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Monday, October 23, 2006 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 131  
Top Mistakes of Would-Be Superstars
Ask Liz
A Nineteen Year Shock
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Top Mistakes of Would-Be Superstars
by Julie Kampf

You know you’re good at your job, but is your career on the “fast-track” or is it simply on track? As an executive recruiter, Julie Kampf is always on the lookout for career superstars. But for every standout, there are four others who are smart, talented, hardworking, experienced potential-but-not-quite-there-today superstars. Here are the top mistakes of these would-be superstars and how you can avoid them to let your own star-power shine.

Ask Liz
Why couldn't I be frank with my old boss when I worked for her?

Dear Liz,
I guess this is a relationship question, but it’s work-related. I worked for a terrific boss at my last job and since I moved on to a new company we’ve become close friends. I love my new job and I’m really glad that my old boss and I are now such helpful advisors to one another. The only thing that kind of bothers me is that I can give her really frank, meaningful advice on her job now, whereas when I worked for her I always felt there was a wall up, where I could maybe gently suggest a change in a process, but never push too hard. Is this normal? I greatly admire this friend, but am I right to be slightly irritated that she didn’t listen to me so seriously when I gave her great advice while working for her?

A Nineteen Year Shock
Pinch Me...or Don't

Visiting an out-of-town client who could obviously see I was pregnant, I explained my short maternity leave wouldn't adversely impact the project. Learning it was to be my first child, the client inquired, "So, how long have you been married?" When I answered, "Nineteen years," the immediate, astonished response was, "To the same man?"
-Sabrina, RoseWIT

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Mommy Wars

As part of the ReadyTalk Web Seminar Series, we are thrilled to present a web seminar by Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars. Leslie’s web seminar: Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding Great Employees - Who Also Happen to Be Parents, will be held Tuesday, November 14 at 2 pm Eastern. Click here to register for this complimentary presentation and to explore other topics in the series.

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