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[RED DEMOCRATICA] A networking guide for nerds


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Getting Ahead
How to tell it's time for a career change
When you're no longer excited to take on new projects, not earning a competitive salary, making frequent mistakes or simply going through the motions each workday, it could be time to take your career in a different direction, writes personal brand strategist Marietta Gentles Crawford. "[W]hen your job no longer lends to your growth and ability to feel good about yourself, it's time to move on for the sake of your career," she writes. (12/18)
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Want to be a CEO? Here's how to do it
Working toward an executive position within a company takes hard work and the right plan, writes Joshua Geary. His six-step approach involves ramping up your networking efforts, learning everything there is to know about a company, surrounding yourself with powerful mentors and taking risks toward advancing your career. Brazen Careerist/Brazen Life blog (12/18)
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You want to sell your business, and you want to ensure that you get the best possible price. By taking 7 simple steps, you can dramatically improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

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A networking guide for nerds
Although it's a difficult skill for introverts or "nerds" to master, "networking is the most powerful tool everyone has in their career development toolbox," says author and entrepreneur Alaina Levine. Be bold and step outside your comfort zone at networking events, as it "gets easier with practice," Levine points out. Inc. online (free registration) (12/16)
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The Landscape
Workers could face pension cuts thanks to late addition in federal spending measure
Congress has approved a measure that would allow multi-employer pension plans to cut retiree benefits in order to avoid insolvency. Critics say the provision was added at the last minute to the fiscal 2015 spending bill to avoid opposition. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/14), The Huffington Post (12/15)
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Your Next Challenge
Hiring managers get annoyed with these resume mistakes
Hiring managers avoid resumes that don't have a distinct narrative or are marred with cliches and grammatical errors, points out Arnie Fertig. "When you present your case in a clear and compelling way and focus on meeting the needs of the hiring authority, your job search will take giant strides toward a happy conclusion," he writes. U.S. News World Report/On Careers blog (12/16)
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Balancing Yourself
Tips to ease end-of-the-year stress
Curb the increased stress associated with the holidays by creating to-do lists, saying "no" to increased workloads, prioritizing and taking care of your own health, suggests work-life and leadership coach Eileen Chadnick. Look over your to-do list and "[i]dentify the absolute essentials and commit to those first," writes Chadnick. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (12/16)
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The Water Cooler
Are Cuban cigars all they're cracked up to be?
Cuban cigars
Cuban cigars (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
With Cuba and the U.S. seeking closer ties, people are excited at the prospect of easier access to Cuban cigars. The island's cigars routinely score higher in blind taste tests than cigars from elsewhere in the world. Vox (12/17)
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It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race."
-- Robert Service,
British-Canadian poet
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