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The Corporate Freshman: To Succeed Today, Forget the Old Business Myths

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 6:28 PM

This is not your parents' business world. It's not even your older sister's business world. The recent recession has toppled and transformed our ideas about just about everything. Massive change is afoot and many of us are still reeling from the work-force bloodletting that began three years ago and the...

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The Corporate Freshman: Five Mistakes Twenty-Something Job Seekers Make

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 6:53 PM

While there are certainly more than five, these are my top picks in terms of their potential to take you out of the running for a desired position:

Failing to customize the resume to the open position: In today's tough job market, every resume should be crafted in response to...

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The Corporate Freshman: If Something Is Needed, Create It

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 6:11 PM

Some of you may recall that I was a complete dud in my first corporate PR job. My boss despised me, my colleagues thought I was overeager, and it took me two years to get a promotion that people with half my work ethic achieved in six months.

The second...

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The Corporate Freshman: Your Community is Your Most Valuable Tool

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 2:28 PM

The most important thing I've learned in the last five years is the value of community. Growing up, I didn't have much of one. We lived in one of those diffuse suburbs about twenty miles outside of Washington, D.C. My family wasn't religious so we didn't attend a temple, and...

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The Corporate Freshman: 7 Ways to Make Your Boss Like You

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2009 | 10:37 AM

In this economic climate, everyone wants to avoid getting laid off. The number one way to do this is to have a strong relationship with your immediate manager. Here are some strategies that have worked well for me over the years:

Be humble. Don't approach your boss with a...

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The Corporate Freshman: Your Rep is More Important Than Ever

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 5:35 PM

In life, we get many chances to reinvent ourselves. Remember when you first arrived on campus for your freshman year of college? The most exciting thing about it was that no one knew what a (insert negative adjective of choice here) you were in high school. You taught yourself new...

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The Corporate Freshman: Confidence on the Y Chromosome

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 3:03 PM

Most bestselling nonfiction authors are men. The most successful online personalities are men. The people who have made it the biggest in the motivational speaking field? Yup, men again.

This is not to say that there aren't lots of accomplished women in these areas. There are. But there are more...

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The Corporate Freshman: Big Employees Don't Cry

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 10:51 AM

In this totally unstable business climate, everyone is under a great deal of pressure. People are more prone to snap at each other, and office altercations aren't unusual. Nevertheless, no matter what your job or situation, having a bonefied meltdown at work diminishes your credibility and intrudes on your reputation....

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The Corporate Freshman: Networking When You Don't Know a Soul

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 10:57 AM

We've all heard that people get jobs based on who they know, but what if you aren't lucky enough to be acquainted with someone in the field you're pursuing?

Your first step is to tell everyone you come across -- including family, friends, neighbors, the people in the doctor's office,...

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The Corporate Freshman: Don't Be a Tailgater

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 10:48 AM

When I lived in the east, I thought tailgating was a Big Apple thing. After all, that gelled with everything I'd ever heard about New Yorkers. Imagine my surprise when I moved to Chicago and discovered that tailgating is just as bad here.

There are the traditional tailgaters -- those...

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The Corporate Freshman: Anticipating the Dreaded Layoff

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 1:09 PM

I admit it. Other than my training business being a bit slow, I thought that this so-called recession wouldn't really affect me or the people I love. Then, two of my good friends got laid off in one week and I was forced to remove my head from the sand....

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The Corporate Freshman: Pinnacle-itis - How Do You Stay on Top?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 6:27 PM

Have you ever noticed that most people who have reached the top of a profession only stay there for a little while? I call it "pinnacle-itis." Box office bombshells usually have a few years of massive celebrity, and then they fade into the background of other working actors. High-profile CEOs...

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The Corporate Freshman: Paying Those Pesky Dues

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 4:28 PM

"Paying your dues" might be defined as doing work that may be considered grueling and demeaning because you are the newest or youngest person on staff. Or, it could involve working longer hours with less time off or taking less desirable assignments so that you can gain seniority. If you're...

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The Corporate Freshman: Do You Appreciate Your Parents?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2008 | 2:31 PM

I didn't have the most stable "American" childhood in the world. My mother suffered from severe mental illness, and I was forced to behave like an adult at a very young age. Add to that the fact that I'm a card-carrying member of Generation X. Our parents handed us keys...

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The Corporate Freshman: 6 Musts for the New Manager

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 3:42 PM

In the past, becoming a boss for the first time was a rough transition. You were expected to take the reins with no training or preparation whatsoever, and your team would suffer the consequences. Fortunately, in the twenty-first century, it seems that organizations have woken up and realized that poor...

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The Corporate Freshman: Busting Up the Power of Stress

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2008 | 5:15 PM

The World Health Organization calls job stress a worldwide epidemic. It costs global companies billions annually - and what does it cost you? During the first few years of my career as a corporate freshman, I was so stressed out that I came home from work and collapsed on the...

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The Corporate Freshman: How Will You Survive the Sandwich?

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 2:06 PM

Millennials, Millennials everywhere. As the largest generation in American history, they're entering the workforce by the millions, and the blogosphere by the dozens. Today's twenty-somethings are ambitious, empowered, and outspoken, and they want personal and professional fulfillment right now. In the years since my friend Abby Wilner first coined...

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The Corporate Freshman: Never Satisfied? Try These 6 Negativity Busters

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2008 | 12:05 PM

I am one of those people who has the tendency to never be satisfied. It is like a disease. When I was in college, I wanted a communications job in New York City. Once I had that job, I wanted to get ahead quickly. A couple of promotions later,...

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The Corporate Freshman: The Secret Sauce for Scoring Your Dream Gig

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2008 | 1:31 PM

As a topic of discussion, career change is white hot. I get more requests for advice on this than anything else. It seems that in the twenty-first century, new college grads aren't content just to earn a paycheck anymore. They want personal AND professional fulfillment, and they want it now....

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The Corporate Freshman: Entering the Ring of Motherhood versus Career

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 4:49 PM

So it's official. I'm somebody's mother.

My journey began nine months ago and stepped up in intensity when I went into labor three and a half weeks early in the wee morning hours of March 2. My water broke at 4:30AM and my son, Jonah Vincent Shankman, was in...

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