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Don't Hate, Appreciate!
The first Friday of March is Employee Appreciation Day. But do you feel appreciated?

This "holiday," established in 1995, serves as a day to honor workers across the country. After all, National Bosses Day is celebrated in October, so it’s only fair the rank and file employees have their moment in the sun as well. That’s why it doesn’t matter whether you scrub toilets or if you’re a budding advertising executive on Madison Avenue – Employee Appreciation Day is about recognizing people for a job well done. Every job and every worker.

The question is how should your company do that? Luckily we’ve come up with some ideas, so forward this to your boss.

Standing Out Is Key
Like many hiring managers across the country, several years back I was faced with a common scenario: A stack of resumes a mile high for a single job opening (in this case, an entry-level QA technician).

First of all, the stats you hear are true -- you really do only have a few seconds to make an impression with your resume. As I quickly scanned the resume of an applicant named Joe, things were looking good. He had held jobs that were relevant to the position, he had a strong educational background, and I sensed from his cover letter that he was chomping at the bit to prove himself. Then I saw the final item on his resume:

Interests: Competitive bodybuilding, ice hockey, ballroom dancing, alligator wrestling

Hold on a second. Bodybuilding and ballroom dancing? Alligator wrestling??

After a long day of sifting through dozens and dozens of resumes, this brought a smile to my face and upgraded him from the "Yes/Maybe" pile into the "Bring him in for an interview" pile.

Office Holiday Parties Can Be Minefields
With its booze, year-long pent-up emotions towards co-workers, the specter of organizational politics, various inter-office rivalries and the "secret" cubicle farm romance everyone knows about, the annual company holiday party has all the explosive potential of an open fire in a dynamite factory.

That hasn’t slowed the party train yet. New data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global outplacement consulting organization, indicates more companies are holding holiday celebrations this year. Despite economic uncertainty, 72.4% are planning to party in 2012 vs. only 67.9% last year.

Any gathering that mixes free alcohol with people at all points on the organizational chart is inherently fraught with potential for CLMs (career-limiting-moves). A healthy dose of self-awareness, a plan, and the willingness to go beyond your comfort-zone -- in the right direction -- can turn a fraught forum into an opportunity to push your career to new heights.

Please Stop Using These 15 Words In Your LinkedIn Profile IMMEDIATELY
LinkedIn has scoured the profiles of its 187 million members and come up with a new list of overused, useless buzzwords.

These are the words that can be an instant turnoff to a recruiter who sees them over and over again because they show that you aren't "dynamic" with great "communication skills," but the opposite.

Who continues to amass skill endorsements on LinkedIn from people he's never met or worked for...
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