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What to Do with the Rest of Your Life
by Robin Ryan

What if you could write a whole new life for yourself? What would you change? Too many people never ponder these questions. They don't acknowledge that being happy, successful and enjoying a passionate career are all possible. You and you alone are responsible for creating your own future. So if you are looking for a new job, or are one of the millions of dissatisfied workers who is miserable at the job you currently have, then give serious thought to this life-shaping question: What exactly are you going to do with the rest of your life? The weak economy does not mean doom and gloom, or that your dreams can't come true, unless you use it as your excuse for not succeeding.


Five Tools for Dealing With Rejection

During a job search you face many different obstacles - heavy competition, gatekeepers, staying motivated and occasionally, rejection. Although you may shrug it off initially, after a protracted search rejection can take its toll. The only career seekers who don't face it are ones who aren't applying for positions. "It's always good to keep in mind that rejection is a result of trying, which is getting you out of your comfort zone," says Career Coach Shannon Dysart. Here are five tools to help you cope with the rejection that comes hand in hand with every job search.


Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Fears
by Katy Piotrowski

Even in the most courageous individuals, the cowardly lion can rear its ugly head when it comes time to commit to a career direction. There are a lot of stories about fearless job hoppers, but now there's a great book for people who tend to get paralyzed in the face of change. Whether you are currently employed and looking to switch careers or launch a new career from scratch, the exercises and profiles here can inform and give confidence to your cause. If you find yourself panicking at the thought of venturing out of your comfort zone the Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers is the perfect workbook for you.


Q. The dress code where I work is pretty casual. Nobody really cares what I wear. My mom keeps telling me that I should dress up though. I keep telling her that nobody cares, but she won't let it drop. What can I tell her to get her off my back?

A. Well, first, you should always listen to your mother. And, in this case your mother isn't entirely wrong. The way you present yourself is important. Even if it seems as if people aren't paying attention, on some level they are. You want to always be sure that you're projecting a sense of competence and self-worth, and your clothing can go a long way towards laying the ground work for that. You should be especially careful about what you wear if this is a job where you might want to get a promotion or where you might want to get recommendations that will allow you to get a better job one day. The general rule is that to get ahead, you should dress for the job you want rather than the job you have. Of course, you should also dress appropriately for the job. It doesn't make sense to wear a suit if you're going to be planting bushes, but taking your wardrobe up a notch or two can only help.

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