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Ever call in sick even when you’re not? A Career Builder survey found 30 percent of workers over the past year have. I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. I’m also surprised by some of the bizarre and creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work. Try to imagine calling in with some of these excuses: My dog is having a nervous breakdown. Probably because he just ate my homework. My… Read More

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I got a call from my oldest son today from college. He’s trying to line up an internship this summer that fits his major, and he just finished an interview with a  recruiter. “Dad, it would be perfect,” he told me. “Then when I graduate, they would probably hire me full-time.” Those are words every parent wants to hear. While my son is still a year out from graduating and landing that… Read More

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “It’s too early to go into work. I’m tired. I’ll just go in a little later”?  According to a new survey, one in six Americans this week will be telling their boss why they were late for work. And one of the more innovative/bizarre excuses is “My cat had the hiccups.” Really. Once again, CareerBuilder is out with its annual “Most Outrageous… Read More

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Want a promotion, but can’t figure out why you’re not getting one? It could be that tattoo on your arm, or (please stand back)…. your bad breath. A new survey from CareerBuilder shows that employers consider personal attributes when making promotion decisions. Employers gave these reasons when asked what would make them less likely to give a promotion:

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The tax deadline is less than a week away. Most taxpayers (IRS says around 75%) will be getting a refund check. If you’re one of them, what will you be doing with the money? Spend it or save it? That’s a good problem to have, and also having that choice is a good sign for the economy.  A new survey from CareerBuilder finds:

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Here’s the scenario. You’re at that all-important job interview. Your cell phone goes off. Maybe your ringtone is Cee Lo Green’s hit “Forget You”. The other version of that song. Alright, maybe not. Chances are you don’t have an X-rated ringtone. But many candidates make the mistake of answering their phones during interviews. CareerBuilder.com recently came out with a survey of hiring managers of the most outrageous and common faux pas that… Read More

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Do you want to make more money in 2011?  Who doesn’t?But you may think “There’s no way my employer will give me a raise, not in this tight economy.”  Chances are that’s what they want us to think.    So how do you negotiate a higher salary?  And are employers even willing to negotiate?

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Another Cyber Monday is behind us.  But don’t think that the big online discounts and deals are done for the holidays. They’re far from over.  Here are 3 examples of that: In the spirit of cyber-shopping, some retailers — Wal-Mart and Best Buy among them — are actually extending Monday’s discounts through a “cyber week.” While CyberMonday.com was a one-stop shop for deals from over 700 retailers on the big online shopping day, the website… Read More

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Have you ever said anything stupid and put your foot in your mouth at work?  Yeah, we all have.  But who has ever got their foot caught in the garbage disposal at home and couldn’t go into work?  Come on.  No really, that’s one of the bizarre  “I can’t come into work” excuses in the latest Careerbuilder survey. Careerbuilder asked employers to list the most unusual excuses (“Hello boss, I can’t  come… Read More

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They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And for many job seekers these days, that first impression isn’t face-to-face.   It’s through email, and with resumes. As you might imagine, when an employer posts a job opening, they’re bombarded with resumes.   And a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 2500 hiring experts found some surprising and amusing  results: 38%  said they spend less than a minute reviewing… Read More

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