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1-Minute Strategies: Feb ’13

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Improve your next job hunt with a mentor. Just as someone who’s “been there, done that” can help new employees learn the ropes, job-seekers can benefit from the expertise of a mentor in their field who can provide advice and perspective on the best way forward. Set clear goals with your mentor, communicate honestly and offer future assistance or other considerations in return.

Save and sort useful links. “Read it later” programs like Pocket and Readability can help you tag articles, tips, recipes and other online information. You can also try a notebook program like Ever­­note or just find a more effective way to use your web browser’s bookmarking system, such as with Stashmarks.

Avoid burnout with a few simple strategies. Busy? Improve your efficiency and effectiveness by scheduling quiet time for yourself, setting boundaries, delegating where possible and heeding the warning signs of stress.  

Get over it. Are you hurting your chances for happiness? If you’re a control freak or a whiner, spend time criticizing others or dwelling on the past, or tend to blame or interrupt, the answer is likely “yes,” so get busy conquering these negative habits.

Opt for the best music streaming service to use at your desk. Music junkies are best off with Spotify, penny pinchers will love Pandora and those who need a clear, simple interface should go with MOG.

Flirting your way to the top? Women who use flirting as a tool at work are viewed as more effective negotiators, found a study by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The secret: Be ­authentic, have fun and act within your personality.

Just for Fun: The autos of James Bond. In his novels about seduc­­tive spy James Bond, Ian Flem­­ing portrayed 007 as a lover of expensive cars, specifically Bent­­leys. But in the films, Bond was behind the wheel of a wide range of cars from makers including Lotus, Rolls-Royce and even Chevrolet. The most iconic car brand from the films is the very British Aston Mar­­tin. The Aston Martin DB5 alone has made an appearance in six different Bond films, first in 1964’s “Gold­­fin­­ger” and most recently in 2012’s smash hit “Skyfall.”

— Adapted from “007: Licensed to Drive,” Paul A. Eisenstein, TheDetroitBureau.com.

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