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Top Twelve E-mail Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Career
by Lydia Ramsey

You return to your office from an afternoon meeting and decide to check e-mail. You wonder where your day went after spending hours downloading messages, reading some, deleting others, crafting replies and filing those that you want to work on later. Your e-mail box was full when you arrived at work this morning and tomorrow promises to be no different.


Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Go Into Business on Your Own

Whether you have a fantastic idea or you're looking to gain professional freedom, starting your own business has always held appeal. We're constantly bombarded with ads and promotions singing the praises of going into business for yourself, with an emphasis on how easy it is. Whenever there's a rise in downsizing, more displaced professionals seem to join the ranks of entrepreneurs trying to fill a need. Before you jump into an uneasy economy with both feet, it's good to ask yourself a lot of questions. Here are three to get you started on evaluating your business plan and shifting your attention to areas that may need more development.


The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
by Daniel H. Pink

If you've ever felt frustrated and believed that your career search was becoming almost comical, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko may be just the tool you need to put things in perspective. Presented in a manga comic format, the advice here focuses on how you should be doing things and how to survive and flourish once you've landed a position. With an engaging story, author Daniel Pink has created a fun and informative guide that speaks to Gen Y readers and more experienced job seekers alike. His observations about the working world speak to the reality of today's quickly shifting landscape, and fly in the face of a younger generation that expects instant career gratification.


Q. Where I work we have a lot of meetings that go on forever. I think I must spend 80% of my day in meetings that don't really have anything to do with me. It's frustrating because I have projects that I need to get done, but I don't have enough time. Is there any solution?

A. A lot depends on who is scheduling these meetings. If it's somebody that you report to, you might try going to them privately with your concerns. Let them know that you appreciate being included. You understand it's important that you know what's going on, but then mention your project and the urgency for the project and ask them where they think your time will be better spent.


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