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The Core

Beat the Job Search Blues
by Robin Ryan

Summer is only a memory and as autumn rolls in you can get depressed about the lack of results from your job search efforts. Summer is a mixed blessing — great sunny weather, exciting vacations, and employers frequently put off any new hiring until those pleasant days end. The tough part is that while you, too, enjoy the summer’s respite, fall brings back the urgency of wanting — or needing — to move on to a new position.


Conquer That Scary Task You've Been Avoiding

Scary tasks are the ones we procrastinate about and avoid tackling for as long as humanly possible. Not surprisingly, neglecting these projects can produce constant stress that detracts from our overall productivity. When a project gains the upper hand, it can grow into a monster that overwhelms and paralyzes at the same time. Here are some of the different methods to confront these monsters head on and banish them.


The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: The Guide for Achieving Success and Satisfaction
by James M. Citrin and Richard Smith

With competition for jobs stiffening, job seekers need success stories they can aspire to. The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers proves encouraging because it maintains that ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary. Often job seekers feel that if they only had a chance to prove themselves, they could impress potential employers. This book shows you how to get that chance and take advantage of the opportunity to prove yourself. It empowers employed professionals to look beyond their confinements and strive higher. Critin and Smith dissect the patterns, or behaviors, of successful professionals who come out of nowhere to defy the odds and succeed. If you're looking for a kickstart, this book is just the prescription for you.


Q. I just started a new job, and there's a bunch of junk in my desk drawers. There are old scratch pads and papers that I can't imagine anybody will ever need to refer to. I like things tidy and organized, but I'm not sure what I can get rid of. Are there guidelines for what can be trashed and what should be saved?

A. Document retention is highly specific to individual companies and even departments within companies. If you're unsure about policies at a new job, it's always best to ask a coworker or your immediate supervisor. They want to see you succeed and will appreciate the question.

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