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1-Minute Strategies: December ’12

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•  Fight procrastination. Perfec­tionism is the enemy of productivity, writes Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com. “When you wait for every detail to be ‘just right’ you’ll end up spending too much time on a particular task and your other responsibilities will suffer. Things will never be completed, because perfection really doesn’t exist.”

•  Bring all your calendars in sync. A new iPhone app called Cue creates a streamlined super calendar that links your email, your Google or iPhone calendar, your Face­­book account, and more.

•  What do you offer when networking? If you want to be a great networker, take the focus off of telling people about yourself and devote your energy to learning more about others, writes Susan Ricker for CareerBuilder.com. “After a conversation ends, you don’t want a person’s memory of you to be, ‘Me, me, me.’”

•  Why you need LinkedIn recommendations. Recommen­da­tions on your LinkedIn profile back up all of your self-proclaimed accomplishments, writes Joshua Waldman of Career Enlightenment. “Some recruiters are taking recommendations into higher consideration than the standard application materials.”

•  Don’t take away my Facebook. One in five job-seekers said they would refuse to work for an employer that didn’t allow them to access social media in the workplace, according to a survey from Hays, a recruitment firm based in the United Kingdom. Younger job candidates are more likely to de­­mand social media access in the workplace. And many em­­ployers are striving to accommodate the online habits of their younger job candidates, according to Hays.

•  Men show more interest in “pink collar” jobs. Changes in the labor markets are driving more men to take jobs in traditionally female fields, including administrative work and teaching. “Students look at life differently now,” says Kay Stout, an executive advisor with Okla­homa Professional Search. “You go into a classroom that was traditionally female and there are more and more males. The same is true for classes once dominated by men.”

•  Stressed out? Long hours and late night email demands from bosses don’t affect everyone equally, research suggests. Some people are hard-wired to stay calm in a stressful situation, suggests a study published in the journal, Orga­­ni­za­tional Behavior and Human Decision Process.

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