Career

How to Prepare for an Annual Review

Many companies conduct an annual review for each employee at year-end, while others do it at the hiring anniversary. If you have a review coming up soon, don’t wait until the day before to start planning. Start preparing now so you can sparkle when the day finally comes. Pull Out Your Old Review If you received a written assessment after your last review, pull it out now to…
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Hate Your Job? Stay Open to New Possibilities

I didn’t hate my job, but after four years, some of it was getting to be a bit dull. Not so much that I actively looked outside the company, but enough that I started considering possibilities within the company. As I discovered, a lot in life is a result of simply staying open to new possibilities. Last week, I got a new job without visiting a single job…
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How to Update Your Resume

Once you’re done listing your accomplishments for your review, take a few minutes to update your resume. In this economy, it doesn’t hurt to have your resume ready. It also pays to have it in a good economy when a headhunter might call or a friend could clue you in to an excellent opportunity. Your resume should be in a constant state of readiness – but make you sure…
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How to Work at Home and Stay Productive

Every Thursday night, I pack up my laptop and files and tote them home with me for Work from Home Friday. At first, it took some getting used to. Now I find I’m much more productive when I work from home. I still value my time in the office – it’s easier to have an impromptu discussion in the kitchen if you’re all in the same kitchen –…
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To Freelance or Not Freelance?

From time to time, I’m offered an opportunity to do a bit of moonlighting. In my case, it’s freelance writing. Sometimes I accept the offer, and sometimes I don’t. Before accepting any offer, I carefully consider a few factors and discuss with my spouse. If you’re looking for side work, or being offered side work, here are some questions to ask. Am I Qualified to Do the Job?…
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