Category: Career Advice

Here’s How to Translate Your Skills From One Industry to Another

1. Identify Your Qualifications The best place to start is reading the description for the position that you want and asking yourself: What boxes do I already check? We’re assuming that you aren’t a former software developer applying for a role

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7 Ways to Get Through an Afternoon Work Slump Without Coffee

7 Ways to Get Through an Afternoon Work Slump Without Coffee   There’s a reason 150 million Americans regularly drink coffee or similar caffeinated beverages—they give us an energy boost and increase our focus. In the middle of a tough workday, it can be exactly

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6 Almost-Too-Easy Ways to Become More Influential and Likable at Work

6 Almost-Too-Easy Ways to Become More Influential and Likable at Work Before there was The Power of Positive Thinking and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there was Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, arguably one of the first self-help

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Here’s How to Compare a Great Job Offer With Your Current Job (That You Like)

Here’s How to Compare a Great Job Offer With Your Current Job (That You Like) Casually browsing for jobs while watching TV? Stalking your best friend’s new employer? Taking informational interviews during your coffee breaks at work? Whether you’re after

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9 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are

9 Phrases That Make You Sound Less Experienced Than You Are When I started my first job, I was the youngest person in my organization. No, really. Although I could legally drink (barely), every single one of my 300-or-so co-workers

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3 Times Your Thank You Note Could Make the Difference in Whether or Not You Get the Job

3 Times Your Thank You Note Could Make the Difference in Whether or Not You Get the Job You know you need to write a thank you note after an interview. It’s just one of those things you’re supposed to do—like research the

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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Team Learns From Every Success (and Failure)

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Team Learns From Every Success (and Failure) When we were little and touched the hot burner on the stove, we got searing feedback that instantly told us we’d made a poor decision. So the next time

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5 Stealthy Ways to Manage Your Manager and Make Your Life Easier in the Process

5 Stealthy Ways to Manage Your Manager and Make Your Life Easier in the Process You’re buttoning the last button on your coat, having completed everything on your to-do list for today. You and your friends have planned a fun dinner out

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4 Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued

4 Simple Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Valued Imagine a job where your work isn’t appreciated, your effort goes unnoticed, and you could be replaced in an instant. Not exactly a place you’d want to stay for very long,

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3 Signs You’re Overthinking a Decision (and Missing Out on an Awesome Opportunity)

3 Signs You’re Overthinking a Decision (and Missing Out on an Awesome Opportunity)   You spend the last few months of 2017 saying, “Next year will be different.” And now it’s next year and you can’t really say that anything’s

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5 Better Ways to Talk About the 5 Most Common Resume Gaps

5 Better Ways to Talk About the 5 Most Common Resume Gaps So, you’ve got a gap in your resume? Maybe you decided to travel, or go back to school, or maybe you looked after a sick relative, or you took

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4 Ways Managers Can Keep Their Top Performers From Quitting

4 Ways Managers Can Keep Their Top Performers From Quitting If you’re reading this article, congratulations! You must have an awesome team. Managing them must be easy, right? In fact, contrary to popular belief, managing high-performers doesn’t mean you don’t

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15 Ways to Avoid a Public Speaking Freakout

15 Ways to Avoid a Public Speaking Freakout I’ve been doing a lot of presenting recently, and I have no problem admitting that it’s tough. For those not born with natural eloquence, public speaking can be remarkably nerve-racking. We can’t

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8 Genius Ways to Hide the Fact That You’re Nervous

8 Genius Ways to Hide the Fact That You’re Nervous It is hard to escape those moments in life when you are feeling incredibly nervous. Even if we plan ahead and rehearse, our body’s reaction to being nervous can flare up in

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How to Get Your Finances in Order, Based on Your Personality Type

How to Get Your Finances in Order, Based on Your Personality Type Chances are that organizing your finances probably doesn’t rank at the top of your list of awesome ways to spend an afternoon. But this to-do is just as

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5 Surefire Ways to Conquer Procrastination

5 Surefire Ways to Conquer Procrastination Apparently, psychologists struggle with procrastination, too. At least that’s what one would conclude from a recent PsyBlog review of all the studies that have been done on putting things off and how to stop. With all this

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4 Questions Excellent Leaders Ask Underperforming Employees

4 Questions Excellent Leaders Ask Underperforming Employees Asking questions is the most powerful, yet underutilized, tool you carry as a leader. Questions force your team to think. Questions reveal assumptions and thought processes by the answers they elicit. Questions start

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7 Ways to Cure Indecisiveness Once and for All

7 Ways to Cure Indecisiveness Once and for All As I’ve gotten older, I’ve somehow become less capable of making a decision—or at least feeling confident while doing so. From pressing matters like a job offer to trivial choices (what should I have

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This Is How You Job Search Without Your Boss Finding Out

This Is How You Job Search Without Your Boss Finding Out You’re in the heat of the job search, filling out applications and scheduling interviews left and right. The issue? Making sure your current boss doesn’t find out what you’re

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Ask a Candid Boss: How Can I Encourage More Consistent Work From My Employee

Ask a Candid Boss: How Can I Encourage More Consistent Work From My Employee   How can I better manage an employee whose work seems to alternate between excellent and sloppy? How can I get the consistent quality that I

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How to Reach Your Career Goals (and Enjoy Life, Too)

How to Reach Your Career Goals (and Enjoy Life, Too) Over a cup of coffee in New York, a friend from Norway was seeking my advice about how to navigate the future. His dream is to become a judge in

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15 Presidential Quotes That’ll Inspire Your Career

15 Presidential Quotes That’ll Inspire Your Career We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. Calvin Coolidge If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a

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5 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression

5 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression   Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a broad spectrum of career successes. (And, well, failures.) And I’ve thought a lot about the causes of those outcomes. Why do some succeed

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What Is the Purpose of A Cover Letter & How To Send One

What Is the Purpose of A Cover Letter & How To Send One   In most job adverts it is a requirement for one to send their CV and Cover Letter. Unfortunately, most of the candidates that I interact with

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Just What is the Difference Between Your Career and a Job?

Just What is the Difference Between Your Career and a Job?   Do you refer to what you currently do as your career or do you call it a job? You may have talked at length about your job when answering

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Consider an Interdisciplinary Online Bachelor’s Degree 

Consider an Interdisciplinary Online Bachelor’s Degree  An online interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree may help you stand out from other job applicants. (Getty Images) The value of a bachelor’s degree is clear, with studies showing benefits such as significantly higher lifetime earnings and

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How to Handle 3 Common Salary Negotiation Situations

How to Handle 3 Common Salary Negotiation Situations “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” This common quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi has multiple applications – but is especially relevant for salary negotiations. Talking about money before you take

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How to Inform Your Manager You Received an External Job Offer

How to Inform Your Manager You Received an External Job Offer Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! You’re not only resigning, but you’re informing your boss the reason why: You landed another job offer. First, schedule time

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5 Daily Habits of Successful Job Seekers

5 Daily Habits of Successful Job Seekers   There’s a common saying in Swahili that kutafuta kazi ni kazi, which in translation means, looking for a job is a full time affair. Whether you are employed and looking for a better

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What Steps Are You Taking To Grow Your Career?

What Steps Are You Taking To Grow Your Career? Most people tend to relax after they have landed their first jobs or that ideal job, especially when their job search process was full of frustrations and disappointments. The joy of

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