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Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/30

Class Warfare? The Middle Class Is Losing http://swampland.time.com/2011/10/28/class-warfare-the-middle-class-is-losing/

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How to Recover Your Core Rhythm by TONY SCHWARTZ

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/28

The article is short but he has a good point and you can read the origional post here
The core parts that I took away are 1. get some sleep, 2. get some exercise. 3. might as well eat better and finally the following:

“Even a little intentional recovery can go a long way. It’s possible, for example, to clear the bloodstream of cortisol just by breathing deeply — in to a count of three, out to a count of six — for as little as a minute. Try it right now. See if it changes the way you feel.

Paradoxically, the most effective way to operate at work is like a sprinter, working with single-minded focus for periods of no longer than 90 minutes, and then taking a break. That way when you’re working, you’re really working, and when you’re recovering, you’re truly refueling the tank.

Making rhythmic waves is the secret to getting more done, in less time, at a higher level of engagement, with a better and more sustainable quality of life.”

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15 Tips On How Successful People Think by Aimee Groth

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/28

From 15 Tips On How Successful People Think by Aimee Groth

Read more: at  http://www.businessinsider.com/how-successful-people-think-john-maxwell-2011-9?op=1

The world’s most successful people have one thing in common: they think differently from everyone else.

This is how John C. Maxwell introduces his New York Times bestseller, How Successful People Think (he’s also written a ton of leadership books, which have sold around 19 million copies worldwide).

Because we also believe that smart thinking will change your life, we picked up a copy from Barnes & Noble. Here are the best takeaways.


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5 Things Successful People Don’t DO from bnet.com

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/28

From  http://www.bnet.com/blog/startup-tips/5-things-successful-people-dont-do/271?tag=fd-river1

here are no formulas for who is successful. But there are statistical probabilities. For example, you are equally as likely to succeed if you go to Harvard as if you apply to Harvard and get rejected, according to Alan Krueger, Princeton economist. And you are more likely to be successful at work if you were a cheerleaderthan if you get a Ph.D.

So you can be proactive, and do things that successful people do. But you can also think the other way, and avoid doing things that only losers do. Here are five of those:

1. Retrieve voicemail.

Voicemail is over.  All of Microsoft has voicemail that goes straight to email because it’s so much more efficient to read email than listen to voicemail. However, voice recognition software has not caught up with our need to stop listening to voicemail, so most of these emails we see translated from our carefully planned voicemail are rubbish. Which means anyone in the know has just stopped using voicemail. And for those of you who still use it, your direct reports probably make fun of you.

2. Sort through resumes.

The problem with hiring is not that there are no good candidates — because really, there are great candidates for every job. It’s just that maybe you are not paying enough or maybe you don’t look fun enough to work for. You can fix that. But you can’t fix it if you are plowing through stacks of resumes. The biggest bottleneck in the hiring process is receiving too many resumes and then having to read them. If you have great jobs to offer, you never have to do that. If you sometimes have great jobs to offer, and sometimes you don’t, you should at least avoid the dreaded stacks. Use a recruiting solution — I like Brazen Connect (yes, this is a plug for my last startup, but it works!) — to weed out unwanted resumes.

3. Play Solitaire on airplanes.

Have you no shame? It’s one thing to have no idea what to do with yourself. It’s another thing to let the whole world know. I would rather be caught looking at porn than playing Solitaire — porn, at least, is goal-oriented. If you don’t know how to spend your free time, you need to do some soul searching to find an interest. The biggest violators of the no Solitaire rule say it’s relaxing. But you know what? It’s not relaxing, it’s vegetative. Nick Powdthavee author of “The Happiness Equation” reports that after a half-hour, the television drains you. You’re better off with real relaxation methods than vegetating. So do them.

4. Forgo maternity leave

No woman has any idea what she’ll feel like after she has a kid. Each kid is different, each mom is different, each adjustment phase is different. If you don’t take maternity leave you don’t give yourself a chance to experience that. It’s a time to check in with yourself and see how you feel — and how you feel in relation to the baby. People with good self-knowledge make the best leaders. People who are scared to take any time off to learn about themselves are too weak to lead. Taking maternity leave is an act of strength, and an announcement that you take yourself and the people around you seriously enough to know who you are, even if it’s difficult.

