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Building Your Emotional Intelligence at Work

We are expected to display the perfect amount of emotion at work because there’s a stigma that comes with showing too much emotion or too little emotion in the workplace. However, there’s a distinct difference between how much emotion we show and how much emotional

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How to Ask for What You Want at Work

Advocating for yourself and speaking up on your beliefs or needs can be a great personal and professional skill. You are the only one who knows how you’d like to evolve in your career, and you are the only one who knows what outside factors

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How to Change Your Career or Industry?

It might be due to limitations of growth in your industry, the instability that comes with it, the lack of desire you have for what you’re doing, or something as simple as burnout. Still, whatever the reason you want to change your career, it isn’t

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How to Assess a Potential Employer’s Culture

One of the most important factors to consider when looking for a job or evaluating a potential employer is the company’s culture. Just like a boss can make or break an experience, so can an organization’s culture. But how do you determine what it would

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5 Steps for Writing a Clear Resignation Letter

Not everyone does it but writing a resignation letter is the professional thing to do when you leave a job. Writing, “I’m leaving, bye” isn’t the appropriate way to go about it. However, it doesn’t need to be a novel, nor should it. Step one

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Responding to Inappropriate Interview Questions

Preparing for an interview can be stressful, let alone when you have to respond to an interviewer asking inappropriate questions. On the other hand, depending on how captivated you are by the job prospect, you might feel pressured to answer every question, even the illegal

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Being an Active Listener

Have you ever had a conversation with someone knowing they weren’t truly listening? Listening is one of the most important skills you can have at work, at home, really in any facet of your life. Of course, anyone can hear and even listen, but active

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Is Your Hiring Process Costing You?

Anyone included in a company’s hiring knows how time-consuming the process is, but what some recruiters might not know is how much it costs an organization every time a job gets posted, and potential candidates are sought out. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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Red Flags to Recognize in Your Next Interview

Sending out a resume or submitting one online takes preparation and time, but it doesn’t come close to the amount you need when planning for an interview. Going through the interview process can make interviewees feel like they are on the hot seat when the

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Coaching Employees Who Are Hard on Themselves

Providing feedback to employees is a critical part of any manager’s job. If a leader feels like they can’t say anything or be completely transparent in their employee feedback, it doesn’t do anyone any good. However, it makes coaching a bit more challenging when the

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How to Avoid a Job Decision You’ll Regret

We have all experienced situations in our lives we regret. Some were self-induced, and some were outside of our control. When it comes to the former, we could do our best to avoid the regret. However, with regrets experienced at work, there are many questions

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Supporting Employees with Mental Health Challenges

On a bad day, work isn’t usually the first place you would choose to go when you feel you’re having mental health challenges. However, if employers address mental health appropriately, the workplace might be a great option in building you up and combating it. With

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8 Ways to Make Work Fun

As a culture, we don’t necessarily associate work with fun, but to promote positivity and productivity, more workplaces probably should. If organizations are smart, they will create an environment in which people enjoy coming to work because having fun leads to many workplace benefits. Decrease

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4 Ways to Establish Boundaries at Work

Do you ever feel like the time gets away from you at work, or the energy you had coming into the day is sucked out of you by the day’s end? In some cases, this might be a natural makeup of your job or the

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How to Stop Procrastinating

The reasons why we do it might be different, but the act of procrastinating remains the same. Unfortunately, it’s something we all do. Don’t confuse procrastination with being lazy, though, because the two aren’t the same. Procrastination is very active because you’re making a concerted

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5 Things to do Before Starting a Job Search

You’ve decided you’re ready to look for a new job. So, you prepare to start the online search, update your resume, and get your interview attire dry cleaned. First, however, there are a few things you need to do before hitting submit on your applications.

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Job Search Following Tax Season

No matter what time of year it is, looking for a job is always stressful. But this year, following tax season and the aftermath of the Great Resignation upon us, it’s a job candidate’s market. Like most things in life, searching for a job can

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Questions for Your Next Performance Review

As your next performance review approaches, you might be met with a bit of anxiety and the hope that you can get through it, sighing in relief when you do. But unfortunately, if this is the mindset you take into your next one-on-one, you might

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What to do After Accepting a Job Offer

You’ve accepted a job offer, so congratulations are in order. However, after you finish your celebrations and take that last sip of champagne, there are certain steps you should follow to professionally (and personally) move from one job to another as successfully as possible. Let

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7 Ways to Compare Job Offers

It’s always a great feeling to receive a job offer for a position you’re interested in. However, it can be an even better feeling when multiple job offers are on the table. This is the case as long as you know how to compare them

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Avoiding Information Overload at New Job

The excitement of starting a new job, beginning employment at a new company, changing careers, or kicking off day one of your promotion can dissipate quickly as you dive into the responsibilities on your plate and everything you need to retain throughout the onboarding process.

