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Don't wait to land your dream job
Maybe the reason we're so bad at saving for retirement is that retirement seems so ridiculous today. The workplace no longer demands that we put off our hopes and dreams until we've worked 40 years. And baby boomers aren't exactly retiring in droves either, which makes younger people think that maybe they won't want to retire either. (Boston Globe, 3/16/08)
Want to have a baby? Now's the time
Women who want to have children should make it a priority in their twenties to find a partner. That's because one of the most dramatic issues facing Generation X is infertility. No generation of women has had more trouble with fertility than this generation, who received the terrible baby boomer advice, "Wait. You have time. Focus on your career first." (Boston Globe, 3/2/08)
Advantage, employees
Since today's job market is employee-driven, many candidates are fielding more than one or two offers at a time, and at this point, maybe it's the employers who need the advice on how to attract the employees, instead of the other way around. (Boston Globe, 2/17/08)
Work your way to entrepreneurship
The unemployment rate among college graduates is hovering around 2 percent. In some markets, like the Washington, D.C., area, there is a negative unemployment rate. So the problem is not that there are not enough jobs. The problem is that people don't like the job offers they have. The jobs that companies offer are not keeping up with the demands ... (Boston Globe, 2/3/08)
In a sour market, aim to learn new skills
The debate continues about whether and when a recession is coming, and what the markers would be. Most of us are in no position to do the analysis ourselves, but you don't need to be an economist to know that if people are talking about recession, you should do some thinking about what you would do if one occurs. (Boston Globe, 1/20/08)
Exercising self-discipline
We all know that most people don't keep their New Year's resolutions. There are a lot of things that will help you keep them. But here's one you might not have thought of: Money. (Boston Globe, 1/6/08)
Thinking grad school? Timing plays a key role
What's good timing for grad school? For some degrees, the best timing is probably never. The benefits of the degree will never outweigh the problems it creates. For some degrees, going fast is key, for others, taking your time can ward off common missteps. Here's a primer on how to approach a looming graduate application: (Boston Globe, 12/23/07)
Social networking tools give introverts opportunities to connect, lift careers
Networking for introverts just got a lot easier. You'd think that the people who are most afraid to talk to others would be the ones hiding behind the Internet. But in fact, with the rise of social media tools in the last five years, extroverts are going online to be their extroverted selves. (Boston Globe, 12/9/07)
Jobs in overseas markets offer worldly opportunities
One of the biggest opportunities today is working in overseas markets. These jobs are rising fast as the trend toward globalization continues, and the Harvard Business Review estimates such positions will skyrocket as baby boomers retire; few of the younger generation are willing to take on the long hours these jobs typically entail. (Boston Globe, 11/25/07)
Pursuit of meaningful work blurs the business, nonprofit culture gap
Jobs in the nonprofit sector are growing at a faster rate than jobs in the business sector. But this might not even be the big news. The big news is that the difference between the two sectors is fading. (Boston Globe, 11/11/07)
Regaining a sense of community
During the middle of the 20th century, the social fabric of community unraveled. Families fled to the suburbs, where they lived isolated lives. (Boston Globe, 10/28/07)
Making connections is key
The art of public speaking is actually the art of connecting. So the lessons in this field apply to everyone since each of us needs to make connections. If you can connect with a room full of people, then you can also connect with an audience of one. And the people we remember most are not those with the smartest ... (10/14/07)
Livin' in the big city: It ain't cheap
Most entry-level jobs do not pay enough to support someone living in a large city. This is a problem for recent grads. They imagine life in a big city as lots of entertainment, crowds of young people for fun, and a great dating scene. But it's a hard life to fund: The cost of college, healthcare, and housing have gone ... (9/30/07)
Big changes coming to hiring
One of the biggest workplace changes that will take place in the next few years is the way people are hired. So how do you get ready for the changes? (Boston Globe, 09/16/07)
Don't worry, be happy on the job
Today's job market favors employees. The attitude of most workers is that they should have a job that makes them happy. (Boston Globe, 09/02/07)
Want flexibility, growth? Start your own
One of the most popular goals among young people is to have their own company. This doesn't mean people want to necessarily build the next Google or Facebook. (Boston Globe, 08/19/07)
Many paths lead to dream jobs
Today's workers have three, clear priorities: Flexible hours, work that leads to personal growth, and the ability to spend a lot of time fostering personal relationships. (Boston Globe, 8/05/07)
Taking a risk and finding your joy
It is clear from a wide range of polls that the majority of men and women under 40 are willing to give up power and money to get flexible and interesting work. (Boston Globe, 7/22/07)
In today's workplace, younger job seekers hold the advantage
Here are some reasons why so many younger workers have gained the advantage when it comes to negotiating the terms of a new job. (Boston Globe, 7/08/07)
Blogging offers a lift to your career
One of the best ways to make a big leap in your career is to blog. Blogging allows you to create a high-quality network for yourself based, not on the old model of passing out business cards, but on a new model of passing out ideas. (Boston Globe, 6/24/07)
6 myths about work
Each generation revolutionizes something. Today's younger generation is revolutionizing work. The goals people have, their values and opportunities have all changed in the last 10 years. (Boston Globe, 06/10/07)
Don't work too hard; it's bad for you
It's hard to leave the office at a reasonable time of day when your workplace culture centers on long hours. But the cost of not leaving work is high: a half-built life and career burnout. (Boston Globe, 05/27/07)
How a job can save your life
A job cannot make you happy, but it can save your life. People spend so much time looking for that perfect job, the perfect boss, the salary that will finally make them feel secure. (Boston Globe, 5/13/07)
Being loyal can be a selfish act
Today, people in their 20s change job every two years. This frustrates employers, who say, "Why should I hire someone who is going to leave? I need someone who is loyal." (Boston Globe, 04/29/07)
Paying dues is so old school
One of the most important career moves of the new millennium is getting out of paying one's dues, an antiquated idea in a workplace where few people aspire to climb the same corporate ladder for 45 years. (Boston Globe, 04/15/07)
Memo to managers: Manage!
