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Qualities of a Leader

Leadership author John Maxwell states that “Developing a better team…always begins with you.” Here are characteristics he believes a Leader possesses: Leaders are Adaptable They are teachable. Adaptable people always place a high priority on breaking new ground. They are emotionally secure. Secure people don’t get nervous just because of change. They are creative. When difficult times […]

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What Matters Most

Once a coworker gave me a piece of paper titled “What Matters Most”. On the paper was a picture of a little cat looking in a mirror. The funny thing was that the image reflected back was not of the little cat, but instead, a big lion! The little cat saw himself big and strong; […]

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The value of a master’s degree

My last blog provided guidance on how to determine the value of a bachelor’s degree. Let’s go one step further this week and examine the value of a master’s degree. One thing’s for sure. More people are pursuing master’s degrees than ever before. From 2000 to 2012, the annual number of master’s degrees that were […]

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The value of a college degree

What’s the truth? Is a college degree worth the cost? It’s fact that a person who earns a college degree, on average, will make $570,000 more over a lifetime than someone with only a high school degree. Just as important, college graduates are more likely to be employed. Last month, the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent […]

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My Top 10 List of Job-Seeker No-No’s

I review tens of thousands of resumes each year. I marvel at the multitude of talented, interesting individuals in this world! But it breaks my heart to see how many people throw away their chances of getting selected for a job they covet because of carelessness or downright lack of effort. Here is my Top […]

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Pursuing a career or stuck in a dead-end job?

A new study shows that Americans in jobs paying less than $35,000 a year are even more pessimistic about their futures than they were during the recession. 67% of all low-wage workers said they saw “a little” or “no opportunity” at their jobs for advancement. Half are “not too” or “not at all” confident that […]

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Confessions of a serial job-seeker

It’s not that I’ve led a perpetual job search for myself.  To be fair, over the years I did pound the pavement a few times of times before landing my dream job here at Publix.  But more recently, family members and friends have come to me for help and assistance.  I don’t know what it […]

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Use Social Media to your advantage

Want to use your Facebook account without the constant worry of it killing your chances of landing a job? Do recruiters really pay attention to a Linkedin account? Does Twitter have any value in helping with your job search? Most hiring managers will acknowledge that while social media is a huge part of how we […]

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Nail that cover letter!

I work with hundreds of hiring managers at Publix, from those in our stores to those in our corporate, distribution and manufacturing facilities. And I can tell you there is no magic formula to writing a cover letter. In other words, nothing will guarantee that your cover letter will be read. However, I have discovered […]

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Tips on how to impress recruiters and hiring managers

Trying to land the job of your dreams can be akin to negotiating a maze, where you continually are forced to decide which path to take, right or left, right or left, right or left. Well, I’ve got some research hot off the press that gives you a look into the mind of more than […]

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