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Never Forget an Important Date

6 years ago in Career development

For some people keeping track of important dates and appointments is easy. They never seem to show up late, let alone forget anything.

If you aren't one of those people, you probably wonder how you can be more organized and less forgetful. Here are a few tricks for never forgetting another important date.…

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File under "Thanks, but I'll pass on this job"

6 years ago in General news

Today's skyscraper window washers face dizzying heights and the elements, but have nothing on these 1930's Empire State Building window washers.

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Expanding options for people with disabilities

6 years ago in General news

NYSID in the news

The Times Union, a capital region newspaper, recently published a great article by New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) CEO and President Ron Romano. …

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How to Get Along with Difficult Coworkers

6 years ago in Career development

There are a lot of reasons to be on good terms with the people at your work. To start, work is more pleasant when you're around friends rather than nemeses.

Getting along with colleagues also shows the bosses that you are someone who works well with others -- and that shows them you can handle promotions to better positions. Everyone encounters difficult people on the job occasionally, but there are a few things you can do to improve your relationships with coworkers. The next time you meet someone who is mean, rude, or just plain doesn't seem to like you, try these tricks:…

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Biggest Interview Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

6 years ago in Career development

Do you go on lots of job interviews but never get the job?

While it';s normal to be passed over for someone more experienced, qualified, or well connected, if you find yourself regularly getting past the resume; stage but never getting beyond the interview, it's time to consider whether your interview skills might be making the wrong impression. Most bad interviews (and interviewees) share a few characteristics. If you want to give a great interview that leaves potential bosses wanting to hire you, watch out for these common pitfalls.…

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Top 7 Most Likely Ways Your Résumé Is Failing You

6 years ago in Career development

One of the questions I hear most often is, "I'm not getting any calls for interviews -- what's wrong with my résumé?"

There are a few typical mistakes most people make. Grab your résumé and follow along.…

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Keep a list

6 years ago in Career development

One of the best ways to be proactive about your career is to keep a running list of your achievements on the job.

This list comes in handy when you are updating your resume and can't remember what to include in your latest job description. It also helps enormously at performance review time when your boss asks you to fill out a self-evaluation explaining what it is you do and what your goals should be for the next year. This should not be a time-consuming or labor-intensive project. Just set aside five minutes each week to update your list, and feel free to tack on achievements whenever you think of them. Keep it somewhere where you won't lose it, such as a notebook you always keep on hand or, better yet, an online document.…

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Résumé Don's

6 years ago in Career development

Today we're going to focus on résumé don'ts, or the top seven ways your résumé might be standing in the way of you getting the job you want.

They're easy to fix, so if you're on the job hunt, take out your résumé and follow along.…

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Tips for Turning Temp Work into Full-Time Employment

6 years ago in Career development

Temping -- working temporary jobs -- can be a great way to earn a few bucks between full-time jobs and other commitments.

I'm partial to temp agencies because I worked temp jobs every summer while I was in college, before ultimately starting a full-time job at a temporary employment agency after graduation. I was able to earn more money during those summers than most other short-term jobs were offering, and I collected important "office experience"; for my resume. While not all temp jobs turn into permanent employment, they do offer learning, growth, and networking experiences that aid in finding full-time work. …

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Friday morning roundup: Bad news bears

6 years ago in General news

The media's glass seems to be half empty this morning, maybe it's the utterly miserable rain and wind we have here.

A slew of articles from CNN today focus on the downsides of the economy. …

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"It Was Raining, So I Quit" - A True Story

6 years ago in Career development

I have heard this phrase more times than I can count: "It was raining, so I quit"

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The Right Way to Ask for Help

6 years ago in Personal development

Everyone needs help sometimes.

Whether you're in a new job or honing a new skill, the worst thing you can do is refuse to ask for help when you don't know what you're doing. That said, there is a right and a wrong way to ask. The mark of a truly awful employee is when he simply says, "I don't know how to do this. I need help," about every task his boss assigns. Do this and you will both aggravate your boss and continue to be bad at your job. If you want to earn your boss's respect and learn how to do your job well, here is the right way to ask for help.…

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Six Tips for Making a Good First Impression

6 years ago in Career development

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

And a lot of people aren't sure how to do it well. In an ideal world, people would get to know one another before making a judgment call, but in reality, no one has time to get to know every person well. When it comes to job interviews and meeting new people in social situations, being able to make a snap judgment saves time -- and that makes making a good first impression an important skill to learn. If you go on a lot of job interviews but never get the job, have trouble making friends, or feel anxious when you meet strangers, chances are you could benefit from working on your first impression. Try these tips and improve what people think of you when you first meet.…

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Learning is a great thing. Free learning is even better!

6 years ago in Personal development

Microsoft has released a useful series of free Excel tutorial videos covering how to perform data analysis using pivot tables, lists and other data functions.

While they're aimed at Excel 2010, the core principles equally apply to version 2007 and lower. A great resource for those looking to hone their Excel-Fu.…

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8 Interview Questions To Avoid Like The Plague

6 years ago in Career development

For those currently interviewing for jobs, or even for those who interview candidates regularly, add this useful Inc article to your "Good to know" list.

Inc highlights eight questions which, at face value, may seem innocent enough for an interviewer to ask as part of a conversation during an interview, but which can be either plain illegal to ask, or could lead to potential discrimination.…

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NYSID Jobs Well Done

6 years ago in General news

NYSID and GoodTemps strive to enhance the lives of people with impairing medical conditions and disabilities, turning benefit recipients into paid and tax contributing members of their communities through the power of work.

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What Not to Say... In an Interview

6 years ago in Career development

Mainstreet.com has a useful article giving a few tips on topics to avoid bringing up during your interview.

Number one on their list is railing about previous employers; even if you leave an employer on less than amicable terms, turning the other cheek and focusing on the positives is the way to go. Criticizing can give the interviewer the impression that you'll be feeling the same way about them a year down the line.…

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4 Ways to Be More Productive

6 years ago in Career development

All of us have thought, "I don't have enough time," or, "If only there were more hours in the day," at one time or another.

Unnecessary tasks waste our time everyday, and we usually waste even more time trying to make lists and organize everything we have to do. It's frustrating and exhausting. Here a few tips for simplifying your "to do" list and getting things done.…

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Alphabetical Filing

6 years ago in Career development

You can learn practically anything for free on the internet.

I received an email today asking about resources for learning and practicing alphabetical filing skills -- knowing which files go in which order so that you can store them and find them again easily. It was a great question that I think a lot of people can benefit from asking. Alphabetical filing is one of those skills that most people think they've mastered, or they are afraid to ask for help because they assume everyone else already knows how, but in reality, fewer people than you realize really know how to file. Fortunately, there are set rules you can learn that will tell you what to do in any given situation. With a little practice, you'll master all the finer points of alphabetical filing.…

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Indeed Military: Job Search Resources For Veterans & Employers

6 years ago in Career development

On Veterans Day, Indeed.com launched a new portal, Indeed Military

The aim of Indeed Military is to help veterans find jobs that match their military background and experience. In partnership with Joining Forces, the service is free to job seekers and easy to use; simply enter your military occupation code and your location, and Indeed will return matching job opportunities from employers. Indeed Military is currently free to employers, and allows them to search by occupation and location to identify veteran job seekers in their area.…

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