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Become a Lifelong Learner or Risk Your Future

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Infosys President Ravi Kumar predicts that 75 million jobs "old" jobs will vanish by 2022, replaced by 135 million "new" jobs that will be created because of new technologies. As a result, he has some advice that no employee or job seeker should ignore: become a life-long learner.

2019 182

10 Smart Things to Do in a New Job

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It's natural to be a bit nervous on your first day of a new job. You want to make a good impression and not mess anything up too much. Chances are, you'll be fine. If you care enough about the job to be a bit nervous, that means you're going to try hard to do all the right things.

2019 219

Before Criticizing Team Members, Take a Look in the Mirror

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Have you ever walked up to a cash register to pay for your Yoo-Hoo and there are two clerks bad-mouthing a manager or another worker? It doesn't seem to matter where -- banks, convenience stores, doctor's offices -- there always seems to be some grumbling about someone else.

2019 130

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence

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When you're job searching, the advice is to "clean up your social media presence." But what does that mean, exactly? For example, when you were told to clean up your room as a kid, my hunch is that your version of "clean" was a lot different than your mom's.

2019 225

5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

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Once an employer gets around to checking your references, you may be feeling quite confident that a job offer is coming your way. Hold on. According to an Accountemps survey , one in three candidates are removed from job consideration after checking with their references.

2019 229

How to Benefit When You Get Blindsided by Criticism

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One day when I was on deadline frantically trying to complete a story, my instant messaging app popped up with something like: "Anita didn't check the database and now I'm having to recreate this work. sigh*" The IM was from my direct editor to another editor.

2019 242

The 3 Things You Must Do Before Leaving an Internship

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Many internships are drawing to a close as students head back to school. But before anyone leaves an internship, there are some things to do that are critical (beyond snagging a few free pens and a coffee cup with the company logo): 1. Meet with your boss.

2019 130

10 Signs Your Best Employee is About to Quit

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When you're the boss, there are days when your life seems like one big dumpster fire. Then, there are the days when it feels like everything is going right and you and your team can take on the world. Those take-on-the-world days happen because you have a great team, right?

2019 151

Why You Didn't Get a Second Interview

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It can be pretty demoralizing not to get a second interview, especially since you believe you did so well in your initial interview. Don't be too hard on yourself.

2019 176

5 Steps to Take When You Don't Know What Your Boss Wants

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Some people believe a micromanaging boss is the worst thing ever, but I'd have to say that a boss who doesn't communicate what he or she wants is also pretty bad. This is the boss who can't exactly tell you what he wants.

2019 194

Dear Employers: It's Time to Stop Treating Applicants Like Crap

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I was not surprised 10 years ago when many job applicants told me of their frustration when employers refused to even acknowledge their applications or let them know where they stood in the interview process.

2019 151

4 Ways to Handle Distracting Coworkers

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We all spend a lot of time at work, and some days it feels like a family get-together gone horribly wrong. You're tired of hearing about your colleague's bratty daughter. You don't want to be pulled into any more conversations about "Game of Thrones."

2019 188

The Best Way to Answer Questions About Strengths, Weaknesses

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What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? These are two very common questions asked in job interviews, and they should catch no job seeker off guard if they've prepared their answers. The problem for many applicants is that those answers aren't very good ones.

2019 141

The Critical Element You May Be Missing in Your Job Search

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This seems to be the time of year when a lot of people are jumping ship for a new gig. People are seeking new challenges -- or feel unsettled by the current instability of their industry.

2019 209

Do This One Thing to Ensure You Always Have a Job

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Amazon recently announced that it plans to spend $700 million to retrain 100,000 employees in an effort to help its workforce adapt to a world using more automation and new technology. Retraining will focus on moving more employees into tech-savvy roles.

2019 141

The Best Way to End a Job Interview

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"Is there anything else you'd like to add?" This has always been the question I ask last in an interview, and it usually produces some great results. Sometimes people will say, "No, I think we've about covered everything." and then jump in with some new information.

2019 170

4 Things Employees Need From Any Boss

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What happens when a worker doesn't trust the boss? They consider quitting, finds a new survey. At a time when employers are pulling out all the stops to find talent in a tight job market, this should be of great concern.

2019 186

Study Finds the 3 Actions Taken by the Most Productive Managers

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It's a familiar complaint among managers: They aren't as productive as they would like to be because they're constantly interrupted by the demands of others.

2019 130

Why This 83-Year-Old Career Advice Still Makes Sense

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I've written before about how important it is to get along with others at work. You don't have to be besties, with your co-workers, but you do need to know what motivates them, what discourages them and how you can best help one another. To think you can go it alone at work and succeed is delusional.

2019 176

Why Others Consider Your Email Response to Be Rude

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"Far too many poor decisions rest on knee-jerk responses. Don't let fast emails become the enemy of good decisions." This is some of the advice in Dianna Booher's new book, "Faster, Fewer, Better Emails." Booher addresses how some emails are too long -- and how some are too short.

2019 141

3 Ways to Handle a Negative Coworker

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It seems like everywhere I turn, someone is always talking or writing about "times like these." Usually, it's not "times like these are so great." It's usually something like, "Times like these are so horrible."

