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Book Launch Giveaway!

Book Launch Giveaway!

Book Launch Giveaway!

    To celebrate the launch of Thursday Bram’s new ebook, Discover Your New Job Online, we are launching a contest! The grand prize is your choice of Veronica London bag from CareerBags.

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    About the prize

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      Veronica London bags come in 3 different styles, each in two colors, all of them classically elegant. With several compartments for all your necessities plus a removable laptop sleeve to hold laptops up to 15”, these are perfect for just about any office environment – or for the worker on the move. Imagine showing up to your next job interview with one of these great bags over your shoulder! (Men, this would make a mighty fine gift for a special woman in your life! Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Mother’s Day is not too far behind…)

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      One lucky winner will receive their choice of bags from the Veronica London lineup at CareerBags. (Value: $140 US)

      About our sponsor, CareerBags

      CareerBags was created by working women for working women to fill a pressing need for stylish, fashionable, and woman-friendly business cases. The innovative website allows shoppers to browse by career (education, marketing, engineering) and personal style (Bohemian & Eclectic, Conservative, Chic & Sophisticated) as well as by size, type of bag, and brand, making it easy (and more than a little fun!) to find the perfect bag for yourself or for a gift. Be sure to check out the blog, Laptop Bag Lifeline, written by CareerBags’ president, Ellen Hart, and full of advice about office life, careers, and of course, fashion.

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      About the book

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        Thursday Bram’s ebook Discover Your New Job Online is jam-packed with advice for today’s job-hunter. Bram walks you through the process of creating your resume, building up your online presence through social networking, using job boards and employment sites to find openings, and making the best possible impression with your application.

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        Discover Your new Job Online is available now from our bookstore. Use the coupon code DREAMJOB until January 20 to receive $2 off the cover price of $8.99 US.

        How to enter

        To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on this post with your best job-hunting tip. All entries must be received by January 20 at 11:59 PM PST. After all entries are received, one winner will be drawn at random using a random number generator. You must leave a valid email address with your comment as the winner will be contacted by email. Prize will be shipped directly from CareerBags, which reserves the right to make substitutions in the event of prize non-availability.

        So, let’s hear it: what’s your greatest tip for job-hunters? Tell us now and enter to win a Victoria London bag from CareerBags. And if you’re in the market – and these days, who isn’t? – order your copy of Thursday Bram’s Discover Your New Job Online today.

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        Last Updated on January 2, 2019

        7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

        7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

        Are you keen to reinvent yourself this year? Or at least use the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid of bad habits or pick up new ones?

        Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we misguidedly imagine that the arrival of a new year will magically provide the catalyst, motivation and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves.

        Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important new year’s resolution. Unfortunately, the beginning of the year is also one of the worst times to make a major change in your habits because it’s often a relatively stressful time, right in the middle of the party and vacation season.

        Don’t set yourself up for failure this year by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead follow these seven steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good.

        1. Just pick one thing

        If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.

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        Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you at the end of the year and it’s a much more realistic way of doing it.

        Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail either, like running a marathon if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down pat you can graduate to running in short bursts, constant running by March or April and a marathon at the end of the year. What’s the one habit you most want to change?

        2. Plan ahead

        To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.

        Read up on it – Go to the library and get books on the subject. Whether it’s quitting smoking, taking up running or yoga or becoming vegan there are books to help you prepare for it. Or use the Internet. If you do enough research you should even be looking forward to making the change.

        Plan for success – Get everything ready so things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up running make sure you have the trainers, clothes, hat, glasses, ipod loaded with energetic sounds at the ready. Then there can be no excuses.

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        3. Anticipate problems

        There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.

        4. Pick a start date

        You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting until my kids go back to school in February.

        Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes.

        5. Go for it

        On the big day go for it 100%. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. You just need one short phrase you can carry in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.

        Your commitment card will say something like:

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        • I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life.
        • I stay calm and in control even under times of stress.
        • I’m committed to learning how to run my own business.
        • I meditate daily.

        6. Accept failure

        If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a walk or shout at the kids one morning don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of the triggers that caused this set back and vow to learn a lesson from them.

        If you know that alcohol makes you crave cigarettes and oversleep the next day cut back on it. If you know the morning rush before school makes you shout then get up earlier or prepare things the night before to make it easier on you.

        Perseverance is the key to success. Try again, keep trying and you will succeed.

        7. Plan rewards

        Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with a magazine, a long-distance call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to the movies or whatever makes you tick.

        Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.

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        Whatever your plans and goals are for this year, I’d do wish you luck with them but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.

        Decide what you want to do this year, plan how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be cheering you on.

        Are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? What is it and is it something you’ve tried to do before or something new?

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