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The Importance of Storytelling During Your Interview

It might be daunting to think about formulating and telling a story during the interview process. Storytelling adds another responsibility to the already long list you have in mind heading into an interview, but it comes more naturally than you think. One of the biggest

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5 Ways to Work Breaks into Your Workday

The term work smarter, not harder rings true when it comes to the impact that taking breaks has on productivity and overall work effectiveness. You might be the type of person who sits down at their desk at 8am and works straight through until 5pm

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Should You Stay or Should You Go?

A bad day at work is nothing new for most of us. They happen from time to time. However, if a bad day turns into a bad week, bad month, bad couple of months, or even a bad year, that’s when you know it’s time

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How the Pandemic Changed the Way We Work

It’s almost as though overnight, we were thrown into a work world dependent on remote competence and virtual meetings. This environment met us with a bit of isolation and a ton of Zoom background choices. Those used to navigating office buildings, subway lines, or in-person

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The Good and The Bad of Rehiring Former Employees

It might not be uncommon to hear from previous employees who want to return to your company in today’s competitive hiring environment. It can be advantageous from a hiring standpoint, but the situation needs to be evaluated to determine the potential pros and cons of

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Don’t Love Your Job? Try This…

Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t in love with the job you had or have? It makes going to work depressing and extremely unmotivating. However sometimes it’s not as simple as finding another job, and you need to make do with

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6 Ways to Get Meetings Under Control

How many times have you walked out of a meeting and felt like it could’ve been an email? If employees are pulled away from their daily responsibilities for meeting purposes, make sure it’s an effective use of their time. Something as simple as one person’s

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How Stress Affects Your Professional Development

We’ve all dealt with stress in the workplace in different capacities. It’s been more prominent than ever over the last couple of years, thanks to the new challenges we’ve been presented with as a result of the pandemic. Stress is normal and sometimes inevitable but

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Why Bosses and Job Seekers Need Integrity

Signs of a great boss are someone who leads by example, can teach what they practice, carries themselves with a certain amount of integrity, and communicates honestly. Have you ever been in a situation where your boss knew the industry front and back but wasn’t

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7 Steps to Becoming an Inclusive Organization

On the surface, diversity and inclusion might look like a box that needs to be checked along the hiring process. However, D&I is much more than that if you want an accurate representation of it within your organization. The second letter in that initiative starts

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5 Ways the Job Search Has Changed in 2022

2021 was a great time to look for a job as organizations scrambled to fill voids left by the aftermath of the great resignation. The Covid 19 pandemic forced many workers to leave their jobs, whether it was for caretaking purposes, health and safety concerns,

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Returning to Work After Leaving During Covid

When Covid hit the workforce, the result brought layoffs, closings of businesses, working parents forced to turn in resignation letters, and professionals thrusted into remote work life. However, some people have started returning to the office or emerging back into the workforce as we all

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How to Spot a Strong Mentorship Program

When job seekers own the market, it’s critical that employers focus on employee retention and creating a culture that promotes positive mentoring. One way to do this is by developing a mentorship program. There is a proven correlation between successful employee retention strategies and strong

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8 Questions to Ask Your New Boss

You went through the process of preparing for the interviews, working your way through the hiring phases, until you were finally offered the position. Now what? A good place to start is connecting with your new boss or manager and using their expertise to answer

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What to do to Become a Lifelong Learner

A continuous learner mindset is something any employer would love their employee to have. The trait is contagious and can drastically impact the trajectory of success if employees adopt the role of lifelong learner. You might call yourself a lifelong learner, you might be far

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Questions to Ask When Measuring Career Growth

Have you ever felt like you hit a fork in the road when it comes to your career? It’s very common, and how you respond can change the projection of where you end up professionally. But before deciding which way to go, you need to

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7 Tips for Conducting Remote Interviews

