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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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How to Land a Real Work from Home Gig

Do you dream of being able to work from home? Do you wish some days you could roll out of bed and immediately start accomplishing your tasks for the day, without having to make the dreaded commute to the office?

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Make a Life Plan Before You Get a Business Plan

Typically if you read business books or talk to anybody about starting a business, you would hear advice that is centered on the importance of having a business and sales and marketing plan; the focus is on numbers, figures and logistics that you would need in order to turn your idea into reality. But rarely would you hear the advice about having a Life Plan. That’s right, regardless of the size and the nature of the business you’re planning to launch, if you are an aspiring business owner, you must assess whether you and your life is actually ready to take on this venture. Overlooking this can often prove to be a costly mistake and a lot of unnecessary headache can be avoided by paying attention and planning all aspects well.

So what do I really mean by a Life Plan?

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How Do We Solve the STEM Gender Gap?

 

In an effort to find some inspiration, I found this story about a Massachusetts mom who shared her frustrations about signing up her daughter for summer camp in a Boston Globe article.

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Gender Leadership Styles: Is It Really Man vs. Woman?

Effective leaders frequently exude an identifiable style.

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Getting – and Keeping – Women on the Leadership Track

 Women are taking on leadership roles and adding value at the top levels of organizations more than ever before – case and point, Marillyn Hewson, who was recently named the first female CEO of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors.

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“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”

Could banning one word today really affect the leadership of tomorrow?

According to Facebook chief operating officer and author of best-selling book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg, the answer is yes.

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How Can Companies Pave The Way For More Women CEOs?

2014 started off as a great year for women in leadership, with the January announcement that Mary Barra was tapped as the new CEO for General Motors, making her the auto industry's first female chief executive officer.

To discuss this groundbreaking development, Randstad's own Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Kelley recently appeared on Boston's New England Cable News (NECN) to discuss Barra's appointment and other ways companies can help women leaders advance to top levels in the workplace.

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Want a Happy Home Life? Learn the “Three C’s”

Job-related responsibilities are, for the most part, easily defined. You and your coworkers are assigned specific duties based on your individual strengths and work cohesively to achieve success.

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Four T.I.P.S. To Becoming a Successful Woman

Want to know the secrets behind some of today’s most successful women? The Huffington Post recently uncovered 8 Success Secrets From Female Leaders and found these surprising answers:

  • Oprah Winfrey – Meditation
  • Xerox CEO Ursula Burns – A supportive husband
  • Arianna Huffington – Failure
  • Cosmopolitan Editor-In-Chief Joanna Coles – Restful Weekends

To add to this list, Randstad is providing four more success secrets from some of today’s female superstars. Keep these useful “T.I.P.S.” in mind as you navigate the workplace!

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