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Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

William Poundstone’s new bookAre You Smart Enough to Work at Google? is a 21st-Century guide to landing a job in the competitive, creative world of today’s top companies. Interviewers at many of the largest companies- not just  hip Silicon Valley start-ups and Google – including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America, and even Walmart […]

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Kansas Job Market Improvement Continues to Inch Higher

According to the Kansas Department of Labor May 2012 Labor Report, employment in the private sector increased by 10,800 jobs – 1% – from a year ago, and the unemployment rate is also down. Since April 2012, Kansas gained 5,200 private sector jobs, or 0.5 percent. These monthly increases were mostly because of seasonal changes. […]

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Cover Letter

Cover letters  often present the most difficult and challenging task for job seekers.  There is no standard template, they must sometimes be written without a lot of lead time, and they are expected to be tailored to specific circumstances while having a highly positive impact on the reader.  In fact, some people just send in […]

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It's National Small Business Week

May 20-26, 2012, is National Small Business Week, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  There are a lot of things to love about small businesses. For one thing, small businesses make up more than 50% of the gross national product (GDP). And they make up more than 99.7% of all employers. President Obama […]

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Seeking Job Help Through a Temporary Agency

If you are job hunting due to a recent lay off or looking for a change in career, you may consider going through a temporary agency. If so, here are some things you might expect when you get there. Of course, the first thing you will encounter is an initial interview. Most likely, you will […]

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5 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer When Seeking a Job

One of the most frequent tips I have received in researching job-interviewing skills is that the job seeker should always ask a question of his or her interviewer after the interview itself has seemingly come to a close. Your interviewer is still assessing you and drawing conclusions about you based on the questions you ask—or […]

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10 Insightful Books for Career Changers

As the economy continues to improve, many people are beginning to consider changing careers, or at least exploring that possibility. If you are thinking about testing the waters, or even starting your own business, here are 10 books that Entrepreneur magazine suggests to help make your decision. Some of the books offer practical step-by-step advice, […]

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Great By Choice by Jim Collins

Ten years after his groundbreaking bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with new focus and a new question to ask: “Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty – even chaos – and others do not?”  This time, with the help of his colleague Morten Hansen*, Collins enumerates the principles for building a truly great […]

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Kansas Job Market Continues to Improve

The January 2012 Labor Report was released yesterday (3/13/12), showing continued improvement in employment numbers across the state. According to January 2012 estimates, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent in December 2011. Kansas gained 12,200 nonfarm jobs over the year (a 0.9 percent increase) and 22,200 private sector jobs, […]

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Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

We’re taught from an early age to use certain procedures and rules to analyze and solve problems to come up with the right answers. The emphasis is, of course, on minimizing errors. But what happens when we don’t even know what problems we’re trying to solve? It happens a lot. In his book, Little Bets, […]

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Overused Phrases that Could Kill Your Resume

Despite the recent positive economic news and the improvement of the U.S. job market, competition for job opportunities is still pretty fierce. Human Resources professionals are still sifting through hundreds more resumes than before the recent recession, and there are many  buzzwords that are overused and that, frankly, don’t add anything meaningful to your description […]

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The Real Cost of Living

Every decision – from buying a home to grabbing a latte on the way to work – has costs and benefits, personal and financial.  In her new book The Real Cost of Living; Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your Money, Carmen Wong Ulrich shows us how to make better decisions, and […]