College alumni are often just like your parents -- they want to help you with your career, Kevin Donlin writes. To network with them effectively, offer to help them in some way before asking for their input or advice, he suggests.
Some workers who were laid off during the recession -- such as office assistants -- may never see their jobs return as technology and re-prioritizing of tasks make them obsolete for some employers. "This always happens in recessions," says John Schmitt, a senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Make sure you're not just tossing around buzzwords at work without really following through to implement the ideas behind them, Scot Herrick writes. "In a buzzword-heavy world, it's scary how the words actually take over, and how little there is to back them up," he writes.
An unemployed man who lost his home and spent months living in hotels using his loyalty airline and hotel points gained from years of business travel has found a job. "I was probably down to three or four weeks" of free hotel stays, Jim Kennedy says.
While women's groups can be helpful in helping women get ahead, sometimes these networks can "all-too-easily devolve into a group of peers who gather to gripe," write Sylvia Ann Hewlett and DeAnne Aguirre. It helps when a woman has a "sponsor" -- someone in a senior position who intercedes to create career opportunities, they write.