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    Clarifying Workplace Lingo and Acro…

    In response to my post on Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, I asked you to share with me your thought…

    Clarifying Workplace Lingo and Acronyms [poll results]

    In response to my post on Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, I asked you to share with me your thoughts on adding and/or replacing abilities with attitude. Here’s what you said: What really struck me about this conversation was how split we are about abilities and attitude. There were some comments citing the A in KSA is attitude as noted in Bloom’s Taxonomy. Others said the A is for abilities as referenced by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. I even heard the term KSAOA which stands for knowledge, skills, abilities and other attributes (which includes attitude). I didn’t walk away with a clear answer to the KSA question. I did immediately see how some of the acronyms used in human resources mean…

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  • Career

    Why First-Year Consulting Salaries …

    For young people fresh out of college, there's nothing quite like the promise of a consulting salary…

    Why First-Year Consulting Salaries Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be

    For young people fresh out of college, there's nothing quite like the promise of a consulting salary. Land a gig at one of the major firms and you can easily make upward of $60,000 in your first year. A lucky few even break into six figures. But considering the grueling hours that most entry-level consultants work, is that money really all it's cracked up to be? We ran the numbers on what first-year consultants actually make based on how many hours they can expect to work. The results might surprise you. Let's start with salaries. First-year consultants with a Bachelor's degree at most major firms (often referred to as "associate consultants") can typically expect to earn between $60,000 and $90,000. For a select…

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  • Career Woman

    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Writes Lett…

    Since becoming CEO of one of the largest multinational food and beverage companies in the world,…

    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Writes Letters To Her Employees' Parents

    Since becoming CEO of one of the largest multinational food and beverage companies in the world, PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi has made bonding with key employees a top priority. Apparently, that also includes bonding with their parents. In a candid interview with Fortune at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, Nooyi revealed that when she first took over the company in 2006, she decided to write personal letters to each of her direct reports' parents thanking them for "the gift" of their children. "It dawned on me that all of my executives who worked for me are also doing a damn good job, but I'd never told their parents what a great job their parents had done for them," Nooyi said. "I'd…

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  • Career

    A Surprisingly Large Number Of IT P…

    Can you imagine getting your paycheck in Bitcoin? That would be just dandy for a lot of IT professio…

    A Surprisingly Large Number Of IT Professionals Want To Get Paid In Bitcoin

    Can you imagine getting your paycheck in Bitcoin? That would be just dandy for a lot of IT professionals. Events company Tech in Motion polled 847 IT pros about accepting Bitcoin as payment for work, and more than half, 51%, said yes; another 18% said maybe. Only 10% think Bitcoin won't last. It probably helps that the value of Bitcoin is really high right now. As of Tuesday, one Bitcoin is worth about $850, according to Coindesk.  Join the conversation about this story »

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  • Career

    This 17-Year-Old Dropped Out Of Hig…

    On Tuesday, 17-year-old Thomas Sohmers unveiled a new super fast computer server that uses a fractio…

    This 17-Year-Old Dropped Out Of High School For Peter Thiel And Built A Game-Changing New Kind Of Computer

    On Tuesday, 17-year-old Thomas Sohmers unveiled a new super fast computer server that uses a fraction of the electricity that a normal computer does. He's showing it off at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit happening this week in San Francisco. OCP is the Facebook-led project that is changing the data center hardware industry. It's where big Internet companies like Facebook design their own hardware to be faster and cheaper than traditional options from companies like Dell, HP, IBM, or Cisco. (But Dell and HP are also involved in OCP). It gives those designs away for free, a concept called open source hardware. This computer is the first product from Sohmers' startup, REX Computing, created with 52-year-old co-founder and CTO Kurt Keville. The computer…

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  • Career

    10 Tips for Hiring Your Ideal Digit…

    Are you considering hiring a digital marketer? Are you searching for someone to help make your busin…

    10 Tips for Hiring Your Ideal Digital Marketer

    Are you considering hiring a digital marketer? Are you searching for someone to help make your business more successful and draw the right attention to your company? Hiring a digital marketer isn’t as easy as it sounds, which is why these 10 tips will help you pick the right person: 1. Don’t demand too much Many of the best digital marketers have taught themselves a lot of what they know. It’s typical to write job postings with a long list of desirable traits as well as essential ones, but try to leave the desirable traits off if you can. You don’t want to risk deterring the perfect candidate with an almost impossible list of demands. 2. Determine their expertise A wide range of skills come…

