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Manufacturing Is a Dirty Business: Can We Clean it Up? Learn from the CIA: Writing is a Critical Skill for all Careers Startup Casual: A New Dress Code for a New Generation The Benefits of a Tidy Workspace
 

Manufacturing Is a Dirty Business: Can We Clean it Up?

By Regina Mitchell Student, Environmental Science at American Military University I have worked in the steel manufacturing industry for nearly 25 years, most of them for a large fabricating and machining company that produces equipment for the mining, steel mill, and power generation industries. It is a dirty business, and I felt it was time to clean up our acts.

Learn from the CIA: Writing is a Critical Skill for all Careers

By Leischen StelterEditor of In Public Safety When you apply for a job, what’s the skill most commonly listed in the job description? Communication. Employers, in all fields, seek professionals who can effectively communicate, specifically through writing. Regardless of what field you work in, improving your writing skills can give you a better shot at landing that next job.

Startup Casual: A New Dress Code for a New Generation

By Adrienne Erin Contributor, Online Career Tips If you land a job at a startup company, consider yourself lucky that you don’t have to invest in a typical business wardrobe of stuffy power suits and unforgiving shoes. When your work clothes are comfortable, yet polished and pulled together, you can focus on what’s most important: your job.

The Benefits of a Tidy Workspace

By Adrienne Erin Contributor, Online Career Tips Although cleaning your workspace often doesn’t make your daily to-do list, other than a quick tidying up at the end of the day, it does have many benefits. Your workflow, your creativity and your health could all suffer from a dirty and less-than-hygienic desk.

The Three Characteristics of Successful Mentoring

By Dr. Ronald C. Johnson and Kevin A. Paul
School of Business at American Public University

Mentoring has played an important role in both of our careers. We wanted to share insights gained as well as some mentoring strategies.

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How Social Media Can Reinforce Your Personal Brand and Attract Employers

By Susan Hoffman
Online Career Tips Contributor

Landing the right job is much more complex than merely finding an ad and applying for an open position. Your chances of attracting an employer and getting the job you want may increase if you prove that you are a “purple squirrel” (an outstanding match to the employer’s requirements for that job) and demonstrate enthusiasm for working at the company. You must also develop a memorable personal brand that clearly distinguishes you from other applicants.

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Pitfalls of Job Search Procrastination

By Marcia Powers
Contributor, Career Services

It’s 11:33 p.m. on a Friday evening, and you are zealously typing away at your keyboard. You’re on a time crunch to get your resume updated before your application is due at midnight for a position you’ve recently discovered. Well, you actually found out about it a few days ago, but you didn’t have the time to get everything together until just now. Besides, you’re a champ at turning things in right before the final deadline. From college exam papers to big office projects, you’ve mastered the art of procrastination, and you’re confident that your application will be submitted, as always, in the nick of time.

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Tales of a Recovering College Dropout

By Ryan Bradshaw
Faculty member, Retail Management at American Public University

“My name is Ryan Bradshaw and I am a recovering college dropout.”

I use this line in almost every class I teach or visit. When I was 20 and in my junior year as an undergraduate, everything was looking up. I’ve always been highly motivated and college was no exception.

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It’s Time to Finish Your Degree

By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth
Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University

Are you thinking about finishing that master’s degree? Maybe you are taking a course here and there in between family vacations, career deployments, deaths, and births and as your budget permits. My advice: find a way to get it done—soon.

I have a secret. I have three unfinished master’s degrees. One from American University in Management Information Systems, one for George Washington University in Operations Research, and one from Catholic University of America in Nuclear Engineering. Together they represent 54 graduate hours of courses. Together, they are totally worthless.

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4 Constructive Ways Leaders Can Handle Criticism

Criticism is a natural part of leadership. If no one is criticizing your leadership – you are not leading correctly. Leadership is not a popularity contest. Leadership is about always doing what is in the best interest of the organization you are serving. …

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Yes, WE Are an EFFECTIVE Team!

By Dr. Marie Gould Harper
Program Director, Management at American Public University

As more organizations recognize the value of team performance to the bottom line, it is important that we assess what makes a team effective. Leaders at organizations such as Zappos are convinced that flat organizations can be functional and productive if you motivate and coach your employees to work with one another for the common cause.

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The Need to Have Effective Managers and Leaders in Non-Profit Organizations

By Shane Nelson
Faculty Member, Management at American Public University

Every industry and every small-town business has a manager. There are often misconceptions about the different stress levels, workloads, and general responsibilities of managers that work for non-profits and for-profit entities. For-profit business models offer unique challenges, especially for publicly traded companies. In terms of how it achieves its business goals, a non-profit is much different than a for-profit.

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When Tragedy Strikes – Grief in the Workplace

By Dr. Suzanne Minarcine
Faculty Director,
School of Business at American Public University

If you’ve ever experienced a significant loss, you know that the standard three-day bereavement leave policy does not mean that three days is up and then life – specifically work – goes back to normal. What do you say to your colleague who has experienced a death, and how can you best support that person? It is often difficult to know what to say or how to respond. Even well-meaning words can be hurtful.

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