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What Your Boss Wishes You Knew

On 06/20/2013, in Career, Finding a Job, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Make your boss happy and your chances for promotions, pay raises, and bonuses improve.

Make your boss unhappy and your career will be “nasty, brutish, and short.” To steal from that eternal optimist, Thomas Hobbes.

Today, some quick tips on how to make your boss happy. 

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The Failure Mode of Clever

On 05/01/2013, in Email, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

In today’s virtual business world, you constantly communicate with those you do not know well. Individuals who may not understand your personality and quirks. Who may come from a different culture. Or live in another part of the world and not share your mother tongue.

It is a good idea to play it very safe when dealing with those you do not know extremely well.

Great business advice re email communication. 

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I want to link to a few Salary.com articles on job hunting and resumes.

I hate their slide-show format, but there are a few useful points in the articles that those seeking employment should consider. 

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Non-Financial Skills Required In Finance

On 02/22/2013, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

A career in finance requires strong financial technical skills and experience.

A truly successful career in finance requires strong complementary non-financial skills.

While this post focuses on finance, the need to develop complementary expertise applies in almost any industry or job. As you advance in any job, the technical component lessens and the soft skills become more important.

If you want long-term career success, strengthen your non-technical skills.

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Career Fairs and Networking

On 01/31/2013, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

This week, I represented the provincial CFA Society at the local University’s Business School Career Fair and Networking Event.

I was most pleasantly surprised by the high quality of students I met. Of course, after dealing with my nephew – a recent graduate of said school – over the years, the hurdle bar was awfully low.

Just wanted to pass on a few thoughts.

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Try Not To Annoy Your Customers

On 06/13/2012, in Business, Marketing, by Jordan Wilson

Customer satisfaction is important for a company to succeed. The happier the customer, the better of chance of improving sales and profitability.

A well known adage in business.

But I will take it a step back in today’s world.

Start by just trying not to intentionally annoy your customers. 

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Things Never to Say to Your Boss

On 03/31/2012, in Career, by Jordan Wilson

There are a variety of things that you should never say to your boss.

Some should be (hopefully) obvious to readers. “You sure are one fat, smelly, idiot.” “Does the company provide free needles?” “Would you and your spouse be up for a three-some?”

But there are more subtle comments that also can hurt your career. Comments that most bosses hear everyday in the office.

Avoid these statements and you will improve the probability of career success. 

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Facebook and a New Job

On 03/20/2012, in Career, Finding a Job, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Interesting article this morning.

It seems some companies ask job applicants for their Facebook passwords during interviews.

My brother-in-law just keeled over. My nephew may never get a job now. He felt slightly better when I reminded him his son has little chance of getting hired regardless.

But this another cautionary tale for those using social media and the internet

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Your Parents and Your Job Hunt

On 03/04/2012, in Career, Finding a Job, Professionalism, by Jordan Wilson

Sometimes you read something and pray it is satire. But you know it is not.

Today it is a story on how parents help their children in finding a job.

When I say “children”, I mean adults. Those in their 20s.

And when I say “help” with the job hunt, I mean … 

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In “Know of What You Speak”, we saw how you can improve your career success by understanding your business environment and properly using the terminology.

The more you know, the better your chance of success.

But the converse is also true.

For many – especially younger workers – this is a bigger problem. Here is why. 

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