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general career advice

How Team Sports Is Like the Workplace

Congrats to the Los Angeles Lakers on winning their 16th NBA championship title! I’d also like to congratulate Coach Phil Jackson on his 11th major win. I’m fortunate to come from Chicago where we got to reap the benefits of Coach Jackson’s zen leadership as he partnered with Michael Jordan to bring excitement to our […]

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How A Summer Job Can Shape Your Life

Summer jobs can shape your life and impact your career. Just because summer is here, that doesn’t mean it’s time to hit the beach and party for 12 weeks! If you’re still a student and you get the summer off, take advantage of the great opportunity to get a meaningful summer job. Believe it or […]

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African American Employment – Workplace Diversity Issues (Interview)

African American employment is explored today as we continue to look at workplace diversity issues and their growing role in the recruiting and retainment of employees at companies around America. Today’s guest, Dr. Carmen Woods Hollowell, shares her and her family’s compelling stories about African American employment and the black American experience. Dr. Carmen recently […]

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Workplace Diversity Issues

Workplace diversity issues play a growing role in the recruiting and retainment of employees at companies around America. As a recruiter, I dealt with workplace diversity issues every single day. When I worked with candidates who were women or minority professionals (African American, Hispanic, gay), they would wisely ask me a lot of questions about […]

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How To Interview With Confidence – A Real Life Example

Job interviewing is tough! Last week’s post on the importance of portraying an image of confidence when interviewing inspired a friend of mine in his 20s to give me a call for some advice. I’m sharing our conversation here with the hopes that his real life scenario can help you. After all, interviewing is one […]

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Job Interviewing is Like American Idol: Confidence Is Key

Developing confidence and portraying an image of confidence prove to be key factors to success. America is a week away from crowning the next American Idol, but as of right now the wind is at the back of Chicagoan Lee DeWyze. Why? Because aside from the fact that he’s a talented singer and appears to […]

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Make Your Own Luck

Mick Jagger credits luck for the longevity of his successful career with the Rolling Stones. That’s right. Last night on CNN’s Larry King Live, arguably the biggest rock star ever credited luck for a career in which his band has sold over 200 million albums and from 1989-2002 earned an estimated $1.5 billion! Mick Jagger […]

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Should Unpaid Internships Be Illegal?

photo credit: Tim Pearce, Los Gatos Internships are a fantastic way to explore different career paths, gain work experience and get key networking opportunities. In fact, internships help to experience many of the 15 career development topics that will follow you through life. Unfortunately, it’s common for companies to not pay their interns.

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Commencement Speeches – The Kasdan U of Michigan Speech

Graduation season is here…and that means college graduation speeches will start making their way around the internet

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Finding the Right Career Fit | Choosing a College Major

The first steps to finding the right career fit are often taken while you’re still in school. As soon as you start selecting your elective classes in high school, you are moving towards figuring out what fits you best. For those who stay in school and go to college, the next big step (other than […]

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