In the remote-first workplace environment we find ourselves in, employers and employees alike are adjusting to the new norm of having different colleagues in different locations. A world that’s allowed us to work with people from anywhere and hire new employees via a computer screen,

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Considering a 4-Day Workweek – Read This First

As a result of the pandemic, the job market has become a job seeker’s paradise, with many candidates seeking out and demanding workplace flexibility. But, of course, flexibility means different things to different people. To some, it’s being able to work from home 100% of

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress From Job Search

Searching for a new job can bring excitement over the prospect of starting something new, taking the next step in your career, or re-entering the workforce after some time away. But don’t be discouraged if looking for a job brings about stress because that’s common

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Avoid These 8 Terms on Your Resume

You never get another opportunity to make a first impression. How many times have we all heard that? And considering your resume acts as your first impression to potential employers, you must present yourself the way you would want when first meeting someone. On average,

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How to Stop Procrastinating

Have you ever had a task to accomplish, and suddenly morphing into the master of procrastination seemed like the best solution at the time? We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a work project you’re looking to finish or homework that’s needs to be done, everyone

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What Productivity Looks Like Post-Pandemic

Productivity is a term many executives, managers, and leaders focus on when it comes to measuring performance. And, for many, productivity was usually something that could be seen in person. However, in the digital age and with the expansion of remote work, the face-to-face productivity

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Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Your Losses

The fear of change is a real thing, which is why it’s probably always tough for someone to move on from a job even if it isn’t the best fit. Deciding whether to stay or go is done by evaluating the current situation, visualizing how

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6 Peer Connections You Should Look For

Think about the amount of time you spend at work or thinking about work each week. Has any of that time been spent building meaningful peer connections? If not, you probably feel less supported or underappreciated in your work environment. Now, when it comes to

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Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job Offer?

You’ve spent numerous hours looking for a job that better suits your current needs, whether it’s professionally or personally driven. Either way, a job offer is headed in your direction, and with it comes the evaluation of the actual opportunity and the impact it will

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How to Use Social Media to Attract Employers

It’s a well-known fact that employers use social media to find quality employees, scout potential candidates, and keep an eye on current employees. Anyone in the workforce knows the importance of keeping their social media reputation in good standing for this reason alone. But employers

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Staying Visible When Working Remotely

Remote work is nothing new to our workforce. However, the accessibility to working from home has changed a great deal, allowing more people to work outside of the office while still fulfilling their responsibilities. With this comes a new debate about the importance of physical

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Moving Away From the 9-to-5

Living through COVID taught us all a new way of workplace living, complete with learning when to mute, when to unmute, and how to find the best background motif for your next call. With 54% of Americans saying they don’t want to return to the

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How to Receive Feedback Graciously

The only way we know how others view our work or contribution is by way of feedback. Whether it comes from a superior, colleague, family member, or friend, you need to prepare yourself to receive it graciously and openly. If the people providing the feedback

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Is Your Company Investing in Mental Health?

It’s now more important than ever for employers to consider investing in mental health resources for their employees if they haven’t done so already. With one in five adults experiencing mental illness within a given year, employers can’t turn a blind eye to the importance

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What Not to Do if You’re Looking for a Job

It’s a job seeker’s market, so if you are someone who finds themselves taking advantage of the environment and seeking out your next position, it will only help if you take the necessary steps to set yourself up for success as you start your job

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Offboarding Employees: How to Execute Successfully

We all know onboarding to be the process a new hire goes through when starting at a company, but what about offboarding? Onboarding and offboarding mark the beginning and end of an employee’s time with a company. Offboarding is the chain of events that happen

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Re-Onboarding Employees Who Started Remotely

Ever onboard an employee remotely? Doing so covers all the protocols and processes for the virtual world, but what about in-house operations? As remote hires return to the office, managers need to consider re-onboarding them upon arrival. Don’t waste the opportunity to create a good

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Changing Careers Later in Life

Ever gotten to a point in your career where you wanted a change? Sometimes that itch comes early on, and sometimes it’s later in your career life that the desire to make a switch rears its head. It might be situational. It might be driven

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How Introverts are Great Communicators

Think of every introvert you know. Now, think of how they communicate with you. Although they might come across as quiet or even, in some cases, downright unengaging, introverts tend to sit, listen intently, process, and then respond. And what better way to communicate or

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4 Relationships to Jumpstart Your Career

