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Career Links: January 2014

It's a new year, and one of the more common resolutions to be made before the ball drops in Times Square in New York on Dec. 31 is to find a new/better/more lucrative/less aggravating job. This month's crop of links has some interesting information that relates to completing that resolution - an interesting story of how one man used social media to find a job, bad habits from last year that you need to break to move forward, an inside look at how hiring managers make decisions and some signs that you really do need to find a new job this year.

Career Links: November 2013

Baseball player and coach Yogi Berra once famously said, "Ninety percent of baseball is mental; the other half is physical," and that same sentiment applies to managing one's career.

While what you do ( = what you use your body to produce for an employer, from typed sheets of paper to manufacture cars on an assembly line) of course matters, how you direct your mind while you're on the job, or in the hunt to get one, is also critical.

Give thanks for opportunity at these upcoming career events

Gratitude is more than a platitude we repeat in November in anticipation of Thanksgiving - it's the subject of serious scientific inquiry! The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley—in collaboration with the University of California, Davis — launched a $5.6 million, three-year project, Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude, in 2011.

Career Links: October 2013

In the world of work, we have to prepare ourselves for the fact that a lot of bad comes with the good. Those of us who have jobs that offer adequate pay and interesting challenges can be grateful for those things; but those good things may not cancel out dysfunctional work cultures, leaders with questionable ethics, or a system that promotes nepotism, not diversity.