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The Core

Finding Your Career Passion
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

Passion may seem an odd word choice when paired with career, but rest assured that one of the most important elements of personal happiness is being passionate about your career and your job. You do not want to be one of those people who live for the weekends and dread Sunday evenings. Life is too short to not love the work you do.


The Finer Points of Thank You Notes

Manners don't seem to be enjoying the respected status they once had. In many ways technology has made society less formal (think of the loose etiquette associated with cell phones and e-mail, not to mention dress down business days). Job seekers looking to make themselves memorable in potential employers' minds still have a graceful, time-tested tool - the thank you note. Whether it's a formal, personalized letter, card or a polite e-mail, it's a common courtesy that can help. "A simple post-interview thank you note never goes out of style" says Human Resources Director Marilyn Hall. Here are some of the finer points for job seekers to follow when it's time to show gratitude after an interview.


How Hard Are You Knocking? The Job Seeker's Guide to Opening Career Doors
by Timothy J. Augustine , Rana Curcio, John A. Challenger

Selling your own talents is becoming increasingly complicated in the face of globalization, outsourcing and downsizing. For job seekers, it's no longer a matter of having ability, a resume, and enthusiasm. Strategies are required for everything from targeting companies to tailoring resumes. How Hard Are You Knocking? is a primer to prepare you for your job hunt. Chock full of sound advice and step-by-step exercises, once you give this a read, you will wonder how you ever managed your search without it.


Q. At my workplace, it's just expected that people will work while they are on vacation. People are always checking e-mail and calling the office, and it's almost like they aren't on vacation at all. I don't care what they do, but for myself, I need that time to recharge and not think about work. How can I let them know that when I'm out of the office, I'm OUT of the office?

A. This is becoming a lot more common. People are taking less and less vacation time, and when they do take vacation days, they work remotely anyway. If you're in an environment where that is just expected, then you might need to ask yourself whether that is the best environment for you. Cultures are different from company to company and even department to department. Culture-fit is hugely important, and it can impact your happiness within a job as well as your advancement opportunities.


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