The One Thing You Need to Be Successful

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Before Bloomsbury Publishing took a chance on a story about an orphaned boy wizard, J.K. Rowling was mid-divorce, in her own words, “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Eight other publishers had passed on the book. Yet it was repeated failure that prompted Rowling to make it… Read more »

Want a Speedy Hiring Process? Do your part!

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You carefully craft your resume, go through the process of filling in the application, and then…you wait. And wait. And wait. Did the application go through, you wonder? How long does this limbo last? One of the biggest complaints regarding the hiring process? The snail-like pace it seems to take sometimes. Too often companies will… Read more »

How Can I Learn About a Company’s Culture Before the Interview?

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You’ve secured the interview and chosen your outfit. Now you need to take a crucial next step: research the company. As the saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed,” and if you want to both make a good impression on your interviewer and learn if the company is a good fit for you, you need to do… Read more »

Being a Good Employee Doesn’t Equal Being a Good Leader

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Mike had worked at Company ABC for about five years. He’d always performed the best in his department, meeting his quotas and then moving beyond them. If anyone needed help, he’d find a way to lend a hand. He listened attentively to criticism and tried to find ways to boost his own performance. His bosses… Read more »

The Secret to Managing Stress

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We all feel some measure of stress in our lives: We work too hard, make ourselves busy, worry about bills, never take vacations, etc. Stress has become its own industry, spawning self-help books and videos, supplements, massage chairs/wands/professionals/classes, vacation packages and the like. But there’s a reason: Stress truly does take a mental and physical… Read more »

Stop Doing Your Job

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Your employer requests you do something that wasn’t on your list of duties, and you respond with, “That’s not my job.” If you really want to prove your worth to your company and move up, you need to go beyond the basics. And while you don’t need to go past your job description unfairly or… Read more »

Feeling Lost? Let us Help You Plan Your Path

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So, you’re looking for a job, but you’re not entirely sure which direction you want to go in. You’ve sent out endless resumes, even had interviews, but nothing has come of any of it. What have you done “wrong”? What could you do differently? Should you change your approach? Expand your field? Which tactic will… Read more »

How Can Self-Evaluation Help You?

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You’ve just walked out of an interview and are replaying it in your mind, going over your answers and whether you could have/should have said something different. Did you sit up straight enough? Too much? Make the right amount of eye contact? Anytime you can examine yourself and how you could improve either in an… Read more »

How Should You Handle The “Desired Salary” Question?

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As you’re filling out your latest job application, you come to the question that you wished they’d skipped: “What is your desired salary?” or some variation thereof. After heaving a long sigh, you think about how you should answer this. Do you have to? What if it’s a drop-down box and you can’t skip it?… Read more »

Are You the Ideal Candidate?

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As you look for a new job, take the time to assess yourself as a competitor; you know most positions have applicants in the hundreds. But as you look over your resume in comparison to the job description, you feel a slight twinge of doubt. Won’t many of the others have the same qualifications? What… Read more »