It's official now: Young people are in the driver's seat in corporate America. Job offers are plentiful, and hiring managers are scrambling. (Boston Globe, 4/01/07)
Forging a solid connection via the ether
Does this courtship sound familiar to you? "We used Instant Messenger a lot. But sometimes you just want to get away from your computer, so then we'd text. (Boston Globe, 3/18/07)
Keep up with your career care
It used to be your workplace identity was tied to your company. "An IBM man" is a phrase that comes to mind. (Boston Globe, 2/18/07)
Wrap yourself up in a well-told tale
When someone says, "So tell me about yourself," a lot of people stumble. When you craft your answer, you have 10 million hours of information to choose from. (Boston Globe, 2/4/07)
Social fumblers may need to interact less, e-mail more
Hannah Schufreider may seem an unlikely person to be teaching you how to manage your career. She is a 12-year-old autistic girl living in Haverhill. (Boston Globe, 1/21/07)
To bloom, build buzz around yourself
Forget the idea that networking is a job-hunting tool. Networking is the job hunt. (Boston Globe, 1/07/07)
Change is good for stoking your passion
Most people change jobs every two years, and, guess what? It's a good thing to do for your career. (Boston Globe, 12/24/06)
Take control of your career in time
Time management is one of those skills no one teaches you in school but you have to learn. (Boston Globe, 12/10/06)
Find someone to watch over you
If you want to succeed in business, you need a mentor. Getting one, though, requires patience and a clear focus. (Boston Globe, 11/26/06)
Let quality of life be your beacon
Don't let inertia push you toward a big-name city, the place you grew up, or your old college haunt. (Boston Globe, 11/12/06)
In the new sell, ideas do the work
What do you do with your ideas? It used to be you made a sales pitch -- to venture capitalists, to customers, to your boss. (Boston Globe, 10/13/06)
Ten tips to help you find work
Here are 10 ways to find a job. Some will help when you're just starting and some will help you many times over. (Boston Globe, 10/29/06)
Virtual office is what you make it
While everyone was watching for the telecommuting trend to explode, something else exploded right next to it: The virtual company. (Boston Globe, 10/01/06)
So you think you want to be an entrepreneur?
Here are nine ideas about entrepreneurship that will make you feel like you can do it, too. (Boston Globe, 9/17/06)
20 to-dos now to get a good job later
Get experience, play a sport, try to stretch a little. (Boston Globe, 9/03/06)
You have to know how to fold 'em
People have a new job almost every year before they turn 32. (Boston Globe, 8/20/06)
A battle cry for the rank and file
'Dignitarian' cause gives voice to principle that every worker deserves respect. (Boston Globe, 8/06/06)
Pals make work more tolerable
Good relationships help ease troubles, give the job meaning. (Boston Globe, 7/23/06)
Athletes know how the game is played
Here's some career advice. Stop obsessing about how smart you are. Instead, get some exercise and you'll perform better at work. (Boston Globe, 7/09/06)
Swing away, but with less risk
A lot of people who would like to start a business think the task is too daunting. (Boston Globe, 6/25/06)
Crafting the new American dream
There is a new American dream that is still about "doing better than your parents," but not in a financial sense. (Boston Globe, 6/11/06)
Job hunting through the Net? 7 tips to help lift your optimism
The best jobs require talent before you walk in the door -- you need to know how to search. (Boston Globe, 5/28/07)
Forget the soul search, just do something
When it comes to finding a career, the huge soul search is hugely overrated. At some point you should just start doing something. Anything. (Boston Globe, 5/14/07)
Training vital to developing self-awareness, office smarts
The new workplace currency is training, because it can significantly change how you work and what you have to offer. (Boston Globe, 4/30/07)
Blogs 'essential' to a good career
A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field, because employers regularly Google prospective employees to learn more about them. (Boston Globe, 4/16/07)
Not getting enough sleep? Strategies to help you get through the workday
Chances are half of your colleagues at work are desperate for a nap. Many adults don't get enough sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. (Boston Globe, 4/2/06)
Embrace the 'human moment' at work
Your success and your well-being depend on having regular face-to-face interactions at work, which you don't get from computers or over the phone. (Boston Globe, 3/19/06)
If you can, try a few careers until you're sure
Aaron Karo performs stand-up comedy in Boston. He also bills himself as an author, public speaker, and sitcom actor. (Boston Globe, 3/05/06)