Category: Career Advice

5 Habits That’ll Ensure You’ll End Every Day Feeling Successful

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal Gratitude journals have grown wildly popular and I can understand why. Earlier this year, I started a journal and committed to writing down one thing I’m grateful for every day. At 159 days in, I’m

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4 Tips Anyone Can Follow for a Stronger Social Media Presence

1. Establish a Clear Goal To get the most out of your efforts, you need to have a clear direction. This way you can avoid some of the bumps that come with just winging it. Since the opposite of winging

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5 Times Smart People Ask Others to Double-Check Their Work

1. You’re Sending Personalized, Confidential Emails to Multiple Clients This might seem like Career 101 to you. I mean, you know how to send an email, right? Of course you do. But some are tougher than others to write—especially when

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5 Job Search Tips I’ve Learned from Helping Laid-Off Leaders Get Hired Again

1. It’s OK to Ask for (Professional) Help When you’ve been in a position for five, nine, or 19 years and you’ve pretty much been the go-to person for all the answers, it can feel really weird to realize that

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4 Reasons Quitting Your Job Too Soon Hurts Your Career

1. You’re Wrong About the Grass Being Greener The new gig may be worse than the job you just left. It’s easy to justify your reasons for leaving when your situation’s difficult to endure. And all it takes when you’re

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Stuck Working After Hours? Here’s How to Make it Bearable

Go Home (if You Can) Can you get your work done from home? Great, pack up and leave the office. Just because you have a lot to do doesn’t mean you have to do it at the office. You’ll feel

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3 Effective Ways to Create Boundaries at Work Without Being Rude

3 Effective Ways to Create Boundaries at Work Without Being Rude 1. Ignore Chatter Whether your organization relies on Slack or your team’s prone to discuss everything aloud—from industry news to best happy hour spots—endless chatter can zap minutes of precious productivity.

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7 Slack Hacks That’ll Instantly Make Your Life Easier

1. Build To-Do Lists by Using Stars You can use the “star” mechanism to build a to-do list. When someone mentions a task or message that needs attention, click the star icon next to the timestamp. You can then view

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10 Little Things That’ll Have a Big Impact on Your Career

10 Little Things That’ll Have a Big Impact on Your Career 1. Invite a Higher-up Out for Coffee It’s no secret that the senior leaders at your company are incredibly accomplished. It should also be no surprise that you can

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How to Tattle at Work (Without Being a Tattletale)

How to Tattle at Work (Without Being a Tattletale) 1. Determine if You Actually Need to Report the Issue At my first “real” job, one of my teammates constantly bragged about how busy she was. We had extremely similar roles,

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The Professional Growth Opportunity You’re Overlooking Every Day

The Professional Growth Opportunity You’re Overlooking Every Day 1. You Stand Out Most people don’t notice the hundreds of interactions they have with strangers throughout their week. Between meetings, deadlines, and our smartphones constantly vying for our attention, we’re too

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The Professional Growth Opportunity You’re Overlooking Every Day

The Professional Growth Opportunity You’re Overlooking Every Day There’s a simple strategy you can use to stand out and impress anyone you meet (even if they’ve met 100 other people that day). I call it the Super-Connector strategy. It’s not

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3 Ways to Recharge When You Can’t “Take a Vacation”

3 Ways to Recharge When You Can’t “Take a Vacation” 1. Change Your Scenery GIF courtesy of Giphy. No, maybe you don’t have the luxury of gazing out at the ocean or some other exotic landscape anytime soon, but changing your

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5 Questions to Ask When You’re Interviewing for a Tech Job

1. How does your team approach problems? Regardless of what you do, you know this much: A key responsibility of any tech job is finding solutions and answers to complex problems. However, nobody works in a vacuum. So, it’s important

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How Can I Stop Being a Failure and Find a Job I’m Good At?

How Can I Stop Being a Failure and Find a Job I’m Good At? 1. Conduct a Career Assessment This is helpful in understanding what career paths would excite you and allow you to feel the zone of genius at least 80% of the

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7 Questions Good Co-workers Ask Themselves Regularly

1. Do They Regularly Turn to Me for Advice or Help? Are you the go-to person for any tech-related problems? Does your deskmate lean on you for guidance when your boss is having a bad day? Do people come to

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5 Signs You’re Going to Be Happy No Matter What You End up Doing

1. You Always Seek Out Meaningful Work You spend 40+ hours a week at work, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably still checking email or thinking about that upcoming project during what’s supposed to be your time away.

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How to Pull Off One More Career Win

How to Pull Off One More Career Win 1. Document Your Goal Your goal might be to get a promotion with your current company. Or you might want a fresh start at a new job. Or, perhaps you just want

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4 Ways to Stop Being Taken Advantage of at Work

1. Give Others More Credit Sometimes when you’re bending over backwards, it might come from a place of not giving others enough credit. For example, you might tell yourself, “If I don’t help him, how will he manage?” or “Nobody

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Starting a Blog People Will Actually Read

First, Find Your Mission The first step is to figure out what you want your blog to focus on. The key? Making sure it’s something you’re personally passionate about. AmyAnn started her blog while she was in graduate school for

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The Best Way to Spend Your Raise if You Want to Be Happier

The Best Way to Spend Your Raise if You Want to Be Happier Your paycheck just got a bit heftier, and you’re thinking about finally biting the bullet and buying yourself that new computer, or taking your significant other out

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5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Readers Do Better in Their Careers

5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Readers Do Better in Their Careers 1. It Reduces Stress In your professional life, you have to learn how to manage your stress level successfully, so you don’t walk around like a pressure cooker about to

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How to (Realistically) Be Happy For Friends Who Are Doing Better Than You

How to (Realistically) Be Happy For Friends Who Are Doing Better Than You 1. Recognize That Their Success Isn’t Your Failure Here’s a question I like to ask myself when I discover that I’m feeling jealous of another person’s announcement: How does this

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9 Soft Skills to Put You Ahead of the Competition

1. Drive I want a new hire to come in with the drive to help wherever they can. I don’t want them to be shy about learning something new or jumping on a team and helping out or being open

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3 Better Ways to Answer “Why Should We Hire You?”

1. The Intersection One way to attack this interview question is to intersect what’s in it for the hiring manager and what’s in it for you. Basically, you want to get across that he or she will get a enthusiastic

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4 Questions to Ask Your First Week

1. Can You Tell Me a Little Bit About Your Role? In order to successfully communicate and collaborate with other employees at your company, you need to have a solid grasp on what exactly it is that they do. While

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3 Strategies for Personalizing Your Sales Pitch

1. Do Some Online Stalking to Learn About Their Background By online stalking, such as browsing a prospect’s social media profile or reading their blog, you’ll have a much better understanding of their communication style. This strategy will help you become smarter

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4 Phrases Introverts Are Tired of Hearing

4 Phrases Introverts Are Tired of Hearing From Their Co-workers 1. “You’re Doing [Activity] Alone? How Depressing!” One day, my colleague and I were looking up dinner recipes online. I’d recently moved out on my own and wanted to collect some

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself After Making a Big Mistake

1. What Happened? You know you screwed up. But, before you leap into action or try to save face, it’s important to first figure out what happened. Were there mixed wires somewhere? Did you get a direction or instruction confused?

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How to Knock Your Next Interview Out of the Park

1. You Were Indispensable in Your Previous Jobs Hiring managers want to hire people who have a history of getting things done. The logic goes that if you were successful in other jobs, then you’re likely to be successful in

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