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Mar 03rd


(Plan Your Career) Adapting to a changing economy: Focus on your strengths

Sheila is having trouble moving forward to the second interview.  She writes, “I think it ends up that I am strong in several of the skill sets but don't have a background in one of the skill sets. For example, the Hiring Manager at one of the interviews wanted someone with big 4 CPA firm experience and I do not have that background. I was really strong in the other areas so that is why I had a phone interview.”

*Plan Your Career) Should leaders apologize? Should anyone?

Top leaders never apologize; mistakes are part of doing business, they say.  Thoughtful, compassionate leadership is the last thing a busy business owner has time for, but it can be a critical social skill to learn.   Sometimes the only way out of an awkward corner is to say, sincerely, I’m sorry.  At other times, simply pointing out the problem is enough.  While wildly successful leaders don’t grovel, they do acknowledge their culpability by changing course when mistakes do occur, often owning the mistake without ever apologizing for it.

Employment Action Center and Men's Wearhouse team up for 2nd annual National Suit Drive

Concerned that thousands of men are unable to secure employment because they lack the initial, yet vital, step of looking presentable for a job interview, Employment Action Center and Men’s Wearhouse are working together to collect thousands of articles of professional attire as part of the 2nd Annual National Suit Drive, September 1-30.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson to keynote MBDA’S National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference

Earvin “Magic” Johnson to keynote MBDA’S National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week ConferenceWASHINGTON – On Thursday, August 27, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, will give the keynote address at the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference held August 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. David Hinson, MBDA’s National Director, will open the conference discussing the future of the agency.

(Plan Your Career) Responsibility without authority: Successful assistants are leaders behind the scenes

(Plan Your Career) Responsibility without authority: Successful assistants are leaders behind the scenesWho is really in charge in your workplace?  While your boss will take the hardest hit when something goes terribly wrong, if you are a successful administrative assistant, you know your leadership skills are invaluable.  Stay organized, say seasoned administrative assistants.  Delegate, control your technology and be humble because your most important task is making everyone else look good.  You, in turn, will look awesome, and your long, successful career will be your reward.

Congressman, can you help a brotha out?

“He sold his office for the least common denominator of what public service is about: personal wealth” said the head of the FBI’s Washington office in regards to the conviction of former congressman William J. Jefferson.  A federal jury recently deemed the New Orleans Democrat “guilty” of using his congressional office as a criminal enterprise to enrich himself and his family.

(Plan Your Career) Gearing up for tomorrow’s green jobs

Anna Pesola is an artist, welder and savvy career planner.  Constantly striving to improve her marketability, she is applying this summer to engineering schools, hoping to achieve a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering.  Only one school offers this degree at this time, but Anna sees this program as not the Only, but the First, of its kind.  Anna is on the pulse of what America’s next wave of jobs are going to be about.   According to one survey, the current 8 million green jobs could grow to as much as 30 million positions over the next 20 years.  That’s something to get excited about – and to plan for.
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