Networking and building relationships are a huge part of anyone’s career, no matter the industry and if you are one year in or a workplace veteran. These relationships don’t just apply to the connections you have on LinkedIn or the people you meet with at

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Common Cover Letter Mistakes

You’ve sent your resume through the proper channels to make sure it’s ready to go for your next job application, but what about the cover letter? Contrary to what you might hear, the cover letter is not a sign of the past. In fact, the

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6 Illegal Interview Questions

As an interviewee, there’s so much you juggle leading into an interview. From researching the position, company, and industry to planning out the outfit that will give you the ultimate sense of confidence, you already have a lot on your mind. However, it’s important to

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7 Ways to Build a Diverse Team

Building a diverse team in today’s workplace is not only looked upon highly but is seen as a necessity for a successful business. Diversity breeds productivity, education, and growth within a business. It isn’t just about hiring a diverse team. It’s about nurturing and supporting

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10 Things Recruiters Look for in a Job Candidate

With unemployment support ending in many states, there are numerous incentives to get people back and working again. It takes more than just fulfilling a job’s list of requirements to get hired with a highly competitive job market upon us. Recruiters now look for qualifications

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Importance of Performing Stay Interviews

One of the biggest costs for any company is the hiring and onboarding of personnel. Therefore, one of the best ways to protect your bottom line is by hiring quality talent and prioritizing job satisfaction for them. This is where stay interviews come in. A

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Why Aren’t I Being Promoted?

Getting passed up for a promotion doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies towards your career, a specific role, your boss, or the company you work for. It’s frustrating as a professional to feel like you’ve worked to get to a certain point and you’re

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Explaining Red Flags on Your Resume

Getting offered a job you’ve been hoping for is difficult enough without adding a competitive job market and a resume littered with red flags. The goal when submitting a resume is to land an interview, but red flags can get in the way of this.

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When to Take a Chance on an Okay Job Candidate

Hiring strategies and decisions vary depending on the job market, an organization’s position, and the overall need. As recruiters or hiring managers, we all have a candidate persona in mind when given a job order. It’s important to think about that throughout the selection process

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Email Etiquette You Need in 2021

When it comes to business communication in 2021, email is still the tool of choice. Whether employees correspond with each other, clients, or potential customers, email is still king, with 89% of Americans checking email at least once a day and 21% checking their email

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Should You Quit Your Job Without a New One?

Although it doesn’t make for the most ideal situation, some of us might find ourselves asking this question throughout our careers. Handing in a resignation letter without having a new job lined up can be terrifying, but depending on your situation, it might just be

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Why Disagreements at Work are a Good Thing

Have you ever been part of a truly educational conversation when everyone had the same opinion? The answer is probably not. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people isn’t a bad thing, but surrounding yourself with people who don’t challenge your thoughts can be detrimental in the

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Addressing Gaps in Employment

If you have a gap in employment, it might bring about anxiety as you search for jobs or go through the interview process. Gaps in employment get a bad rap considering they aren’t necessarily a bad thing to have on your resume. When a student

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How Can You Remain Confidence After a Job Loss?

Whether it’s through termination or a layoff, losing a job can result in grief, stress, and a significant loss of confidence. With the amount of time some of us spend at work, our professions might start to define who we are over time. So, when

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How to Stop Overthinking Every Decision

In our logical minds, we know it doesn’t make sense to spend an hour choosing where to eat during our half-hour lunch or a week to decide which outfit to choose for a weekend event, but we’ve all been there. However, it’s common to hit

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Should You Rehire a Former Employee?

Quality employees are difficult to find and can be even harder to keep, so you want to make sure they stick around when you get a good one. Unfortunately, the job market can be complicated for hiring managers. Therefore, when a great employee leaves your

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Are you Conducting Leadership Transitions Effectively?

Those in leadership positions, especially professionals who call their home the C-Suite, play an important role in a company’s transition of power. When executives make a move, there are no higher stakes for a company. Despite the amount on the line, not all leaders, or

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Best Hiring Practices in 2021

Hiring has taken on a new form in 2021, following a year that saw the unemployment rate go as high as 14.7%. The COVID 19 pandemic flipped the job market upside-down and left those in charge of hiring in a different spot at the end

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How to Create & Grow a Remote-Work Culture

Company culture weighs heavily on business success because it affects how your employees feel about core values and how your customers perceive you. Building a strong company culture makes your company appealing to prospective hires and current employees and has never been more important than

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Recruiter?