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  • Career Woman

    How to Delegate: 3 Tips for Letting…

    One of the first leadership and management lessons most of us learn is how to delegate – and battle…

    How to Delegate: 3 Tips for Letting Go Of Control

    One of the first leadership and management lessons most of us learn is how to delegate – and battle that old “control” instinct. Why is it first? Because leaders don’t scale unless they delegate well and you have to scale if you’re going to have a big impact. Andria has some great advice for managing the control demons in today’s post. – InPower Editors One of the great opportunities of leadership is the delegation of tasks to others, which not only frees up your time to be more strategic but also develops those employees to whom you’ve delegated.  Although it is a great opportunity for all leaders, I think it can be especially challenging for women.  Truth be told, we like…

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  • Career Inspiration

    8 Lessons in Change from Exercise

    Photo by Richard Giles By Charles Perlis I have spent the last two weeks recuperating from a should…

    8 Lessons in Change from Exercise

    Photo by Richard Giles By Charles Perlis I have spent the last two weeks recuperating from a shoulder surgery after being injured for half the year. The time away from exercising, a hobby which in the past four years has turned from a distant source of woe to something I look forward to on a daily basis, has given me ample time to think about the benefits of exercising. These benefits extend far beyond getting a Hot Bod or Rock Hard Six Pack Abs. The stigmatized cultural approach to the exercise obsession is that it’s an aesthetic practice, and will make you look like a celebrity or instantly become a Better Person. We’re sometimes told to exercise for the wrong reasons, to use…

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  • Career Woman

    Voice of Experience: Ann Gonzalez, …

    This week The Glass Hammer is profiling successful women in the derivatives industry. By Tina Vasque…

    Voice of Experience: Ann Gonzalez, Director, Financial Services Advisory Group, PwC US

    This week The Glass Hammer is profiling successful women in the derivatives industry. By Tina Vasquez, Managing Editor Ann Gonzalez, a director in PwC’s financial services advisory group, says that thus far, her career has been “exciting, ever-evolving, and unexpected,” with one opportunity leading to the next. “If anyone had told me when I started out over 15-years ago that I would be helping banks respond to derivatives regulatory reform, I would have never believed them,” Gonzalez said. “OTC Derivatives was a new field to me at the time and the industry has since continued its rapid rate of change. This near constant change has kept me very much engaged.” The director began her career as a finance controller at the Depository Trust &…

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  • Career Coach

    How to Land a Good Job in a Tough M…

    It's ever harder even for good candidates to land a good job. Truly advanced strategies are often re…

    How to Land a Good Job in a Tough Market

    It's ever harder even for good candidates to land a good job. Truly advanced strategies are often required.So this Saturday, Feb. 1, the University of California Berkeley Extension has asked me back to lead an all-day bootcamp on landing a good job in a tough market.It's open to the public. For details and registration, click HERE.

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  • Career Coach

    The Hard Work Lie

    I was raised, like many of you, by parents who said if I worked hard I could do anything I wanted.  …

    The Hard Work Lie

    I was raised, like many of you, by parents who said if I worked hard I could do anything I wanted.  I’m raising my kids with the same philosophy, hard work gets you to where you want to go.  But what happens when it doesn’t? You see, sometimes you work harder than everyone else, put in more time, more effort, all of your blood, sweat and tears, and still others seemingly get there before you. Did hard work fail you? There is a famous saying “Nothing Beats Hard Work!”  Yes.  Yes, there is something, it’s called Talent.  Sometimes, in short periods, talent will beat hard work.  Here’s where parenting and leadership gets hard.  Hard work is suppose to make us the best, but…

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  • Career

    Create (Realistic) Job Hunting Goal…

    Just like so many other people, you probably created some resolutions when the year began.  You thou…

    Create (Realistic) Job Hunting Goals

    Just like so many other people, you probably created some resolutions when the year began.  You thought about how many jobs you might apply to each week, how you might tweak your resume, etc. But like so many other resolutions, you may not have followed your plans perfectly. It’s okay, but it’s time to change up your game plan so you can be successful instead of disappointed in yourself. Start with low numbers – You might want to set smaller goals for yourself as you begin the job hunt.  For example, you might want to get a goal of sending out three resumes a week, and then if you send out more, you’ve beat your goal. Focus on the steps – Concentrate on the…

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  • Social Media

    Social media advice for jobseekers …

    If you need help and advice on how to use social networks to boost your job hunt, join our live ch…

