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Your Job Is a Game-Make Your Opponents External

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After being in the workforce for many years, I realize that all of our jobs are, simply, games. In every job you have ever had, you are part of a game. Your ability to play the game and be part of the team will determine your success or failure. The ability...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure. “Oh, I already have a friend there. I’ll just contact him.” In the job market, it’s one of the more common things we hear...

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Harness the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Get a Job and Improve Your Career

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I know of so many people who fail to get jobs and, ultimately, do not have good careers because they keep their minds cluttered with things that have nothing to do with their job search. I have wanted to write for some time about how to harness the subconscious...

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Communicate Your Value: How to Get a Job and Keep It

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One of the best ways to realize the importance of communication is through simple services, such as getting a shoeshine, ordering hotel room service, or taking advantage of valet parking. In these situations the people providing the service must act...

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Robin Hood and Appealing to an Employer’s Noble Motives

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I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and went to school with several kids whose parents were in the Detroit Mafia. I would name them, but to be completely honest, I’m afraid I might turn up dead if I did. I don’t want to upset these people with...

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Create Rules that Make You Feel Successful, Not Unsuccessful

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I attended a private high school named Cranbrook-Kingswood. There was a lot of competition to get accepted. A couple of years before I started there, the founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza, Mike Ilitch, made a large donation to the school with instructions...

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You Will Succeed in Your Job and Job Search When You Are Concerned with Giving and Not Taking

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The quality of our lives, in many respects, is determined by our working lives. Being able to enjoy our jobs and being able to get jobs is something that’s incredibly important. A job is not just about earning a living; it’s about forming...

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The Best Way to Prepare for a Job Search and Interviews

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Several years ago when looking for a position in Los Angeles, I interviewed with numerous law firms. In virtually every one of these interviews I ran across an attorney who knew not one, not two, not three—but numerous, numerous attorneys in my...

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The Godfather, a First Google Employee, Steve Ballmer and Microsoft

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A few years ago, I had dinner with one of Google’s first employees. How he joined Google was a long and convoluted story that had more elements of luck than I can ever recount. He’d been working in a midsized town in relative obscurity and...

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Criticism, Your Career, and Your Life

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Throughout your career, you will encounter a series of so-called friends, confidants, and others who will come up to you and let you in on various things that “people are saying about you.” I am not talking about the sort of people who are...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on Dec 21,2021

Despite the obvious advantages, getting jobs through a friend or relative may ultimately harm you. When you do so, you risk lowering your colleagues’ opinions of you, who may see your connections as evidence that you lack the skills to get your position on your own merits. Nonetheless, there are situations in which it is acceptable to take advantage of such connections, but you must be on your guard; make sure that the job you get is a good fit, and one in which you would perform well regardless of your connections.

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