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Entries from February 2011

Communicate to Win Over the Office Jerks

February 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Did you know research indicates that up to two hours in a day are spent in either interpersonal conflict or thinking about how to get back at that annoying guy or gal across the room? What a waste of time, and even more what a waste of energy! Often there is […]

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Tags: Office Politcs

When It Is Time To Leave Your Job

February 24th, 2011 · 25 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Regardless of how unhappy they are, people are always afraid to move jobs. Though the odds of success may be higher at another company, it is the uncertainty that clouds their judgment. I have seen candidates wait out an impending lay-off just to keep some glimmer of hope that it may […]

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Tags: Office Politcs

Is The Job Search Tax Deductible? Yes… Sometimes.

February 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s that time of year again. Tax time. So that means it’s also time to do my yearly reminder that certain aspects of your job search are tax deductible. Let me start out by saying I am not a legal or accounting professional. The information I am going to share is […]

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Tags: Job Search · Taxes

Job Search Got You Feeling Ignored, Rejected, Down in the Dumps?

February 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Stop taking it personally. Recently a colleague of mine put a call out asking “why do HR/Hiring Managers seem to ignore candidates, even the qualified ones?” Good question – so why¬†do qualified candidates (seem to) get ignored? Yes, this is rejection but it’s a form of rejection you can’t take personally. […]

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Tags: Job Search

Can You Play Civilization V On A Macbook Air?

February 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough I know this isn’t job-related, but… Yes you can. If you got the 13 inch Macbook Air, AND you fully souped it up (i.e., opted for the 2.13 GHZ with 4GB of RAM) then the answer is yes. Civilization V plays. It’s jittery, and the graphics aren’t that great. But Civ […]

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Tags: Time Wasters

Career Change After 50 – How to Market Your Experience

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough If you lost your job after age 50, or you see a bleak future in your current job or industry now may be the time to consider planning a career change. After you’ve researched a possible new careers after 50, and you find you had little or no experience in the […]

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Tags: Career Change

How Much Should An Employee Get In A Severance Package?

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Generally, a severance package is made up of pay and benefits given by an employer to a dismissed employee. But contrary to some belief, a severance package is not given as an entitlement prescribed by law, rather it is an employer’s prerogative – which means this benefit is given as a […]

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Tags: Benefits · Layoff Rumors · Recession

How Your Credit Score May Affect Your Job Search

February 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Over the past decade, it has become much more common for employers to run a credit check on potential candidates. This has become even more prevalent as the number of available of jobs is limited and the number of qualified applicants increases. However, many people still do not understand why their […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search

How To Handle The “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” Question In A Job Interview

February 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Human resources professionals, recruiters and others who interview job applicants seem to have a fondness for that much-dreaded question about how you would describe your own weaknesses. As much as those hiring love to ask the question, almost every job seeker hates to answer it. Describe your weaknesses is a double-edged […]

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Tags: Interviewing

Grads Without Jobs – Here’s 10 Ideas to Help You

February 13th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough ACTUAL “CASE HISTORY”: Many of our friends, clients and colleagues have recently shared with us stories of recent college and grad school graduates unable to find jobs. Some grads who had job offers in hand have now had those job offers deferred, or even rescinded. It’s not surprising, given the state […]

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Tags: Job Search · Young Professionals