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7 Tips for Running Effective Meetings

Raise your hand if you love attending meetings. Anyone? I’m probably getting a Ferris Bueller-type response at that request, right? Now, imagine the task of overcoming that kind of negative reaction when it’s your turn to lead meetings. It’s not always easy to run effective meetings and ensure people are glad they attended.

Resumania™: Referencing the Reference Check in Your Resume

Rest assured that most employers will conduct a reference check if they are seriously considering bringing you on board. But that stage of the hiring process comes well after you submit your resume. For this reason, there’s no need to include “References available upon request” or similar language on the document.

12 PowerPoint New Year's Resolutions

PowerPoint isn't going anywhere anytime soon and if you don't commit to improving your control over it, neither will your business this year.

Resumania™: Good Resume Writers Are Fastidious About Figures

Words make up the vast majority of the content in your resume. But numbers feature prominently too. There’s no way to write a good resume without both. You need numbers to convey your dates of employment, the year you earned a degree or certification, or your requested starting salary range (only if an employer requests that information, though!).

Strong Demand for Business Systems Analysts

As companies increasingly look to their business systems as a way to boost efficiencies, control costs and plan for growth, business systems analysts have become an especially sought-after talent. In fact, demand is strong for professionals with a solid accounting or finance background coupled with specialized expertise in ERP packages and related software.