2019 188

Should You Follow Up After an Interview?

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You may be feeling great after a job interview and believe a job offer is just around the corner. Then, nothing. Silence. No phone calls or emails from the hiring manager. Now your worry kicks in. Did you say something wrong in the interview? Have they already hired someone else?

2019 163

3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

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Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth.

2018 201

4 Steps to Being Happier

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When my children were babies, I knew exactly what I would do if I won the lottery: Hire a nighttime nanny. That's because my kids couldn't seem to get the hang of sleeping through the night, and I was beyond exhausted.

2019 181

How to Get Through a Job Search Without Losing Your Mind

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When you decide to begin job searching, it can be sort of exciting. You envision yourself in a new job, full of possibilities. Then you start slogging your way through job ads online, realize you need to write a resume and a cover letter -- and you decide to watch "Friends" reruns instead. I get it.

2019 141

5 Ways to Return From Vacation and Not Be Totally Bummed

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I've been away from my office for about 10 days for a work conference and some vacation time. Over the years, I've interviewed many experts on how to return to work from time away without feeling completely overwhelmed and even a little depressed.

2019 130

It's Time to Complain

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Conscious complaining. This isn't a term that I was familiar with until I found it in Pamela McLean's new book, "Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others."

2019 130

10 Great Gift Ideas for Coworkers

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While it seems like everyone should be in a jolly mood around the office because it's the holiday season, there is also a lot of stress. And here's some reasons why: Do you buy the boss a gift? What should you get your "work spouse"?

2018 189

7 Signs You're a Workaholic

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For most workers, the days of clocking out at 5 p.m. and never thinking of work again until the next morning when we clocked in at 9 a.m. are over. Texts and emails keep us tethered to the job, not to mention the "quick phone call" to the office when we're supposed to be on vacation.

2019 153

Is Your Workplace Toxic?

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Is your workplace toxic? A survey of 9,000 tech workers by Blind finds that more than half of those surveyed believe they are indeed working in a toxic environment.

2019 141

This is Why Workplace Conflict is a Good Thing

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I hear it all the time: People who say they've stopped watching the news, stopped participating in social media and wear noise-cancelling headphones whenever possible so that they don't have to hear any snarky/disagreeable/uncivil comments or conversations. I get it.

2019 130

3 Ways to Change the World from Your Cubicle

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I'm fed up, and I know many of you must feel the same. I'm fed up with the name-calling, the finger-pointing and the yelling. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away, but I can't. What I can do is think about how I behave every day and hopefully do a little better.

5 Things To Do When a Hiring Manager Texts You

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Imagine that you're standing in line at Starbucks, when you receive this text. Hello! We just received your resume and wanted to chat initially via text. Can you tell us why you feel you're qualified for this position?" After a minute, you answer: "I know this is a joke. Who is this?

2019 130

Why Unconscious Bias Training Matters

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It’s estimated there are more than 150 identified types of unconscious bias. These types range from the natural tendency to surround ourselves with others who are similar to us to form assumptions and stereotypes about others.

2019 130

What You're Getting Wrong When You Apologize

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Today, social media is sure to blast the news far and wide when a top leader makes a mistake, whether the person is in the private sector or public life.

2018 193

You Hate Your New Job -- Now What?

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With a low unemployment rate, some employers are pulling out all the stops when it comes to recruiting workers, such as offering perks and higher salaries.

2019 153

Are You Ignoring This Simple Key to Success?

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When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note? I'm not talking about an email or a text. I'm talking about a handwritten note to someone expressing your appreciation or gratitude. The kind, you know, that has to have a stamp and be put in that thing known as a mailbox.

2019 141

Research: Why Workplace Competitions Often Backfire

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How many times have you visited a business and seen a list of employee names, followed by a series of check marks or numbers? I've seen it many times, usually signifying some sort of "competition" between employees, such as upselling to customers.

2019 130

3 Steps to Take When You No Longer Like Your Job

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Sometimes you accept a job and are really excited about it. But as you spend more time in that job, you start to lose some of that enthusiasm. Before long, you feel stuck. It can be difficult to finally admit to yourself that you're not happy with a job you thought was a good fit.

2018 220

3 Things to Remember When Turning Down a Job Offer

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When you get called back for a second interview, it can be pretty exciting. You are obviously on the short list for the position. But, wait. If you do an internal gut check, you realize you're not super excited about the job or the company.

2019 153

Research: Brainteaser Interview Questions are Harmful

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I've never been a fan of "crazy" interview questions, such as asking: "If were a salad dressing, which kind would you be and why?" New research shows why I might feel this way.

2019 163

3 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

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I remember the first time I wrote a cover letter for a job. It went something like this: "I'd really like to work for you. I'm sending you my resume." In my defense, I was pretty young and inexperienced. But, it still was a lousy cover letter and I cringe when I think about it.

How to Help Your Boss See You as a Rising Star

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Many young workers come to a conclusion that's often hard to swallow: Working hard doesn't mean you get ahead. Just because you show up on time, meet all your deadlines and don't gossip, well, that's not enough to get a bigger paycheck or title.

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