Finding the job you want is hard. Finding the candidate you want to fill a role within your company is also hard. As a job seeker, whether you’re looking for an upgraded role, a career change, or the opportunity to reenter the job force, scrolling

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How to Safeguard Your Career

With so many unknowns in our job market and the overall world today, it’s important for your livelihood and sanity to safeguard your career and combat any uncertainty that might come your way. There are things outside of your control that can disrupt your career

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What to do Following an Interview – At Any Stage

You just finished that interview you had been planning for. After all the preparation put into the phone, virtual, or in-person interview, you can now breathe, but not for too long. You should take specific steps following the interview process because what you do can

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Overcoming Job Search Fatigue in 7 Steps

Does your job search feel like a constant merry-go-round? Day-in and day-out, you search, apply, rinse, and repeat. After a while, it can get frustrating, confusing, or downright exhausting. So, it’s easy to see how fatigue can set in between scrolling through job search websites

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4 Tips for Boosting Morale at Work

Morale within the workplace doesn’t measure happiness within an organization, but it directly correlates to how solid a company’s culture is. When employees feel supported and placed in an environment that focuses on their development, they will bring the best version of themselves into their

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How to Find the Job You Want Post-Covid

After experiencing a time of skyrocketing unemployment numbers, the thought of looking for a new position, even if you’re unhappy in a job situation, can lead to skyrocketing anxiety. Whether you’re playing the role of passive or active job seeker, just starting out or re-entering

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Tips for Negotiating Your Next Job

Negotiating doesn’t come naturally to everyone and can be downright uncomfortable for some. Still, it’s important when you’re applying for a job, interviewing for a job, or going for that promotion. When a job seeker sees interest from a company or hiring manager of a

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Lessons From 2020

2020 was a year, unlike any other, to say the least. As with any other year, though, we can take lessons from 2020 to apply to future business practices and career development. The goals we all set on January 1st evolved along the way. The

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2020 Year in Review

A year that took place in a business world flipped upside down. It came complete with professional uncertainty, challenges, and opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways we couldn’t imagine. From remote-working tips to navigating your career during uncertain times to managing during a crisis and

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Making the Most Out of Virtual Conferences

The world in 2020 changed the way we all communicate at work. From chatting with colleagues on Slack and Skype to conducting conference calls on Zoom and Google Meet, virtual communication and collaboration have become the norm. But what about professional development? Virtual events were

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Employee Perks Your Organization Needs in a Remote World

Although a remote-working world might not have been what we all signed up for in 2020, it’s what we encountered. Remote working processes and procedures are in place, and organizations have figured it out, for the most part. And now companies are keeping with this

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How to Navigate and Nail Your Next Virtual Presentation

Transforming your in-house presentation to one that’s done virtually isn’t as simple as enabling your video and opening your mouth. When it comes to communicating with colleagues and peers, technology is the only consistent pathway for us to do so effectively. This leaves any presenter

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Why You Can’t Stop Hiring and Job Searching at Year End

Although it’s convenient to put your hiring needs or job searching pursuits on cruise control around the holiday season, it’s the best time of year to kick both into high gear for similar reasons. Smart companies hire quality candidates before year-end so that the onboarding

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How to Handle Work Anxiety (Especially During a Pandemic)

If you find yourself anxious at work, or even just anxious in general lately, you’re not alone. Turning on the news can set anyone off, especially as we all hear about a rise in case numbers and hospitalizations surrounding the pandemic. Take that mentality into

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Business Planning for 2021

Business planning at the end of 2019 looked very different than it does at the end of 2020. If businesses knew what was to come, forecasting and budgeting would’ve been approached with a different set of eyes and strategy heading into 2020. Instead of planning

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Mentoring During a Crisis – Successfully

Having a mentor can be invaluable when it comes to positively impacting someone’s professional life, but what about on the personal side of things? A mentor provides a safe space for discussion, giving mentees someone impartial to talk to. And who couldn’t use someone to

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How to Handle Conflicting Political Views at Work

Politics are hard to avoid, especially during a very divisive election season, which means it most likely has made its way into daily conversation, including those at work. As a manager, there’s a responsibility to keep the peace, regardless of what topics are being discussed

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