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Book Recommendation: The Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk

I have had the fortune to be acquainted with Penelope Trunk, aka the Brazen Careerist, business advice / career columnist for the Boston Globe, for some time now. Penelope has always impressed me with her insightfulness and fresh, no-nonsense, practical ideas about managing careers and work.

So, I was delighted to receive from her publisher Warner Books a copy of her new book, Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. Simply put, it is a really good read, and a valuable addition to increasing …

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Recommended Job Search Tools - Eluta for Canada

A relatively recent addition to the Canadian job search landscape is Eluta. Like my previous recommendations of SimplyHired and Indeed for the US market, Eluta takes a Google-like approach to spidering Canadian sites and aggregating all the jobs it can find under your search parameters. It really is an available job posting search tool.

Most importantly, it is hitting the actual hiring company site, enabling you to identify current job opportunities that you might not catch on Monster, Workopoli…

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Dear Boy: Letters from Lord Chesterfield to his Son

I have a book that I bought, apparently in London judging by the price sticker on the back, many years ago. I don’t remember doing so, but I have read this book, cover to cover, several times and it has a permanent place on my shelf. Back in the 18th century, there was an English Lord, diplomat, and politician by the name of Lord Chesterfield (yes, that’s where that word comes from). He had a son who he sent away to be educated from an early age. Rather than neglect, he had a very specific educa…

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

I know. I know. I am one of thousands to review David Allen’s almost cult-like book. In case you aren’t savvy, the system is referred to as GTD. Let me say that there are at least two levels of value in GTD. The first is his comprehensive system for productivity. The second is the ideas he plants regarding next actions, projects and other key elements of time management. You can gain value in the second category just by reading the book. You can’t however just read the book for the first ca…

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Indeed.com

In response to my post on SimplyHired, I received an email from the folks at Indeed.com.

If you like Google, Indeed.com is certainly a job search tool you should look at as it seems to function in very similar ways. Here is how they explain what they do:

“Indeed is a search engine for jobs - with a radically different approach to job search. In one simple search, Indeed gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities from thousands of websites. Indeed.com includes all the j…

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SimplyHired Job Search Tool

I have to recommend a highly useful tool to power-up your online job search. It is Simply Hired. Simply Hired essentially gathers jobs from hundreds of job sites and puts them in one search results function. They then give you the power to filter by experience requirements, company size, education level required and more. The ability rank jobs, save jobs to a My Jobs list for later review are all very nice.

If you are going to apply to a job, you will still end up visiting Monster, Career Builder…

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Moleskine

Back in Boston, 2001, I walked into a book store looking for a replacement journal and found, well, something special. Moleskine. The black cover. Cloth bookmark. And the history. Used by Van Gogh, Matisse, Hemingway, and others. Well, I was sold. With a shelf full of full Moleskine journals later, I have been hooked ever since.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a happy Mac user. However, I have never found a better or more gratifying substitute for writing my thoughts, ideas, inspirations or …

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Client Kudos: Wireless application beta

One of the great pleasures I have is seeing current and former clients - individuals and companies, do really neat things.

Pete Smyth, CEO of iamota is doing some really neat things in the mobile phone application space. iamota allows you to save, sync, and share your contacts anywhere - between computer and mobile phone and then from your mobile to someone else's mobile. They are running a free Beta right now. Cool technology - but of course, the point of all this is what you can do with that fu…

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