5. Work through lunch.

The people who get the most done at the office are not the people sitting at their desk working. Because your job is not actually to do what’s on your to-do list. Your job is to do what your boss cares about and what other people notice. So it’s important to know what matters at work, and ignore the rest. And also, it’s important tonever look like you’re the hardest worker. Because if you are, why is that? Do you need to work harder than everyone else because you’re slow?

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How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/24

Pulled from Mashable.

How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]



Over the past few years, we’ve seen social media used in the job market in a number of ways — startupssmall businesses and large corporations alike are diving into the socialverse to find top talent, and job seekers are likewise getting creative with social media.

Social media monitoring service Reppler recently surveyed more than 300 hiring professionals to determine when and how job recruiters are screening job candidates on different social networks.

The study found that more than 90% of recruiters and hiring managers have visited a potential candidate’s profile on a social network as part of the screening process. And a whopping 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate based on content found on his or her social networking profiles — an almost equal proportion of recruiters (68%), though, have hired a candidate based on his or her presence on those networks.

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Three Laws of Workplace Behavior: #1 | Hacking Work

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/22


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If You Wouldn’t Do Your Job For Free, Then Quit

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/21


From Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5834025/if-you-wouldnt-do-your-job-for-free-then-quit?tag=careers

If You Wouldn’t Do Your Job For Free, Then Quit

“If you wouldn’t do you job for free, then quit.” You’ve no doubt heard this or similar advice, and while on the face it seems awfully extreme, entrepreneur David Fuhriman explains how following it helped him turn his career in the right direction.

On May 12, 2009 I read a list of advice my brother-in-law received during graduation from Yale Law:

  • An hour of sleep before midnight is worth two, and an hour of work before noon is worth two.
  • Always pick your kids up from school. That’s when they want to talk.
  • Never let your skill exceed your virtue.
  • Never take less than two weeks off when you have a child or for your honeymoon. Don’t let them talk you down.
  • When you mess up, admit it frankly and quickly, and move on.
  • Always do your very best in your job, but if you don’t like what you’re doing enough that you would do it for free, quit. (This seems extreme, but at the same time mentally liberating.)

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Learn a New Skill This Weekend

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/21

From Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5845274/learn-a-new-skill-this-weekend

Learn a New Skill This Weekend

A weekend may not seem like a lot of time, but you might be surprised by what you can learn in just 48 hours. Here are a bunch of new skills you can pick up on the weekend, or at least master the basics.

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Establish a Professional Web Presence this Weekend

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/21

From Lifehacker  http://lifehacker.com/5850029/establish-a-professional-web-presence-this-weekend?tag=careers

Establish a Professional Web Presence this Weekend

We’re all on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or some other social media sites, but the web is also a great place to connect for work purposes. If you want to get yourself out there and share your skill set, here are some things you can do this weekend to get the ball rolling.

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How to Build a Personal Career Plan and Plot a Course Out of Your Dead-End Job

Posted by hitchingupthetrailer on 2011/10/21

Another article from Carees at Lifehacker




How to Build a Personal Career Plan and Plot a Course Out of Your Dead-End Job

We’ve all heard it before: “You’re lucky to have any job.” But just because you have one doesn’t mean you have to just suck it up if it sucks, or it’s not the career you want. The problem may be that you’re looking at your position as “just a job” and you have no idea what kind of career you want. It doesn’t have to be this way.

I know a lot of people who hate their jobs, but when asked what they’d rather do, they’re already very close to doing what they’re passionate about—they just needed to stop and figure out how to get there. Here’s how you can take a good, hard look at yourself, figure out what you really want to do, and work this into a personal career plan that will help you get where you want to go, personally and professionally.

Photo remixed from originals by Ava Verinoand Michael Mandiberg.

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