    Social media advice for jobseekers – live chat

    If you need help and advice on how to use social networks to boost your job hunt, join our live chat on Thursday 30 January from 1pm to 3pm – or comment now As social media increasingly becomes a part of daily life, how can you make sure your online activity works in your favour and doesn't hinder your job hunt? There are some great examples of how social media can be a really powerful tool for jobseekers. It can win you a job at your favourite American Taco restaurant brand as their social media and public relations co-ordinator, or bag you a sales and marketing manager role for a renowned donut company. But a whole host of people's social media profiles are…

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  • Career Coach

    Why You're Setting Yourself Up to F…

    No one wants to disappoint a colleague or manager. No one wants to be bad at their job. No one wants…

    Why You're Setting Yourself Up to Fail at Work

    No one wants to disappoint a colleague or manager. No one wants to be bad at their job. No one wants to fail. Nevertheless, people do these things every day, and more often than not, they bring the problems on themselves. In the event that you may be unknowingly sabotaging your productivity and success, here are six things to make certain you aren’t doing: You set unrealistic expectations You’re a can-do person, so it’s in your nature to automatically say yes every time you are asked to do something. The trouble is, some things – like three meetings in one time slot and a handful of heavy-lifting projects with the same short deadline – are just not doable. It is better to…

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  • Career

    8 Business Travel Packing Hacks

    In the 2009 hit "Up in the Air," George Clooney plays a frequent flier who's just a few trips away f…

    8 Business Travel Packing Hacks

    In the 2009 hit "Up in the Air," George Clooney plays a frequent flier who's just a few trips away from making it into the elite 10 million miles club. As a corporate "downsizer," his life revolves around airport terminals and hotel suites as he criss-crosses the country firing people and giving motivational speeches on how to rid yourself of relationships and possessions that are holding you down. In other words, how to pack light. For business travelers who spend one-third to two-thirds of the year on the road, knowing how to pack efficiently and effectively for trips is an essential skill. As Clooney's character, who travels 270 days a year, says, the difference between having to check luggage and fitting everything into…

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4 Ways To Create A Healthier A…

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Human Capital: Assets or Chatt…

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Ensuring You Have the Multilin…

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8 Signs an Employee is Thinkin…

More than 2 million people quit their …

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How To Maintain & Adjust L…

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Why More Companies Should Star…

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Paperless Onboarding Reduces S…

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How to Become a Better Writer

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Chances are that you spend much of your day writing. Whether it’s crafting a project update report or sending an email, your written communications are often a big part of your professional life.
What you may not realize, however, is how that writing can make or break your career. Poorly written reports, sloppy emails and even terse text messages can undermine your professional image, perhaps even costing you a promotion or an important customer.
In addition, writing beyond the daily email or report is becoming more important for professionals. Many are asked to write for industry publications or blogs as a way to demonstrate their expertise, but poor writing can quickly undermine that effort.
It’s also important to realize that your writing lasts forever. Even emails can be unearthed from years ago, so make sure what you’re writing can stand the test of time and isn’t something you – or your boss – will be embarrassed to discover down the line.
So, how do you become a better writer so that your career will benefit?
Some tips:
1. Don’t betray the reader’s trust. Verify what you write and not just through Wikipedia. If you quote a fact, consult more than one source to make sure you give an accurate date or spelling.
2. Give it time to breathe. Just like a fine wine, fine writing often benefits sitting for a bit. When you’ve written, edited and rewritten your copy, walk away from it, even if you can only give it 10 minutes while you go refresh your coffee. Nine times out of 10 you’ll spot some awkward phrasing or wordiness in your writing when you look at it with a fresh eye.
3. Be concise. First, let me say that there is such a thing as being too concise these days. Personally, I don’t like getting thank-you -emails that say “thx” along with an automated signature. At the same time, I don’t want to wade through five paragraphs to find out what the heck it is you want from me. Your first sentence should answer the “so what?” question for me. That intrigues me to read more.
4. Be consistent. I use the Associated Press Stylebook, which makes sure that I follow a consistent style. For example, don’t write out “percent” some of the time and then use “%” other times. If you’re going to refer to someone by his or her last name in your writing, don’t switch halfway through to the person’s first name or you’re going to confuse your reader. Consistency lets the reader focus on your message.
5. Make sure it’s relevant. Just because you have loads of great information doesn’t mean you need to include it all. Your readers will appreciate you summarizing key information.
6. Read it out loud. You may have to do this in the privacy of your own home so your coworkers don’t think you’ve started talking to yourself, but it can help you become a better writer. If you can’t read a sentence without (read the rest here)
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