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New Years Goals
Everyone knows the beginning of the year is the time for setting goals. Lose weight! Get in shape! Spend more time with friends and family! It’s also the time to set goals for your career. If you do, there’s a good chance you’ll become rich. Didn’t you hear about that study on goal setting?

In his book What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack tells of a study conducted with new graduates from the 1979 Harvard MBA program. In that year, the students were asked, "Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?"

- 84% had no specific goals at all
- 13% had goals, but they were not in writing
- 3% had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them

Ten years later, they interviewed the members of the class once again. The results?

- The 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all
- More shocking, the 3% with clear, written goals were making ten times as much as the other 97% put together!

How To Overcome Career Obstacles
If you've been fired, laid off, demoted, or passed over for a promotion, join the club. Even the most talented, hardworking, and well-meaning people hit a career snag now and again.

The difference between people who are successful and those who aren't isn't the roadblocks they face, it's how they navigate those roadblocks.

This article explores seven common career obstacles, and how to overcome them.

Ink Can Be a Career Stain
Maybe it’s a tribal arm band, the orchids on your lower back playing peek-a-boo with your coworkers, or -- gulp -- you’re wearing it on your face a la Mike Tyson. But even if it’s that cute little leprechaun on your ankle, our latest survey results show visible tattoos at work could have a negative effect on your pot of gold.

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found nearly 40% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo, and body piercings are also a growing means of self-expression among people in this age group. In a perfect world we would all be judged solely on the merit of our work. But if the 2,675 people we surveyed are any indication, there is a lot more going on when it comes to performance evaluations, raises, promotions, and making character assumptions about people based on their appearance.

But who has the tattoos, what do people find objectionable about them, and to what extent? The results might surprise you.

12 Foolproof Ways to Network During a Conference
Industry conferences offer outstanding opportunities for networking. They’re ideal places to meet new people, catch up with those you already know and -- if you plan it right -- introduce yourself to your next employer. But that's easier said than done, especially if you're new to the conference scene or you've never been taught any networking skills. But whether you're an extrovert who fits naturally into any situation or someone who has a hard time meeting and talking to new people, networking is a necessary skill if you're looking to get ahead.

With that in mind, here are 12 tips for successful networking at a conference.

How To Deal With Non-Competes
To many companies large and small, technology is gold, especially when they’re creating a new product or using it to run key parts of their business. In those cases, and many others, they’ll insist you sign a non-compete agreement before they’ll bring you on as either a full-time or contract employee.

Top SecretWhen you’re facing this situation, the thing you obviously want to know is, “What do I do?” Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut answer.

16 Ways To Stop Describing Yourself
Do you describe yourself differently – on your website, promotional materials, or especially on social media – than you do in person? Do you use cheesy clichés and overblown superlatives and breathless adjectives?

Do you write things about yourself you would never have the nerve to actually say?

Here are some words that are great when other people use them to describe you – but you should never use to describe yourself:

Horrible Bosses
At some point in your career it’s happened to you. You get saddled with “that boss.” The boss who drives you crazy, mistreats you and takes credit for your hard work. A boss who is just horrible!

That’s the premise of the recently released movie “Horrible Bosses,” starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. Three friends with three wretched bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston) get so fed up at work they devise a plan to rid themselves of their respective employers - permanently!

How To Make Your Job Search Less Stressful
Searching for a job is stressful. If the loss of a job continues into an extended time of unemployment, not only does it take a toll on your bank account, but also your self-esteem, confidence, and relationships.

Like most people, over my lifetime I’ve experienced job loss for myself, close family members, friends, and colleagues. Based on my experience, I usually offer two pieces of advice, as well as a simple sentence to say at the end of an interview that can take away some of the stress of job searching.

10 Ways To Screw Up Your Cover Letter
Cover letters give you a golden opportunity to get across your passion, communication skills and technical smarts, all of which should make the reviewer want to take the next step and look at your resume. Unfortunately, most of them blow it by making one of these mistakes.

What Employers Want: 12 HR Hot Buttons
The competition is fierce in today's job market, and standing out in the crowd is more important -- and challenging -- than ever before.

How do you know you're giving employers exactly what they are looking for? This article explores 12 human resources hot buttons.

Who personally isn't impressed by permanent body art, but thinks unlesss the employee is in a position where they have to interact with vendors, clients or media where they are representing the company to the outside world, they should be allowed to deface themselves any way they want...
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