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"I’m going to let you in on a little secret—one of my least favorite things about being a recruiter was reading cover letters.
"Unless you’re already a creative genius, having a helter-skelter work space is likely to hinder you from feeling productive, happy, or inspired.
Jessica Orwig discusses the work of Gavin de Becker (photo, left).
"I’m assuming you’ve read a lot of the great resume advice that exists out there (especially right here on The Muse!).
"If you want to hire a great candidate, you’d better ask the right questions.
Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett (photo, left) report over at BusinessInsider.
"'As a recruiter, I see thousands of resumes, most of which miss the mark,' says Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, a hiring mentor, recruiting strategist and human resources expert.
"It's a problem many of us have faced in some fashion: knowing what the healthy choice is, yet lacking the motivation to make it," writes Shana Lebowitz in a BusinessInsider.
"Despite the fact that hiring managers now ask for a variety of application materials, resumes are still an extremely important part of the process.
"Right before I go out onstage, I think about punching every audience member directly in the mouth.
"Are you really qualified for the position you’re interviewing for?
"Etiquette might seem old-fashioned, but it's also an essential business tool.
"To help you tackle the specific work issues you’re likely to face, we tapped three work-from-home experts for their tips on how to maximize four key areas of home-based office life so you can boost productivity and success.
"Let's start with why you shouldn't feel guilty about saying no.
"Just as your home is, in some sense, a reflection of you, a company’s office says a lot about its culture.
"Tal Ben-Shahar [photo, left] taught the most popular class at Harvard University — and it was all about happiness.
"Research offers a few clues about the most effective way to say 'I'm sorry.
"Here's a seemingly simple question for you — what's productivity all about?
"Do you think you are a punctuation pro?
"Finally, after all that negativity, some positive advice.
"In most organizations, continuous learning and self-improvement isn’t a formal requirement, but it’s one of the top unwritten ones.