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Building a New and Improved Web Site

By Bette | May 19, 2010

We have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. We’re under construction, so we won’t be posting any useful articles for a while. We hope you’ll stick with us through our hiatus. Now, the good news: When we return, we’ll have a brand new web site packed with new and interesting things!  The design work …

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The More Things Change…

By Bette | Apr 30, 2010

Back in October I wrote a post titled “The Economy is Up, and I’m Still Unemployed; Now What?” I began that post as follows: Earlier this month, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal and it’s stuck in my brain. The article said that “Bernanke (Federal Reserve Chairman) sees an end to recession…but …

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The New Growth Industry: Federal Employment

By Bette | Mar 15, 2010

As we noted in our last post, the Federal government has become one of the few employers who seem to be hiring. The Obama Administration believes the number of Federal employees likely will top 2.15 million this year, and then decline next year as the census is completed. But the census jobs are temporary, and …

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The Three Employment Sectors and You

By Bette | Feb 26, 2010

When looking for work, people tend to search familiar ground. On some levels, this is sensible. If you’re an experienced diesel mechanic, why should you look for work as a carpenter? While both lines of work require an ability to work with your hands and a familiarity with tools, the nature of the positions are …

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How Networking Can Lead to Working

By Bette | Feb 12, 2010

The term “network” has carried different connotations at different times. If you’re of a certain age, the word network reminded you of broadcast television. Visions of Walter Cronkite and the CBS Evening News come to mind. These days, the term engenders visions of cables and routers and file servers. If you’re luck to have a …

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Five Tips for Tired Resumes

By Bette | Jan 29, 2010

Most people have a love/hate relationship with resumes. They love sending them out to fish for job offers, but they hate to write them. It’s understandable. Lots of people don’t like to write, and plenty more folks don’t write very well. But a resume is something so critical to the successful job search that you …

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Dealing With the Emotions of Job Loss

By Bette | Jan 15, 2010

Employers let workers go, and they do so for lots of impersonal reasons: mergers, corporate failure, and economic downturns are at the top of the list. These are a fact of life that millions of Americans are facing as right now. Other reasons can be much more personal, ending in an employee being terminated. No …

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A New Decade, A New Year, A New Resolve

By Bette | Dec 31, 2009

Tonight we close the books on 2009 and the first decade of the 21st Century. Many of us will not be sorry to see this year in our rear view mirrors. We currently sit at an unemployment rate of 10 per cent. That’s the optimistic view, since many analysts believe that if those who have …

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Three Market Research Resources to Boost Competitiveness

By Bette | Nov 27, 2009

Successful business owners and career professionals consistently sustain a competitive edge by relying on research and analysis of the market to make decisions and to implement strategies that get results. As a business owner, I schedule time within my business week to conduct and analyze market research and see how it will affect my coaching …

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