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How Spot Opportunities Can Advance Your Career

Spot opportunities can be the secret weapon in your job search. A spot opportunity indicates change is occurring in your company or industry, and your proactive efforts can put your career on the fast track to greatness. Here are several examples of spot opportunities: News that a company will go public. Part of the large influx of cash from the offering will likely go towards hiring talented personnel. Articles about major...

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Networking Mojo Starts with a Solid Two-Minute Pitch

  Many professionals attend association meetings to learn more about their profession, meet others within their same field or industry, and learn how they can advance in their own careers. However, it's common to feel a bit like a fish out of water at these events if you're not confident and comfortable with networking. The key to successful networking is a friendly, professional attitude and a polished Two-Minute Pitch. In...

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Work with a Difficult Manager? These 3 Steps Will Help Improve the Situation

Do you work with a difficult manager? One that never crosses the harassment line, but is just generally unpleasant? From using offensive language to tearing people down, a boss that repulses you can make your professional life miserable. What can you do if you hate the person who commands your workdays? Consider these three steps to try to improve the situation. Step 1: Talk with HR Schedule a meeting with your human...

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How to Break Glass Ceilings and Embark on an Entrepreneurship Journey

Entrepreneurship takes skills, grit, and determination. Successfully branching out on your own is difficult no matter the industry, but it is possible, even if you have to break glass ceilings. A few years ago a Five O'Clock Club coach was invited to moderate a panel of speakers featuring three women who made the transition from the corporate sector to starting their own businesses. What's more, the businesses were involved in managing...

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5 Common Resume Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

Creating a high-quality resume is one part art, one part science, and a whole lot of work when done correctly. But when you're in full-on job search mode, mistakes can happen. These resume tips can change that. Some errors are so common that hiring managers see them on a daily basis. However, it's often these common errors that are the most costly. For example, it may not seem like a big...

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How to Survive a Demotion

Demotions used to only happen to underperformers, but in today's dynamic business landscape, internal reshuffling can affect anyone at any type of organization. This means you could receive less-than-welcome news despite being a great worker. Getting kicked down the career ladder stirs up a conflicting mess of emotions. You feel humiliated and discouraged, but at the same time you feel lucky to still have a job. What's the best way...

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The Five O’Clock Club Names Its 2017 HR Hero Award Recipients

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --  The Five O’Clock Club, a leading national outplacement and executive coaching organization, named its 2017 HR Hero Award Recipients at a breakfast reception at CUNY Graduate Center on January 27th. The annual award recognizes HR professionals for their invaluable contribution to their business and/or communities. The four award recipients were selected from a long list of impressive nominations submitted by their industry peers:...

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Dress to Impress: Expert Thoughts on Dressing for Interviews and Networking Events

Today's business world is evolving on countless levels. With casual Fridays implemented throughout many industries, and a steady stream of articles featuring pictures of CEOs in T-shirts and hoodies (a la classic Mark Zuckerberg style), it may seem like suits and ties are going the way of dinosaurs. However, this simply isn't reality. The truth is, what you wear matters to future employers. Your choice of dress for interviews still...

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