiring managers are really thinking
    Alison Green shares what is often going through the mind of an interviewer such as concerns about hiring the wrong person and whether you'll be a nightmare to manage. "Will you require hand-holding, sulk when you get feedback, or complain about petty problems with your co-workers? We're on the lookout for signs of all of this," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Balancing Yourself 
  • Trainer lists simple exercises to work into your daily routine
    Standing instead of sitting while on the phone or standing on one leg while brushing your teeth are two easy ways to add exercise to a daily routine and burn extra calories, trainer Jay Cardiello writes. He lists other simple exercises that work on core strength and balance, including dancing while getting dressed, contracting and holding abdominal muscles while driving and doing a few pushups on the bed at night. Shape.com (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Water Cooler 
  • Man documents the aging process with daily photos
      
    YouTube/Noah Kalina
    Twelve and a half years ago, a man named Noah Kalina decided to take a photo of himself every day. More than 4,500 photos later, he's spliced his daily snapshots into a video that tracks his progress from youth to middle age in unsparing detail. YouTube/Noah Kalina (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

SmartQuote 
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees."
--Kahlil Gibran,
Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer

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