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6 Things to Learn from COVID-19 About Your Career

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By now, I believe most of you reading this have dealt with the COVID-19 virus in some way, even if you haven't been infected (and I hope you have not). Many of you are working from home, or are working abbreviated schedules.

2020 141

10 Steps to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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There seems to be no lack of people touting their abilities online, whether it's starting a new business, leading a team or levitating while drunk. But there are also plenty of people who feel that no matter their success, they don't deserve it. They're frauds.

2020 141

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3 Questions Every Manager Must Ask

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Companies spend a lot of money -- more than $4,000 -- to bring on a new employee. Then, it costs more than $1,200 to train each new worker.

2020 141

How to Jell With Your Boss

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It can be frustrating when you don't feel like you're on the same page as your boss. The result is that you've had some unpleasant exchanges in emails, or she ignores you in meetings. Maybe you've even heard that she's criticized you to others.

2020 141

Research: Facial Imperfections Impact Hiring

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Research shows that attractive people get paid more and are considered for more jobs, which I'm sure most of us consider unfair and discriminatory.

2019 188

Are Your Ethics Slipping at Work?

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You may never have heard of Potter Stewart, but he was the guy who retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, leading to Sandra Day O'Connor becoming the first female on the court.

2020 141

3 Ways to Stop Feeling so Overwhelmed at Work

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We're barely into 2020, and a lot of you are feeling overwhelmed at work. You had such great plans for this year. You were going to get organized. You were going to network with those in other departments. You were going to come up with an innovative idea and present it to the boss.

2020 151

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

Tom Rath: How to Create a Better Resume

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I recently had the chance to interview Tom Rath, who has written one of the most popular books ever to hit Amazon: StrengthsFinder 2.0. In this Q&A, he discusses how anyone can write a better, more compelling resume.

2020 141

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

3 Things To Do This Month for Your Career

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I'm looking at my garden, noting all the flowers that have started to die as we move into the fall season. It's not been below 80 degrees, but already one of my trees is started to lose its leaves.

2019 194

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 Stop Email From Running Your Life

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Well, here's a depressing statistic: people on average spend more than five hours a day checking their email, according to an Adobe survey. When you think of what you could get done in five hours a day if you weren't checking email -- well, it boggles the mind.

2020 130

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

Never Accept a Job Offer Without Doing These Things

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Congratulations! You've been made a job offer and you're pretty excited. Before you make an "I quit" cake for your current job and present it in a staff meeting, are you really happy with the offer you've been made? Are they offering you the salary you believe is fair?

2020 130

Research Shows How to Be More Creative

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Is there anything more frustrating than to be told: "Come up with a really creative idea/solution to this problem. Oh, and we need it right now." Creativity often isn't something that you can turn off and on like a switch.

2020 130

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

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

What to Do If You Have Imposter's Syndrome

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No matter how successful you may be in your career, it's not unusual to feel like an imposter. Imposter syndrome" is a real thing, and I've met many (very successful) people who have it.

2020 130

Never Accept a Job Without First Doing This

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It's understood that when companies begin considering you for a job, they're going to do some thorough checking on your qualifications, references and even social media presence. But how deeply have you probed the company?

2019 163

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

How to Say "Good Job" Without Saying "Good Job"

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How many times a day do you say "Good job"? I know I say it a lot, and I'm tired of it. I sound like a broken record, and I'm sure the people I'm saying it to are equally bored. So, I Googled how to say "good job" in a bunch of different ways and I found the list below.

2019 176

3 Ways to Deal With Toxic People at Work

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If you're like me and would like to begin 2020 by eliminating negativity from your life, then you're going to have to deal with those people at work who get on your last nerve. You know exactly who I mean: the colleagues or bosses who love to manipulate others or are uncivil.

2020 130

Need a Seasonal Gig? These May Be Just What You Want

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Last year was a blockbuster holiday season for retailers, but threats of trade wars and a volatile stock market may put a damper on consumer spending and that could translate into less seasonal hiring this year, one labor expert says.

2019 151

‘Icarus Six Sixty Six’ VR Music Video Is A Heavy Metal Masterpiece

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Take a thrilling journey through a dangerous cosmos in an adventure set to a soundtrack from the musical mastermind behind Adult Swim’s Dethklok. Titmouse is one of those companies that seems genuinely committed to breaking the status quo in every project they produce.

2018 255

Tips for Getting a Job When You Have a Criminal Record

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I wrote the following story on how those with a criminal record can get a job, but these tips apply to any job seeker -- highlight transferable skills, network and be prepared to talk about what you can bring to an employer.

2019 130

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

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

You Need This to Be Happier and More Successful at Work

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More employers are beginning to focus on "emotional intelligence" when making new hires and when deciding who is ready to be promoted.

2019 141

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

Employers No Longer Disqualify Those With Criminal Backgrounds

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From July 2007 to July 2008, more than 10,000 people left Las Vegas as the unemployment rate in the metro area skyrocketed to more than 12 percent and home prices plunged by 30 percent. It was a grim time.

2019 130

Is Your Job About to Become Obsolete?

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Trade wars. Labor strikes. The rise of automation. Those are the things that are most worrisome for the U.S. economy and the employment outlook, along with the decline in manufacturing, retail and government jobs.

2019 141

4 Interview Tips to Help You Get the Job

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If you want to be successful in finding a job after you graduate from college, be prepared to do some homework. You thought your homework days were over? Not so, say hiring managers and other experts.

2019 130

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

Help Your Career by Learning the Art of Persuasion

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Have you ever tried to persuade someone to do something at work -- give you a pay raise, let you take on a new project, adopt a new system -- and you fail miserably? There's a reason for your lack of success.

2019 141

The Greatest Gift to Give Workers This Year

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By now, most people have heard of the Secret Santa. He's the guy who passes out $100 bills to those in need. He often finds these folks at thrift stores, bargain aisles or anywhere else there is someone just trying to make ends meet. He knows they need some extra kindness at holiday time.

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

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

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Co-Workers

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It's that time of year again -- trying to figure out what to get a colleague for the annual gift swap (besides that giant bottle of booze in your grocery's discount aisle). Or, perhaps you want to get something for that great co-worker who has helped you out more times than you can count.

2019 130

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

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 151

Does Your Workplace Have Unconscious Biases?

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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 forming assumptions and stereotypes about others.

2019 130

Study Reveals the Havoc Caused by Liars and Cheats

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It may start one day with a bit of deception on your part. You're late getting a report done, so you plagiarize some obscure white paper so that you can turn it in on time, but never mention the work is not entirely yours.

2019 141