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It’s easy to talk about the benefits of continuing your job search during the holidays: Less competition with fewer people actively looking, easier to connect with decision makers because of less hectic calendars, newly created openings, and holiday party’s present opportunities to network. But what about the mistakes that people make during the holiday season? The following holiday bloopers could prevent you from job search success. By Shawna Simcik

A more accessible future online
The U.S. Department of Justice will soon be updating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with broader guidelines on website accessibility. The new rules will expand the degree to which the ADA applies to public websites, including state and local government and online shopping websites. In preparation for these changes, there are several ways small businesses can make their websites more accessible for customers with disabilities. Here are a few tips. By Candice Alder
"Put the best minds around you and keep them busy and happy. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Spend a lot of time on strategy and then stick to it with a vengeance. When jobs were difficult, I decided to get really good people around me. CEOs will all tell you to work on keeping them happy, not just with salary. Do they feel they’re learning? Challenge them. It takes time, and that means time advising, listening, empathizing and pushing them back into the ring." By Lisa Ryckman

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While many people will argue over who exactly was the worst of the worst, with names like Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Idi Amin and Ivan the Terrible entering the conversation, it’s easy to attribute a face to the evil we all despise. But when we take a more philosophical approach and ask what the world would have looked like if our own poster child for evil had never existed, we begin seeing human progress in a whole new light. By Tom Frey
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