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6 Work Skills that Improve Your Home Life (and Vice-Versa)

Whether you are currently working as a manager or are a stay-at-home mom looking to get back into a management role after taking time off, you possess skills that are very transferable to the other side of your life.

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A Day in the Life of a: VP of Marketing

How did you get to where you’re at in your career?

I feel lucky to be in the point of my career that I am. A lot of it was predicated on relationship building and gaining the trust of peers and managers along the way. I have been working in marketing for over 15 years, with 11 of those being in the industry of staffing. Over time, you build up a level of expertise and strong relationships that as they progress…you progress. I also feel I was lucky to have people around me that I could learn and grow from. I have always been fortunate enough to have leadership that inspired me every day and challenged me to take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes. When one’s professional career is cultivated in an atmosphere like that, you are bound to advance as a professional. Lastly, I think there was a little good old fashioned luck involved—being in the right place at the right time. Once I was there, I made the decision to stay with my employer when others might have job/employer hopped a bit. Longevity does play out to benefit an individual over time and opportunity is bound to open up when you get to truly know your employer.

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How to Land Your First Job

For many fresh college graduates finding employment in today’s times is a difficult feat. With the unemployment rate hovering around 9.0%, companies have their pick when it comes to hiring people and that has certainly made things even harder for those who have yet to gain any job experience.

If you are reading this article, I suspect you have already tried the traditional ways of looking for a job, such as networking, career centers, job boards and haven’t had much luck. You’re looking for more ideas. What I am going to share with you is not only some creative tips, but also an approach that you can take in order to create a long lasting rewarding career, not just land another job:

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Tips on Surviving (and Thriving at) Your Office Holiday Party

Is your company hosting a holiday party this year? If so, take a moment to brush up on some office holiday party dos and don’ts to ensure that you don’t find yourself the “talk” of the office. Remember, your office party is still a business setting disguised as a social event.

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Networking During the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season! Besides focusing on all things holiday-related, there is something else you should be doing too – networking. Both parties for relatives and work are great places to meet people. Plus, the holidays are a perfect time to connect with former friends and colleagues.

While some people may believe the holidays aren’t a good time to network, there are too many gatherings between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve to not take advantage of them! According to the MIT Global Education & Career Development Center, approximately 60-80% jobs are found through networking. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started! Here are some ways to make the most out of this time of year:

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Career Tips: The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

My very first piece of career advice came from my dad, he said – ‘that this was a big step, that I was embarking on an important journey and to be honest, mature and responsible, and at the same time have fun and make new friends.’ Important precious words, ones that I’ve held onto and that have served me well over the years. Perhaps you can relate with this and remember your own piece of wisdom that you received from your parent as you were getting ready to step into the working world. Career advice can come from all different places; mentors, bosses, colleagues, and learning from their experiences both good and bad can be important for your own personal and professional growth. Here’s some more of what I’ve learnt along the way:

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How to Determine & Emphasize Your Transferable Skills

Every job, class project or volunteer work assignment teaches us something. While the position itself might not be something that you’d like to emphasize on your resume or in your work history (such as that stint you worked in fast food), it can still be a valuable experience in terms of transferable skills you gained at the opportunity.

Transferable skills are the skills you’ve gathered through previous experience (jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, etc.) that can be used in your next job or new career.

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How to Find Your Career Passion

Remember taking those career assessment tests in high school? Although they can tell you where your strengths lie, they don’t necessarily tell you what you’re passionate about. Passion is something that comes from inside you—and, if your interests or skills don’t clearly align with a career path, it can be difficult to put your finger on what you want to do.

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Are You a Workaholic?

The topic of work/life balance made headlines again this week after a wealthy businessman resigned as head of a trillion-dollar investment fund to spend more time with his family.

Former PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian said he made the decision after his 10-year-old daughter gave him a 22-point list of all the milestones he had missed in her life, including her first day of school, a soccer match, a parent-teacher meeting and a Halloween parade.

“My work-life balance had gotten way out of whack, and the imbalance was hurting my very special relationship with my daughter,” El-Erian wrote in a Worth.com article that has since gone viral.

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The "Not Sorry" Campaign: Randstad Women Leaders Weigh In

Is it time for women to stop apologizing so much?

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