Workplace Damage Control: Fixing up your office foul-ups.

Posted on 01 September 2012

When I worked for a small publishing company a few years ago, I sent off dozens of sales packets to potential book buyers. A week later, those packets started arriving back at the office from angry prospects who didn’t appreciate getting sales materials with postage due. So what did I do? Did I own up? [...]

Your Acquisition Position

Posted on 31 August 2012

First, the bad news: About half of all mergers undertaken in the United States fail. What’s worse, in the vast majority of these mergers and acquisitions, the human toll is high. And company leadership rarely, if ever, is absolutely candid with employees about necessary changes for making a merger or acquisition work. So what does [...]

How to Deal With: Good Boss, Bad Boss

Posted on 30 August 2012

In college, I worked as a waitress at a popular Italian restaurant in Boston. The owners were reputed mobsters and did nothing to discredit the rumor. Basically, they treated us like dogs and told us not to complain about it because we were making big tips. The tips were indeed good, so I hung in [...]

The ABCs of Budgeting

Posted on 29 August 2012

Even if you’re not an accountant, knowing how to prepare and maintain budgets will add value to your resume. Taking time now to know the ABCs of budgets should make you more marketable in the future. Budgeting is an important tool used by management to control a company’s cash flows. According to investment banker Andy [...]

Four Simple Steps to Better Workplace Dress

Posted on 28 August 2012

Since the dawn of the high-tech revolution, business casual dress has become a common sight in corporate America. Bill Gates showed the world that billions of dollars could be made while wearing a polo shirt and khaki pants. But the dot-coms and computer giants that once dominated media attention are now sinking faster than the [...]

Leadership Is Everyone’s Job

Posted on 26 August 2012

Feeling like you have no say in your career? Feeling like a leaf drifting down a river, at the mercy of the currents, with no say in where you land? Feeling generally frustrated with your work? Like so many people today, these feelings may seem familiar. Increasing competition, technological innovation, and shifts in economic fundamentals [...]

Webcasting in Continuing Education

Posted on 24 August 2012

Webcasting would seem to be the ultimate panacea for busy professionals in need of continuing education. With the click of a mouse, one could attend a seminar anywhere in the world, interacting with experts and other attendees. The next best thing to being there in person–right? Many professional associations offer webcasting–live teleconferences broadcast over the [...]

Dress Yourself For The Leading Role

Posted on 23 August 2012

Just let the wardrobe do the talking. –Jack Nicholson, speaking to Michael Keaton on the set ofBatman. OK, so you probably won’t turn up at your next meeting or interview in a rubber bat suit and black cape, but your wardrobe can help you psychologically prepare for the part you’re about to play. Game On! [...]

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Advice

How to Deal With: Good Boss, Bad Boss

Posted on 30 August 2012

In college, I worked as a waitress at a popular Italian restaurant in Boston. The owners were reputed mobsters and did nothing to discredit the rumor. Basically, they treated us like dogs and told us not to complain about it because we were making big tips. The tips were indeed good, so I hung in [...]

Business

Success Stories of Two Entrepreneurs

Posted on 30 January 2011

Two entrepreneurs seize the day. Making a career dream come true means different things to different people. For a certain brand of entrepreneurs who have a passion to share with the world, the best career path is self-employment. “I’ve always been big into goal-setting and making dreams come true,” says Anne Leighton, an independent music [...]

Career

Leadership Is Everyone’s Job

Posted on 26 August 2012

Feeling like you have no say in your career? Feeling like a leaf drifting down a river, at the mercy of the currents, with no say in where you land? Feeling generally frustrated with your work? Like so many people today, these feelings may seem familiar. Increasing competition, technological innovation, and shifts in economic fundamentals [...]

College

Finding the Right Internship

Posted on 18 July 2009

Start early to get a jump start on your internship and a career. Finding the right internship can make all the difference in launching a promising new career, and not only for young people just out of college or graduate school. But how do you find the internship that’s right for you? That’s up to [...]

Education

Full-time Job After Graduation or Start Work on an M.B.A

Posted on 18 October 2009

Should you get a full-time job after graduation or start work on an M.B.A.? The answer depends on whom you ask. Students who go directly to graduate business school insist they get a lot out of their studies without working first. But many business-school officials don’t agree. Many M.B.A. programs require students to work for [...]

Grad School

B-Schools Seek Boost By Targeting Women

Posted on 14 October 2009

Fear of math and muggers. That, in a nutshell, is what Don Martin sees as his biggest obstacle to attracting more women to the M.B.A. program at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, where he is associate dean for enrollment management. With women accounting for only a quarter of full-time enrollment, Chicago lags [...]

Graduation

School To Work Transition Isn’t as Hard as Many Expect

Posted on 17 October 2009

Transition From the Student World to the Real World Will Kiser, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Georgia in Athens, isn’t quite ready to graduate yet. An English major, he is now the variety editor for UGA’s student newspaper, the Red & Black. No stranger to the world of work, Kiser has put in [...]

Job Hunting

5 First-Time Job Myths

Posted on 24 August 2011

These bad beliefs can divert your career path. Sometimes those looking for employment can get faulty guidance. The following myths can keep jobseekers from finding a great job after graduation. Myth #1: I need to take the first job I am offered. Don’t allow those school loans force you to make a hasty career move. For [...]

Life

From Classroom to Corporation

Posted on 29 May 2009

Academics find success as corporate trainers. Academics in search of extra cash, or just keen for a change of pace, are taking their talents to the corporate sector. The critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills they developed inside the ivory tower are highly valued elsewhere. Academics straddling both worlds say the trick is to [...]

MBA

Full-time Job After Graduation or Start Work on an M.B.A

Posted on 18 October 2009

Should you get a full-time job after graduation or start work on an M.B.A.? The answer depends on whom you ask. Students who go directly to graduate business school insist they get a lot out of their studies without working first. But many business-school officials don’t agree. Many M.B.A. programs require students to work for [...]

Salary

New Graduate Salaries

Posted on 03 January 2011

The robust economy drove up salaries for the Class of 2010, according to a recent survey of 104 colleges released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The most recent graduating class saw, on average, larger salary increases than did the Class of 2009. Some employers are even reporting that students, who recognize [...]

Student

Study your objectives carefully before accepting an unpaid internship

Posted on 18 November 2008

Interning–otherwise known as the modern equivalent to slave labor–can be the most rewarding way for young students or recent grads to gain experience in a particular field. At least, that’s what the experts say. But these experts aren’t the ones sorting, collating, or filing. At what point does your intern experience fail to become its [...]

Travel

Demystifying Adventure Travel

Posted on 29 September 2008

The term adventure travel gets tossed around so much these days, it’s in danger of becoming a cliche. But what exactly is it? Luckily, you don’t have to go careening down a 540-foot drop on snow skis, brave the oxygen-deprived elevations of Nepal’s Mt. Everest or risk your life rafting the roughest passage of the [...]

Working & Family

Can You Juggle Kids And a Great Career

Posted on 27 February 2011

The number of working women in the United States has increased phenomenally in the past century, from only 5.3 million in 1900 to 75 million in 2010. In fact, according to the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, 99 out of every 100 women work for pay at some point in their lives. If you are [...]

Workplace

The Power of Praise: Motivate Workers With Positive Words

Posted on 05 September 2012

Ask managers worth their salt if praising staff is important and they will answer with a resounding “yes.” Then ask their employees if they receive enough recognition. Invariably, they crave more kudos for their hard work. Why is there such a disconnect? If managers wholeheartedly agree that praise is beneficial, why do their employees struggle [...]