The Core

How to 'Listen' to Feedback and Use it to Your Advantage
by Joan Lloyd

Nothing bruises the old ego like a dose of negative feedback. Whether you are a naive newbie or a seasoned vet, the sting of criticism can still leave a mark.

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Taking the "Work" Out of Networking

"Working" is a key part of networking, but many professionals view it as a chore they must perform to get ahead. Instead of treating networking as a necessary evil, it's more productive to approach it as a building process that takes time, thought and patience. Here are some suggestions on how to network without putting too much pressure on yourself and your professional status.

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Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need
by Harvey Mackay

Springtime is the perfect time to emerge from hibernation and turn up your networking efforts, and Dig Your Well is an ideal tool to help career seekers. "A Network Never Sleeps" is the title of Mackay's first chapter, reflecting his philosophy of never hibernating when it comes to circulating and staying in touch with business contacts. Anyone shifting career gears or going into business for themselves will glean solid strategies for cultivating relationships that function as the currents capable of propelling your career forward.

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Q. I'm getting ready to apply for a summer job. I've never really done a resume before, so I'm wondering if I should include work that I did in my school classes or fast food jobs I had in high school since I'm applying for office jobs now?

A. As a first step, we'd recommend that you review The Core to Success. This is a guide that will help you with preparing a resume. Beyond that, understand that a resume is like an advertisement for yourself, and that it should only address your qualifications for the specific job for which you are submitting it. If your school work or previous jobs demonstrate that you have skills and experience that are relevant to the position to which you're applying, then by all means mention it. If you can't find anyway to make that work relevant, then it's best to leave it out or provide only a highly condensed summary of it.

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Associates of the Month

Congratulations to our Outstanding Associates this Month!

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