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5 Easy Ways Stand Out to Employers

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Last summer, Geoffrey Owens, once a regular on the legendary Cosby Show, was seen working a — *gulp* — regular job at Trader Joe's. The press quickly ran with the story, and people around the world began making negative comments about Owens's situation. Owens ended up quitting his job because of all the unwanted attention. However, there was a silver lining in all of this: Tyler Perry invited Owens to ...

How to Get Back to Peak Performance

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

No matter how badly you want to get your job done, you just aren't feeling inspired. Maybe you're bored with the work. Maybe company politics are disrupting your concentration. Maybe you feel you are not making the difference you aspire to make in the world. Whatever the cause, being uninspired on the job is not unusual, but it is frustrating. Time becomes your adversary, responsibilities pile up, and getting anything done feels impossible. How do you get back to

It's Time to Break Up With Your Job

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! It's time to end that toxic eight-hour-a-day relationship. You wouldn't put up with all the negativity in a romantic partner. Why are you putting up with it at work? Every February, I write a column about why it's important to love your job. This year, however, I've decided to take a different approach. I'm going to encourage you to break it off with your job — provided, of ...

5 Signs You Should Turn Down That Job Offer to Pursue Your Business Idea

Friday, February 08, 2019

It's not the worst problem to have, but it's a dilemma many entrepreneurs face: take a stable job, or risk your livelihood to turn your business idea into a reality? As someone who chose the second path, I think I can offer some tips to help you figure out whether it's time to take the leap: 1. You Are Committed to Your Idea and Have a Plan to Get It ...

How to Write a Killer Cover Letter

Thursday, February 07, 2019

You've found the perfect job, your resume is ready to go, but there's one last thing on your to-do list: the dreaded cover letter. While it might seem easy to write a one-page letter touting your strengths, many job seekers struggle to understand what, exactly, an employer is looking for and how to translate that into a couple of paragraphs. Cover letters are unavoidable, and many employers consider them the ...

Can Your Credit Score Affect Your Employment?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Having bad credit can make it difficult to get approved for a loan or a credit card — but in some cases, it can also prevent you from getting a job. According to a 2018 National Association of Professional Background Screeners study, 47 percent of employers run credit or financial background checks on candidates. Whether or not you'll be one of those candidates depends on the type of job you're applying for.

12 Steps to Breaking Smartphone Addiction

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Article by Michael Pietrzak I descended into the subway toward the metallic tube that would rush me across the city in the dark underground. A man was having a phone call, lingering halfway down the stairs, not yet ready to cut the umbilical cord with the unseen radio tower that connected him to the Matrix. This would be no problem, except that dozens of rushed commuters were piling up behind him like water in a kinked hose. A minute ...

My New Pet Peeve: Getting Personal on LinkedIn

Monday, February 04, 2019

Sometimes, you see something you just can't unsee it. Unfortunately, that seems to be happening to me more and more on LinkedIn. What was once a very professional website is now host to some very unprofessional things, and it's frankly shocking. I've tried to push it out of my mind, but I just can't any longer. I've seen an influx of cartoon profile photos, as well as overly casual ...

No Ghosting: What to Do After Accepting the Job Offer

Friday, February 01, 2019

"Ghosting" used to be reserved for the world of dating. Now, it has become quite common in the workplace. Ghosting is when one person — in this case, a candidate or employee — ignores all the calls, texts, emails, and other messages sent by another person — in this case, an employer. In the workplace, ghosting often happens when a candidate accepts an offer but then decides they don't want to work for ...

Apply the Genius Habit to Your Job Search

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Being able to navigate a job search seamlessly is imperative in the changing landscape of work. While a job search can be intimidating, you need to get used to the idea because you will have to go through the job interview process many times over the course of your career. Gone are the days when most people stayed with the same company — or even the same industry — for their entire careers. ...

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Gain Career Insight With Informational Interviews

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Learn how to ask for an informational interview and what the etiquette is for these important exchanges.

Pros and Cons of Working From Home

Monday, February 11, 2019

Remote working jobs offer many benefits, but the drawbacks include fewer work-life balance boundaries.

Tips for Learning a New System at Work

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Demonstrating flexibility in the workplace and the ability to learn new technology is important.

5 Signs of Burnout at Work

Monday, February 04, 2019

If you've got these burnout symptoms, you may need to rethink your work-life balance.

How to Describe Weaknesses in a Job Interview

Friday, February 01, 2019

When asked about their weaknesses, job interview candidates should remember these five C's.

4 Keys to a Recruiter's Heart

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Learn what recruiters expect from high-level candidates.

How Companies Keep Employees Engaged

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Thoughtful partnerships between employees and employers is the theme of 2019.

Use Coaching Skills to Improve Office Management

Monday, January 28, 2019

These techniques will help you motivate and connect with your employees.

Boost Your Professional Brand With Video

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Consider a video resume or LinkedIn video to reach recruiters and hiring managers.

Master the Art of Ignoring to Get More Done at Work

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Learn how to stop procrastinating and how not to get distracted in order to reach your career goals.

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