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Career Tips, Insights and Career Advice by Paul Freiberger

Managing Without Authority: Becoming a Manager without the Manager Title

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It’s a workplace scenario that you may have experienced. Your boss, who’s constantly overwhelmed by work, asks you to assume direct supervision of an ad hoc team to tackle an urgent and unexpected need.Even though you’re not a manager by title, or even experience, you’re ...

Clothing Optional: Office Attire in Pandemic Times

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It’s now going on six months since offices around the country were suddenly depopulated, and the end is not exactly in sight even now.And, of course, you don’t need to dress for the office when the office is closed and the only meetings you’re attending happen ...

5 Rules of Resume Content: B.R.A.T.S.

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No, I’m not referring to sausages.BrandWe’re all our own brands. In reality, the notion of personal branding is not so new. At one time, you had an image. Now, you have a brand. The real difference is the multiplicity of places, many of them online, in which ...

Expect the Unexpected when it Comes to Interview Questions

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Most job seekers go into a job interview with answers in mind to such standard questions as: Tell me about your greatest strengths? Why do you want to work for us? Where do you see your career in 5 years? But how would you answer interview questions like these?If ...

Expert Tips on Interview Questions and the Law

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When is a Job Interview Question Not Legal?At first glance, it may seem that there should be a clear way to identify illegal interview questions, but the real world is never so accommodating. For one thing, employment law comes from more than one source. There are federal laws, state ...

How to Succeed in Your New Job: Group Anthropology Matters

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When I started a new job and a new career at McKinsey years ago, I was worried and uncertain about how to find my way. Day One was overwhelming. Lots of the early days were. Add a crushing great economic recession that was taking place and it was a recipe ...

Research Preparation Before Job Search And Job Interviews

Research is one of the most important things to do when you conduct a job search and prepare yourself for a job interview. Even if you have been in the industry for decades, you need to embark on a journey of discovery to find out what’s going on within ...

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Paying it Forward

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Especially during the pandemic, getting someone’s help is often the biggest determinant of success or failure in the job search. If you had a productive informational interview, received some advice that led you to change your job-hunting strategy for the better, or were introduced to the right person at ...

Job search assumptions in the time of Covid-19

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“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” – Gever TulleyIn the job search, making assumptions can be a dangerous thing. One assumption that might be especially dangerous right now would be calling off your job search because of the Covid-19 pandemic.Sure ...

Leadership in Troubled Covid-19 Times

Bringing Far-Sighted Vision with CreativityThe Covid-19 shutdown is a departure from the kind of crises the business world has faced in the past. Much of what’s happening now is unique to our time and place, and unique in easily identifiable ways. The very idea of running a business with ...

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